February 15, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
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*Published April 11, 2017 (first published September 16, 1996)*
I love audiobooks! And so when I get to listen to a book read by the author, it’s amazing! I truly love that Neil Gaiman read this audiobook and I enjoyed this book even more than when I read it the first time. Onto the review!
Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.
Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: neverwhere.
I think what I enjoyed most about this book was that it was audio. I had read this book before, several years ago. It was my first Neil Gaiman book. It was not my favorite. It wasn’t until I found out that “Stardust” the movie was based on Neil Gaiman’s book under the same name. Once I read Stardust, I realized how much I was missing out by not reading anything else by Neil Gaiman, so I started reading all of his other books and holy moly! I had missed out on so much and I now have half a shelf dedicated to his books. Including a new version of Neverwhere, including this audio version.
I love Neverwhere now, and it helps that I could listen to it. I think that was part of my problem the first time, because I didn’t know what to expect from the book and so was just confused in general. Now though, now that I know Neil Gaiman’s style, I understood it a lot better this time. And I think that being able to listen helped me understand and enjoy the book better.
This is why I enjoy audiobooks, if there is a book that I didn’t like previously, I can give them another chance. ESPECIALLY if it’s coming from an author that I had discovered that I loved!
What I love most about this book though is how much Richard Mayhew changes throughout the book. He is roughly tossed into a world that is not his own and he has to figure out how to get from this new world back his old world of London Above. I think what I enjoyed most about coming along on Richard’s journey was that we saw multiple sides to multiple people. We saw that just about everyone he met had movitivations and those motivations lead them to their decisions that affected others as well. Not everything is black and white in this new world, but as Richard learns, nor is it black and white once he gets back to his old world.
What do you guys think of audiobooks? Do you like listening to them? Comment below and let me know!