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.
"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
"not as exciting as I hoped for."
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.
not sure,I did lose touch with the story in places.
Easy to listen to ,relaxing voice-hence falling asleep
despite my reservations I will listen again and look out for more of Neil Gaiman's works-as they are thoroughly enjoyable.
"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.
"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.
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