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Neverwhere Audiobook

Neverwhere

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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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    M. Sutton NYC and DFW, USA 08-16-15
    M. Sutton NYC and DFW, USA 08-16-15

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    "Brilliant story beautifully told"

    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!

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    Stephens Iowa 08-15-15
    Stephens Iowa 08-15-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Never gets old."

    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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    Old Amazon Shopper 08-14-15 Member Since 2012

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    "A great story!"

    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!

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    Rosalind 08-11-15
    Rosalind 08-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic storytelling"

    loved the characters and the struggle and finally the acceptance, wonderful l will listen again and again

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    meghan 07-19-15
    meghan 07-19-15
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    "Great Story"

    Neil Gaiman is pretty much aa absolute genius. Loved it and love him. Read it!

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    Devon D. Clark 07-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Review"

    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.

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    aethonan 07-14-15
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    "totally different story and fantastic performance!"

    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.

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    Valerie 07-13-15
    Valerie 07-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting"

    A truly unique story of fantasy that transports you into another reality. Questions true life

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    Sarah 07-07-15
    Sarah 07-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Gaiman's a fantastic story-teller"
    If you could sum up Neverwhere in three words, what would they be?

    Fantasy, mystery, obscure


    What other book might you compare Neverwhere to and why?

    can't think of any comparable novel


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    Richard was my favourite


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It never evoked an extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    alice 07-04-15
    alice 07-04-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Tedious slog."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Can't guess.


    Has Neverwhere turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Certainly will read no more from this author.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    He was a fabulous narrator; too bad story was boring.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Neverwhere?

    Whole parts of the story seemed drawn from a scenario such as in Harry Potter, only not s engaging.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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