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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"A great book to run to."
Firstly, this is a story I have read previously and enjoyed. I bought it on audio as I wanted to re-visit the book and thought it would make a great listen while I'm out running - and it did! No lingering in bed for me in the early mornings, I was out there, headphones on and feet pounding pavements while enjoying the story. The book starts with a naïve Richard Mayhew coming down to London from Scotland and then, through being a 'good Samaritan', he travels once more, this time into the gloom, dread-tinged passageways of London Below. He finds himself drawn into a mission to avenge the death of people he's never met and must face his own demons for the task to be completed successfully and to earn himself the respect of those he meets along the way: the roguish Marquis; our heroine and sole survivor of her family's slaughter, the Lady Door; her uber-efficient and effective bodyguard, Hunter; and the irredeemable, bloodthirsty assassins, Croup and Vandemar. I enjoy how Richard makes sense of what he knows to be impossible and his on going battle to align the versions of reality that contradict and interweave themselves into his experiences, and how he does this with good-humour and a kind heart. Overall I would recommend this audio book, it's an intriguing story which is enjoyably narrated by the author, and I shall certainly be listening to it again.
"really liked this..."
...it's sometime since ive read American Gods, and I forgot just what a fine writer and narrator as it turns out, Gaiman is...
I read stardust before this book and loved the way neil gaiman writes. This book is no exception and the fact that we are hearing it read by neil gaiman himself makes it all the more enjoyable as we are hearing the book exactly as neil gaiman wanted us to hear it. Its a little slow to start with, but chapter two onwards is captivating and full of the magic I was expecting.
"Love this book"
Very well written and very well read. Never had I enjoyed washing dishes more.
"Fantastic Lojndon Belo..."
This is the first Neil Gaiman book I've read, having been recommended by a friend.
He creates a wonderful fantasy land, where everyday sites and objects are looked at from a fresh, slightly leftfield take on things. This is a ripping good yarn, with a meagerie of colourful characters wonderfully brought to life by the Author's narration (I do find that I prefer those audiobooks that are narrated by the author, you get the impression of a greater understanding and the words speaking for themselves as opposed to someone else's interpretation). The story is fast paced, with some nice twists along the way.
Must also say that I particularly enjoyed this book as a Londoner. The London setting, using places that I'm familiar with, aded to my enjoyment of the book.
"Absorbing and fun"
I think this was a fantastic audiobook - the story was absorbing and interesting, and the imagery was fantastic. As a Londoner, the setting of the story was really entertaining for me. It doesn’t require much thought in order to enjoy, so if you’re looking for some light ‘reading’ this is really great. The style and tone of the story reminds me of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, so if you enjoyed that I think you will like this. What particularly pushed this book into the 5-star category was the brilliant narration. All in all, this was thoroughly enjoyable and I was listening to it almost non-stop to the end.
"Excellent otherworldy book"
Fast paced, imaginative, frightening and funny, This book will have you looking at London in a whole new light.
Neverwhere is a fabulous fantasy adventure through a London full of steampunk characters and great humour. Places familiar to us are turned into rich characters and the two villains are possibly the creepiest and most threatening ever! I loved it!
"The wonders of London Below"
I have always loved this book and I am a huge fan of Mr Gaiman, so I might be a tad biassed. however, I think this is definitely a wonderful story for people of all ages and Neil's reading voice is perfect for audio book presentations, to the point where his voice has replaced my own internal reading voice for many books recently!
Not finished it yet but can't wait. Love the fact that Neil Gaiman is reading it himself. Love the different voices he does. Makes it come to life. You know this was what he was hearing when he wrote it.
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