Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.
There's a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining.... And Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for him below the streets of his native city.
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"A very fine and imaginary writer" (The Sunday Times)
hmm, it's up there with all my favourites. I would read this again and again!
I didn't see the twist coming! He had me fooled all the way. Satisfying ending!
I loved Hunter. And Islington. Listen, and you'll find out why.
Yes, but why the heck would I give it away? That's for the listeners to find out!
Some have said this is not true Neil Gaiman style, but I have to disagree. Perhaps the protagonist of this book reminded me of the protagonist in Gaiman's novel 'Anansi boys', but it didn't detract from the novel, only made him more predictable in the sense that I knew where he would end up at the finish.
For another great read/listen of Gaiman's, tuck into 'The Graveyard Book', it's a good'un!
No, I really enjoyed listening to this narrator's interpretation of the book. I was sorry when it ended
Listening to books on audio is a return to the days of childhood when someone read a story for you. The personality that can be put into the read itself enriches the story immeasurably.
Being sucked right in Neil Gaiman's world along with the writer and hearing his imagining of the world and the characters. His character voices were amazing.
Richard. He is a sympathetic character and a wonderful audience identification character because we are experiencing a new world along with him. I cheered him on in his heroic moments and wanted to hug him in his moments of despair.
I have never listened to any of Neil Gaiman's performances before, but would definitely listen to more after this. He reads beautifully and has a lovely voice.
Yes, several, particularly moments when Richard was despairing and alone in the world. It was easy to be moved by his plight thanks to Neil Gaiman's wonderful reading and the power of his writing.
That has been the best novel I have read in a long time. Every character managed to leap off the page and play in my brain while I read this novel. The only way that I can think of describing it is to say that it's like Alice in Wonderland written for adults in modern London where there is a London Above which we can all see and a London Below which is secret and goes unseen by everyone in London Above. Richard Mayhew moves from London Above to London Below after he stops to help a woman on the street and it's his search to help the woman answer why her family has been murdered and a way for Richard to get back to London Above.
Messrs Croup and Vandermar have to be the best written villains I have ever read and I really wish that at some point (if he hasn't already done so) Gaiman writes a spin-off for these two. Every scene they were involved in was lifted by their presence and I wanted more of them, so much more. Gaiman completely explored the world and I'm not sure if there could ever be a sequel but a novel in the same world would be spectacular.
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