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.
"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.
"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.
Enjoyable story and well narrated by the author. I remembered a tv adaptation of the book from years back.
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!
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.
"Sits between Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings"
Satisfactory if somewhat predictable
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
No, the whole concept was so far fetched from reality that was difficult to be truly moved.
If you love 'fantasy' as a genre, combined with a dark thriller....this is the book for you
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