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
"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)
Wow. A classically brilliant Gaiman tale told thrillingly by the author. Many passages demanded repeated listens - and I think I may divr right back into the beginning right now. You won't want to leave these characters and the remarkably engrossing world. Don't miss it!
8th time thru since 1997, has not lost anything. I have watched, read and now listened to it.
Gaiman does an impressive job reading his own work.
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Unique and colorful characters. The story ended, perfectly. So many books try to be a series from the start, this one doesn't. There is a resolve, however, I would love to read more of the these characters, especially the Marquee!
Neil Gaiman's renditions great. The story was somewhat flawed. Richard managed to achieve a couple of things without much explanation, but with some suspension of disbelief, this wasn't too bad. Other than that, I liked the story.
loved it! surprising and fulfilling and exciting. a wonderful experience. nothing like anything I've read before -- original and creative. artistic wordplay subtly rendered. would recommend to anyone.
Fantasy, mystery, obscure
can't think of any comparable novel
Richard was my favourite
It never evoked an extreme reaction.
It was a great book, but I never felt completely sucked into the story. I liked the story and LOVED Gaiman's reading of it, but it just wasn't the epic story I though it might be.
Certainly will read no more from this author.
He was a fabulous narrator; too bad story was boring.
Whole parts of the story seemed drawn from a scenario such as in Harry Potter, only not s engaging.
I am nearing the end of this bore fest. If I had not happily listened to hundreds of audio books previously, I would doubt my own opinion of this novel. As it is, I come away less sure of the listener ratings of books. Hard to believe such a highly rated listen could actually leave me so cold.
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