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'm a professional dog trainer who loves to read. I have degrees in English and Adult Ed. I love well written books that take me away.
A captivating adventure that everyone might wish really was possible. What if one could just step out of this timeline and into another? Would things be better? Or is it always a case of "wherever you go, there you are?"
The story reminded me of the first Hobbit movie: Lots of walking around, nothing really happening. People RAVE about this book, and at parts I thought "OK, here is where its really gonna start getting good", only to be constantly let down. Maybe it is because I had read Ocean at the end of the Lane directly before this and so had HUGE expectations, as I loved that book, and so was let down.
No. Absolutely not. The central idea of this book was brilliant...just not executed as well as the author is capable of doing.
There is a strange hollow tin can type of voice that is supposed to signify something of import during certain parts of the book. But it comes off as cheesy and unwarranted.
Honestly, for me: No. But thats not to say that someone wouldnt absolutely love it. It just wasnt for me.
My only experience with Neil Gaiman consists of The Graveyard Book, Ocean at the End of the Lane, Stardust, and this. I KIND OF see what the big hype about Gaiman is, but at the same time, I dont. I guess this book was just a "miss" for me.
I would definitely recommend this book and already have recommended it to several people.I was constantly wanting to know what was going to happen next and wished the book hadn't ended. Come on Sequel!
It's a story about a man who's lost his sense of direction in a way and is thrust into a new world where he is forced to adapt or die.
Yes!!!!!!!! it took me two days to finish it!
I think Neil Gaiman is brilliant, and this particular story didn't get to "out there" to lose my husband's interest on a long car ridge. And to have Neil Gaiman read his own story is fantastic.
A flight of fancy that combines Never-Never Land and Alice in Wonderland with a modern adult theme. Improbable scenarios blend into enjoyable probabilities of adventure as the characters interact with their unique persona, ambitions, and histories.
Door was the heroine I rooted for, but then the Marquis became the character with the most human of traits.
Is the tale real, imagined by the protagonist? It doesn't matter, the telling of the tale opens the door to imagination.
Neverwhere sees beyond the ordinary to the magical, both beautiful and horrific. Reading Neverwhere makes the reader want to experience the world with open heart and eyes. Look beyond, look inside, look at the people and places we pass by with (or without) a glance and forget. For those who can see, there is far more to the world than we see on the surface.
Neil Gaiman's reading of Neverwhere is flawless and moving. His reading pace was just right to truly savor the book. His pauses were filled with meaning and enhanced the words themselves. Because I read quickly, I sometimes miss nuances and small moments, but listening to Neil read the book made me appreciate every word. He manages to be spare with words and still convey depth of character; intense sensory descriptions that let me see, hear, feel, smell and taste every scene; and action that keeps me eager to hear what happens next. And his humor makes me laugh out loud. His character voices make me forget that I'm listening to one person reading. All in all, experiencing Neverwhere as an audio book is well worth every moment, even if you've already read the book.
Hi! I'm a Math Teacher who has always loved Books with a mysterious, scientific, or other-worldly flare! Time travelers are also fun!
Yes! Gaiman is as good of a reader as he is an author! I so enjoyed his voices, his expression, and his passion! GREAT humor!
I loved the "voice" Gaiman gave the "bad guys"! Gave me the "shivers"!
Everything mentioned above! Humor, passion, colorful "voices" for characters!
I liked the way that a common man-- even a "loser" as defined by some--could "step up" to assume a hero's role.
The book is a fun, wild fantasy ride. Don't take it too seriously and underlying serious messages will find you...along with having a great time!
Neverwhere is by far the best audiobook I have come across to this day. Neil Gaiman quickly became one of my favorite readers when I listened to Coraline, and continued to be my favorite through The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Graveyard Book and now Neverwhere. Fabulously written, Neverwhere is an exciting tale of the fantastical London underground. Great characters and a compelling tale, I didn't expect some of the twists and turns the story provided.
Gaiman's characters are as colorful as his voices for each of them. While listening, I could perfectly envision each one through his different accents. If every author could read their books as adept at Gaiman, I'd be thrilled. He really is a talented man.
The scope of Neverwhere is amazing, and Gaiman's world building is intricate and smart in this book. I cannot recommend his books enough, especially in the audiobook form. After listening to one of his books, you'll have to listen to them all. They are pure magic.
Inventive, British, Quirky
It reminds me a bit of Alice in Wonderland, or perhaps The Wizard of Oz, only with a grown male protagonist...who is very British. It takes place in a fantasy world that mirrors and coexists with our own.
Neil Gaiman does a remarkable job with the narration, but there is truly untimely and obnoxious music and echoing voice effects that take me right out of the story. I ended up buying the written text and just reading this book because it got on my last nerve.
It's a rather dark novel on the whole and yet I did laugh out loud on a couple of occasions. Humor is always more potent when cast amidst a somber tale and Gaiman is a master when it comes to intertwining the two.
Worth a read, listen if you don't mind the obnoxious noises.
No. I love Neil Gaiman's voice.... however the sound effects in the recording were very distracting. There were several points in the book that I couldn't understand what was being read. I almost gave up on the story because of these unnecessary distractions. (Seriously... I'm not 2... I don't need the bells and whistles to keep me entertained.)
No sound effects!!!!
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