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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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    Rene' Negaunee, MI, USA 07-24-08
    Rene' Negaunee, MI, USA 07-24-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Plot and Characters"

    Imaginative and captivating.

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    Jared Kalamazoo, MI, USA 05-25-08
    Jared Kalamazoo, MI, USA 05-25-08
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    This was one of my first purchases on audible.com and it proved to be very interesting. The plot was colorful and the reading by neil was excellent.I listened to this book while i was working or while doing various chores around my house and found myself constantly getting wrapped up in what was going on- to the neglect of my work. Overall, thought it was great

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    Old Hippy PA 05-24-08
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    "Wonderful!"

    A magical and wonderful tale ... a fariy tale for adults! The author is the narrator and he's terrific! The characters are all engaging and the story - while whimsical - is quite exciting! You keep wondering "how can this author possibly make all this work in the end?" and - believe it or not - he does beautifully. HIghly recommended!

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    David Mukilteo, WA, USA 05-19-08
    David Mukilteo, WA, USA 05-19-08
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    "Totally enchanting!"

    Marvelous twists and turns narrated lovingly by the author! I haven't enjoyed an audio book so much since "Water for Elephants".

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    Timothy Tripp Dallas, TX United States 05-18-08
    Timothy Tripp Dallas, TX United States 05-18-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Like Harry Potter for grown ups"

    Not to jab the grown ups who also love Harry Potter - this just ups the bar both on the character development and story to a more mature (and obscure) level. Gaiman does an amazing job of expanding the trivial details of life into vivid realities. I will be watching this author with great interest from this point on.

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    Russ Asheville, NC, USA 04-11-08
    Russ Asheville, NC, USA 04-11-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Reading"

    Neil Gaiman writes a wonderful story and reads it superbly. I'm not a big fan of fantasy fiction, but this book is NOT TO BE MISSED!

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    Lynda Vancouver, WA, USA 04-09-08
    Lynda Vancouver, WA, USA 04-09-08
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    I loved this book. I would recomend it to anyone who likes to visit those strange, often scary 'other places' that we want to believe exist

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    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 03-09-08
    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 03-09-08
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    "Cream of the Crop!"

    This is one of the top ten books I would recommend. Absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Michelle waycross, GA, USA 02-21-08
    Michelle waycross, GA, USA 02-21-08 Member Since 2014
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    "consistently good work"

    This was not as entertaining as American Gods but was a very easy read that had my imagination racing with so many visual cues to such memorable characters. It was a delight.

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 02-03-08
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 02-03-08 Member Since 2015

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    "figuring Gaiman out"

    Maybe there is no figuring Neil Gaiman out. But I did watch the Startdust movie just today and I feel like I better understand this book, maybe he's improved his storytelling as well. This book is a fantasy tale. I don't know what I thought it would be but that's what it was. The description of London Below and the quest seemed to drag at times. Maybe Gaiman's tales are better suited for the big screen where you can get more of the imagery. I will be following him now watching his creations.

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