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)
Neil Gaiman's narration of his own story is captivating and engaging. This was my first audiobook from him and I wish he could narrate some of my favorites! As an audiobook, this is one of my favorites and highly recommended.
The story itself is a very whimsical tale. The world Gaiman constructs is rich and full of character. However, the characters in themselves lack much depth of personality. Much of the narration is taken describing the world in which we travel, but the actual dialogue is curt and concise. While I was invested in the story, I found myself indifferent about the fate of the characters themselves. Character interaction is blunt and stunted, making their relationships shallow and seemingly incomplete. This is a small gripe when compared to the clarity and fascination of the world Gaiman forms in the reader's mind, but was worth one star in my personal opinion.
I look forward to exploring more of Gaiman's work and will continue to enjoy his stark sense of humor.
I'd give it a maybe because of the length, but I'll defiantly be listening to more of Neil Gaiman's books because his voice is masterful.
Old Bailey. That guy was an absolute nut job, and I loved it.
I think he did a good job on all the characters. There's a certain kind of magic when a person performs their own story.
I hardly ever cry in books.
I laughed out loud many times throughout.
Neil Gaiman has one of the best voices in the audiobook game. Bar none.
Most importantly, my name is actually Brooke. My audible account is tied to my husband's Amazon account. Bummer...lol.
I love that the author, Neil Gaiman, narrates his books because you know you're hearing the story exactly how it's meant to be. And he has a lovely voice with a great accent. The story was fantastic and magical. it moves along at a good pace and never lags. I do wish that the magical world of London Underneath had been developed more... kind of like how JK Rowling developed the Harry Potter universe . I think it sucks the reader in more and makes them become invested in said world when they can picture it easily in their mind and see themselves there.
I absolutely adored this book. The reader, who is also the author was just marvelous. I hope that a part II is coming to Audible soon.
Neil's voice does justice to his imagination. I couldn't imagine listening to his stories told by anyone else. They draw you in, then twist and turn, the knife in you. I'll be back for more.
This books reads like a novelization of of itself. As if it were made into a movie, someone saw the movie, became its biggest fan, and rewrote the whole story without ever reading the original text. I get the feeling that Neil Gaiman doesn't trust my imagination with his story, so he just does all of the work for me by flooding the story with what can sometimes be very vivid and interesting descriptions. However, by the end I felt like I had flown across the country only to realize I wish I had driven instead; there's more to experience that way.
What an amazing story!! I don't think I can put it any other way.
The main character Richard Mayhew is an every day kind of person with a heart of gold. He cares about others, not just people he knows, but everyone who crosses his path. Unfortunately for him this means he's a little downtrodden by those he considers closest to him.
Being so caring leads him to care for what he thinks is just a young woman lying injured in the street by the name of The Lady Door, but ends up leading him on a fantastical journey into London Under, a world unknown to us everyday people with amazing characters, scary hitmen and on a quest that blew me away.
The story made me want to visit London Under. I'd love to go there right now in fact.
Neil Gaiman narrating his own work was absolutely inspired. The way he was able to switch between characters with such warm, snide, pompous, funny, caring & scary voices but then to switch back to his own voice was truly outstanding. I wish I could give Neverwhere 10+ stars.
I remember reading this book as a teenager and that I really liked the story. When I found it on audible with Neil himself narrating it I just had to have it.
It was even better this time. Mr Croup is a favorite character. Very well written.
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