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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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    Andre Mesa, AZ, United States 01-06-11
    Andre Mesa, AZ, United States 01-06-11
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    "LOVE!!!"

    I had so much fun listening to the book...its a fairytale for grown ups! Neil Gaiman is an awesome narrator. I never felt like I was just listening to someone reading a book. It was pure storytelling, in the moment, like a movie playing in front of my eyes. I didn't want it to end! Its easily in my top 3 favorite audiobooks. I would recommend it to anyone. Now I'm off to find more of his books...

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    Tracey Hoover 12-11-10 Member Since 2008
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    "A little slow for me"

    This book was recommended to me by a literature professor who loves gothic novels and knew I liked supernatural themed stories. However, I am a big Stephen King and Shirley Jackson fan, and this story was a little too soft for me. It reminded me of a cross between Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, with a just a smidge of grotesque violence thrown in. The pace seemed slow, and I had some issues with the writer/narrator. He has a lovely voice and did an ok job, but he made the main character sound like Shrek. I found that at the end of this story I didn't really care about any of the characters or what was going to happen next, so this is not one of my favorite authors. Next time I will stick with something edgier, like JIm Butcher's Dresden Files.

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    Paula A Ford Beautiful Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY 11-30-10
    Paula A Ford Beautiful Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY 11-30-10 Member Since 2014

    I am an artist who paints romantic landscapes in soft pastels.

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    "Neverwhere - I wish it never had to end!"

    I LOVE everything Neil Gaiman does and Neverwhere was the best!! Loved every minute of it and can't wait to hear the next one by him. Outstanding... all of them!

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    Kathy Steffen Lone Rock, Wisconsin 11-28-10
    Kathy Steffen Lone Rock, Wisconsin 11-28-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic!"

    My favorite audible book yet. The best of all worlds: Neil Gaiman's writing is brilliant, his narration is just excellent (I can see why he's doing voice-over animated work) and the author reading is own written word is a bonus. I'm going to purchase the printed version, this was so excellent. Seriously brilliant all the way around.

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    Eva 10-27-10
    Eva 10-27-10
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    "Mesmerizing"

    After reading American Gods I wanted another book from Gaiman and thought to try him reading his own book to me. As it played out, I absolutely loved it. His descriptions of thoughts and views of the protagonists is just as well read and audible in his voice as it would be if I read it myself. It was exactly the way I had envisioned it to sound like. A real treat.

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    Jim Grace 10-16-10
    Jim Grace 10-16-10 Member Since 2012
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    "A Favorite!"

    This book was my first introduction to Neil Gaiman and I absolutely adored it. From the very beginning it caught me and took me along for a fantastic ride. What an imagination he has! I loved the characters, the scenes, and especially listening to Neil read. This book was fun from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.

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    Krista Wilbur, WA, United States 10-07-10
    Krista Wilbur, WA, United States 10-07-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Not every author can narrate -but Gaiman is great"

    Gaiman is a wonderful narrator - I have listened to other books of his as well, and he is just as talented at narrating as some of the other well known voice actors/narrators. I enjoy the fact that he is narrating it as closely as he can to how he hears the characters that he has written. I love his dark and wry humor as well. Neverwhere is as enjoyable as it is odd. A normal if not totally forgettable and boring man falls into the underworld-ground of London. I always enjoy the hidden world right next to our own theme, but this is so much darker without being a horror story. My only disappointment is that Gaiman does not write direct sequels. I enjoyed this more than American Gods and as much as the Graveyard Book and Coraline. Graveyard is one my very favorite listens.

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    Courtney Tucker, GA, United States 09-23-10
    Courtney Tucker, GA, United States 09-23-10
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    "Excellent!"

    This book is right up there with Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz in terms of excellent narrative, raw imagination, and a sympathetic protagonist that just wants to go home. Gaiman's narration is spectacular. I have seen the BBC series that Neverwhere was originally written for and the actors who played the villains - Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar - do not hold a candle to the slithering diction and heavy menace that Gaiman conjures here. Excellent!

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    M.W. SW USA 09-23-10
    M.W. SW USA 09-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Bad, Not Great"

    This book is clinging to the lower rung of 4-stars. There were some twists and turns, and the underground London was imaginative and surreal. I certainly can't slam the book (you'll get that pun once you listen to it), but I probably wouldn't listen to it again, and it seemed a bit long-winded for what it was.

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    Ken Rock Island, IL, United States 09-06-10
    Ken Rock Island, IL, United States 09-06-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Pulls you in"

    This is the second Neil Gaiman book I have listened to on a road trip. This one outlasted the drive & at the end of my trip I found myself wishing the drive had been longer. Gaiman does a terrific jobh of narrating his story, after a while you no longer need the indicators of which character is speaking because he does the vocal inflections so well for each character. He pulls you into this world he has created very quickly & you are never totally released back into your own. Definitely worth listening to.

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