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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"The medium seems to matter"
I loved this as a physical book, but not so much as an audiobook. Strange but true. I don't think this is down to the performance, but somehow there was more room to spread out in my head when I read it from the page.
"loved this story"
So well written and well read I could almost see the scenes unfolding in front of me
"Not to be confused with underware"
A strange tale of a man who thinks he's solid and sensible thrust into a world where we the reader/listener are given the same amount of confusion and explanation that the main character is. Somewhat frustrating and clumsy but a fairly accurate rendition of any reasonable person stripped of the sensible world around them.
Masterfully narrated and we'll presented.
"Just one thing..."
I'll leave reviews of the story to those who convinced me to buy this audio book except to say that they are right.
One thing consistently annoyed me throughout though: This is an English story, read by its English author and the setting could itself scarcely be more quintessentially English.
So please, could the marketing types who convinced Mr Gaiman to dispense with English language in favour of Americanisms such as "sidewalk", "flashlight" and "closet" please keep your opinions to yourself next time? Americans are more intelligent than you give them credit for.
"An intricate urban fantasy"
It is unusual that I re-listen to audiobooks, but I have just finished Neverwhere for the third time. Neil Gaiman perfectly narrates his own work. The story is set in London Below, an kind of parallel London that is cleverly constructed. It follows the adventures of Door (who can open any lock) and Richard – a normal man who lives in London Above, pulled into London Below after helping the injured Door.
There are many characters who are almost caricatures, the evil henchmen Mr Croup and Mr Vandemar are my particular favourites.
It is difficult to write a review without giving away the storyline, as there are so many twists during the book, so all I can do is highly recommend it!
"London Below rises above the rest"
Having watched the original TV series back in the 1990s, and having listened to the recent audio adaptation, I was curious to see (hear) how different the book was to the dramatic interpretations. I was not disappointed. Whilst the TV and radio obviously play for drama, the book puts more flesh on the bones, allowing you to almost smell, touch and taste the depths of London Below, a world filled with danger but so utterly compelling you want to explore it yourself. With the author reading his own work you hear it as he heard it as he wrote it. Wonderful, fantastical stuff.
"A good read"
The story was good, it is a good getaway from reality.
I liked the different characters and the idea of a secret strange London.
The Marquis de Carabas was enjoyable.
It's London, just not as you know it!
A great story, with interesting characters and a different storyline.
"Expectation totally turned around"
Whats underneath you !
Nope but certainly will be in the future
Started to read and thought this isnt going to be for me but then couldnt put it down.
"My Favourite version"
Having owned the TV series, the more recent radio adaption and this,I have to say this version is my favourite. There is more to the story and although I wasn't initially sure about Neil Gaiman narrating it himself I ended up unable to imagine anyone else doing it.
The world of Neverwhere is brilliant, dark but inviting, the characters are vivid and stay with you.
I wish there was more, another book or two!
This is definitely one of my favourite Audiobooks, and one I will listen to again and again.
Very enjoyable book! Great to listen to on the way home from work. Addictive to listen to!!
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