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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)

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  • Adam
  • 12-31-15

Not to be confused with underware

A strange tale of a man who thinks he's solid and sensible thrust into a world where we the reader/listener are given the same amount of confusion and explanation that the main character is. Somewhat frustrating and clumsy but a fairly accurate rendition of any reasonable person stripped of the sensible world around them.

Masterfully narrated and we'll presented.

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  • Paul Snook
  • 12-05-15

London Below rises above the rest

Having watched the original TV series back in the 1990s, and having listened to the recent audio adaptation, I was curious to see (hear) how different the book was to the dramatic interpretations. I was not disappointed. Whilst the TV and radio obviously play for drama, the book puts more flesh on the bones, allowing you to almost smell, touch and taste the depths of London Below, a world filled with danger but so utterly compelling you want to explore it yourself. With the author reading his own work you hear it as he heard it as he wrote it. Wonderful, fantastical stuff.

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  • Andy
  • 08-14-15

Sits between Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings

Where does Neverwhere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top third

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Satisfactory if somewhat predictable

Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't. If the genre is the same, I'll come back to him but not just yet. Need a book in touch with the world I know

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, the whole concept was so far fetched from reality that was difficult to be truly moved.

Any additional comments?

If you love 'fantasy' as a genre, combined with a dark thriller....this is the book for you

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  • KT
  • 07-31-15

So very, very good!

This is a fabulous adventure in another London. The characters are rich and 'real' and there are twists and turns aplenty. I couldn't stop listening- even went past my tube stop because I was so caught up in it!

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  • Pawel Orzechowski
  • 07-08-15

I loved it

Great book and a beautiful voice acting. I really enjoyed the story and the truly british feel of the locations and accents.

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  • Jean
  • 02-15-15

Never where

The narrator/author was really good. He made the characters come alive. Can't really put into words how much I enjoyed this book. That is why I read and don't write!!

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  • Sam
  • 12-29-14

Weird and Wonderful Fantasy

"I'd watch out for doors if I were you."

Neverwhere is the story of Richard Mayhew, a reluctant hero whose random act of kindness plunges him into the weird and fantastical world of London Below - an underground metropolis upon the things that 'Upworlders' throw away and home to those 'who-fell-between-the-cracks'.

Day-trippers to London Below will doubtless encounter assassins and warriors, meet with those able to speak with rats and visit the famous 'Floating Market'. Be advised though that danger is everywhere in London Below, with fearsome warriors and ruthless assassins at every turn. And even they only speak in whispers of the great Beast of London...

The plot is well written and well paced, with action and humour interspersed with more sombre moments. The real strength of this novel, however, lies with its diverse cast of characters. Each character is given 'space' within the story to be developed and the result is a number of interesting and memorable 'personalities' that emerge from the novel.

The author himself reads the story for the audiobook, and does a good (if somewhat unremarkable) job. There were no issues here, and it was pleasant to hear the story from the horses mouth.

Neverwhere is a great listen for anyone who enjoys their fantasy a bit 'odd' and fans of Neil Gaiman and his extended work will not be disappointed.

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  • ZoeMbubbles
  • 11-11-14

Captivating and Spellbinding

What did you like most about Neverwhere?

I love the pace of the story, the imagination and creativity in Gaiman's work. The story keeps you guessing, its funny and very enjoyable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Neverwhere?

I really love this book so it's hard to say. I enjoy the market scenes, as Gaiman described different types of people there and the environment.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Possibly the Marquee scenes, after he has died until he reaches the others.

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  • Izabela
  • 09-10-14

Words painted pictures in my head...

Would you listen to Neverwhere again? Why?

Absolutely! And I would probably also read it and re-read it too!
I would love to get lost again in this parallel world beneath London with the help of the words Neil Gaiman so craftily puts together, to paint the pictures in my head and make me become a part of the story.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the original take on the ultimate good and evil story. I particularly enjoyed the character of the protagonist - Richard Mayhew and sharing his discovery of the new and exotic world, but mostly his self-discovery through associating with him and seeing it all almost through his eyes.

What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

I think that his interpretation brings the book to life. As its actually his voice reading the words written by himself, you hear them exactly how the author has intended them to be heard.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Have you ever wanted to slip through the cracks and escape to London, but not as you know it, where rats can talk and no favour may remain unpaid?

Any additional comments?

I wasn't particularly keen on the musical interludes throughout the book. I'm not sure what purpose they served and certainly don't think that the story benefited from them,

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  • Rachel
  • 06-09-14

Neverwhere

Where does Neverwhere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Probably among one of the best

What other book might you compare Neverwhere to, and why?

Undone

Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I heard the abridged version of this as a radio serial

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - I had it on my phone and laptop synched so that I could listen seamlessly between train and office

Any additional comments?

I wish there were a sequel, prequel, more

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  • Gina L Sanderson
  • 01-16-17

great story easy listening

First of this author I've listened to. Good story..easy listening...love Neil's voice. I'll look for another. Found Neil after listening to The Art of Asking..which btw is bloody brilliant! !!

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  • Michael
  • 11-25-16

anothet great book and reading by Neil Gaiman.

Neil Gaiman knows how to get the most out of his books. he doesnt rush character building or development and this book always leaves you wanting more after each listen.

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  • Casey
  • 11-19-16

A beautifully woven fantasy world

With some new favourite characters being added to my library and some incredulous plot twists, this book has easily made it into my top 10. 10/10 would read again.

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  • Alice
  • 03-18-16

Great narration!

Thank you to Neil Gaiman for bringing this story to life! A joy to listen to.

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