Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman. When Richard Mayhew stops one day to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London pavement, his life is forever altered, for he finds himself propelled into an alternative reality that exists in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.
I listened to the audiobook version of this and Gaiman did a fantastic job both as the author and narrator. I was transported to the magical underbelly of London Below, engrossed with the characters I “met” along the way – especially The Marquis De Carabas, whose shady ass I quite liked; and Richard Mayhew – he’s one I will not forget anytime soon. He was just so DAFT! I was totally frustrated and many a time, I went, “Ughhh! Dude – get a CLUE!!!” Of course, that means it was a good book – since I was talking – no, screaming – at a make-believe character!
Sometimes a book is better listened to than read, sometimes it’s not. In this case, the audiobook was fantastic, but I also get the feeling I would have enjoyed reading a physical copy of this as well.
The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka. This novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought over from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. It traces their extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of husbands they have yet to meet; their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences as mothers, raising children who will ultimately reject their heritage and their history.
Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what are you currently listening to?