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Neverwhere | [Neil Gaiman]

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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    Dawn Deltona, FL, United States 01-02-08
    Dawn Deltona, FL, United States 01-02-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Never Again!"

    I bought into the "best-seller" status of this book and it's 4 stars, but this is one of the most ridiculous books I've read in awhile. The scenes are contrived and predictable. The characters are not likeable or worthy of our sympathy. I found myself rooting for the cut-throats. As a true lover of fantasy and horror, this was just a horrible attempt at pulling narnia, potter, atlantis and what-nots into one very uninspired and bland tale. Don't be fooled by the rating! This is not worth your time.

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    Trajanrome Cincinnati 12-13-07
    Trajanrome Cincinnati 12-13-07 Member Since 2000
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    "A delightful treat!"

    A delightful treat! This book is perhaps a bit slow to start, but it becomes quickly then the art of storytelling at its best. I’m usually one for ‘hard’ science fiction over books that tend more towards fantasy, and also one to advise fellow audio enthusiasts against books where authors read their own works, but this book surprised and charmed me on both counts. Neverwhere is a thoroughly engaging story, one that I took out of my car when I got home, abandoned my pressing project, and listened to for hours when I really shouldn’t have. So fair warning, this story might just be too engaging! And Gaiman could be a professional reader, he’s that good. And knowing it’s his work as I listened, I was also certain that when he infused a character with a turn of personality that I’m sure I would not have suspected from the printed text, that this affectation surely was in line with the author’s intent! I find myself having just finished this with a profound sense of disappointment that it isn’t the first in a series of adventures about London’s underside. Please, Mr. Gaiman, should you read this, write more about Door and Richard! Perhaps now that I read that is to become a film that more will be written!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart Tustin, CA, United States 12-05-07
    Stuart Tustin, CA, United States 12-05-07
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    "Excellent!"

    I've not written a review before but felt compelled to chime in and give Neverwhere 5 stars. A very enjoyable and imaginative tale. I haven't enjoyed anything quite this much since The Dark Tower. Gaiman did an excellent job not only with the book itself, but did an amazing job narrating this highly recommended book.

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    David Hamilton, VA United States 12-04-07
    David Hamilton, VA United States 12-04-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant"

    Brilliant, haunting, completely absorbing. Hard to describe but completely worth it.

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    Anthony Kingston Springs, TN, USA 11-12-07
    Anthony Kingston Springs, TN, USA 11-12-07
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    "good news/bad news"

    the bad news 1st...Neverwhere is simply not as good a story as Gaiman's more recent novels (American Gods, Anansi Boys)...it's not bad...just not nearly as rich.

    the good news...Gaiman's just a great storyteller (and narrator too!) and even his earlier work here shows the seeds that are to blossom in his later novels...with each year his stories grow progressively more complex, polished, and fun (Anansi Boys is perhaps my all time favorite audio book ever...and only partly due to Lenny Henry's astounding narration!) So be of good cheer...he's getting better all the time...and he's still young...and writing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Toronto, ON, Canada 02-29-08
    Robert Toronto, ON, Canada 02-29-08
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    "Could not press stop"

    I loved this book. Gaiman is such a fantastic story teller and his reading was wonderful.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David Tunbridge Wells 12-16-12
    David Tunbridge Wells 12-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Listen with a friend, really."

    I wanted to leap off a bridge by the end of this book, but in a good way. Have a friend listen with you for moral support, or at least someone to follow you down. The read is worthwhile.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark J. Carroll USA 02-17-09
    Mark J. Carroll USA 02-17-09 Member Since 2014
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    "It drags on a little"

    Gaiman is a good author. I loved American Gods and liked Anansi Boys. There is no great climax and the main character is a bit of a wet drip - you really don't get to see him as much of a hero even though his character has one of those 'aha' moments.

    The story reaches its climax and then drags on for him to have another moment hours later.

    I did not like The Graveyard Book much.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia Irmo, SC, USA 09-25-08
    Marcia Irmo, SC, USA 09-25-08
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    "Can't wait to see the Movie!!"

    I really enjoyed this audible addition and the magnificant production of it! Not only is the narrator great, all of the sounds, echos, etc. make it an appealing listen.

    I can easily envision Angelina Jolie as "Hunter", Rynona Rider as "Door", Jack Black as "Mr. Kroup", Ferrell Colin as "Richard" and if she could handle it, Jennifer Anniston as "Jessica".. Not sure who would be able to portray the "Angel". Anyway, this is how real the characters became as I listened to this story that is a cross between, Harry Potter's world and Dorothy's from the Wizard of Oz's, only it is designed with adults in mind! The author even makes references to the obvious similarities to the Wiz and it is still a captivating tale to say the least.

    I was a little taken back about whether Door was a "little girl", or someone Richard would be interested in romantically, it seems she kept slipping in and out of adulthood. Either way it is a very very good read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a true page turner that can't be put down until the end!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Culver, OR, USA 03-28-08
    Cheryl Culver, OR, USA 03-28-08
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    "Authors shouldn't narrate"

    This isn't the first time I've listened to an author narrate their book and I've only liked one - Frank McCourt. Mr. Gaiman ruined the story for me with his high nasal voice. I wasn't able to finish it and I've tried twice. My mind just wanders. There are so many unanswered questions that it makes little sense, which seems like the writer is too lazy to bother.

    I don't usually buy books until I've read reviews and a lot of folks loved this story but I'm not one of them.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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