Neil Gaiman not only wrote but narrated an astonishingly magical, creative, exhilarating novel. The world he created is beautiful in a mad, Alice in Wonderland way. The characters he drew were so 3 dimensional, you felt as if they shared the room with you. This was a smart, fascinating, exhilarating, but frightening world that part of me wishes were real so I could visit from time to time. Lovely, enchanting, maddening, terrifyingly real, with strange, disjointed, real, and frighteningly perfect characters... what more could you ask for in a book? I can't wait to read more of his novels as I understand they all are pretty perfect. Don't miss this one!!!
This was the perfect introduction to audiobooks. To have a writer reading his own work is a special experience in any case, but Neil Gaiman's voice is wonderfully silky, engaging and expressive. It invites you in. I could listen to him all day.
This very visual story is perfectly paced for an audio presentation, as each chapter closes with a dangling thread that keeps you listening, and the characters travel through different worlds, rooms, regions, realities. I got so caught up that I was reluctant to take breaks, but it is not disruptive to the narration to do so, even if you must interrupt frequently. It's easy to pick up the threads again.
Gaiman's descriptive writing is clear and never overdone. It sets the scene efficiently -- no surprise given that this novel was written after the screenplay for television. I especially liked the voices he gave each character. Each was distinct (he has a good command of regional accents) and consistent, and he did not (thanks be to God) lapse into falsetto when doing the women's voices. He has an excellent ear for realistic speech patterns and natural conversation. Loved this! Thank you Neil Gaiman!
The descriptive writing and characters.
Yes. I would have done so if I had the time.
Absolutely, yes! Neil Gaiman is my favorite author. The way the he gets every ounce out of each character and the beautiful, mysterious way that he tells his stories resonates at such a deep level with me. This is a sweet, exciting, mystifying story that manages to blend whimsy, wisdom, and dark humor into something indescribably brilliant.
If you consider the villains, Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar to be one character (which I feel is fair) then they are my favorite. They're the stuff of nightmares, but they're also...uh, charming? Possibly my favorite bad guys from any story.
Come on. Everything. He's the best storyteller of our day, and listening to him tell one of his stories should be on your bucket list.
Yes, several, but I feel like I would fail at avoiding spoilers.
Read this book. Just go ahead and do it. I can't imagine anyone who has the slightest appreciation for works of fiction regretting it.
All the wonder of a Gaiman novel, both the whimsy and the darkness, the rythym and poetry. When I finally get to London, I won't be able to travel on the underground without being haunted by Gaiman.
The deliver by the author is wonderful.
I loved this book. I thought Neil Gaiman's narration was excellent as well. The only reason I bumped a star off of the performance was because sometimes they had some effects (usually heavy reverb) on his voice for certain passages that were both distracting and made it more difficult to understand.
This is, without a doubt, one of the best books I have ever heard or read. The story is original and captivating. The characters are diverse and engaging. The scenes and places are imaginative and alive. And the author's reading of it makes it simply the very best audio book I have ever experienced. I'm sorry it's over, and I wish I had written it. Those are the 2 best complements I know to give. Just listen.
Welcome to an alternative reality that exists just below the surface of what we have come to think of as the real world. Author Neil Gaiman is your guide and cartographer. Prepare to meet a cast of ultra humans, hybrids and otherwise fantastic creatures. The author brings his own story to life in vivid color with an excellent audio performance. I truly loved this book.
Yes. It's whimsical at times, fun, and inspiring.
The idea that Angels have personalities and are capable of deceit.
Mr. Van de Maar and Mr. Kroop was so creepy. I can hear how creepy and evil they are. How they take true joy and pleasure in destruction and death.
As above, not so below.
I have never been to London, but now I can say I have been to London Below. Neil Gaiman's fantastic story, which he narrates in excellent style, kept me listening every chance I got. Richard Mayhew saves an important girl from London Below whose name is Door, and in so doing loses his old life, becoming practically invisible to people in "London Above", where he was once engaged to Jessica and had a decent job and a unremarkable life. His new life in London Below is nothing but remarkable, and it is filled with dangerous places and beings, like the inescapable Mr Croup and Mr Van der Mar. Also and Angel named Islington and the fearsome Beast of London. Richard learns who his real friends are, and how brave he can be when he has to be. Teens and anyone older will love this exciting tale of courage and betrayal, mixed with love and literally undying devotion. I strongly recommend this book.