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Maybe there is no figuring Neil Gaiman out. But I did watch the Startdust movie just today and I feel like I better understand this book, maybe he's improved his storytelling as well. This book is a fantasy tale. I don't know what I thought it would be but that's what it was. The description of London Below and the quest seemed to drag at times. Maybe Gaiman's tales are better suited for the big screen where you can get more of the imagery. I will be following him now watching his creations.
Having This Author read his work is an added bonus. He's got a wonderful reading voice. I wish he would read all his works. This book is highly addictive if you are trapped in your office and bored of things at the moment. The character gets pulled into a world so alien to himself yet brings out the best in him and helps him find himself and what is important. Mix this with wonderful descriptions and lively adventures and you're sure to become addict to his work as I have. He's got a brilliant sense of humor which will leave you smiling to yourself.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
This author is really growing on me and I like this book much better than American Gods, I can't wait to read more. The whole concept of a London below, a parallel universe is really fascinating. The narrator was excellent too.
This story is decent (I just didn’t get into it), but the narration was either trying to put me to sleep or make me mad. It kinda drowned on then he would start alternating between quiet & loud so I had to constantly turn the volume up & down. This is also only the 2nd book in 4 years that I wouldn’t have finished if it wasn’t for the faster play option on the ipod to speed things along.
This book takes you on a tour of another world. THe rules of this world closely follow the rules that we live by only warped a bit. Set in near present day London it is a cross between the "Langolears" and "The Cronicals of Thomas Covenant".
I bought into the "best-seller" status of this book and it's 4 stars, but this is one of the most ridiculous books I've read in awhile. The scenes are contrived and predictable. The characters are not likeable or worthy of our sympathy. I found myself rooting for the cut-throats. As a true lover of fantasy and horror, this was just a horrible attempt at pulling narnia, potter, atlantis and what-nots into one very uninspired and bland tale. Don't be fooled by the rating! This is not worth your time.
A delightful treat! This book is perhaps a bit slow to start, but it becomes quickly then the art of storytelling at its best. I’m usually one for ‘hard’ science fiction over books that tend more towards fantasy, and also one to advise fellow audio enthusiasts against books where authors read their own works, but this book surprised and charmed me on both counts. Neverwhere is a thoroughly engaging story, one that I took out of my car when I got home, abandoned my pressing project, and listened to for hours when I really shouldn’t have. So fair warning, this story might just be too engaging! And Gaiman could be a professional reader, he’s that good. And knowing it’s his work as I listened, I was also certain that when he infused a character with a turn of personality that I’m sure I would not have suspected from the printed text, that this affectation surely was in line with the author’s intent! I find myself having just finished this with a profound sense of disappointment that it isn’t the first in a series of adventures about London’s underside. Please, Mr. Gaiman, should you read this, write more about Door and Richard! Perhaps now that I read that is to become a film that more will be written!
I've not written a review before but felt compelled to chime in and give Neverwhere 5 stars. A very enjoyable and imaginative tale. I haven't enjoyed anything quite this much since The Dark Tower. Gaiman did an excellent job not only with the book itself, but did an amazing job narrating this highly recommended book.
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.