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Author: Neil Gaiman Narrator: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780061549113
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National Bestseller

Selected as one of NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time

The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s wildly successful first novel featuring his new Neverwhere tale, “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back.”

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, 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.

“A fantastic story that is both the stuff of dreams and nightmares” (San Diego Union-Tribune), Neil Gaiman’s first solo novel has become a touchstone of urban fantasy, and a perennial favorite of readers everywhere.

“Delightful … inventively horrific.”

USA Today

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One certainly gets the sense that Gaiman enjoys narration, a quality that makes all of his audiobooks enjoyable listening. A highlight in this one is his performance of the villains Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar—both deliciously diabolical.”


  • “Delightful…Inventively horrific…[It] draws equally from George Lucas, Monty Python, Doctor Who, and John Milton…The chimerical stuff of nightmare and daydream.” 

    USA Today

  • “Darkly whimsical…The narrative whips along at a breakneck pace…There are plenty of laughs as geography takes on a mythical dimension and the Underground transforms into a house of mystery and imagination.” 


  • “A rich blend of observation and imagination—seedy, scary, charming, alive…It’s a well-paced, entertaining read with a bracing core of pain and sweetness.” 

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • A 1998 Mythopoeic Award Nominee for Adult Literature
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2008 Audie Award Finalist
  • An NPR Pick of the Top 100 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Times

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zsuzsanna | 1/18/2018

    " I was afraid to listen to the author tell their own story. However, Neil Gaiman is as good a storyteller as storywriter. I loved listening to his voice as he read out the story of Richard, Door, Carabas, and Lower London. I was interested to learn there are different versions of the story, and that this is the preferred text. There is also a short story included as an extra - I have not yet listened to it, but I can hardly wait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 5/22/2011

    " Such an inventive story based in the London Underground. Gaiman's characters are truly unique. The story is quite dark and at times truly horrific yet Gaiman has a way of keeping you turning pages. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilly | 5/21/2011

    " I'm going to give this book five starts before I back out. This book was awesome- I loved the cocept of London Above and London Below. The characters were pretty engaging, also. I have got to read more of Neil Gaiman's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 5/18/2011

    " Easy read. I finished during jury duty. Semi-satirical look at homeless through the looking glass of parralel realities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 5/18/2011

    " Starts out in an attention-grabbing, albeit disjointed way, and has some odd twists and turns, but it really picks up about halfway through. And the world created is imaginative and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D. | 5/16/2011

    " Wow! Adventure, Intrigue, and Deception. This book is completely out of my genre and I loved it! I enjoyed the diverse and rich characters and the vivid pictures created with words. All this from a comic book writer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 5/16/2011

    " I did not finish this book. It wasn't entirely clean. Although I've really liked two of Gaiman's other books I would not recommend this one. (The two I liked were Coraline and The Graveyard Book. They are both excellent and clean.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 5/16/2011

    " I know this came first but it is not a patch on Mieville's Un Lun Dun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Netts | 5/14/2011

    " well, i didn't actually read this. i listened to the audio book version because neil gaiman's such a fantastic narrator. i'm not really an audio book person but some writers, like sedaris or gaiman, add something very special in that format. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/14/2011

    " Great book! I love the details of London Below and the story of Richard. This is a "lighter" and enjoyable read by Gaiman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krisitn | 5/11/2011

    " Pretty good so far, but it has this uncanny ability to give me bad dreams. "

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the author of several #1 New York Times bestsellers, including Norse Mythogy, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and Anansi Boys, and others, as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. His fiction has received Newbery, Carnegie, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. His novel American Gods aired as a TV series in 2017. Originally from England, he lives in the United States, where he is a professor at Bard College.