A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2007
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Richard Mayhew's life is forever changed after he rescues a young girl named Door and finds himself living in a city of monsters, saints, murderers, and angels, and he must help Door on her mission to save this strange underworld kingdom from destruction.
Publisher: [New York] : HarperCollins, p2007, c1997.
ISBN: 9780061373879
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (ca. 12.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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Mar 18, 2018

If you've been wanting to read Gaiman and don't know where to begin, start here!

This is, IMHO, Gaiman's best book, and no author reads their own work as well as he. His world-building is impeccable, his storyline is imaginative and unique—with just enough violence to make threats seem real without gratuitous gore.

ArapahoeJulia Feb 02, 2018

I love the character development and evolution in this book. Some victories and some defeats, all great story telling.

johnnymillion Jun 12, 2015

After listening to The Ocean At The End of the Lane I believe Gaiman may be my favorite narrator. He straddles fanciful with the logical and makes the internal voice of every child in his stories instantly relatable. I recommend giving any of his stories a try in audio format.

JCLHopeH Feb 13, 2014

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

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

Nov 30, 2011

I tried to listen to this book in the car. The problem is that the author who reads the book lets his voice drop at the end of almost every sentence. In order to hear the quiet words over the engine noise, the volume has to be turned up so that the words at the beginning of the sentence are too loud. So, I gave up before the first cd was finished.

Nov 01, 2011

Excellent. I first read the story and enjoyed it. But hearing Neil read it absolutely took it to the next level. He did a wonderful job and I would happily recommend this book to any young adult or adult fantasy/alternate reality reader.

Cdnbookworm Sep 24, 2011

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

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.

samdog123 Jul 22, 2009

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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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 21, 2018

What a refreshing mind you have, young man. There really is nothing quite like total ignorance, is there?

ArapahoeJulia Feb 02, 2018

"Beware of Doors."

Nov 19, 2015

“Sir. Might I with due respect remind you that Mister Vandemar and myself burned down the City of Troy? We brought the Black Plague to Flanders. We have assassinated a dozen kings, five popes, half a hundred heroes and two accredited gods. Our last commission before this was the torturing to death of an entire monastery in sixteenth-century Tuscany. We are utterly professional.”
Mr. Croup


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