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Neverwhere Audiobook

Neverwhere

Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.
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Publisher's Summary

Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.

There's a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining.... And Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for him below the streets of his native city.

©2000 Neil Gaiman (P)2012 Headline Digital

What the Critics Say

"A very fine and imaginary writer" (The Sunday Times)

What Members Say

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  • Bestyearsltd
    10/11/12
    Overall
    "Wonderful"

    I had never read or listened to a Neil Gaiman book before but I loved this book. Entertaining to the very last page. Would definitely recommend

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Roisin
    HOOK, United Kingdom
    2/22/15
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    Performance
    Story
    "Most amazing book ever!"

    Compelling, imaginative and so well written. Entertaining magic
    Neil narrating his own book -Genius!
    A must read.
    A Must listen.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • aaaaaaaaah
    2/17/15
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    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful!"

    Great story, great characters and a wonderful flip side to the London I know.
    What's more the author brings his own characters to life like no one else ever could.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Abi Farris
    UK
    1/23/15
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    Performance
    Story
    "Escapism of the nicest kind!"

    This is a lovely dreamy book! The story weaves its way through a fantasy London inhabited by colourful characters. The Earl of Earl's Court, the Old Bailey and Islington all come to life to paint a picture of an alternative world which will not fail to tickle your fantasy bone! Gaiman's reading is just fantastic! I didn't give it 5 stars because it isn't my favourite. I liked American Gods better, but that's a matter of taste, not a reflection on this book's quality!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • graham
    1/14/15
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    Performance
    Story
    "Why haven't I read this before now?"

    Great story, Neil narrates brilliantly.
    As good as American Gods (almost).
    I'll try to find the TV adaptation from years ago.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Singapore, Singapore
    3/11/14
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    "Good, but not his best"

    In the past year or two I've listened to Gaiman's Stardust, The Graveyard Book, American Gods, Anansi Boys and Fragile Things. As much as I did enjoy Neverwhere I didn't engage with it as much as these others. The world and characters were intriguing, but I found the plot just a little underwhelming somehow. Nevertheless, a good and involving story, well read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Bedale, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Enjoyable"

    Enjoyable story and well narrated by the author. I remembered a tv adaptation of the book from years back.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
    5/28/12
    Overall
    "Excellent"

    Neil Gaiman has never let me down. If you're a lover of his style I think you'll love this too. I was instantly drawn in and fell in love with the characters. I am however left wanting more. There are a few questions I'd love answered. Maybe we have Neverwhere 2 to look forward to.
    Now for my personal big *sadface* as I don't have any more long format Neil Gaiman books to read.
    Off twitter Mr G and write. We need more books!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Andrew M. Otty
    Devon, UK.
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Entertaining"

    Gaiman reads his own work very effectively. He conveys the cartoonish, steampunk fun of the novel through the ironic narration and comic dialogue. My chief issue with Neverwhere is that its narrative structure is not very tight. The climax is rather anticlimactic and the entire last hour of the audiobook is self-indulgent and pointless. Overall though, it was good fun and I will return to Gaiman in the future.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    8/14/15
    Overall
    Performance
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    "Sits between Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings"
    Where does Neverwhere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top third


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Satisfactory if somewhat predictable


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't. If the genre is the same, I'll come back to him but not just yet. Need a book in touch with the world I know


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, the whole concept was so far fetched from reality that was difficult to be truly moved.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love 'fantasy' as a genre, combined with a dark thriller....this is the book for you

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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