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Neverwhere [Adaptation] | [Neil Gaiman]

Neverwhere [Adaptation]

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 AudioGO Ltd (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd

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    Brian Manchester, TN, United States 01-05-14
    Brian Manchester, TN, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Best Purchase I've Made from Audible"
    If you could sum up Neverwhere in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely fantastic performances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    James McAvoy as Richard Mayhew, followed by superb performances from all of the supporting cast and overall amazing production values.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Martinez Illinois 08-18-14
    Steven Martinez Illinois 08-18-14 Member Since 2014

    I love that I am able to read again, even in my busy life. Thanks Audible!!

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    "Pretty good"
    What did you love best about Neverwhere [Adaptation]?

    The story was really cool and I liked the fact that it was an adaptation instead of a reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes the sound effects would overwrite the spoken word. That was annoying.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paolo BALTIMORE, MD, United States 07-30-14
    Paolo BALTIMORE, MD, United States 07-30-14

    Just a reader with too little time on their hands to read, so I listen!

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    "An All-Star Cast for a Five-Star Adaptation."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 09-22-14
    Rebecca 09-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Felt like listening to a movie without the visual"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Could have been an audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    I honestly couldn't finish it. I had no idea what was going on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 09-18-14
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 09-18-14 Member Since 2014

    Rob Thomas

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    "A superbly acted fantasy play."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Exton, PA, United States 09-08-14
    Edward Exton, PA, United States 09-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I wish I'd listened to the book instead"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Irenehope Gold Canyon, AZ , USA 02-28-14
    Irenehope Gold Canyon, AZ , USA 02-28-14
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    "My Favorite Book by Neil Gaiman"
    What did you love best about Neverwhere?

    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.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    D.R. Dinkins 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "No idea what is happeneing."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The performances are unbelievably well done. Very natural, lively, and crisp.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    N/A


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    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.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    There is no Narrator.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    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)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 11-03-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 11-03-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "A good read, but not my style."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 11-01-14
    Matthew FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 11-01-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author is Stephen King! Favorite book is Hyperion! (READ/LISTEN to it!)

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    "Saved me a book credit."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • M. G. Penfold
    Stirling UK
    9/16/13
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    "Captivated"
    Would you listen to Neverwhere again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Neverwhere?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • toveyc1
    1/23/15
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    London
    1/11/15
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    "A fairytale for adults"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Neverwhere [Adaptation] to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are several: Hunter, Door, and also the protagonist, Richard. It's difficult to pin point why.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    They all add depth to the characters and especially Benedict Cumberbatch as the Angel gives an excellent performance.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • flubb
    aberdeen
    1/8/15
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    "Fantastic Adaptation"

    This brings the book to life wonderfully. The casting is perfect BC makes a wonderful Angel Islington. A fantastic listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M. Oswell
    UK
    3/11/14
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    "Magic!"

    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...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    United Kingdom
    11/1/13
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    "A first class radio play."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Bath, United Kingdom
    9/5/13
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    "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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Isobel
    Shipley, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Worth calling a classic"
    Would you listen to Neverwhere again? Why?

    Yes because each time I listen to it I find something different in the performances of the cast


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Old Bailey. What's not to like? It was Bernard Cribbins. One of the parts he was born to play


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The scene I enjoyed most was right at the end when Richard fights his way back into London Below


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    See above. It only proves that very often we don't know what we want until we think we have lost it.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen. I recommend it heartily.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tessa Luff
    12/7/14
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    "Like a film only better"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Neverwhere [Adaptation] to be better than the print version?

    Full of sound effects and great character portrayals both of which added to the story rather than detracting from it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SharlzG
    Sydney, Australia
    12/5/14
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    "Good adaptation"
    Would you listen to Neverwhere [Adaptation] again? Why?

    Absolutely. Good adaptation & well enacted. Have listened a few times & enjoyed enjoyed it as much each time. Well cast.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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