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Neverwhere

Gaiman, Neil

(Downloadable Audiobook - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Neverwhere
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Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancee. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of -- a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations And it is the home of Door, the girl whom Richard rescued, and whom -- if he is ever to return home -- he must now help in her mission to preserve this strange underworld kingdom from a mysterious figure determined to destroy it. If Tim Burton rewrote Phantom of the opera, if Jack Finney had a dark side, if you rolled up the best of Clive Barker, Peter Straub, and Caleb Carr into one, you still wouldn't have Neil Gaiman. In Neverwhere, he delivers one of the most absorbing reads to come along in years.
Publisher: New York : HarperAudio, 2007
ISBN: 0061549118
9780061549113
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable audiobook
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
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Feb 13, 2014
  • JCLHopeH rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A fun tale revealing parallel worlds--the real world of London and a fantasy underworld--with twists and turns that help readers appreciate the mystique of their imaginations as well as the grounding of our seemingly banal lives. This is like a grown-up version of Gaiman's "Fortunately, the Milk," written for a younger audience. Also, I love hearing Gaiman narrate his stories!

Jun 27, 2012
  • bxrlover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow. I am not sure how to describe this wonderful book. I have never been much of a fan of the fantasy genre, aside from the Harry Potter series, so I was quite surprised to love this story as much as I did. The author's narration was top notch, the best I think I have ever encountered in an audiobook, so it's hard to say how my enjoyment of the book was derived from simply hearing such a talented storyteller vs the plot itself. I think I actually developed a wee bit of a crush on Gaiman if the truth be told..........

The characters were very well developed and the plot quite original IMO. I will definately check out his other titles

Sep 24, 2011
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Of course I loved it, it is Neil Gaiman. Every one of his books amazes me, but all in different ways. He has such an imagination that I am in awe.
Here, the main character is Richard Mayhew, a young man living in London and living a quiet ordinary life, a meek man. His life is changed completely when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on the street, as he and his fiance are on their way to an important dinner. His act of human kindness takes him to a side of London he never knew existed and causes him to disappear from his ordinary life.
The London he now exists in is a difficult place, full of shadows and hidden meanings, full of creatures that are unpredictable or horribly predictable, full of creatures with special talents and amazing histories. Richard struggles against this world at first, until he realizes that he must deal with it.
Richard is everyman, who has been leading an ordinary life until he finds himself in this situation. This book asks the question: what does a man really want from life? and finds that the answer isn't as easy as one thinks. Taking someone completely outside of reality as they know it and challenging them to be all that they can be is a life-changer.

Nov 11, 2010
  • sairen42 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Listening to Gaiman read his own book is like hearing the characters the way they were meant to be heard, and it is exquisitely delightful. The story itself is terrific, and this is the best way to experience it.

Jul 22, 2009
  • samdog123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The author, Neil Gaiman, is the reader on this compact disc. He does an outstanding job, making the characters of "London under" come alive. The main character, Richard Mayhew, rescues an injured girl on the streets of London. He becomes embroiled in the adventures of characters in this other parallel London. Gaiman makes this character sound a little like Shrek, and the other characters; the Marquis du Carabas is a languid fop; Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandermar are the oiliest sounding villains you'll ever meet.

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