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)
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.
This is the 2nd Neil Gaiman book I've listened to. Really well defined, memorable characters and worlds. Funny analogies and witty sentences. Very entertaining.
I'm going to recommend it to my friends.
Neil Gaiman is a great author and narrator. This particular book just didn't "awe" me like his others have. His narrations are great but the use of echo and occasional music was to infrequent to be a real part of the experience and often just pulled me away from the story. The story itself took over half the book before I really became interested and even then I made myself finish it. It never really hooked me I guess.
A fantastic tale as always for Neil Gaiman. Creating a world in the cracks of our world, so close, as if we would only have to reach out to touch it.
This tantalizing closeness characterizes the tale he weaves, and made me lean in closer to the radio to engage.
The only issue I take is the typical Gaiman vocals. When I lean in closer to hear the tale because otherwise I would not hear it. He is dramatic, and dynamic, but sometimes I cannot hear and then it is too loud. This and only this detracted from this story. For me.
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