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)
This books reads like a novelization of of itself. As if it were made into a movie, someone saw the movie, became its biggest fan, and rewrote the whole story without ever reading the original text. I get the feeling that Neil Gaiman doesn't trust my imagination with his story, so he just does all of the work for me by flooding the story with what can sometimes be very vivid and interesting descriptions. However, by the end I felt like I had flown across the country only to realize I wish I had driven instead; there's more to experience that way.
What an amazing story!! I don't think I can put it any other way.
The main character Richard Mayhew is an every day kind of person with a heart of gold. He cares about others, not just people he knows, but everyone who crosses his path. Unfortunately for him this means he's a little downtrodden by those he considers closest to him.
Being so caring leads him to care for what he thinks is just a young woman lying injured in the street by the name of The Lady Door, but ends up leading him on a fantastical journey into London Under, a world unknown to us everyday people with amazing characters, scary hitmen and on a quest that blew me away.
The story made me want to visit London Under. I'd love to go there right now in fact.
Neil Gaiman narrating his own work was absolutely inspired. The way he was able to switch between characters with such warm, snide, pompous, funny, caring & scary voices but then to switch back to his own voice was truly outstanding. I wish I could give Neverwhere 10+ stars.
I remember reading this book as a teenager and that I really liked the story. When I found it on audible with Neil himself narrating it I just had to have it.
It was even better this time. Mr Croup is a favorite character. Very well written.
I really enjoy a good 'Mystery/Thriller' but the narrator can cause me, at times, to not listen to what might have been a really good story.
I tried really hard to listen to this book. The narrator was really good but I could not 'get into' the story. I tried listening to it three times and just couldn't make it through the book.
Having the author read the book is a rare treat. Mr. Gaiman is an astounding writer with a vivid imagination coupled with a dramatic flair while reading. I cannot recommend this book enough!
Excellent story. Job of getting characters voices just right. Very descriptive story, really. He is a Mastercraft detail
Like Neil Gaiman's other books, Neverwhere butts fantasy right up with reality as we know it. The story was engaging and kept me listening even after I should have stopped and gone to bed. If you're looking for a good story to lose yourself in, I'd recommend this to you. While there is a hint of terror while listening (I couldn't listen to some parts at night), don't expect too much suspense. The plot was a bit predictable, but I loved each of the relationships that developed. He doesn't sacrifice the movement of the story for intense character development.
The performance was consistent and fit well with each of the characters and the story overall.
Generally, this is he third of Gaiman's books I've read/listened to, and I know I'll be coming back for a fourth!
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