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)
that's a tough call. i loved the book and like to get the audio version of stories that i'd like to read again. i think i'll go with the audio version because i get to hear the book in the tone intended by the author.
no fave. i just loved the reading
i downloaded a short story, that helped me to decide to go with the unabridged neverwhere.
not a particular moment
a very worthwhile read and a very worthwhile listen. neil gaiman is one of my favorite authors. i will listen to more of the books i've read.
I loved Richard and his accent. I love Door. Van De Mar and Croup terrify me. I just love the entire story. Even though they did a radio performance with some of my favorite actors, I adore this version.
I can't really pick a favorite or memorable part. It's all just so much fun.
Richard, definitely. He never asked for any of that craziness. He is a good guy.
My most extreme reaction was my was my amazement. Such a fantastical world, very detailed. You could almost smell it.
This book makes me want to go to London and look around really hard.
Read. Listen. Live.
This is a fantastic book. Once you've read Neil Gaiman, there's no going back. He is a master at his craft and you will want to read all his books!
Mr. Gaiman's voice is classic - and having the author read his story to you is always a bonus. The narration is effortless and the story flows smoothly from one nuance to the next.
love the way it ended. But I think my Husband hyped me up about the author because his sandman comics are so awesome, I felt let down a little. There was some very good things about it and a very cool culture that he mad in it but some parts just fell flat for me. I felt myself waiting for my more favorite characters to show up and just letting every other character be background nose.
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Neil Gaiman could write about and publish "The History of the Ingredients for Toothpaste" and I would rush out to get a copy. He is Richard Adams, Tom Robbins, Leonard Cohen and a touch of Douglas Adams all rolled into one. Reading Gaiman is like eating warm soup on a cold day. It's good for your soul.
Harry Potter meet Under Milkwood! read superbly by Neil Gaiman himself. words lovingly rolling of the tongue.
the fantasy story is also a lovely gentle nudge at London, a city I love, so this was a very enjoyable listen. "There ARE shepherds in Shepherds Bush.."and all the while the big question, why do we exist?
Having enjoyed Gaiman's audio recording of "Stardust," I was looking forward to another Gaiman fantasy narrated by him. This was even better. Loved the story -- a wonderful marriage of reality and fantasy, fun characters including hysterically evil "Mutt and Jeff" villains, plus lots of satirical references to popular culture and London, contemporary and historical. Gaiman is a masterful narrator. I could listen to his voice all day! This book made a long drive fly by.
I loved that the author, Neil Gaiman, was the narrator. It was read the way it was intended, with every character's voice and inflection performed the way he had imagined when he wrote it.
I loved the fantasy underworld of "London-below." It was such an interesting idea that there could be a whole society living right below our feet..
My favorite scene was when Richard, Door, and the Marquis visited the Earl on the train. He was a nutty character, and it was vividly described.
I suppose when Door visited her home after the death of her family.
Neil Gaiman is a fantastic, imaginative writer. If you liked American Gods, Stardust, or Coraline, you'll enjoy this book.
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Gaiman has a brilliant inflection and storytelling ability. His accent is truly amazing as he easily depicts his characters and storyline flawlessly.
Honorable, but less than ordinary man meets magic, shifts reality and changes his stars forever more.
I was surprised that this is Gaiman's favorite tale. Personally, I liked the Graveyard Book much better. This story felt like an except rather than a full tale. I hope that there is a sequel or spin off to come. This story was creative, and allowed the reader entrance to a new and a previously unimagined world. There are magical creatures, and humans are not the "kings" of this underworld, so beware. Brilliantly creative!
Well spent? No, but it kept you listening...perhaps that's just my curious nature though.
All I can do is stare at the blinking cursor...NOTHING comes to mind, but I'm no author
His performance kept me listening and the characters clear
No, the book is always better than the movie, well, except for The Mist by SK, but I did see it on TV, then searched it out and read.
I'm still on the fence with this author. I've bought more books, and that's something. I guess I think he has potential for a good book (good according to me). I'm a nurse and this book actually made me nauseous =) that take some doing, but I scare me or make me laugh, not sick.
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