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Neverwhere Audiobook

Neverwhere

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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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    Meghna 12-20-15
    Meghna 12-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "good for kids, gaiman could use some empathy"

    good introduction to audio books, but I was surprise but the lack of empathy and expression in the voice of the author reading his own book. Good for car rides and for children but beware it is a dark story at times

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    Jackie 12-17-15
    Jackie 12-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic."

    This was such a great story. (why the exact amount of words for this review?

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    Christopher Hansen Gig Harbor, WA United States 12-15-15
    Christopher Hansen Gig Harbor, WA United States 12-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing performance, incredible storytelling"

    Gaiman at his finest. Wonderfully articulated storytelling. Top performance and voice characterization. Will definitely listen to again.

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    Amazon Customer 12-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Gaiman at his best"

    I could listen to this story over and over again. That Neil Gaiman is the narrator is the icing on the cake.

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    Shawn Franklin, WI, United States 12-08-15
    Shawn Franklin, WI, United States 12-08-15 Member Since 2013

    Big fan of listening to books of all shapes and sizes. Primarily: sci fi, fantasy, nonfiction in human services, buddhism, and classics.

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    "Creative story marred by narrator and SFX"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It's a good story and probably something Gaiman fans will want to hear but I would definitely try and find a different audio production. I felt that the narrator was a too precious with his own story. This was compounded by some unnecessary sound effects - mainly echo effects - that simply made it harder to get into the story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was solid, creative, and having just visited London - lots of fun.


    What three words best describe Neil Gaiman’s voice?

    Slow. Languid. Disconnected. He added zero drive to the story even in the most action packed moments.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. The story was a great ride and Gaiman is an imaginative master.


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    amy 11-25-15
    amy 11-25-15
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    "Yet AGAIN!"

    I am always amazed at the stories that unfold from the mind of this author!
    It is a bonus that he is a wonderful narrator as well. It's a nice escape:)

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    Cici 11-20-15
    Cici 11-20-15
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    "very entertaining and engaging"

    This is the 2nd Neil Gaiman book I've listened to. Really well defined, memorable characters and worlds. Funny analogies and witty sentences. Very entertaining.
    I'm going to recommend it to my friends.

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    Raigen 11-10-15
    Raigen 11-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just wasn't for me"

    Neil Gaiman is a great author and narrator. This particular book just didn't "awe" me like his others have. His narrations are great but the use of echo and occasional music was to infrequent to be a real part of the experience and often just pulled me away from the story. The story itself took over half the book before I really became interested and even then I made myself finish it. It never really hooked me I guess.

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    littlefox 11-03-15
    littlefox 11-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Dynamic!"

    A fantastic tale as always for Neil Gaiman. Creating a world in the cracks of our world, so close, as if we would only have to reach out to touch it.
    This tantalizing closeness characterizes the tale he weaves, and made me lean in closer to the radio to engage.
    The only issue I take is the typical Gaiman vocals. When I lean in closer to hear the tale because otherwise I would not hear it. He is dramatic, and dynamic, but sometimes I cannot hear and then it is too loud. This and only this detracted from this story. For me.

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    Zeeba 10-30-15
    Zeeba 10-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not Neil's best work"

    It was worth listening to, I just wasn't very impressed. Good, not great. No "ah ha!" or "whoa!" moments anywhere and kind of predictable.

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