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Publisher's Summary

National Best Seller

Selected as one of NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time

The number one New York Times best-selling author's wildly successful first novel featuring his new Neverwhere tale, "How the Marquis Got His Coat Back".

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.

"A fantastic story that is both the stuff of dreams and nightmares" (San Diego Union-Tribune), Neil Gaiman's first solo novel has become a touchstone of urban fantasy and a perennial favorite of readers and listeners everywhere.

©1996, 1997, 2014 Neil Gaiman (P)2007, 2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"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)
"Delightful…inventively horrific."(USA Today)
"[Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any media." (Stephen King)

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  • Jenny
  • Lewisville, TX, USA
  • 02-26-10

Wonderful, Lyrical, Imaginative Book

So far, this is the only book I've ever given a 5 star rating. Neil Gaiman's style enchants with his marvelously painted characters and vivid, always entertaining, plot. Few writers approach his skill for not only capturing the soul of his characters but also doing so with such exquisite dialogue that each phrase plays flawlessly. He is truly a master of the written word. This books is well worth the price!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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What a Trip!

I really enjoyed this book. As a matter of fact, the minute I finished, I started it over and listened to it again, just in case I missed anything the first time through. I got totally caught up in the fantasy world that was very credible. I think it is the hallmark of excellent fantasy to pull the reader into a willing suspension of disbelief, and Neverwhere certainly did that for me. This story was a vacation into another culture and land without ever leaving my own chair. Thanks for the trip!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Lakeland, FL USA
  • 11-28-07

Simply Wonderful.

A great story and an excellent reading by the author = well worth the time and money. Loved it. I listened to American Gods first, and while that was a very interesting listen, this is both that and an excellent story. His imagery - in both books, frankly - is easily superior to that of his contemporaries. You'll love it.

27 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Jenn
  • Gardnerville, NV United States
  • 09-23-13

A Satisfying Read

I often don't quite connect with Neil Gaiman's books. I really want to like them, but when it's all said and done, I don't exactly like them. I absolutely enjoyed Neverwhere, a purely entertaining look at London Below, where lives that slip through the cracks end up. I found Richard endearing if not proactive and was entirely enchanted by Neil Gaiman's reading. I often say that authors should not read their own work unless it is biographical. Neil Gaiman is the exception. His reading brings the characters to life in subtle ways. Neil Gaiman being a wonderful reader of his own work is no fluke, either; I felt the same way about his reading of Stardust.

I listened to this while at work and it made me chuckle out loud at least 5 times in the first half hour. I kept having to tell curious coworkers what I was listening to. If Gaiman's dark charm can make me laugh during a stressful day, it must be good!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A girl called Door

I loved this story. I had just finished The graveyard book and decided to listen to another Neil Gaiman book. This was a perfect choice. The story is much more mature than the graveyard book, yet it maintains the 'fantasical' feel. The characters are interesting and so well detailed you would be able to identify them in a line up. Gaiman is so talented that his fantasy world feels timeless and makes you want to visit London below. Although i would bring a packed lunch.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Morgan
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 08-05-08

An excellent listen!

For any audio book the most important thing to me is enjoying the narrator's voice -- love Neil Gaiman reading his own work! The story is captivating and very engaging. Loved the imaginative use of London as the backdrop. Only taking one star off because it does take a little time to get into the story at first, but give it time! It's a great listen!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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4 +!!!

Gaiman is a wonderful storyteller and captivates his readers/listeners in tales that are chilling, moving, sometimes even odd but always, original. Gaiman fans have come to expect a certain style from his stories and Neverwhere does not let us down. Well-established characters, interesting side stories and is a great way to spend some time!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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I want more!

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Kate
  • United States
  • 04-06-13

Neil Gaiman is best consumed as an audiobook

This book is fun, quirky, dark, fantastic and original. Mr. Gaiman is one of the best writers alive. His writing is so vivid and he makes it seem so easy. More importantly, he gets to narrate his own work and is able to precisely deliver how he wanted the book to be read. Neil Gaiman is not just a writer, he is a multimedia experience and the best way to immerse oneself in Neverwhere is to experience the audiobook version.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Neil Gaiman is awesome

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful