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)
I do things!
First one I've listened to.
I was taken into the world the author created.
As the Under London world unfolded, I was taken away. When I realized our hero was trapped, I felt trapped as well.
The feel of the alternate London has that of "Diagon Alley" from another popular series, but this book was written BEFORE that series. Sort of makes you wonder who may have copied whom...
Neil Gaiman can certainly put together a good story! The book takes you in and guides you through its winding paths. I like Neil Gaiman as a reader, too.
That being said, something about the story didn't make it a page-turner for me. I couldn't quite relate to the characters. I had moments where I didn't want to stop the book... and then there were moments where I tuned out for a several seconds at a time. Maybe it was just me, though...
I would still recommend it, though. It's a good book!
loved the story and the narrators voice sounded right for the story
I liked the plot to America Gods better but the narration of Neverwhere is better.
I have heard this story about three times in the last two years, is so appealing because is unbelievable but the rich descriptions make you believe this other world exist. No matter how many times I hear it, always transport me back to that world. But mostly is the way the author narrate and impersonate all the characters. Fantastic book to start hearing books from Neil Gaiman.
I like Neil Gaiman's slightly twisted view of the world and have read many of his works. This is my first audible book and I think listening - especially as Neil is the narrator - was actually more engaging than reading. Some books/authors are better read in your own 'voice', but this isn't one of them. An excellent choice for Audible books.
whimsical, historic, cute
The history weaved into the story.
The intended inflection of the characters. This was particularly helpful when they were "grey" characters.
NO but I did forgo sleep to listen.
Who doesn't love Alice in Wonderland? This is a great story of someone being thrown from this bland world into an exciting strange new world that only lives next door.
This is a mystery that compels you until the last page to discover the truth.
Neil Gaiman gives personality and color to his performance. I listen to this book while I go to sleep.
I certainly enjoyed meandering through the secret, magical streets of London. Meeting random, creative individuals and learning that doors are often more than just their name. Seedy undergrounds and mole people of New York have nothing on some of these characters. Some of the events feel like they're just dropped onto the page with out any lead up, but isn't that the joy of writing a fantasy novel? Making a world to fit your own ideas and not what anyone else dictates, its good stuff.
I really loved that even though it was a fantasy book, all of the characters were so real. I just know that there are people like this out there. I'm sure we've all met our share of Jessica's especially...
And Richard was such a good and imperfect person. He was heroic in ways people don't normally think about. He cried, and was scared and he still did what he knew was right. That is very heroic to me.
I couldn't put this book down. There was so much happening and it was so well told, and wonderfully performed. I would recommend this book to anyone!
Married mother of three teenagers, back to work after 15 years at home - when I read a lot. Now I am the assistant to the Mayor of Omaha and work at least 60 hours a week, and on top of what I have to do at home - no more books. This lets me listen to the classics, the latest, whatever I want. I can learn or escape. I have always love audio books, but now I NEED them.
Weird, different, cool
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe - in that there is a secret world just on the other side of reality...that's the part that is cool.
I don't notice the narrator unless they are bad. I don't remember the narration - so that is good.
Something like..."Another whole world just beneath the surface...journey to Neverwhere..."
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