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)
I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...
If you like a great voice reading you fairy tales this is the guy. Yes, it does remind you a little of Rowling with it's subway stations - but he not only did it first, but it's different. I'm never sad to relisten to a Gaiman tale. Don't miss his others. In fact, not to hear Anansi Boys or frankly, any is a mistake.
It's unfair for Mr. Gaiman to give us such great characters as Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar and not write a sequel.
I loved this book. It's hard to believe that this book is based on an awful british tv series.
I have listened to several of his books and get swept up in them every time. I love to hear him narrate and the story lines give you the feeling of being transported somewhere else, and isn't that what a great book should do. I can't make up my mind if I like Marquis de Carabas of Neverwhere or Silas of The Graveyard Book best.
Audiobooks are a big part of my life.
I wouldn't call this great literature, but it is great entertainment. Neverwhere began as a British TV series -- the book is essentially a novelization -- and it does feel a little too episodic at times, with some characters not fully fleshed out (something the actors presumably did). Nevertheless, I was sucked into its world, much as the central character, Richard Mayhew, is hoovered into a fantastic underground (literally and figuratively) society. Credit that to Gaiman's gifts as both a writer and a narrator. He's that rare author who reads his own work quite well.
This work, for me, was a rare combination or a
very well written, original and highly entertaining novel read by a narrator who matched the writer in quality. Most of the fantasy writer's, today, are neither good writers nor very original and I usually end up feeling let down as I struggle through their stuff. Not so, Gaiman. Listening to this book was
There really is no better way to experience a book than to have it read to you by the author. I sometimes had to consciously remind myself to pay attention to the story because my mind would drift away thinking how amazing it was to be hearing the story as Neil Gaiman intended it - the right words emphasized, the right tone of voice used, the characters using various accents. (As an American, the characters would have been much more boring in my head than the way Gaiman performed them!)
The story is magnificent. It's a grown-up's Alice in Wonderland. I bought the audiobook because I was going on a long car trip and I like listening to books while driving. Beware! You'll not want to put the story down! When the trip was over and the book wasn't, I locked myself away in a room simply to finish it.
If you are a casual listener that just wants to hit play and be done with it, this may not be the audiobook for you. There are parts where you'll have to strain (if even the tiniest bit) to hear the narration, or keep fiddling with the volume button. This was a minor thing for me, but it drove my husband crazy.
If you're reading this because you can't decide whether to buy it, let me make it easy for you: Get it. There will be no regrets. Enjoy!
I started with American Gods. It was sometime until I read/listened to graveyard book, and by then the ball was rolling. Neverwhere is my 3rd Gaiman book, and I loved it.
The story has it all, a touch of fantasy laid onto our world. A little bit of london. .beasts and warriors all right beneath the service of our everyday lives.
This was my first Neil Gaiman book. I listened to it b/c so many of my friends raved about it. While in the end I enjoyed it. It took me a long time to get into and the end IMO just kind of happened. But I will be checking out some of his other books and he did do a good job of narrating his own book.
If he ever gets writers block he should consider being a narrator! this book was fun, thrilling and well written. Neil G added another classic to his collection!
Researcher, editor, writer, francophone, anglophile. Started listening to audiobooks to conciliate my love of knitting and novels.
This is my first Gaiman novel. I really enjoyed it. I think I particularly liked Gaiman's narration. Being read by the author, I really felt I was getting his version of his story. His characters could not have been more alive! I strongly recommend this one for adults who want to hear a "fairy tale", without the "children's" aspect of it. This is a very "adult" book. Not recommended for young children.
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