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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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).
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!
Enjoyable story and well narrated by the author. I remembered a tv adaptation of the book from years back.
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.
"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.
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......?
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.
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.
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.
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.
"it's neil gaiman, enough said"
i love neil's readings, they're soulful and personal.
the whole premise of the story, that there is another world out there that has nothing to do with ours.
i never thought i would like fantasy, but neil gaiman makes it all sound so plausible that you cannot help but become part of the story.
"Another fantastic novel from Neil"
I cannot comment as I have not read the print version but the performance of this book was brilliant
I don't think there is another fantasy writer like Neil Gaiman, he brings fantasy into the present day.
I loved the sound effects used throughout the reading such as there was an echo when the characters were in a tunnel. I've never heard a book before that has done that. Plus Neil, who read his own book, is quite an actor.
I would highly recommend this it is a really entertaining listen I'm worried that every book I listen to in the future will not measure up to this.
"Very Good, very Gaiman!"
As always with Neil Gaiman, the story was amazing. Just as magical as Ocean at the end of the lane, if less fantastical.
I love the authors voice, he does recordings so well, the characters are amazing and such a wonderful story. Although slightly dark and depressing at times, especially in the beginning, it picks up becomes a lifetime adventure story.
I find all of Neils books, start off a bit mundane and depressing and then quickly throw you into a world of magic and adventure. Definitely worth a listen and the time.
Ocean at the end of the lane, was better in my opinion. Definitely give that one a listen.
Gaiman's imagination is totally unlimitless - takes you to a new dimension and then takes you further. Amazing story.
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