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3.74307692307692 out of 53.74307692307692 out of 53.74307692307692 out of 53.74307692307692 out of 53.74307692307692 out of 5 3.74 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Gaiman Narrator: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780061549113
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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. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I didn’t ever want this book to end...Hunter, Islington, Door—these characters are part of my life now…I’m over the moon with this book.”

    Tori Amos

  • “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 New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 Audie Award Finalist
  • A 1998 Mythopoeic Award Nominee for Adult Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 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. A. | 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. "

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About the Author
Author Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, and he has also penned many books for readers of all ages, including American Gods, Anansi Boys, Coraline, and M Is for Magic. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living postmodern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. He has written multiple New York Times bestselling books and is a Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX, and Locus Award-winner. He has also worked in support of First Amendment rights and was awarded the Defender of Liberty Award in August 1997 by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for his efforts. Born and raised in England, Neil now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has somehow reached his fifties and tends to always need a haircut.