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Neverwhere | [Neil Gaiman]
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Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.
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Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.

There's a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining.... And Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for him below the streets of his native city.

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"A very fine and imaginary writer" (The Sunday Times)

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    Bookworm. Ludlow, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Bookworm. Ludlow, United Kingdom 23/12/2012

    ~Goggle eyes~

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    "Beautifully Neil Gaiman!"

    This is a great read and typically in the great Neil Gaiman style, dark, very dark, but hilarious, frightening in places, but full of the best things in life too, loyalty, kindness, strength in adversity, humour, true friendships and sacrifices for those friendships.



    The characters are great, and the main one is likeable and builds, as you read/listen, into a person of true integrity. It is the ultimate 'grown up' fairy tale, and is cleverly devised, with reference to the book's play on real places in and around London (you do not need to be familiar with theses places), and how they came to be called what they did. It is also, in the vain of the best fairy tales, full of moral examples of good and bad 'reaping as they sow'.



    I thoroughly enjoyed the first, second and third listen, yes really its one of those listens that you want to start again as soon as you have finished it's that good!.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin Dunbar, United Kingdom 11/10/2012
    Gavin Dunbar, United Kingdom 11/10/2012
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    "Bordering on brilliant"

    I first came across Neil Gaiman when I took the Kids to see Coraline. Wow even my wife was scared. It was fantastic. Then I came across American Gods. Probably the best book I have ever read. So... My expectations were very high and i was almost bound to be disappointed. Sadly I was. this is a very good book and the story is interesting and very clever. His play on place names is brilliant and the story shocks, amuses and draws you in. So what was wrong. Nothing. My only complaint was the characters did not have the depth of those in America Gods and I wanted them to.

    It really is a pleasure to listen to and if you can enjoy this then go to American Gods.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Max Edinburgh, United Kingdom 01/03/2013
    Max Edinburgh, United Kingdom 01/03/2013 Member Since 2010

    I drive lots, and audiobooks help maintain my concentration on the road. I have mainly SF, self help and the odd comedy book

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    "A dark tunnel through the depths of London"

    I was initially sceptical about this tale, I thought it would be twee, as the most of the main characters have interesting names that reflect their characteristics. Once over that it was a fabulous experience, with a rolling feel, and very good coverage of the different threads. I was very impressed with Neil's narration, he caught the different characters vocal nuances and accents very well, to the extent I could tell who was talking without the preface of "...", Hunter said. I have enjoyed American Gods before this, and thoughtits one weakness was the different voices, and wanted to hear more of Neil's precise diction. I am so glad he went to the trouble of doing this one all the way through.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MaryDoll Belfast 27/02/2013
    MaryDoll Belfast 27/02/2013
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    "Took a while to get into it ..."

    It was my fault that this book didn't grab me from the off , I haven't previously read any of the authors other offerings and the fantasy setting of London Below just had me bewildered for the first quarter of the story . So glad I stuck with it and after 'concentrating ' a bit harder was drawn into this imaginary alternative world . The lead character is wimpish and also takes time for you to side with him and I was wanting to shout at him to "grow a pair !" more than just a few times ! but eventually I enjoyed him as I did most of the other characters especially the cunning Mr Vandamar and Mr Croup ,cartoon baddies with an evil streak indeed ,but conversely some of the hero characters were a bit vague . I'll check out more of the authors books when I get a chance.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Enquiring Mind United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Enquiring Mind United Kingdom 13/04/2013 Member Since 2011

    Enquiring Mind

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    "Classic!!"

    I read this for the first time years ago and hesitated to get it on Audible because the characters already had their own voices in my mind. I made this mistake when watching the TV adaptation of the book which was a mess. But, given that the narrator was Neil Gaiman himself, I felt I really did have to buy it in order to hear what he actually imagined when he wrote the book. And it was wonderful!! I thought it impossible for the book to be any better than the classic it is, but Neil's voice makes it so, it is like having a window into his mind through his voice. If you only ever "read" this book once, do yourself a favour and get the audible version and hear it in Neil's voice. I've listened to it several times since getting it and it will be always one of my favourites. Mind the gap now! ;-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. John Mcilwaine UK 15/03/2013
    Mr. John Mcilwaine UK 15/03/2013 Member Since 2008

    John Mac

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    "Interesting idea and a novel take on the capital"

    I enjoyed this journey into a subterranean, parallel London where time and space are a little elastic and features of London become living things. Not so keen on the rats (never a big fan). Gaiman's narration is consistent as ever and the plot is fine although you can see certain parts of it coming from a considerable distance but he tells the story effectively and enjoyably. I have given this 4 stars as I did enjoy the book but did not feel it was as good as 'Americans Gods' which reflects the fact that personally speaking I found the characters and plot lines more engaging. Still a very good book which I really enjoyed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fraser SITTINGBOURNE, United Kingdom 24/12/2012
    Fraser SITTINGBOURNE, United Kingdom 24/12/2012
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    "highly original"

    Highly original audiobook and very well read. I will never go on London underground without this book coming to mind.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gaynor oxford, United Kingdom 11/10/2012
    Gaynor oxford, United Kingdom 11/10/2012 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful"

    I had never read or listened to a Neil Gaiman book before but I loved this book. Entertaining to the very last page. Would definitely recommend

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kate United Kingdom 28/09/2012
    kate United Kingdom 28/09/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Great fun"

    It's a thoroughly enjoyable book - appealing believable characters and interesting plot set in a richly imagined alternative reality. Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Northampton, United Kingdom 21/09/2012
    Craig Northampton, United Kingdom 21/09/2012
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    "Slip through the cracks a while"

    Great story, I'd just have preferred it read by someone other than Gaiman himself. Perhaps it's the relentless wistful quality or maybe the amateur accents but the narration does begin to grate after a while. Lenny Henry made a fantastic job of Anansi Boys, so he'd be a perfect alternative choice. Still, whatever it's auditory shortcomings, Neverwhere remains a smashing listen and deserves every one of those five stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • lynn
    ADELAIDE, Australia
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    "A WHOLE NEW WORLD TO DISCOVER"

    One of the pleasures of life is to discover a terrific new book/writer. I have only just come across Neil Gaiman and then to download this book with the author narrating was a double pleasure. A work of incredible imagination which uses history, culture through the ages, religious icons and the London Underground to weave a true tale of fantasy, an alternative parallel universe under the feet of people in the city. Leaves many erstwhile fantasy writers books dead in their tracks. The author brings each of his characters to life with subtle inflections of voice, I will certainly try his other works. Do yourself a treat and listen or read you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Erin
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    "Neil Gaiman at his best!"
    Where does Neverwhere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    hmm, it's up there with all my favourites. I would read this again and again!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I didn't see the twist coming! He had me fooled all the way. Satisfying ending!


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

    I loved Hunter. And Islington. Listen, and you'll find out why.


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

    Yes, but why the heck would I give it away? That's for the listeners to find out!


    Any additional comments?

    Some have said this is not true Neil Gaiman style, but I have to disagree. Perhaps the protagonist of this book reminded me of the protagonist in Gaiman's novel 'Anansi boys', but it didn't detract from the novel, only made him more predictable in the sense that I knew where he would end up at the finish.

    For another great read/listen of Gaiman's, tuck into 'The Graveyard Book', it's a good'un!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dallas
    Holsworthy, Australia
    06/08/13
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    "Loved this book"

    I have to say I loved Neil Gaimans the Graveyard book, and I equally loved this book. Its a real adventure through an underworld London. The characters are interesting and things are never quite what they seem. Gorgeous story. Loved it. I'll be getting more of Neil Gaimans stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maureen
    Portland, Australia
    24/07/13
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    "Intriguing and satisfying"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is perfect for audio - strong and memorable imagery, fast-paced, enjoyable characters and a satisfying ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S.A.
    Elanora, Australia
    27/03/13
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    "Never disappointed with Neil Gaiman."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Neverwhere to be better than the print version?

    No, I really enjoyed listening to this narrator's interpretation of the book. I was sorry when it ended


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

    Listening to books on audio is a return to the days of childhood when someone read a story for you. The personality that can be put into the read itself enriches the story immeasurably.


    If you could rename Neverwhere, what would you call it?

    London Under


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessie
    Queanbeyan, Australia
    04/02/13
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    "Brilliant to hear this read by the author"
    What made the experience of listening to Neverwhere the most enjoyable?

    Being sucked right in Neil Gaiman's world along with the writer and hearing his imagining of the world and the characters. His character voices were amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard. He is a sympathetic character and a wonderful audience identification character because we are experiencing a new world along with him. I cheered him on in his heroic moments and wanted to hug him in his moments of despair.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to any of Neil Gaiman's performances before, but would definitely listen to more after this. He reads beautifully and has a lovely voice.


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

    Yes, several, particularly moments when Richard was despairing and alone in the world. It was easy to be moved by his plight thanks to Neil Gaiman's wonderful reading and the power of his writing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Geoffrey
    Pretoria, South Africa
    29/10/12
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    "Awesome novel"

    Wow.

    That has been the best novel I have read in a long time. Every character managed to leap off the page and play in my brain while I read this novel. The only way that I can think of describing it is to say that it's like Alice in Wonderland written for adults in modern London where there is a London Above which we can all see and a London Below which is secret and goes unseen by everyone in London Above. Richard Mayhew moves from London Above to London Below after he stops to help a woman on the street and it's his search to help the woman answer why her family has been murdered and a way for Richard to get back to London Above.

    Messrs Croup and Vandermar have to be the best written villains I have ever read and I really wish that at some point (if he hasn't already done so) Gaiman writes a spin-off for these two. Every scene they were involved in was lifted by their presence and I wanted more of them, so much more. Gaiman completely explored the world and I'm not sure if there could ever be a sequel but a novel in the same world would be spectacular.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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