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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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    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.


    8 of 9 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 Member Since 2015

    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. 03-19-15
    D.R. 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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    M.S. Valdez FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 11-01-14
    M.S. Valdez 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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    David Phillipston, MA, United States 10-19-14
    David Phillipston, MA, United States 10-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Sorry, could not get into this AT ALL!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • 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
  • hashina
    Marykirk, United Kingdom
    7/21/15
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    "Brilliant acting"
    What did you like most about Neverwhere [Adaptation]?

    I really wasn't sure if i would like this as the genre is not one i would normally pick up / listen to. But i did on the back of a recommendation and really surprised myself at how into it i got. I was imagining all sorts picturing the descriptions and places


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • YLI
    7/20/15
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    "A great listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It gripped you, you were drawn into it, narrators excellent, story good. Not my usual listen but so glad I did .


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it was brilliant, fast, pacy, action filled.


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

    James Mcevoy was my favourite narrator as Richard.


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

    Surprised at how good it was. Thoroughly enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mariane
    7/9/15
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    "Amazing universe"

    Loved the idea of London Below. Gaiman's worlds are hard to leave at the end of a book. This was no exception.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    7/5/15
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    "Unexpected Pleasure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I don't read fantasy novels and I don't listen to dramatisations, so I'm not sure why I bought this, but I am so very, very glad I did! This is just superb from start to finish - an inspired idea (a parallel ''London Below' inhabited by an actual Angel of Islington and an Earl of Court) with a stellar cast (James McEvoy is spot on as Richard, but Benedict Cumberbatch and Christopher Lee as the aforementioned Angel and Earl almost steal the show from a brilliant Bernard Cribbins as Old Bailey) make this an absolutely compelling listen.


    What other book might you compare Neverwhere [Adaptation] to, and why?

    This is pretty unique, so nothing quite like it. Doctor Who - at its very best - is a good comparator: think the Weeping Angels in 'Blink' or 'The Empty Child'.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Too many to mention - the Floating Market and the fight on the Drawbridge stands out, as does the encounter with the Earl in the train carriage. The scenes with Old Bailey give a sense of space (as they happen on the rooftop) that counterpoints the claustrophobia below. Has to be the candlelit scenes with the Angel that work the best, though.


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

    I loved Cumberbatch's portrayal of the Angel of Islington - you could really feel centuries of weariness in his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I've watched the BBC dramatisation since, which - whilst not as good as this - is very entertaining. If you like this, watch is, if only for the most deliciously creepy performance you'll ever see from Hywel Bennett.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Petra
    London, United Kingdom
    7/2/15
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    "Good production, not my cup of tea"

    This was enjoyable and polished, but I was left with the feeling that I this is a children's book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colin Forbes
    Scotland
    5/21/15
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    "Great Adaptation of a Great Book"

    Superbly produced and great performances all round. This is very much an adaptation as an audio drama and not a straight reading of the book, but this captures the invention of the original very nicely indeed.

    The final chapter of the audio book was a bit odd though. Without any introduction or explanation we get a compilation of bloopers from the recording sessions (not that amusing) and some scenes repeated from the main production - perhaps they were extended or edited in some way. Didn't add to the package.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    5/13/15
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    "But where is Doctor Who?"

    This is the story of an alternative underground London populated with people called the Black Friars, The Islington Angel and so on. As usual with this type of thing, there is a maiden in peril, (naturally of aristocratic birth) and a hapless hero from the normal world who has stumbled into the whole thing by accident. This is a good natured piece of hokum dramatised to the point that it almost punches you in the face. Overall I would say this is a triumph of style over substance but who cares when it is such good fun and a great ripping 'Doctor Who like' yarn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KieronRiley
    4/29/15
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    "Just Boring"

    The performances were really bad :( a big let down. Don't waste a credit. I'm wishing I'd bought a different book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    4/19/15
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    "Top drawer cast"

    Really enjoyed the book and the dramatisation doesn't disappoint. Great plot and characters, which are brought to life exactly as I had imagined them by the top notch cast - Anthony Head and David Schofield as Vandemar and Croup are superbly creepy. Don't stop listening at the end, there are loads of out-takes & extras!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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