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Neverwhere | [Neil Gaiman]

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)

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  • Kirsten
    Wellington, New Zealand
    9/4/12
    Overall
    "Really great"

    It is really nice to hear this read by the writer. I really enjoyed the life that Gaiman breathed into this story (on of my favourites of his). If there was one thing that I could change it would be the odd music between chapters, but it is not irritating enough to make any difference (and some people might even enjoy it).

    1 of 1 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!

    4 of 6 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.

    2 of 3 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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Izabela
    9/10/14
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    "Words painted pictures in my head..."
    Would you listen to Neverwhere again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this 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.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    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?


    Any additional comments?

    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,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    6/9/14
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    Performance
    Story
    "Neverwhere"
    Where does Neverwhere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably among one of the best


    What other book might you compare Neverwhere to, and why?

    Undone


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

    I heard the abridged version of this as a radio serial


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - I had it on my phone and laptop synched so that I could listen seamlessly between train and office


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were a sequel, prequel, more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie
    DUNOON, United Kingdom
    6/7/14
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    Performance
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    "not as exciting as I hoped for."
    What made the experience of listening to Neverwhere the most enjoyable?

    I bought this solely on the fact I loved The Ocean at the End of the Lane,and Neil Gaiman's narration.Although I loved it,I felt it did not "read" as good as the tv adaption-it took me 3 days to finish it,wholly unusual for my normal book a day.Narration as usual of Mr Gaiman's was excellent,but felt the story lacked a little something-not sure what.However ,I did listen to the 1st segment in bed,late at night and drifted off to sleep for 30 minutes,perhaps I missed a vital part of the story-and I will listen again....and make sure I stay awake next time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Neverwhere?

    not sure,I did lose touch with the story in places.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to ,relaxing voice-hence falling asleep


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    despite my reservations I will listen again and look out for more of Neil Gaiman's works-as they are thoroughly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J.Taylor
    6/3/14
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    "Another great story from Neil and set in London to"

    Maybe it's the fact that I live in London that gave this book that extra bit for me but Neil Gaiman seems to consistently deliver so I am not completely sure. Walking through the streets and in the Underground whilst listening to Neil's voice about the very places your in was for me pretty special and made the morning commute a fantasy roller coaster. This was a fantasy extravaganza and I almost found myself trying to strike up a conversation with the Underground black mice, which in this city would not have appeared odd. Another superb offering from Neil Gaiman.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julian E. Boyce
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    3/6/14
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    "Simply Stunning."
    What did you like most about Neverwhere?

    What was not to like? I have enjoyed reading/listening to fantasy for a long time and, in between enjoying serious books, have listened to a huge amount. What I particularly liked about this, was its ease with itself. It is the kind of tale that just flows, taking you, unresistingly with it. It takes you somewhere you know does not exist, but, y'know......?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Difficult to know which was the best part. Messrs Croup & Vandemar certainly take some beating. The reading by Neil Gaiman plays a very large part too; his voice is tantalizing, telling you things you don't believe, and making you believe them. After a fashion. I think its sheer impossibility was its best feature.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The voice. The telling. He has a way of making you realize who is involved without hearing the names. Neil Gaiman is just amazing; he is magic personified; he could read the telephone directory and make you smile with contentment.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes, oh yes. If only I had enough time in my life. I am already planning a second listen. And another book,. or two, by himself.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes. I want Neil Gaiman to chain himself to a keyboard/typewriter, whatever, and produce some more of his wonderful imagination.
    But mostly, I want to fervently thank Neil for this, and for Stardust, and all the others I am yet to read, or listen to. Thank you, thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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