Audiobooks are a big part of my life.
I wouldn't call this great literature, but it is great entertainment. Neverwhere began as a British TV series -- the book is essentially a novelization -- and it does feel a little too episodic at times, with some characters not fully fleshed out (something the actors presumably did). Nevertheless, I was sucked into its world, much as the central character, Richard Mayhew, is hoovered into a fantastic underground (literally and figuratively) society. Credit that to Gaiman's gifts as both a writer and a narrator. He's that rare author who reads his own work quite well.
This was my first exposure to Gaiman, and I must say I can't remember the last book I enjoyed so much. The story is dark, highly imaginative, and thoroughly engrossing. The characters are well developed and really engaging. Furthermore, the best thing about this recording is Gaiman's own performance of his work. He has a real gift for bringing the story to life. In particular, his performances of Croup and Vandemar are excellent (and quite creepy)! A really topnotch rendition of a great book! I'm already on to my next Gaiman book.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
This book is to urban fantasy what Lord of the Rings is to epic fantasy in my opinion. I defy you to read this one and not note at least a dozen ways other urban fantasy authors have lifted from Gaiman. This is a great fantasy world and an excellent read. The amazing thing is the author reads this one himself and does a great job. Usually, the author reading his own work is the kiss of death but Gaiman pulls it off. This one is definitely worth spending a credit.
I often don't quite connect with Neil Gaiman's books. I really want to like them, but when it's all said and done, I don't exactly like them. I absolutely enjoyed Neverwhere, a purely entertaining look at London Below, where lives that slip through the cracks end up. I found Richard endearing if not proactive and was entirely enchanted by Neil Gaiman's reading. I often say that authors should not read their own work unless it is biographical. Neil Gaiman is the exception. His reading brings the characters to life in subtle ways. Neil Gaiman being a wonderful reader of his own work is no fluke, either; I felt the same way about his reading of Stardust.
I listened to this while at work and it made me chuckle out loud at least 5 times in the first half hour. I kept having to tell curious coworkers what I was listening to. If Gaiman's dark charm can make me laugh during a stressful day, it must be good!
I love audiobooks. Reading has always been a struggle for me because of my poor eyesight. Audible changed my world and made my commutes a joy.
This book is fun, quirky, dark, fantastic and original. Mr. Gaiman is one of the best writers alive. His writing is so vivid and he makes it seem so easy. More importantly, he gets to narrate his own work and is able to precisely deliver how he wanted the book to be read. Neil Gaiman is not just a writer, he is a multimedia experience and the best way to immerse oneself in Neverwhere is to experience the audiobook version.
I loved this story. I had just finished The graveyard book and decided to listen to another Neil Gaiman book. This was a perfect choice. The story is much more mature than the graveyard book, yet it maintains the 'fantasical' feel. The characters are interesting and so well detailed you would be able to identify them in a line up. Gaiman is so talented that his fantasy world feels timeless and makes you want to visit London below. Although i would bring a packed lunch.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The mixture of fantasy with names and facts about London is enjoyable. The story keeps twisting and turning and keeping you guessing. The cynicism and humour gives it an added zip.
There is lots of contrast in characters and wonderful detail on some very extraordinary siutations.
This is a book that grabs you quickly and keeps your attention until the end.
Definitely one of the best fantasy stories I've read. Gaiman portrays his characters to a tee and fully immerses the reader into the story. A wonderful naration for a wonderful book. This is one of those books where I'm so thankful for Audible. If you are a fan of fantasy, do not miss this one.
I really enjoyed this book. As a matter of fact, the minute I finished, I started it over and listened to it again, just in case I missed anything the first time through. I got totally caught up in the fantasy world that was very credible. I think it is the hallmark of excellent fantasy to pull the reader into a willing suspension of disbelief, and Neverwhere certainly did that for me. This story was a vacation into another culture and land without ever leaving my own chair. Thanks for the trip!
One of the best Neil Gaiman pieces out there , it is the usual mix of the bizarre , the scary , the heartwrenching and the humor that will make this into a go to book for you forever. Both the audiobook and the movie adaptation are wonderful . Go ahead , buy this book !