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Neverwhere Audiobook

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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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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    a reader 01-11-15
    a reader 01-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "the worst by Mr Gaiman"

    this was absolutely the worst ever by Gaiman. i could not get through even 10%

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    John 01-04-15
    John 01-04-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Outstanding"

    Superb yarn. Just the right blend of humor and drama. Stephen King meets John Connelly. The author is a wonderful narrator

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    john Waddell 12-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "great listen"

    I love listening to this withers work, even more so when he is the narrator.

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    Stacey 11-28-14
    Stacey 11-28-14
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    "Another Gaiman HIT!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The voices of Mr. Vandemar and Mr. Kruppe! I can hear them perfectly in my head just typing it of how they introduced themselves.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His sense of timing and feel for the characters. It's really the best thing about listening to any of his audio books: the sighs and pauses and inflections.


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    Cari W Canada 11-11-14
    Cari W Canada 11-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant Story and Narration!"
    What made the experience of listening to Neverwhere the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was fantastic at employing accents, and voice tones which heightened the listening experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was so imaginative, who would have thought of a London above and a London below. I also really enjoyed the character development of ten main character Richard Mayhew


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to his other books but I am going to seek them out and put them on my wish list for sure


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I had it in my car and listened to it while driving to work. No more road rage when the traffic jams up as it just allows more listening time.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not the kind if book I usually read but I am so glad I did, it was truly enjoyable.

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    RF 10-22-14
    RF 10-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "So good!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Neverwhere to be better than the print version?

    No, BUT it was still fantastic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Every goddamn thing!


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandermar


    Any additional comments?

    I feel a little biased because this is one of my favourite books (perhaps my favourite). I was simply curious to see how Neil Gaiman was at narration and I was not disappointed.

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    Thomas Auberry, CA, United States 10-16-14
    Thomas Auberry, CA, United States 10-16-14 Member Since 2008

    My pic says it all. That's my dog and he is really barking for me to throw another snowball. Scary looks but really just a playful guy by nature. Been reading sf/fantasy like a power nerd my whole life which is almost 50 years now. I like all sorts of stuff just make the story believable...

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    "It was a little dated"

    I think this parallel magical world in London is a bit overdone. Specially with the Harry Potter series. Which made this story a little in the boring side. But I still love Neil Gaiman.

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    Korie K 09-09-14
    Korie K 09-09-14

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    "Neil Never Fails"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! Neil Gaiman is one of the best authors of all time. And when he reads his own books, you get double rewarded.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Marquis is my favorite for his wonderful quips and many pockets of wonder. Right now I'm listening to Fragile Things and can't wait to find out how he gets back his coat.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Open a Door to Neverwhere


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    Steven 08-28-14
    Steven 08-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrific"
    Where does Neverwhere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is absolutely wonderful. I've enjoyed it from the very moment it started, and can hardly put it down. Neil Gaiman's performance is astounding.


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    Uncle Cresty 08-15-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Come to the London underground"
    What did you love best about Neverwhere?

    Neil Gaiman has such a way with words, and the people and places he writes about become a part of you. You could feel Door's world of London Below, and fall into step with the quirks of the various citizens of that place. The city itself is a character in the novel, always throwing new challenges at Richard.


    What other book might you compare Neverwhere to and why?

    Gaiman is singular in his style, so I'm hard-pressed to compare this novel to anything other than his other offerings. "Stardust" comes to mind, since the premise is sort of the same ... a normal fellow dealing with the trials of being whisked off to a different world.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    Croup and Vandemar ... he was really able to bring out their nonchalant evil.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I'd read the novel over the years I don't know how many times before buying the audio, so I knew what to expect. If anything, it felt like finally meeting in person an old friend you'd only ever talked to in letters.


    Any additional comments?

    Gaiman as narrator, especially for this book, makes the entire experience perfect. I cannot suggest this offering enough.

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