Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinarylife, 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.
Starred Review. Gaiman assumes the role of narrator for his latest book, offering an intimate reading that steals one's attention almost immediately and keeps the listener involved throughout. As the story is based in the United Kingdom, Gaiman is a quintessential raconteur for the tale, with his charming Scottish brogue instilling life and spirit into the central character of Richard Mayhew. Pitch perfect, with clear pronunciation, Gaiman invites listeners into his living room for a fireside chat, offering a private and personal experience that transcends the limitations of traditional narration. The author knows his story through and through, capturing the desired emotion and audience reaction in each and every scene. His characters are unique, with diverse personalities and narrative approaches, and Gaiman offers a variety of dialects and tones. The reading sounds more like a private conversation among friends with Gaiman providing the convincing and likable performance the writing deserves. A Harper Perennial paperback (Reviews, May 19, 1997). (Nov.)
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1 . Fun Read
Posted December 14, 2009 by Fun Read , ChicagoReview:
Neil Gaiman's dark humor shines through in this novel. It is difficult to put this novel down as one cannot wait for the next twist in plot.
2 . Great read!
Posted October 21, 2009 by Delphine , LondonA well-written, witty, wonderful fantasy that all those who have been to London will love
3 . Great setting but simple story
Posted August 20, 2009 by Stag , MontrealI think what most people like in Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere is the "London Below" setting. The book will take you dark places filled with weird characters, strangeness, magic and danger. I too really enjoyed reading about London Below but there is more to novel than its setting.
The plot is not the strong point of this book. I found the story to be too simple. I was waiting for something bigger to happen, for the characters to be involved in some great plot but it failed short of my expectations. Although the characters will visit many places in London Below, nothing in terms of story hold my attention at the exception of a couple of really good chapters near the end.
All in all, I found Neverwhere to be an interesting read but I was disappointed by the simple plot. I still think it's worth reading, just don't expect too much in terms of story and enjoy being taken into this dark and weird world.
4 . Interesting
Posted January 28, 2009 by kerowynsmom , VALively characters, but a bit predictable. Worth reading, though.
5 . Excellent Story.
Posted January 19, 2009 by Robert , Columbus, GAGreat read. Couldn't put the book down until I was done.
6 . Excellent Storytelling
Posted December 13, 2008 by Farseeker , AnywhereNeil Gaiman comes through with an excellent, well told story. Elements of magic, history, and folklore are woven together in an engaging tale about the world of the people that have fallen through the cracks in our world.
A very easy read and a real page turner. Could not put it down until I made it to the end -- and then I was tempted to pick it back up and start the journey all over again.
October 31, 1998
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