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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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I wld listen to this man read a grocery list ...

Well-developed characters w fantastic voice differentiation. Plot is not predictable and is very creative. The writing itself is beautiful. The descriptions are powerful and memorable without being long-winded or redundant.

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Brigadoon With a Gothic Twist

Would you listen to Neverwhere again? Why?

ABSOLUTELY! This is an incredibly nuanced book, in plot, characters, and writing style. Never once did I feel as if the story was dragging (as can often be the case when you're listening, rather than reading, a story).

What did you like best about this story?

I must admit, the end; it pulled so many disparate plot twists together in a very satisfying way.

What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

It's rare that an author can do justice to his/her own creation, as opposed to a professional narrator. Gaiman was spot on, however.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My only prior experience to Gaiman's writing was with Good Omens, which he co-wrote with Terry Prachett (with whom I am very familiar). In Neverwhere, I kept expecting to hear Prachett's light-hearted humor, which desensitized me to the full force of Gaiman. Has I not had that buffer, I suspect I would have been a little terrified as I listened, and would have missed out on a great book.

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Loved it

Gripping story, very very well read. I loved hearing the characters' voices read by the author. It brought them to life

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Brilliantly done!

Gaiman writes the stories that you want to hear. Neverwhere reminds the listener of ancient tales while bringing a realism to the modern fantasy story. The characters are rich and multi layered in a way that is intriguing and delightful.

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I wish for a second installment!

Fabulous narration. Inventive and engaging story full of wit and heart. I highly recommend it!

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Beautiful story beautifully told

Neil Gaiman captures his characters wonderfully. Each has a unique voice and way of speaking. The story is very entertaining and compelling.

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great story! twists and turns!

I loved how it's created so much variety in the imagery. the narrartor brought so many different characters to life!

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so happy to have found this book

found a book in the library when I was young - loved it.

I just couldn't recall the title of it.

this is that book and it is still an amazing read, or rather listen.

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Enthralling

Wow! American Gods was my first Gaiman experience, and I loved it. Neverwhere tops it! There is such a dark playfulness in the rhythm of the words brought out perfectly in the narration, and the story is beautiful and captivating. Listen to this story!!

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I wasn't sure that I'd like it

Didn't initially appeal to me, as I don't like rats. I was pleasantly surprised. Fantastic!