Neverwhere Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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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|Listening Length||12 hours and 33 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||17 May 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,856 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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77 in Fantasy Action & Adventure
79 in Mystery Action & Adventure
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So welcome to London Below, a place under London teeming with life, and with some quite noticeable differences. When Richard Mayhew walks down the road one night with his fiancée, Jessica so he tries to give aid to a girl who seems distressed – thus starting him off on an adventure that he will never forget, and one that could change his life. The girl is called Door, and her family being killed and herself in danger she needs assistance to find out what is going on.
With a host of unforgettable characters we have the rather nasty but somehow quite enjoyable Mr Croup and Mr Vandemar, along with an earl’s court held in an Underground train carriage, as well as an old man called Old Bailey, an angel called Islington, and the Marquis de Carabas to name a few. Some people can talk to rats and it is best not to ask what meat it is in meals when you buy them off a stall.
Gaiman wanted to create something like ‘Alice in Wonderland’ for a more mature audience, and it can be argued that not only has he done that with this but also he created a world that is something that you really want to visit, especially if you can have a look around the Floating Market. I must admit that I am not a massive fan of Neil Gaiman, but this is one of those books of his that I always enjoy reading.
He soon finds himself in London Below, an entire society that is both separate from and part of London Above. London Below feels like the London of old, with markets and bartering systems with the addition of beings that are not altogether human and a little touch of magic and more that lets the imagination run wild (something that Gaiman is rather good at encouraging in all ages). This is added to be the superb illustrations by Riddell which weave their way around Gaiman's words as well as through your imagination.
Imo this is a better experience than the television adaptation, which has its merits but the visuals are always better in your own head.
Yet he finds himself in some alternate London reality on a crazy adventure with some very unusual people. Perhaps it's only when we're pushed, or forced into a situation, we discover who we truly are. Perhaps there's no such thing as ordinary. All we need is that catalyst to find the extraordinary within us.
And once you've wandered off and been on a journey, such as Richard Mayhew's in Neverwhere, can you ever go back to being the same person?
Anyway, enough musings on the human psyche, I've gone a little off tangent here.
This is a wonderfully imaginative story full of big characters. It contains equal amounts of horror and humour. The villains are pure evil but I loved them! And the dialogue between the characters is a masterpiece. At one point I thought I had it worked out but that's exactly what the author wanted me to think (you sly fox, you) 😂
I was delighted to find a short story at the end of the book: How The Marquis Got His Coat Back. It allowed me to spend a little more time with one of my favourite characters and continue exploring other areas of London Below. Plus I got to meet a few more unforgettable characters.
An easy 5 stars from me. And now I can't help but smile upon hearing certain destinations when travelling on London's Underground.