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)
I liked the world that this book created. Unique and interesting. For a book it was ok. I am not raving about it, nor hating completely on it, and without giving anything away I can't say why it's just ok, other than for someone who reads alot, the book is see through. The narrator is ok, due to the switch between accents it kind of gets a little annoying, but without the switch you would get lost with who's thoughts, ideas, or which character is speaking, so really, I can't even harp on that point to much. It was an ok book. I didn't fall in love with any of the characters, but it was ok walking with them through this book. Will I read the sequel? No. Too many more books to try, much to little time.
The audiobook is great as a standalone, but if you are like myself and enjoy using audiobooks as a way to revisit books you enjoy this one is really perfect. Since Neil reads the book himself you get to hear the characters how he meant them to be, with the inflections, pauses, and emphasis that was intended which can never fully come across through text itself-which is both the beauty of it and the downfall that we can make it personal. Overall a good ride and really is now I'd say a classic fantasy novel for anyone whose a fan of the genre.
Not as good as The Graveyard Book but Neil Gaiman is such an excellent writer and does an excellent job making the unbelievable, real. Very enjoyable.
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
Gaiman at his finest. Wonderfully articulated storytelling. Top performance and voice characterization. Will definitely listen to again.
Big fan of listening to books of all shapes and sizes. Primarily: sci fi, fantasy, nonfiction in human services, buddhism, and classics.
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.
The story was solid, creative, and having just visited London - lots of fun.
Slow. Languid. Disconnected. He added zero drive to the story even in the most action packed moments.
Yes. The story was a great ride and Gaiman is an imaginative master.
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