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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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    Nicolette S. Pleasant Hill, Ca 02-17-17
    Nicolette S. Pleasant Hill, Ca 02-17-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Omg sooo good"

    Neil was amazing the story amazing. Loved every minute. Bravo! Encore!! I will definitely be listening again and reccomend to all!

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    FarSeer 02-17-17
    FarSeer 02-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Neil Gaiman: dark and funny don't mix"

    The narrator was great. But I'd forgotten. how Neil Gaiman always tries to mix dark and scary material with whimsical and "funny" material. It doesnt work for me. The characters were flat and the story meandered with no real point. ..but there is imagination here. and the narrator did a great job

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    Anita Champ 02-16-17
    Anita Champ 02-16-17
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    "Narrator is Exceptional"
    Where does Neverwhere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top along with Davina Porter and Bianca Amato


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard Mayhugh--his cluelessness at the beginning.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes under London real.


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

    When Hunter betrayed them and was killed.


    Any additional comments?

    Phenomenal voice performance.

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    Lola McK Lola 02-11-17
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    "Excellent"

    Neil Gaiman not only wrote but narrated an astonishingly magical, creative, exhilarating novel. The world he created is beautiful in a mad, Alice in Wonderland way. The characters he drew were so 3 dimensional, you felt as if they shared the room with you. This was a smart, fascinating, exhilarating, but frightening world that part of me wishes were real so I could visit from time to time. Lovely, enchanting, maddening, terrifyingly real, with strange, disjointed, real, and frighteningly perfect characters... what more could you ask for in a book? I can't wait to read more of his novels as I understand they all are pretty perfect. Don't miss this one!!!

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    Criticalthinker 02-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "This is what sold me on Audible!"
    Where does Neverwhere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the perfect introduction to audiobooks. To have a writer reading his own work is a special experience in any case, but Neil Gaiman's voice is wonderfully silky, engaging and expressive. It invites you in. I could listen to him all day.

    This very visual story is perfectly paced for an audio presentation, as each chapter closes with a dangling thread that keeps you listening, and the characters travel through different worlds, rooms, regions, realities. I got so caught up that I was reluctant to take breaks, but it is not disruptive to the narration to do so, even if you must interrupt frequently. It's easy to pick up the threads again.

    Gaiman's descriptive writing is clear and never overdone. It sets the scene efficiently -- no surprise given that this novel was written after the screenplay for television. I especially liked the voices he gave each character. Each was distinct (he has a good command of regional accents) and consistent, and he did not (thanks be to God) lapse into falsetto when doing the women's voices. He has an excellent ear for realistic speech patterns and natural conversation. Loved this! Thank you Neil Gaiman!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptive writing and characters.


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

    Yes. I would have done so if I had the time.


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    TheIndex 02-09-17
    TheIndex 02-09-17
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    "Read Many Times, Will Read Many More"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, yes! Neil Gaiman is my favorite author. The way the he gets every ounce out of each character and the beautiful, mysterious way that he tells his stories resonates at such a deep level with me. This is a sweet, exciting, mystifying story that manages to blend whimsy, wisdom, and dark humor into something indescribably brilliant.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    If you consider the villains, Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar to be one character (which I feel is fair) then they are my favorite. They're the stuff of nightmares, but they're also...uh, charming? Possibly my favorite bad guys from any story.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Come on. Everything. He's the best storyteller of our day, and listening to him tell one of his stories should be on your bucket list.


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

    Yes, several, but I feel like I would fail at avoiding spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book. Just go ahead and do it. I can't imagine anyone who has the slightest appreciation for works of fiction regretting it.

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    Louis Dalmeny, SK, Canada 02-09-17
    Louis Dalmeny, SK, Canada 02-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Headlong rush"

    All the wonder of a Gaiman novel, both the whimsy and the darkness, the rythym and poetry. When I finally get to London, I won't be able to travel on the underground without being haunted by Gaiman.

    The deliver by the author is wonderful.

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    Timothy Hill 02-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great novel"

    I loved this book. I thought Neil Gaiman's narration was excellent as well. The only reason I bumped a star off of the performance was because sometimes they had some effects (usually heavy reverb) on his voice for certain passages that were both distracting and made it more difficult to understand.

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    R.A.H. Peachtree City, GA 02-08-17
    R.A.H. Peachtree City, GA 02-08-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Wondrous"

    I can't decide whether Neil Gaiman is a better writer or a better reader. What a joy this book was.

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    Charles Woodman 02-08-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Just listen"

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best books I have ever heard or read. The story is original and captivating. The characters are diverse and engaging. The scenes and places are imaginative and alive. And the author's reading of it makes it simply the very best audio book I have ever experienced. I'm sorry it's over, and I wish I had written it. Those are the 2 best complements I know to give. Just listen.

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