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Neverwhere [Adaptation] Radio/TV Program

Neverwhere [Adaptation]

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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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    Erik St. Georges, DE, United States 12-19-13
    Erik St. Georges, DE, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "London below never sounded so good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't think I cried, but I did laugh and there were several nail biting moments.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Zati 09-28-13
    Zati 09-28-13
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    "Yummy"

    One of my favorite books ever, read and performed by some of my favorite people. I do think you have to read or listen to an unabridged version first to fully appreciate the story but this was very entertaining.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 02-12-15
    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 02-12-15 Member Since 2016

    I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.

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    "Radio production missing what's best about a book"

    The voice acting and sound production was great and it was a good story but it took a lot of work to visualize it sometimes. It reminded me of driving my SUV with the kids in the back watching a DVD. I could hear the movie but not see it. So I got a sense of the story but sometimes didn't really know what was going on as I couldn't see what was happening.

    I was assuming it was just different voices speaking the parts but that all the narration would be there - it was not. I guess I didn't notice "Adaption" in the title. If you were already familiar with the story that would help, but I was not, so there were times where I just didn't know what was happening.

    After this I moved on to American Gods and gasped when I noticed that it was "a full cast production." I feared the same issue with a 20 hour book. Much to my delight that one had the full narration with the different voices. That was awesome and is what I was expecting here.

    So - I liked the story but I would probably steer clear of a similar production in the future.

    6 of 7 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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie 05-12-14
    Melanie 05-12-14
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    "great voice acting!"

    I really enjoyed listening to this adapation. I think this should be made into a live action movie!

    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.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    jb Plano, TX United States 02-20-14
    jb Plano, TX United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Oh, it's definitely All-Star"

    This is way better than the BBC TV mini-series. But still not quite as good as reading the book. The cast is a Brit actor hit squad, but I think I would have been happier with just James McAvoy narrating. Though casting Benedict Cumberbatch as the Angel Islington is scary brilliant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Colorado, USA 11-11-13
    Thomas Colorado, USA 11-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story, Wonderful Performances"

    This dramatization of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere features many wonderful performances, the very best being that of James McAvoy. If you are a fan of Gaiman and/or McAvoy, don't miss this! One caution, some of the characters, especially the lead played by James McAvoy have heavier Scottish and English accents which may challenge American listeners.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wil CONYERS, GA, US 11-24-15
    Wil CONYERS, GA, US 11-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "great listen"

    I loved the performance and the full cast production. first class all the way. amazing

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Francis 11-05-15
    D. Francis 11-05-15
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    "A dynamic series with an excellent cast."

    Like the old time radio shows that completely spark the imagination. I was captured from the very beginning until the very end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • 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
  • Lisa
    5/26/16
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    "Review"

    Very entertaining and read extremely well.
    I will definitely be recommending to friends and family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • rimagenda1
    4/23/16
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    "brilliant"

    Gaimen has become a bit of a favourite having first heard of him in his collaboration with Terry Pratchett (Good Omens). Listened to this in the car several times now. Well acted (Macavoy a bit over the top but ok). Can't look at the tube map now without the station names taking on a new meaning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    3/8/16
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    "As good as it should be"

    I love this book and these guys did it justice. Harewood and Cumberbatch were particularly excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Nicola A Munday
    Haselbury plucknett, Crewkerne
    3/6/16
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    "Never where London Under"

    I did not think I would like this audio book, or the writer, I was wrong!! weird, but incredibility enticing!
    Neil Gaiman, your a very talented man! please write more! for anyone else who likes the weird, fantastical & very personal & dark stories, give this & ' The Ocean At The End Of The Lane' a try. Two of my now most treasured audio books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    3/6/16
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    "Superb!"

    Absolutely wonderful.
    The cast fits perfectly to the characters.
    The writing is brilliant and I will certainly listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel Richardson-Jones
    3/4/16
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    "Fantastic Adaptation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Neverwhere [Adaptation] to be better than the print version?

    Dont know


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All very good


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Angel Islington


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Slip in to somewhere a little more uncomfortable


    Any additional comments?

    This is great for Kids and Adults to enjoy together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    2/21/16
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    "perfection
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    This was adapted with great skill and the casting is brilliant. A truly wonderful accomplishment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Djoyce
    London
    2/20/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved this adaptation. could barely stop listening. dramatization was perfect. And all the actors were brilliant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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