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Neverwhere Audiobook

Neverwhere

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 10-29-09
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 10-29-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Vivid, imaginative."

    Gaiman likes otherworldly, mythical tales, and this one wanders around English folklore all the while telling a modern fantasy story in a interdimensional underground London. It's not his greatest work, but it's still better than many other people's greatest works. Some of the characters are simple or bare cartoon sketches. Others are more vivid and intricate, but a little stock. That's a minor criticism--the story is original enough and even the stock characters are portrayed so well that the whole tale is exciting and different and lively.

    The book is also a minor education for us Americans, offering a nice glimpse of modern London culture mixed in with a bit of English history, without interrupting the story to do so. Not that Gaiman is on a level with or similar to Dickens, but you can tell he's read a lot of Dickens. He also, like Dickens, enjoys a well turned phrase or a clever pun, and rarely underestimates his audience's ability to follow him.

    Gaiman himself reads this, and I enjoyed that. He must have some acting or voice training in his past, because he does a credible job, though not brilliant. What I like is the intimacy of having the author read it--somehow it feels more nuanced and more personal than many professional readers can muster.

    Very good book. Worth the listen.

    One more thing--I've seen some reviews say it's more for kids, and others say it's too graphic for kids. It is a bit graphic in violence at times, but not more than kids would see on network television. The story is not as mature as, say, American Gods. I'd say it's safe for anyone over twelve unless they are just squeamish. There may be a mention or two of sex, but I don't recall anything vivid. My kids listened, and I never cringed over it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jacquie A Cleveland Rusagonis, NB, CA 11-11-08
    Jacquie A Cleveland Rusagonis, NB, CA 11-11-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Neverwhere (Unabridged)"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The mixture of fantasy with names and facts about London is enjoyable. The story keeps twisting and turning and keeping you guessing. The cynicism and humour gives it an added zip.
    There is lots of contrast in characters and wonderful detail on some very extraordinary siutations.
    This is a book that grabs you quickly and keeps your attention until the end.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Albert 04-23-08
    Albert 04-23-08
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    "A must for Fantasy fans"

    Definitely one of the best fantasy stories I've read. Gaiman portrays his characters to a tee and fully immerses the reader into the story. A wonderful naration for a wonderful book. This is one of those books where I'm so thankful for Audible. If you are a fan of fantasy, do not miss this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Randy 03-25-08
    Randy 03-25-08
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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
    Mark Lakeland, FL USA 11-28-07 Member Since 2015
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    "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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    Sara Chevy Chase, MD, United States 11-25-15
    Sara Chevy Chase, MD, United States 11-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a fantasy"

    SPOILER ALERT: I thought this would be a fantasy, but it turned out it was about a man's descent into madness. It was exceedingly depressing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn Gardnerville, NV United States 09-23-13
    Jenn Gardnerville, NV United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2017
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    "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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    Chance 04-05-13
    Chance 04-05-13
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    "Dig in and be spellbound"

    One of the best Neil Gaiman pieces out there , it is the usual mix of the bizarre , the scary , the heartwrenching and the humor that will make this into a go to book for you forever. Both the audiobook and the movie adaptation are wonderful . Go ahead , buy this book !

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Lewisville, TX, USA 02-26-10
    Jenny Lewisville, TX, USA 02-26-10
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    "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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan San Francisco, CA, United States 08-05-08
    Morgan San Francisco, CA, United States 08-05-08 Member Since 2016
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    "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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