I enjoyed this audiobook. It is well written, well narrated and inventive. However the entire time they were in the underworld I was moderately disgusted. It made me want to take a bath. The language is too coarse for kids.
the bad news 1st...Neverwhere is simply not as good a story as Gaiman's more recent novels (American Gods, Anansi Boys)...it's not bad...just not nearly as rich.
the good news...Gaiman's just a great storyteller (and narrator too!) and even his earlier work here shows the seeds that are to blossom in his later novels...with each year his stories grow progressively more complex, polished, and fun (Anansi Boys is perhaps my all time favorite audio book ever...and only partly due to Lenny Henry's astounding narration!) So be of good cheer...he's getting better all the time...and he's still young...and writing.
I wanted to leap off a bridge by the end of this book, but in a good way. Have a friend listen with you for moral support, or at least someone to follow you down. The read is worthwhile.
Gaiman is a good author. I loved American Gods and liked Anansi Boys. There is no great climax and the main character is a bit of a wet drip - you really don't get to see him as much of a hero even though his character has one of those 'aha' moments.
The story reaches its climax and then drags on for him to have another moment hours later.
I did not like The Graveyard Book much.
I really enjoyed this audible addition and the magnificant production of it! Not only is the narrator great, all of the sounds, echos, etc. make it an appealing listen.
I can easily envision Angelina Jolie as "Hunter", Rynona Rider as "Door", Jack Black as "Mr. Kroup", Ferrell Colin as "Richard" and if she could handle it, Jennifer Anniston as "Jessica".. Not sure who would be able to portray the "Angel". Anyway, this is how real the characters became as I listened to this story that is a cross between, Harry Potter's world and Dorothy's from the Wizard of Oz's, only it is designed with adults in mind! The author even makes references to the obvious similarities to the Wiz and it is still a captivating tale to say the least.
I was a little taken back about whether Door was a "little girl", or someone Richard would be interested in romantically, it seems she kept slipping in and out of adulthood. Either way it is a very very good read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a true page turner that can't be put down until the end!
This isn't the first time I've listened to an author narrate their book and I've only liked one - Frank McCourt. Mr. Gaiman ruined the story for me with his high nasal voice. I wasn't able to finish it and I've tried twice. My mind just wanders. There are so many unanswered questions that it makes little sense, which seems like the writer is too lazy to bother.
I don't usually buy books until I've read reviews and a lot of folks loved this story but I'm not one of them.
Gaiman is a genius, but he's no narrator. I'm not sure about how good the story is, because Neil's mellow, understated tone drones on and on. I fell asleep during a key battle scene! I recommend that you check out "American Gods" instead.
I rarely put down an unfinished book, and I forced myself to listen to this bizarre rat epic for 5 hours. Except for one half-realistic scene of a cocktail party at the British Museum, the rest of the book keeps a reader in a one-dimensional sewage underworld. No more! Enough of rat-girls, rat-eating men, etc. etc. If you want to read about London's poor, get George Orwell's "Down and Out in Paris and London".
Maybe I'm the only person that could not get into this book, but Neverwhere was too hard to follow and not engaging enough to keep me from turning the iPOD off. I rarely turn off books, but I did not finish this one. Pretty disappointing.