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)
“Never laugh at live dragons.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
I was pleased to discover Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere being the first of his books I have read/listened to. There were other titles of his that seemed to have gotten better ratings, but I chose Neverwhere because it was a longer book and I wanted to receive the most book for my monthly credit. I was not disappointed in the story, although I felt it lacked ....something.This is NOT a book for children. Never the less I enjoyed the story and loved the narration! NG does an amazing job telling the story of a world he created. This is not a book I will be recommending to all my book buddies but I will recommend the Author. Stardust is the next title of purchase for me. I watched the movie years ago and loved it having no idea it was a movie adaptation of a book.
I love to read! I love reading even more now with my Audible account. I probably read two to three books a month. And, yes, I have a life!
I finished Stardust and wanted to read something else Neil wrote, and this was recommended to me. What an EXCELLENT story! I loved the going between two worlds, and the plot. AWESOME story!
I loved The Graveyard by this author. I've heard, maybe from the author, that not everyone will like every one of his books. This story is well crafted, detailed, and inventive. However, I never attached to the characters. There were moments of humor, but nothing really jumped out. I found myself wishing there was more of a sense of whimsy or a break from the plodding drudgery the main character goes through. Perhaps I was just spoiled by the first book I listened to by the author.
I was initially hesitant to purchase this book due to the premise. (It is in the summary: random guy finds some random girl bleeding on the sidewalk – something that, in my experience, is usually followed by a silly romance story. You may be familiar with the type: “Oh, you saved me! I have suddenly fallen madly in love with you despite the fact that I don’t even know you! Let us make kissy-faces at each other for the next 200 pages!”)
Neverwhere is NOT that kind of book, and I am so glad that I decided to give it a try despite my initial misgivings. The book has a cast of interesting characters that you become attached to without even realizing it. I found myself thinking “Wow, this character is a jerk/an idiot/way too cool for her own good/etc.” when characters first appeared, but half an hour later I was quite upset by the idea that they might die. If that doesn’t speak to great characterization on the author’s part, I don’t know what does. This novel also has rather witty dialogue, which is my own particular weakness. I can forgive all manner of sins if the dialogue is clever (although this book doesn’t require forgiving). Additionally, it is wonderfully written and wonderfully read. The only complaint I have is that one or two items never get resolved. (Example: Why was Richard able to see Door at the start of the novel when no one else could?) As complaints go, though, this is relatively minor, and it in no way kept me from enjoying the book.
IN SUMMARY: The things that I like the most in a book are great characters and clever dialogue. If this is also your thing, you will also love this book.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go purchase a slew of other Neil Gaiman books.
How wonderful to hear the story told by the author himself! Gaimain's voice weaves a spell, drawing you under London to meet fantastic characters anchored by a bewildered, relatable protagonist. This is modern fantasy at its finest. I particularly enjoyed the setting. I've never been to London, but you could feel Gaiman's affection for the great city in his loving descriptions. Similar to Anne Rice's New Orleans at the height of her vampire fiction, the location almost becomes a character of its own.
Some have commented on on the depth and sophistication of the story, and I'll admit it's not too much more than skin deep. However, Gaiman's reading really brings the characters to life and sweeps you up in the world he creates. I came to this after reading American Gods -- which I found, overall, disappointing. The simpler story, told very well, suits Gaiman more than the sweeping epic of American Gods. I was quite sad when this story ended.
A good story, which grows on you, and is worth a listen - but there are others of Gaiman's I prefer to this. And sorry, but I didn't love Gaiman as a narrator - you really notice the difference when you listen to professionals most of the time. His voice modulation and cadence often made him difficult to understand, and I was constantly adjusting the volume to try and deal with this.
I hated getting out of my car when I listened to this book. I commute 2 hours a day so these audio books help pass the time. Neil Gaiman creates the most amazing worlds and characters. I will listen to this many more times.
The best in adventure entertainment I've listened to for awhile. I love Gaiman's reading of his own book. He does all of the voices very well. Not for those who are offended by bad language, but otherwise, good for those high-school and up. (I would have read this by the fifth or sixth grade, even with the mature subject matter in places.)
Gaiman, if I were younger than you, I'd definitely have a crush on you. Since I am much older, I'd consider it a terrible fondness. And I do mean terrible.
At first I was dubious about Gaiman reading his own works. I was WRONG. It was absolute perfection!!! His Croup and Vandermar were creepy and evocative and just plain incredible. Now I can't imagine anyone else reading his works.
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