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)
The voices of Mr. Vandemar and Mr. Kruppe! I can hear them perfectly in my head just typing it of how they introduced themselves.
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.
The narrator was fantastic at employing accents, and voice tones which heightened the listening experience.
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
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
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.
This is not the kind if book I usually read but I am so glad I did, it was truly enjoyable.
No, BUT it was still fantastic.
Every goddamn thing!
Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandermar
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.
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...
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.
YES! Neil Gaiman is one of the best authors of all time. And when he reads his own books, you get double rewarded.
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.
Open a Door to Neverwhere
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.
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.
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.
Croup and Vandemar ... he was really able to bring out their nonchalant evil.
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.
Gaiman as narrator, especially for this book, makes the entire experience perfect. I cannot suggest this offering enough.
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