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.
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"A very fine and imaginary writer" (The Sunday Times)
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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
"Most amazing book ever!"
Compelling, imaginative and so well written. Entertaining magic
Neil narrating his own book -Genius!
A must read.
A Must listen.
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.
The narrator/author was really good. He made the characters come alive. Can't really put into words how much I enjoyed this book. That is why I read and don't write!!
"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!
"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.
"Weird and Wonderful Fantasy"
"I'd watch out for doors if I were you."
Neverwhere is the story of Richard Mayhew, a reluctant hero whose random act of kindness plunges him into the weird and fantastical world of London Below - an underground metropolis upon the things that 'Upworlders' throw away and home to those 'who-fell-between-the-cracks'.
Day-trippers to London Below will doubtless encounter assassins and warriors, meet with those able to speak with rats and visit the famous 'Floating Market'. Be advised though that danger is everywhere in London Below, with fearsome warriors and ruthless assassins at every turn. And even they only speak in whispers of the great Beast of London...
The plot is well written and well paced, with action and humour interspersed with more sombre moments. The real strength of this novel, however, lies with its diverse cast of characters. Each character is given 'space' within the story to be developed and the result is a number of interesting and memorable 'personalities' that emerge from the novel.
The author himself reads the story for the audiobook, and does a good (if somewhat unremarkable) job. There were no issues here, and it was pleasant to hear the story from the horses mouth.
Neverwhere is a great listen for anyone who enjoys their fantasy a bit 'odd' and fans of Neil Gaiman and his extended work will not be disappointed.
"Captivating and Spellbinding"
I love the pace of the story, the imagination and creativity in Gaiman's work. The story keeps you guessing, its funny and very enjoyable.
I really love this book so it's hard to say. I enjoy the market scenes, as Gaiman described different types of people there and the environment.
Possibly the Marquee scenes, after he has died until he reaches the others.
"Words painted pictures in my head..."
Absolutely! And I would probably also read it and re-read it too!
I would love to get lost again in this parallel world beneath London with the help of the words Neil Gaiman so craftily puts together, to paint the pictures in my head and make me become a part of the story.
I liked the original take on the ultimate good and evil story. I particularly enjoyed the character of the protagonist - Richard Mayhew and sharing his discovery of the new and exotic world, but mostly his self-discovery through associating with him and seeing it all almost through his eyes.
I think that his interpretation brings the book to life. As its actually his voice reading the words written by himself, you hear them exactly how the author has intended them to be heard.
Have you ever wanted to slip through the cracks and escape to London, but not as you know it, where rats can talk and no favour may remain unpaid?
I wasn't particularly keen on the musical interludes throughout the book. I'm not sure what purpose they served and certainly don't think that the story benefited from them,
Probably among one of the best
I heard the abridged version of this as a radio serial
Yes - I had it on my phone and laptop synched so that I could listen seamlessly between train and office
I wish there were a sequel, prequel, more
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