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.
How disappointing to use my credits on something I could not even finish. Plodding and tiresome.
I was somehow able to finish this book, but I had expected for the first few hours that I was going to really like it. By the end I was waiting painfully for it to be done with. Gaiman has several recurring problems with his stories:
The main character never does anything of his own volition, just follows along being kept safe by others. (he throws in literally one or two actions to defend against this, but that's all and even those are weak and flat)
Characters are always flat stereotypes. This book has one of each stereotype making for a huge mess of a pointless world.
On the plus side, he describes his stereotypes nicely.
He also reads with the same dull flow and rhythm no matter what's going on and that doesn't help the audio book at all.
There are alot of not very original interesting ideas that could have been made into a great book. I really wish he was good. If you like his work you'll probably love this book. I hated it.
If you are looking for something well thought out, with depth of character and a complex understanding of society and human interactions,my highest recommendation goes to Dune by Frank Herbert.
Not sure. I just noticed when I was listening that my mind wandered off. To be fair, fantasy is not my preferred genre. It was well read by the narrator however.
No. My friends prefer history and historical novels.
Good reader with plenty of enthusiasm and a talent for adapting various voices of the characters.
I didnt finish it. So the answer is no.
For someone who is a fantasy lover this book maybe ideal for them.