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)
What a splendid book! A Morality tale wrapped in an enigma, beautifully read by the author. A London underworld where Earl's Court is indeed just that, an Earl's Court held on a wandering subway train, Black Friars with crossbows, Doors that open and close with a magical touch, and an upworlder lost and bewildered who discovers that he is indeed a warrior like no other. What a delicious read!
The characters were well written, story was well thought out. Plot kept you guessing and the book was very entertaining,
This was the first book I ever read by Neil Gaiman but, alas, was the last as none of his other books ever held my attention as this one did,
Fantastic story. However there were odd sound effects added. They were quite distracting, and thankfully their usage tapered off as the story progressed.
This is my first of Neil Gaiman's books and it will not be the last. He has an excellent voice for audio books and I really enjoyed the unique story and characters.
I don't usually read fantasy novels but I loved the Harry Potter series and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children so I thought I'd give this one a try. LOVED IT! The authors humor is intertwined throughout the novel and I found myself grinning as I drove to work each morning. What an imagination Neil Gaiman has!
Gaiman's humor drives this down-the-rabbit hole fantasy. He has a delightful command of language, and his analogies and understatement had me laughing out loud often. Gaiman's performance is hugely expressive and engaging, and while his widely-ranging dynamics helped with this, it meant it was hard to listen if there was any ambient noise - one must listen in a quiet environment. The description I read of this being "a bedtime story for adults" is definitely apt.
Another Neil Gaiman adventure into the fantastic. Narration was superb and the story had all the fun dialog, along with all the twists and turns you'd expect from Gaiman
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