Gritty, magical and enthralling! I needed a good escape and this was perfect. The author/narrator does a beautiful job of creating the world around these characters. I have never actually been to London but it didn't seem to matter.
I read good omens first because it came highly recommended , I honestly thought it was just ok. I was then going through a book review and Neverwhere was mentioned I had know idea it was also a Neil Gaiman book I gave it a try any way and I must say it was amazing !! I loved it so much I am going to buy a hard copy for my daughter .
Yes. This book was everything I used to day dream about as a child... But you grow out of as you get older... And now written in a way that as an adult, I can view everything through my young eyes, but still have that hint of "it could be possible" as an adult
Not to spoil... But the very end.
No. I don't have time to listen in one sitting so I knew this... But I definitely started to listen at every second I fouls mind
Yes! This book kept me on the edge of my seat, and Gaiman's sense of humor never fails to make me smile and laugh. Sometimes in the most unexpected, dark moments.
The characters are so interesting and wonderful to read about.
I loved all of the different voices he did! It was absolutely delightful.
I can't recommend this book enough. It's probably my favorite of Neil Gaiman's books I've read so far.
The characters and setting are almost otherworldly, yet genuinely believable and relatable. Author does a wonderful job at breathing life into them with an excellent reading.
I work from home so enjoy audio books primarily for the 'company'. I tend to listen to the same books repeatedly if I really like them.
Have not read the print version but am looking forward to...
Author does a good job of giving each character an individual voice in the performance without making it hokey or forced. (No falsetto for the ladies' parts!).
Narrator. You can hear the genuine love Gaiman has for his characters and the stories.
This is the first Neil Gaiman book I've heard, but it certainly won't be the last!
Gaiman is one of the most reliably entertaining writers out there. He creates a world where the weird and magical coexist with the familiar and mundane world around us.
Richard Mayhew is the hapless hero of this Gaiman tale. Richard, in an act of kindness to help a young, injured girl, unknowingly cuts himself off from London Above. Lovable, clueless, and yet somehow, strangely accepting of the world beneath the streets of London - London Below - where he finds himself confronting royal courts, floating markets, rat-speakers, angels, knights in armor and monsters, Richard is a wonderful protagonist.
The majority of the tale is told from Richard's POV in third person and it is here that Gaiman shines. We see a man struggle with not only who he is, but how this is all possible, while also succumbing to the world around him in a way that allows his full participation, despite the logical part of his brain telling him, none of this is possible. Richard is curious and fascinated by London Below, but finds himself helping in improbable situations in order to get back home to London Above.
Gaiman doesn't waste time explaining the mechanics of this world - we simply figure them out along with the protagonist - or not and, again, like Richard, simply suspend our disbelief and go along for the ride. He shows that world-building isn't about paragraphs and pages of backstory and info dumping so the reader 'gets it' but rather, he trusts his readers will accept and join his adventure. Gaiman brilliantly weaves myth and urban legend and humorous literalism into a magical world filled with bizarre and entertaining folk.
Richard saves Door, a girl with powerful magic to open locks and doors and even create doors. Her family of openers been killed and she wants revenge. Richard, for his act of kindness, finds that he no longer exists in London Above - people don't really see him, his landlord re-leases his flat, his colleagues don't know him.... See no alternative, he joins Door on her attempt to find out what happened to her family. They are joined by the Marquis de Carabas - a thief who has restyled himself a lord and Hunter - who has slain mythical beasts like the Albino Alligator of New York. Along the way the meet of host of other characters who try to help or hinder their success. There is the Earl's Court that travels the 'dark unopening' car of an British Underground train that passes through the Earl's Court station (leaving Richard wondering if there's an Raven's Court....) and the assassins Vandermar and Croop - a bit like Pinky and the Brain and a hilarious take on the 'intellectual criminal and dunderheaded thug' type.
Richard and Door's adventure is a traditional hero quest and the characters mythological in many senses. The book had me laughing aloud at the puns and the familiar yet wholly original takes on types. I'd love to see more of the world of Neverwhere.