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  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,745

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

Unexpectedly Awesome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-07

I believe Neverwhere was the first Neil Gaiman I knowingly read. I'm almost certain I'd read his work before, but this was the first I selected as a standalone book.
I have to say that the author reading his own work makes for a great listen. The accents and inflections the American reader wouldn't have applied are all here in their intended glory.
I would definitely recommend this and any other Neil Gaiman audiobook.
The book itself is a dark telling of the secret lives gone unnoticed in the "real world," a concept that is challenged in a new and fantastic way. Even if you don't listen to the audiobook first, I still recommend reading this the good old-fashioned way.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • A Study in Emerald

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628

A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn't reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen Well

  • By M. D. Baines on 08-16-08

A favorite

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-07

I have been reading Neil Gaiman's work for a few years now, and I feel like I've been through the wringer at his hands. When I first listened to him reading one of his own works, I was thrilled. I assume he reads his works as he imagined them when he wrote them, and listening is a quick way for the fans to satisfy a little hero-worship.
His performance is usually much like you might remember storytellers from your childhood - creepy in the right bits, childlike in others...
This essay has been up on his website for a while now and has been visited once every few months by me in that time. I was very happy to find this and would recommend it to those of you already familiar with his work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stranger in a Strange Land

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,638

Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We live in the world this book made

  • By W. Seligman on 02-26-04

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-07

When I first read Stranger in a Strange Land, I needed a few days to absorb it and figure out where it stood in my "favorites" list. It's one of the few books that has actually influenced my life on a noticeable scale, and as such, I wasn't sure I would allow myself to enjoy the audiobook. If I have previously read a book and loved it, I'm a lot more critical of the choice of the narrator when it's read or dramatized.
I have also listened to a number of audiobooks and have developed an attachment to certain narrators (Stephen Briggs' Discworld narrations over other Discworld narrators, for example) and am a bit of a "quality" snob.
In my opinion, this is a very well done audiobook. The quality is somewhat gruff, but I insist this fits the book. The narrator's performance of beloved characters is stellar and I would definitely recommend it, with the caveat that you should give it a few minutes to adjust, if you're used to crisp and clean audio quality.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Night Watch

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,456
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,457

Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pratchett's Best and Grossly Overlooked in the US

  • By Cathy M. Hall on 06-26-10

history finds a way

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-07

The fight to capture a murderer in Ankh-Morpork suddenly takes a strange, sudden turn into the city's dark past. Terry Pratchett takes a creative, gripping and (as always) funny spin on the travel-back-in-time plot so frequently found in sci-fi/fantasy and makes it thoroughly "Discworld." This is a personal favourite, with both the Watch and the History Monks. Definitely recommended!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hogfather

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,793
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,800

"Discworld is more complicated and satisfactory than Oz," says Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. "Truly original. Pratchett creates a brilliant excess of delectable detail!" Hogfather is a Discworld Christmas tale - not to be missed! Browse more novels of Discworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sure cure for December blues

  • By W. S. on 11-23-04

Great imagery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-07

It's time for the Hogfather to visit good little girls and boys with gifts. Like everything, there's a darker story to be told and this one involves the Auditors of reality, Death, the Oh God of Hangovers and the Verruca gnome.
As usual, Terry Pratchett has woven a colorful and hilarious story with the dark that exists in all our myths. This is a great story and highly recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Elephant

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,029
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,308
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,305

Sam Vines is a man on the run. Yesterday he was a duke, a chief of police, and ambassador to the mysterious, fat-rich country of Uberwald. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization, there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vines is out of time and already out of breath...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Discworld: Worth Visiting Again and Again

  • By Michael on 08-01-03

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-07

As usual, this Discworld book is wonderfully done. Stephen Briggs uses a number of accents that convey cultural meaning in this world as well as they might in the Discworld. He also chooses voices that are spot-on the characters as I imagined when I was reading the book. Detritus sounds like I think a troll might, whereas in previous audiobooks he might sound like an enthusiastic Scotsman.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful