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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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    "Loved it!"

    Story line is unique, characters are vivid and interesting. I was sad when the story ended! I hope there is a sequel, I'd like to know where everyone ends up!!

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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 09-22-09
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 09-22-09 Member Since 2013

    I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

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    "I would listen again"

    This was an enjoyable listen. The story moved up and down in urgency and then calm. It was interesting and nothing like other books I have read. Quite enjoyable.

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    LaLectora Germany 08-28-09
    LaLectora Germany 08-28-09

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    "Everytime a little better"

    Neverwhere is so much better in the audio format as it is read by Mr. Gaiman. The gross factor is made acceptable by the richness of the tale.
    The fantastic word in the London down is so believable that you almost can believe it. The fist time I heard it I would not have given it a 4 but the 2nd time I heard it after reading the book I started liking it more and more. The only parts I dislike are the torture scenes which are a favorite of Gaiman. They prevent me from giving Neverwhere a 5. I just wish he would write a sequel of the Underworld and bring again the characters for another great adventure.

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    D M Rayne, LA, USA 08-05-09
    D M Rayne, LA, USA 08-05-09
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    "London Underworld"

    Short and to the point. I thoroughly loved listening to Neverwhere. Neil Gaiman has a wonderful way of bringing his characters to life. If your a fan or not.... highly recommended!

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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, USA 07-31-09
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, USA 07-31-09
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    "Great Story OK Audio Book"

    If the premise of this book seems appealing to you, don't let the negatives about the audio/narration scare you away. This is a really fun story with some nice little twists and turns and a couple of really creepy bad guys. At the end I was left wanting some sort of sequel. Not that it was left unfinished but I want to know what happens next. Enjoy.

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    k Grafton, VA, United States 07-23-09
    k Grafton, VA, United States 07-23-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story, dreadful audio production"

    I really enjoyed the story -- but just wish I had read it myself. The audio production was dreadful. The music is quite distracting. Worse, however, was the narration. The story deserved a professional narrator.

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    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 07-06-09
    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 07-06-09
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    "Classic Gaiman - Great!"

    Neil Gaiman does it again. This is classic Gaiman. The book is just great and Gaiman's narration of it is spot on. A very, very good audiobook.

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    Margarita Irving, TX, USA 07-03-09
    Margarita Irving, TX, USA 07-03-09
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    "I'm a Big Fan"

    I'm a big fan of Neil Gaman - and I really love this book. Yes, it's considered more as a "young readers" book, I enjoyed it just the same.

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    pashopper 04-28-09
    pashopper 04-28-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it. Want a sequel..."

    The voice the narrator gives to the main character, Richard, is so charismatic that I can't imagine the book without the audio. I think it takes two listens at least, that way you can enjoy the beginning parts more - which are not meant to be fully understood until later in the story when the secret world of London underneath is revealed.
    I would have given it 5 stars, but the author did too good a job of leaving me wanting more. I hope there is a sequel....

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    Tina Leland, MI, USA 03-13-09
    Tina Leland, MI, USA 03-13-09
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    "Wonderful!"

    I've listened to this book twice. The author has given the best narration I've heard of any book. He's incredible, it's incredible!

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