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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Absolutely fantastic performances.
James McAvoy as Richard Mayhew, followed by superb performances from all of the supporting cast and overall amazing production values.
I've listened to many of Gaiman's other books on Audio, including the full-cast version of American Gods. This is better than all of them.
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.
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)
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
This book is a little out there. Not really my style of book, but did hold my attention enough to finish it. I felt as if the author asked me to take some leaps that just didn't work for me. Some of the dialogue was quite corny, and the protagonist accepted the ridiculous situation that he was in a little too easily. The narrators did a fine job, for the most part, I just couldn't get into the story line.
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.
Yes I'd listen again and probably again after that. The dramatisation was excellent, the only very minor criticism was the sound recording at the beginning where I missed some of the dialogue. The actors were excellent as was the storey line. I listened to the whole book in one go.
The fantasy locations and use of real locations turning them into something completely different, who would have thought Kightsbridge could be a really dodgy place named The Nights Bridge" where your nightmares can be found.
"James McAvoy great performance"
Well performed by all the cast. I hoot to listen to. I didn't enjoy the general story plot as much as I thought I would but it's definitely different and I would recommend it overall. if you like the fantasy style this will be for you.
"A fairytale for adults"
I have not read the print version, but this adaptation with different actors and sound effects was excellent, and I imagine very different from the book version.
There are several: Hunter, Door, and also the protagonist, Richard. It's difficult to pin point why.
They all add depth to the characters and especially Benedict Cumberbatch as the Angel gives an excellent performance.
Like Gaiman's other book, the story has a fairytale-like quality to it. It's intentionally (I think) silly in places, but quite enjoyable and not very long.
This brings the book to life wonderfully. The casting is perfect BC makes a wonderful Angel Islington. A fantastic listen.
This is a magical mystery tour of the London Underground - but beware, you will never be able to see the good old Tube in the same way again!
Neil Gaiman creates characters: the story is, of course, fabulous - but it's the people that keep you interested, that make you care what happens next.
Marvellous book, always ready to drop you into a chasm, make you face terrifying monsters, meet beautiful but dishonourable women, keep you awake on a long journey into Neverwhere...
"A first class radio play."
I would certainly recommend this book to others, the story is well told and highly entertaining, the characters all brilliantly cast, and the production values excellent.
I enjoyed the humour of this story, it made me chuckle on several occasions. Plus, I'll never see London in quite the same way
James McAvoy does a wonderful turn as the lead character, charismatic, funny and likeable. Special mentions for Sophie Okonedo and Christopher Lee, I would loved to have heard more from their characters.
"Amazing Story, Amazing Cast, Amazing Soundscape.."
I was SO happy to see Audible have this now, I first heard it on the Radio and loved it, it's my favourite Neil Gaiman story, Dirk Maggs and the cast (including Christopher Lee, Cumberbatch and Natalie Dormer) bring it to life in an exceptional way. The soundscapes and effects add so much value, this is the BBC at it's best. Brilliant.
"Worth calling a classic"
Yes because each time I listen to it I find something different in the performances of the cast
Old Bailey. What's not to like? It was Bernard Cribbins. One of the parts he was born to play
The scene I enjoyed most was right at the end when Richard fights his way back into London Below
See above. It only proves that very often we don't know what we want until we think we have lost it.
A great listen. I recommend it heartily.
"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)
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