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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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  • Michael
  • Jersey City, NJ, United States
  • 12-08-08

Richard in Wonderland

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Allie
  • Stafford
  • 07-26-13

Best Way to Experience a Book

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • Denver, Co
  • 01-02-13

Addicted to Gaiman

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.


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  • Chris
  • Germantown, MD, United States
  • 11-10-11

Took a while to get into

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.

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  • Elizabeth
  • Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  • 04-29-10

Gaiman virgin...

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynn
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 11-13-09

Wonderfully surreal!

I listened to this book about a month after returning to the states from a trip to London and it took me back in such a wonderful way! I realy enjoyed Neil Gaiman's reading of the story, his characters were alive for me. Even though it's kind of a creepy story, there is an optimistic innocence about it that was very endearing to me!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely top-notch

This is one of the best audiobooks I've downloaded from Audible in my 7 years as a subscriber. Neil Gaiman really knocked this one out of the ballpark.

Unlike some other authors who read their own works, Gaiman could easily have made a career as an audiobook reader (not that he'd want to.) He compares favorably with my two other favorite readers, Jim Dale of the Harry Potter books, and Lisette Lecat, who reads the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books. He's that good.

I also listened to the Anansi Boys, and wasn't all that crazy about it. This book, though, really captured and kept my attention. I liked all the characters, and was thoroughly entertained every minute of the way.

One thing that I especially appreciated was the remorse felt by the main character after losing one of his guides. In most books of this kind, the loss of a minor character is just shrugged off.

There was something touching about the reluctant and unassuming manner of the main character as he becomes the literal hero of the story.

I can't recommend this book strongly enough!

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  • Max
  • Manalapan, NJ, United States
  • 05-08-08

Excellent listen!

Excellent listen for anyone who wants to "unwind" his/her brain a little. Enjoyed very much the story AND the narration.
This is the first book after many, that I've listened to beyond the point of arrival home, and then in bed, and then with the morning cup of coffee.
Would recommend it to anyone.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great book!

This was an excellent book to listen to and I enjoyed it greatly. Sometimes one wonders how an author might conceive how their characters sound. Well, Neil Gaiman does not disappoint. He does a wonderful job with all his characters. Each one has a distinct voice and or accent. The story line itself is riviting, and the setting is a strange yet familiar world. The strangeness keeps you slightly off-balance but it grows on you. You can't help but become engrossed in the story of Door and her poor murdered family, or of Richard Mayhew the befuddled main character who changes into someone quite different as the story progresses. I would love to hear another tale of Neverwhere!

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  • Sandra
  • Goffstown, NH, United States
  • 11-06-12

Neverwhere

The audio is great. I loved how Neil Gaiman was able to create a feeling for every character. I didn't like some of the music that was played, but it was there to create a feeling of mystery I suppose. Luckily it wasn't inserted too often.

The story is a the tale of a simple man, Richard, being whisked off into an adventure he never expected and was not prepared for. I enjoyed listening to the story and was intrigued to see where it would lead next and how Richard would deal with the adventure. I like the characters in the story and found it well written with just the right amount of humor, grief and adventure.

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