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.
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"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)
He reads his book as I imagine he wrote it. I was amazed by the small vocal tweaks he gave to each of his characters to make them distinctive, and vital.
Neil Gaiman is an amazing story teller! Neverwhere is captivating from start to finish. I haven't been this swept away by an author and book since I read Narnia as a kid.
When he's writing at his peak, Neil Gaiman creates stories that are riveting nuggets of literary perfection. I'm not being hyperbolic but attempting to convey the actual experience of consuming his work. When my husband and I listened to Stardust (also narrated by Gaiman) I felt like I was shimmering. The Anansi Brothers left me feeling twisted up and tortured on behalf of the protagonist. Gaiman is just an amazing writing who seems to pull from every corner of his experience as a sentient being.
In my opinion, Neverworld basically accomplishes the same by the end. However on the journey to the end there is a lot of tarrying, slogging through scenes of unnecessary hyper detail that left me feeling a little numb and bored. These details, mostly used to describe scenes of London Below, seem to be applied indiscriminately. They feel more like Gaiman wandering around through the tunnels and sewers of his imagination, enthusiastically determined to get a lay of the land by observing and reporting on every single nook and cranny he encounters. As a reader, I prefer slightly more discretion on the writer's part as they decide which treasures to share or withhold. But that's just me. And regardless, this is a must on the consumption list for all Gaiman lovers.
...and Gaiman as a narrator? I listen to a lot of audiobooks and aside from the enormous cast used in BBC's Golden Compass audio, Gaiman is hands down delivers my top favorite audio productions. His talents are diverse and generous.
I really enjoyed it but it wasn't the life changing story that others have found it. I don't know if I just wasn't in the right mood or maybe I should have read this one instead of listening to it. Ocean at the End of the Lane, I wanted to remember every word. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it highly. I hope you enjoy listening to it
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