Neil Gaiman was the WINNER of the BBC Audio Drama Award 2015 for Outstanding Contribution to Radio Drama
A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door.
Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....
An act of kindness sees Richard Mayhew catapulted from his ordinary life into the strange world of London Below. There he meets the Earl of Earl's Court, faces a life-threatening ordeal at the hands of the Black Friars, comes face to face with the Great Beast of London, and encounters an Angel called Islington.
Adapted for radio by the award-winning Dirk Maggs, this captivating dramatisation features a stellar cast including David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Anthony Head and David Schofield.
Contains over 25 minutes of additional unbroadcast material, including extended scenes, bloopers and outtakes.
The full list of narrators includes: James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Anthony Head, David Schofield, Bernard Cribbens, Romola Garai, George Harris, Andrew Sachs, Lucy Cohu, Johnny Vegas, Paul Chequer, Don Gilet, and Abdul Salis.
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Yes, it was one of the first Neil Gaiman books I ever read, and plunged me headlong into a love of his writings. Neil Gaiman has the gift of creating implausible worlds that feel completely real and no matter how dark a situation you find yourself wishing you could be a part of it. Neil Gaiman is a fabulous reader of his own material so I was hesitant to listen to another version, but this cast is superb and brings the story to a new level.
I don't think I cried, but I did laugh and there were several nail biting moments.
I love that I am able to read again, even in my busy life. Thanks Audible!!
The story was really cool and I liked the fact that it was an adaptation instead of a reading.
Sometimes the sound effects would overwrite the spoken word. That was annoying.
Just a reader with too little time on their hands to read, so I listen!
When I first read Gaiman's 'Neverwhere' as a young sci-fi and fantasy fan, it basically locked me into loving Gaiman's work for-fucking-ever. This adaptation, however, is a thing of beauty because it's taking Gaiman's words and sensibilities, adding some marvelous voices and actors, and turning it into a radio-play that far exceeds anything I've been hearing in recent years. Each actor is well-casted and well-suited to their roles, and, while shortened considerably, the adaptation retains more of the most important parts of the story, without taking away from the plot. Mad props for Natalie Dormer especially, because I'll be damned if I can find a voice or actress better suited to the Lady Door.
A terrific radio play done by terrific actors of a terrific book.
I wish that the description had been clearer, that this is not an audiobook at all. I found this adaptation very difficult to follow, as I know nothing about the original story. There are a lot of sound effects, but without a narration, it is very diffcult to follow what is going on. Like I said in the title, it felt a bit like listening to movie and missing important elements because you can't see the screen, and all visual cues about the characters and story are just missing. Maybe the people who enjoyed it already read the book? I don't know.
Could have been an audiobook.
I honestly couldn't finish it. I had no idea what was going on.
As you can see from the other reviews, the consensus was the acting in this play was excellent. I agree completely.
The story is a fun, fantasy tale about a fellow who falls into a dangerous, alternate reality existing in the sewers, subway lines, and elsewhere under London. For some reason, I found it very funny that one of the characters was named the "Marquis de Carabas" -- a reference to the story of Puss in Boots.
Lots of drama. Good fun. Highly recommended.
Say something about yourself!
The story is just what we've come to expect from Gaiman....... beautifully written & imaginative. My complaint is not with the author Neither do I have a complaint about the actors (not narrators) who read the various parts in this BBC radio adaptation. I think that I simply do not like radio play as much as I like a good book read by a good narrator. I couldn't help but feel that I was being deprived of certain scenes (alluded to in reviews of the book) and of Gaiman's beautiful descriptions of scenes. I was also annoyed to find that although the download lists 7 chapters, the story only really has 6. The final chapter is comprised of snippets & out-takes from the production...... a serious waste of bandwidth. (And, yes, I know that "bandwidth" an archaic & inaccurate phrase but it conveys what I mean to say.) On the plus side, for several years I've wanted to listen to a radio adaptation of a book. This production was only about 7 hrs. long, a rather small investment of my time find out that well-narrated books are far better than radio plays. A real bargain!
This is my favorite book by Neil Gaiman. I've always hoped for a follow-up, but Mr Gaiman is busy with other things. It was originally a TV series, so as a radio show it worked very well. The actors are first rate; Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, David Harewood and Natalie Dormer, Sophie Okonedo, Christopher Lee and others. My favorites are David Harewood of the incredibly smooth voice as the Marquise and James McAvoy's beautiful Scots accent as Richard.
Richard, an office drone with a bitchy fiancee, saves Door, a girl he finds injured on the street. She inadvertently leads him into London Below, an alternative London beneath the streets where people who fall through the cracks end up. Together they embark on a quest to find out who killed Door's family and to return Richard to London Above.
The performances are unbelievably well done. Very natural, lively, and crisp.
Unfortunately, no. You have no idea what's going on. It seems as if though this production is purely catering to those already familiar with the story. With was wholly disappointing.
There is no Narrator.
I would only recommend this for those of you who have already read the book. Long time fans [of Neverwhere] will cherish its dramatization; there's absolutely no doubt in my mind about that.
I was drawn in by this because of its wonderfully realized score, the litany of SFX, award winning cast, and just the highly impressive production/qualitative-value overall.
However, with this abridgement being driven solely by the dialogue, the characters provide the audience no apparent point of reference for the narrative. I've tried to listen to section 1/7 several times by now, but I'm still at a loss regarding the actual "story".
It's like driving a luxury car with no windows:
It doesn't matter how nice the vehicle is -- if you won't know where you're going, then what's the point? Or, I don't know, like going snorkeling without goggles.
Maybe those aren't the best examples, but I hope you understand the sentiment.
I mean, if we'd had any sort of narration, at all, this would be a perfect audio-drama. Pluperfect. However the dialogue is unable to carry its narrative.
Apart from that, though, I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's more or less closer to listening to an actual* play: meant for the eyes.
As opposed to experiencing an audio-play (operative word being AUDIO): meant for the ears.
The problem here is just that without a point of reference, you're kept from being immersed in the world of Neverwhere. Not worth it unless you've already read the book (or listen to Gaiman's unabridged version that he performed himself).
Sorry for the length, guys. I really did try to keep it concise (lol). Hope this helped nonetheless. Happy listening :=c)
Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author is Stephen King! Favorite book is Hyperion-read/listen to it!
I'm glad I got this cheap and didn't use a book credit. The story is convoluted. The recording at times is difficult to make out. I can barely remember the plot or the characters. I can't recommend this.
Feel like I was dropped into the middle of a story right at the beginning. Hard to understand the characters. It needs SOME narration. I decided to stick with it awhile to give it a chance figuring it would become clear to me who these people were and what was going on. Sorry to say it did not happen and so after about 40 minutes into the story I just deleted it from my device. Perhaps I am doing the novel a disservice by not staying with it longer. I am an actor and appreciate the concept of dramatizing a novel. I have to admit that a single narrator with the narration intact appeals to me more than this production did.
"Like a film only better"
Full of sound effects and great character portrayals both of which added to the story rather than detracting from it.
A mixture of fantastical and real gritty London. I loved the acting, they really got into the story and sounded like they were enjoying themselves. Great entertainment, I felt like I was watching a movie! A concise, thourougly enjoyable and unpredictable play.
Absolutely. Good adaptation & well enacted. Have listened a few times & enjoyed enjoyed it as much each time. Well cast.
I love Gaiman's style but hadn't had the chance to read Neverwhere. This allowed me a teaser that encouraged me to find time to read the source.
Big fan of Gaiman's style - he has a way of enticing you in like the folk tale tellers of old which makes it perfect to be made into an audiobook
I was excited when BBC adapted & released Neverwhere & streamed each section as it was aired. I was even more excited to hear that it was to be released as an audiobook. It was the thing that got me onto audiobooks (perfect for someone who loves to read but is sometimes too fatigued to hold a physical book)
Brilliant story, superb cast, marvellously told. A must for fantasy fans, and fans of London.
An absolute masterpiece both as a story and as a radio production with amazing performances of people at the top of their game.
This is my first time listening radio play. I am glad I found this! Certainly I'll have a new hobby from now on
"Full of listening"
FULL OF LISTENING
I did not want to stop listening to this adaptation of Neil Gaiman's book Neverwhere. The tempo and drama pulls you in immediately. It is a great cast. What I love about the story most of all is it being ephemeral to me. I was listening in to a fleeting view of a world unknown to me, I was drawn along by the strength of the characters, the textures, smells and sounds. I was able to 'know' London Below, ' the Angel Islington and that world as a place and as characters without it being explained to me. And that is why I loved listening to it, because the questions I would usually ask (who are the barons, why are they at war, what is this place??) didn't ask themselves. They didn't need to because I was not distracted by but totally sucked int this brilliant story.
Listen to it! And read the book. I have not yet which worries me as I normally want to read a book before hearing an adaptation.....
this is a great adaptation of an amazing book. I hope it is made into new film.
"Unbelievable Cast Amazing story"
this cast are all big film or tv stars, therefore to have them all in one radio play shows the quality of the book and the pull of neil gaiman. A very good adaptation and well well worth a punt if your looking for something a bit strange and a bit different
"Kept me listening and intrigued"
The sound effects were very good, especially when under ground. The echoes and sound of water embellished the story and help picture the scenes.
"Engaging & beautifully dramatised."
I don't feel it's better...It's different. A fascinating adaptation the quality of the actors involved and the way the story has been almost made into a play is surreal, you emerge yourself in Neil Gaimans world a dark dank disturbing world of the London below.
Neverwhere is one of my old time favourite books I've read it many times and encourage others to do so. Neil Gaimans novels are nothing like I've read before and this is one is no different. He his extremely witty in his approach while managing to contain this sense of wonder within his writing. The story of a man getting lost in a whole other world below London, following his journey as the meets different types of characters. My overall favourite thing about this story is Door her character development and strength is awe inspiring.
Unfortunately with it being a BBC dramatised reading for radio 4 you do not get the same cast. But if they had done another I'd be the first to download.
The moment when Richard faces his ordeal to win the key. James Mcavoy was truly moving the emotions expressed you could feel and understand the characters torment in this scene.
If you have a taste for the unimaginable and a storytelling that will remain with you I urge you to buy this audio adaptation of the book. Then go out to your local bookstore and read the full book. It will be a novel that you will reread and keep on your shelve for years!
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