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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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Excellent story and narrating

I thoroughly enjoyed this. I had previously read American Gods and, while I enjoyed it, didn't find it compelling. This book was the opposite for me. I really loved the story and enjoyed the author's narrating as well. The extra story at the end was an added bonus.

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cant wait for the sequel

Great narrator, great book. This is a classic from Neil Gaimen and the added story at the end was a great plus.

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Wonderful!

Loved the storyline and the author's descriptive prose. The author's narration was equally compelling and added to the overall enjoyment.

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Pretty good story... has some lagging moments.

I enjoyed this story but I feel like it may have been better if not read by the author. He did a pretty good job but I feel like a better variety of voices would have served the overall story better.

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Awful on audio

I could not concentrate with it audible book book from Barnes And Noble better if read don't recommended for audible it's boring

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Fun Book

I love the idea of this book and the characters even more. I was left wanting to learn more about London Below but overall good book and great performance.

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Beautifully written and expertly narrated

Thanks for leaving the rest of us in the real world, Neil. . . .

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Good narration of boring sleep walk

Would you try another book from Neil Gaiman and/or Neil Gaiman?

No

What do you think your next listen will be?

Sci-Fi

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

He is a good narrator, but a terrible author.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sleep.

Any additional comments?

If you like just walking through a book with no purpose that is well narrated, then this is for you.

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very entertaining.

reminded me a bit of Clive Barker but without the sexuality that is in all of Barker's works.

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  • Nicole
  • traverse city, MI, United States
  • 06-25-17

Another great Neil Gaimen tail!

Another great Neil Gaimen tail! I hope this is just part of a series!