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Neverwhere | [Neil Gaiman]

Neverwhere

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.
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Publisher's Summary

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever.

Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. And it is the home of Door, the girl whom Richard rescued, and whom, if he is ever to return home, he must now help in her mission to preserve this strange underworld kingdom from a mysterious figure determined to destroy it.

If Tim Burton rewrote Phantom of the Opera, if Jack Finney had a dark side, if you rolled up the best of Clive Barker, Peter Straub, and Caleb Carr into one, you still wouldn't have Neil Gaiman. In Neverwhere, he delivers one of the most absorbing reads to come along in years.

©1996, 1997 Neil Gaiman; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Gaiman's gift for mixing the absurd with the frightful gives this novel the feeling of a bedtime story with adult sophistication. Readers will find themselves as unable to escape this tale as the characters themselves." (Library Journal)
"[Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any media." (Stephen King)

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    "Great narrator!"

    I really enjoy his narration, he has a great voice. The book was slow to hook me, but by the end I was wishing for more.

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    Harold Lillington, NC, USA 01-08-09
    Harold Lillington, NC, USA 01-08-09
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    "Awesome"

    The book was excellent and the audiobook is even better. This was read by the author in his smooth English accent. Since this was read by the author, it allowed me to catch things I'd missed while reading it myself.
    Awesome, Mr. Gaiman. Simply awesome.

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    Alli Vaughan Woodinville, WA United States 11-10-08
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    "1-star off for wierd voices"

    I really liked the story, although it was a little hard for me to always pay attention during the sometimes lengthy descriptions of places, etc. At times the different characters voices got annoying, some of them just sounded too similar to tell apart

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    Heather deridder, LA, USA 09-30-08
    Heather deridder, LA, USA 09-30-08
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    "Distracting music and sound effects"

    I enjoyed the story and I think the author does an excellent job of narrating. The reason for 3 stars instead of 4 is the annoying use of music and sound effects on the audiobook. It doesn't occur frequently enough to get used to it, so everytime the music started up or a character began speaking with an echo it jarred me out of the story.

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    George pomona, CA, USA 09-24-08
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    "London's exciting underground."

    Great read / listen - listening to it a second time.

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    Amber Rose Santa Cruz, CA 08-28-08
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    This book had a fun new twist for a fantasy book. I enjoyed the characters and found the book a pleasure to listen to.

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    Rene' Negaunee, MI, USA 07-24-08 Member Since 2006
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    This was one of my first purchases on audible.com and it proved to be very interesting. The plot was colorful and the reading by neil was excellent.I listened to this book while i was working or while doing various chores around my house and found myself constantly getting wrapped up in what was going on- to the neglect of my work. Overall, thought it was great

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    "Wonderful!"

    A magical and wonderful tale ... a fariy tale for adults! The author is the narrator and he's terrific! The characters are all engaging and the story - while whimsical - is quite exciting! You keep wondering "how can this author possibly make all this work in the end?" and - believe it or not - he does beautifully. HIghly recommended!

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    David Mukilteo, WA, USA 05-19-08
    David Mukilteo, WA, USA 05-19-08
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    "Totally enchanting!"

    Marvelous twists and turns narrated lovingly by the author! I haven't enjoyed an audio book so much since "Water for Elephants".

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