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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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awesome

This story is amazing. It ended way too soon. I really wish there was a sequel.

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Adolescent boy's nightmare

This inane story was spent mostly wondering through dark, slimy alleys, corridors, bridges, and London Tube stations. Not much time was spent, however on plot or character development. Most characters were described so grotesque, they seemed to have been written by an adolescent boy after a bad nightmare. It reminded me of the childhood rhyme, "great big gobs of greasy, grimy gofer guts, etc." The dialogue was prattle, and also juvenile. I will say, however, that the addition of "How the Marquis got his coat back" at the end was the best writing in the whole book.
After such glowing reviews, I kept listening, hoping the story would improve. Now I'm just glad the nightmare is over.

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Nothing Else Compares

I've listened to this audio book 4 or 5 times in the past couple months. Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller and I won't ever get tired of listening to him read Neverwhere.

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You Need To Read This

What made the experience of listening to Neverwhere the most enjoyable?

The author not only wrote an amazing book but him reading it gave it so much life. So many different characters and situations and he rocked every one of them.

What did you like best about this story?

It kept you on the edge of your seat. An adventure with twists and turns. I found myself daydreaming about the story line.

Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

Every character was so developed. They all had so many layers and back stories. He gave each their own personality and I could tell who the character was without him even needing to tell me.

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

You will want to but it has so many details you may want to add some downtime in there to fully digest it.

Any additional comments?

Bravo!

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Highs and Lows

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It wasn't a waste, but if not for audible I'd never had never payed for it.

If you’ve listened to books by Neil Gaiman before, how does this one compare?

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Could you see Neverwhere being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I hope not. Probably one thats better on the page.

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Richard Mahew wasn't a great lead. At times he was a baby, a coward, and a whiner. He didn't seem to grasp what was happening around him, not even if it meant his survival. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed parts of it, but it was just not very detailed.

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Superb!

A Gaiman must. A classic to be heard over and over. A most excellent tale.

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Good story, but feels a little old

It is a good story. Nice prose, lovable characters, solid plot.

However, it feels a little dated. Some tropes and some of the prose have been overused, and might throw off people reading this for the first time.

Having said that, there's the matter of the short story at the end.

Now, that's an absolutely fantastic piece of writing. It eclipses the entire book.

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Seven Sisters

He's writing the sequel and I can't wait. Such great characters. I wonder how the next adventure will unfold.

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One of my favorite Neil Gaiman books to date!

NEVERWHERE was such a magical experience! I have Alyssa to thank for introducing me to Neil Gaiman and telling me to listen to the audio of this book and actually buying the audiobook for me! Neil Gaiman is an amazing narrator and I always love listening to authors narrate their own story because nothing is left to interpretation. You know they’re reading it exactly the way they want it told.

As much as the whole experience was magical, the characters really made the book. I absolutely loved Richard who is a sweet little cinnamon roll and just so much fun to follow on this journey. He’s so pure of heart and gets into this whole mess because he stops to help a stranger in need. I loved his sweet disposition throughout the book and he was just so utterly charming. I really connected with his characters so much. I also loved strong yet sweet Door and the quest that she’s on throughout this book. She’s a wonderful mix of confident, independent, caring, and thoughtful. And of course I loved the Marquis de Carabas who is part slick, part mentor, part questionable, and part father-figure. He was that character that I love who seems a little bit questionable and has a lot of gray areas when it comes to morals or doing the right thing but when it comes down to it, he really ends up protecting the other characters and has a soft spot deep down.

I will admit that the journey got a bit fantastical for me (which Alyssa warned me might happen because she knows my tastes so well). It wasn’t a bad thing at all, but I’m very much a rule person when it comes to fantasy worlds (which is why I get along with high fantasy so well!) so in spots where the reader is constantly learning about new places or meeting new people with no added history of what/who they are or why they’re a part of the story, my mind just begins to wander and tries to logic them into place, which isn’t the intent of the book. Again, not a bad thing and not something I mean to critique — just a point of why it wasn’t total 100% five stars for me! But when reading stories like these, I try my best just to go with the story and allow myself to get lost in it. I tried to take on Richard’s mentality of suspending the disbelief, which was fun too because it was a struggle for him!

I absolutely LOVED the ending of NEVERWHERE. I won’t spoil anything of course but it was such a wonderful way to wrap everything up. I loved being able to see Richard really figure out what he wants in the end and the final appearance of everyone just warmed my heart! I’m never disappointed in the endings of Neil Gaiman books and really, that’s such a crucial part for me as a reader. A bad ending could ruin a whole book and Neil Gaiman always wraps things up so wonderfully.

AUDIOBOOK IMPRESSIONS

NEVERWHERE was an amazing audiobook for many reasons. Firstly, because Neil Gaiman himself narrates it. He has such an amazing narration voice and I just love when authors narrate their own books because you know that everything is pronounced right, the inflections are all correct, and nothing is missed. It was also SO COOL because there were some neat sound effects (echoes when in a tunnel, muffled voices and static on the phone, etc) and I was just so giddy to hear them! They really made the experience so special. And if you read this, be sure to get HOW THE MARQUIS GOT HIS COAT BACK on audio too! I paid a few bucks for it but it was the full BBC production with a full cast, lots of sound effects, music — it was SO entertaining and so worth the cost of a cup of coffee for that.

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great steam punk kind of fantasy!

loved it- main characters were sympathetic, complex, and interesting, villains creepy, and somehow there was plenty of humour too- and fantastic reading!