Not having read the print version, I cannot answer that, but I think with this book inparticular, having the ability to listen to it makes the book that much more special. Neil Gaiman knows the characters so well (obviously) and is able to treat them as individuals. You can hear the change in inflection for each character and it must be difficult for any narrator to remember which voice was used for which character.
I think if I had the print version, I simply would have followed along because I wanted to listen to Neil Gaiman reading the story to me.
I think one of the most memorable parts of the book was where one character is being setup as a traitor and it turns out to be a different character entirely. I'm being vague in case someone wants to read it. Even as I was reading the story, I thought that the one character in particular was shady and could have been the traitor while the one that was eventually revealed as the traitor was more heroic.
However, after the explanation of why that person betrayed the heroes of the book, I empathized with their quest and their reasoning. I also enjoyed the section in the labyrinth and how the main character, Richard, really came into his own at that point.
I listened to Click-Clack the Rattlebag. I think Neil has a wonderful voice for narration, especially of his own stories because he can anticipate the character's reactions better than if he were reading a story he was only vaguely familiar. I think I would listen to more of his longer form novels versus his short stories, mostly because I like to listen to his voice.
I picked up Neverwhere after listening to Coraline, which I picked up after Graveyard Book. The Graveyard Book is stellar and my favorite so far from Gaiman. Coraline was so-so, because I didn't identify as strongly with the main character and found the story disappointingly short, which is probably a sign that I like the book. Neverwhere had a character I rooted for, a fantastic world that was captivating and compelling, and an interesting story about a woman who wants to avenge her family's murder and the unwilling hero who gets pulled into her tale (similarities here to both Coraline, who finds her parents are stolen from her, and The Graveyard Book, whose main character is orphaned at the opening of the book when his parents are murdered).
Graveyard Book - best
Neverwhere - very good
Coraline - good
in the top books Ive listened to
The storyline very different
Stardust and this book both very good
The city below
This book is for people who like the underworld. It is dark, drab and dreary
The story just plodded along.
Not many authors should be reading their own books - Gaiman is an exception.
I don't normally care for this type of novel but I'll have to say that this one sucked me in and I found myself looking forward to my next drive so that I could hear more. I listened to it after incessant badgering by a friend and she was right - this was a great book.
I will definitely put more Gaiman books on my wish list!
I enjoyed this audio. I realized while listening that I had read the print version at some point. I enjoyed the audio version more. I would enjoy reading more about the magical world under ours.
Loved listening to Neil Gaiman's narration impart such life into this story of fantasy. He created a world parallel to the one we know, and made it believable.
I adored the Marquis, who was unabashedly selfish and self involved
I have, this is by far my favorite. When he narrated Fragile Things, I found it incredibly difficult to tell when one story ended and another began.
"There is a London below..."
I'm skipping the Audible review questionaire here to get right to it. I've always loved Neverwhere, the book more than the original BBC made-for-TV movie, although I enjoyed that, too. The eerie and simultaneously modern yet Victorian world in the book and the way the main character finds himself lost in that world, and what stellar bad guys!
And as much as I love the book and enjoy and like the movie, listening to Neil Gaiman read and perform Neverwhere was an absolutely wonderful experience. Not surprising (since he's the author), he really "gets" what makes his book magical, and that's what he delivers when he reads. All in all, one of my favorite audio books, and one I expect I'll listen to more than once in the future - and recommend to friends and family.