Neil Gaiman is an amazing story teller! Neverwhere is captivating from start to finish. I haven't been this swept away by an author and book since I read Narnia as a kid.
When he's writing at his peak, Neil Gaiman creates stories that are riveting nuggets of literary perfection. I'm not being hyperbolic but attempting to convey the actual experience of consuming his work. When my husband and I listened to Stardust (also narrated by Gaiman) I felt like I was shimmering. The Anansi Brothers left me feeling twisted up and tortured on behalf of the protagonist. Gaiman is just an amazing writing who seems to pull from every corner of his experience as a sentient being.
In my opinion, Neverworld basically accomplishes the same by the end. However on the journey to the end there is a lot of tarrying, slogging through scenes of unnecessary hyper detail that left me feeling a little numb and bored. These details, mostly used to describe scenes of London Below, seem to be applied indiscriminately. They feel more like Gaiman wandering around through the tunnels and sewers of his imagination, enthusiastically determined to get a lay of the land by observing and reporting on every single nook and cranny he encounters. As a reader, I prefer slightly more discretion on the writer's part as they decide which treasures to share or withhold. But that's just me. And regardless, this is a must on the consumption list for all Gaiman lovers.
...and Gaiman as a narrator? I listen to a lot of audiobooks and aside from the enormous cast used in BBC's Golden Compass audio, Gaiman is hands down delivers my top favorite audio productions. His talents are diverse and generous.
I really enjoyed it but it wasn't the life changing story that others have found it. I don't know if I just wasn't in the right mood or maybe I should have read this one instead of listening to it. Ocean at the End of the Lane, I wanted to remember every word. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it highly. I hope you enjoy listening to it
Brilliant storytelling and superb narration by the author. If you listen to any Neil Gaiman audio make sure you listen to Neil reading his own work. It's spectacular.