I love the series. The book is awesome, but I don't know why they couldn't bring back Sam Tsoutsouvas to do the narration. I got used to his inflections, and he seemed to be really into the story. This guy seems like he is just reading words off of the paper; sometimes it appears it's the first time he has seen the words. Where was the director?
The worst part? Zed. Sam Tsoutsouvas gave a great voice to Zed. Jim Bond turned him Irish for some reason. When I thought of Zed, I didn't picture him as Darby O'Gill.
Anyways, the story is still great, and if you can ignore the narration and just listen to the story for what it is, it's still a decent purchase.
Neil Gaiman has such a way with words, and the people and places he writes about become a part of you. You could feel Door's world of London Below, and fall into step with the quirks of the various citizens of that place. The city itself is a character in the novel, always throwing new challenges at Richard.
Gaiman is singular in his style, so I'm hard-pressed to compare this novel to anything other than his other offerings. "Stardust" comes to mind, since the premise is sort of the same ... a normal fellow dealing with the trials of being whisked off to a different world.
Croup and Vandemar ... he was really able to bring out their nonchalant evil.
I'd read the novel over the years I don't know how many times before buying the audio, so I knew what to expect. If anything, it felt like finally meeting in person an old friend you'd only ever talked to in letters.
Gaiman as narrator, especially for this book, makes the entire experience perfect. I cannot suggest this offering enough.
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