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)
Maybe it's me but I have no idea why this received so many 4 star ratings
After listening for only two hours I find I just want it to end immediately. The first hour was absolutely all over the place and if you stop paying attention for a second you would be lost
This was definitely unique! The author did a great job narrating the story. I was impressed.
What was not so impressive were the crude things thrown in. I believe they were meant to make the story more colorful, but.....
"It smelled like sex, not in an unpleasant way...." Um, thanks...? I wasn't quite sure why this was necessary, as these sorts of details didn't add to the story at all. There were many droppings of the f-bomb throughout, including usage as the term has been traditionally used. Plenty of sexual references and violence, for those who would like to know these things.
Now, as for the rest of the story, for the first few hours or so, I felt like I was in a strange dream, where absolutely nothing made sense. But I suppose that's how our main character felt as well. However, this was a bit like more of a nightmare....not many positive experiences at first in this wild world he visits (mentions of lots of smelly things and people that live in them, as well as bad guys that eat slugs and people alike). Not sure whether the bad guys were meant to be really silly or really scary?
Then we begin to develop a plot with plenty of twists, which did help. I did find myself longing to know more about the characters (instead of going for variety and quantity, I would have liked more development of the main characters). I enjoyed the characters Hunter and the Marquis, who I felt were both the most developed of all. But the main characters, Richard and Door, I felt could have been explored more. Fortunately, a couple of bouts of extreme loyalty thrown in enrich the story.
I enjoyed the witty quips here and there, and the quirky things the author throws at us unexpectedly, which occasionally made me giggle out loud.
Overall, I felt like this was a story that was interesting to listen to, but isn't something that will stay with me forever--nor do I feel like the characters became my friends. However, the author's creativity is inspiring.
Neil Gaiman is a surprisingly good at narration. That being said the thing that brings it to 4 stars is that he is the author and he can add inflections in the same way he meant it to be read.
If you have read his work before you know the pace can be slow, but that is because he has a quality to his work that makes it feel real. Really intresting world, but the book is short so it doesn't have time to go to deep. Good with some great qualities, but not great.
Classic tale of an awkward and clumsy nobody stumbling into a "new world" to save the day. Unfortunately the best part about the entire experience was the narration. The author really brings the characters to life in a way that I couldn't have.
While the story is an interesting one, I'm left feeling that somehow it wasn't as good as it could have been. There are interesting ideas thrown about, and more than a few good lines in this book but it was never fully put together, a bit like a fantastic puzzle that has been left on the table for three months and only partway finished.
At times I feel the author got lost in his own world which made the flow of the book suffer a bit. While many of the side characters are interesting and well developed, the main character is someone I struggled to love.
Four chapters and about three hours of my life I'll never get back. This novel should come with a disclaimer, "like Harry Potter or The Chronicles of Narnia where animals and odd creatures talk." This is more of a children's book. I can't finish this. At least I only wasted $3.95.
The characters were read in different voices by Neil, much like how I read stories to my kids. The best part is this is how the author heard the characters when he wrote the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well worth the listen
Not only story takes unexpected twists and turns, but we witness character's changing + evolving in ways only great books bring. Makes the readers think beyond the happening in the story. Wonderful listen - Neil is a true master storyteller.
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