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Neverwhere Audiobook

Neverwhere

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever.

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.

©1996, 1997 Neil Gaiman; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    CAROL CARNEGIE, PA, United States 06-06-13
    CAROL CARNEGIE, PA, United States 06-06-13

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    "excellent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Neverwhere to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Neverwhere?

    no fave. i just loved the reading


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i downloaded a short story, that helped me to decide to go with the unabridged neverwhere.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not a particular moment


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Chelly Las Vegas 06-03-13
    Chelly Las Vegas 06-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Neil Gaiman should narrate all his work"
    What did you love best about Neverwhere?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Neverwhere?

    I can't really pick a favorite or memorable part. It's all just so much fun.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    Richard, definitely. He never asked for any of that craziness. He is a good guy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My most extreme reaction was my was my amazement. Such a fantastical world, very detailed. You could almost smell it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book makes me want to go to London and look around really hard.

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    W. Walsh Soufriere, Dominica 05-23-13
    W. Walsh Soufriere, Dominica 05-23-13 Member Since 2016

    Read. Listen. Live.

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    "Pure magic!"
    Where does Neverwhere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    Kenya 05-21-13
    Kenya 05-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Very strange, very odd"

    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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    Theotokos NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 05-19-13
    Theotokos NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 05-19-13 Member Since 2014

    Mother, Amazon, Student, LSG

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    "Loved this story!"

    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.

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    Turtle 05-12-13
    Turtle 05-12-13
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    "Harry Potter meet Under Milkwood!"
    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Harry Potter meet Under Milkwood! read superbly by Neil Gaiman himself. words lovingly rolling of the tongue.


    Any additional comments?

    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?

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    Deborah 05-05-13
    Deborah 05-05-13
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    "Delightful story, wonderful narration"

    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.

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    Marissa JERMYN, PA, United States 04-17-13
    Marissa JERMYN, PA, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Fun, Urban Fantasy"
    What did you love best about Neverwhere?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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..


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I suppose when Door visited her home after the death of her family.


    Any additional comments?

    Neil Gaiman is a fantastic, imaginative writer. If you liked American Gods, Stardust, or Coraline, you'll enjoy this book.

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    M. Lensie Pennsylvania, USA 04-02-13
    M. Lensie Pennsylvania, USA 04-02-13 Member Since 2014

    Freelance Illustrator, & Designer

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    "Descent book, plan to repeat"
    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gaiman has a brilliant inflection and storytelling ability. His accent is truly amazing as he easily depicts his characters and storyline flawlessly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Honorable, but less than ordinary man meets magic, shifts reality and changes his stars forever more.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Fee Sheffield, AL, United States 03-30-13
    Fee Sheffield, AL, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2014

    Felicia F.

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    "Strange and nauseating parts"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well spent? No, but it kept you listening...perhaps that's just my curious nature though.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    All I can do is stare at the blinking cursor...NOTHING comes to mind, but I'm no author


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    His performance kept me listening and the characters clear


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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