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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Wow, what an awesome listen! The only problem? I have to go back and get the ebook because the BBC cast version was abridged and I feel like I missed huge chunks of the story.
This is my first experience with an audiobook that is more like a theater production. I felt like I was at a play with my eyes closed. There were sound effects, at least 4 or 5 people in each scene talking, and lots of times where there was action and no words. It was strange for me, as an audiobook lover, to hear an author's words interpreted instead of spoken to the letter. However, it was a pretty amazing introduction to this format.
The story itself was awesome. Tons of action, tons of drama, tons of tension... I was totally sucked in. It was borderline horror at times, which I don't tend to like, but I was overall really enamored with it.
I'm going to have to get me some more Gaiman, STAT. And maybe listen to James McAvoy some more...
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.
Yes, it's richly layered and elevated to an all high ranking because of sound effects and different voices of the cast..
One of my favorite stories, and in my opinion this is definitely the best version of it! Fantastic cast, who all bring an amazing level of emotion and interpretation to the story.
I always love the creativity of Neil Gaiman's writing, but the clever balance of the familiar and the strange in "Neverwhere" is particularly impressive.
This is the only narrated version I have ever listened to, though I have both read the print version and watched a movie version.
No, I listened to the book in segments while walking my dog. Half-hour long chunks worked very well.
I loved the performances of all stars in this production. James McAvoy was perfect. The way this story was performed transported me straight into Neverwhere which I was very happy to rediscover. It was even better then I'd hoped and remembered.
I do not want to take anything away from this performance, which I thought was excellent. However, the full audiobook was a better investment. It has been years since I listened to the original Neverwhere story, and I loved it. You need the time to understand all the complexities of what is going on -- and this is one of the most complex stories around. It is also a little hard to understand everything in the beginning due to the thick British accents, so you miss a bit of the set up.
This was so entertaining. I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman's work and this cast really brought the story to life. I wish more audiobooks were made like this.
The bloopers at the end were pretty funny.
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.
I would gladly listen again. It was beautifully performed and very well written
Hmm, that's tough. Perhaps a mix between Harry Potter and Angels and Demons? Setting aside the fact that I am not a fan of Brown's works it has a similar layer of suspense with the mysticism and colorful characters that you find in Harry Potter.
Oh, well clearly Islington.
I laughed a good deal in this book, and had a few gasps of shock
This was just all around wonderful. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying it.
"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!
Loved it want more please liked everything about it and didn't want to finish listening.
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
"A great listen"
Yes. It gripped you, you were drawn into it, narrators excellent, story good. Not my usual listen but so glad I did .
All of it was brilliant, fast, pacy, action filled.
James Mcevoy was my favourite narrator as Richard.
Surprised at how good it was. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Loved the idea of London Below. Gaiman's worlds are hard to leave at the end of a book. This was no exception.
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.
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'.
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.
I loved Cumberbatch's portrayal of the Angel of Islington - you could really feel centuries of weariness in his voice.
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.
"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.
"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.
The performances were really bad :( a big let down. Don't waste a credit. I'm wishing I'd bought a different book.
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