I read Gaiman's American Gods and loved it, and was expecting something somewhat similar with this, but it was a very different read. The structure of the sentances is different. They aren't the dizzying, tripping complexities I had expected. While reading it, I wasn't at all sure I liked it, but when I finished, and especially as I thought more about it, I found myself satisfied with it as a book, and enriched for having taken the journey. It's not something I'll read again, but it's worth listening to.
Gaiman is a wonderful storyteller and captivates his readers/listeners in tales that are chilling, moving, sometimes even odd but always, original. Gaiman fans have come to expect a certain style from his stories and Neverwhere does not let us down. Well-established characters, interesting side stories and is a great way to spend some time!
This is one of the best audiobooks I've downloaded from Audible in my 7 years as a subscriber. Neil Gaiman really knocked this one out of the ballpark.
Unlike some other authors who read their own works, Gaiman could easily have made a career as an audiobook reader (not that he'd want to.) He compares favorably with my two other favorite readers, Jim Dale of the Harry Potter books, and Lisette Lecat, who reads the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books. He's that good.
I also listened to the Anansi Boys, and wasn't all that crazy about it. This book, though, really captured and kept my attention. I liked all the characters, and was thoroughly entertained every minute of the way.
One thing that I especially appreciated was the remorse felt by the main character after losing one of his guides. In most books of this kind, the loss of a minor character is just shrugged off.
There was something touching about the reluctant and unassuming manner of the main character as he becomes the literal hero of the story.
I can't recommend this book strongly enough!
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 work, for me, was a rare combination or a
very well written, original and highly entertaining novel read by a narrator who matched the writer in quality. Most of the fantasy writer's, today, are neither good writers nor very original and I usually end up feeling let down as I struggle through their stuff. Not so, Gaiman. Listening to this book was
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.
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
Another fantastic journey lead by Neil Gaiman. It was dark and unexpected, and I loved every minute.
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.
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!
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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.