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Neverwhere [Adaptation] Radio/TV Program

Neverwhere [Adaptation]

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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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    Heather United States 10-21-14
    Heather United States 10-21-14 Member Since 2014

    Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!

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    "Loved it but I now I need to read the real thing"

    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...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chiwiz Langdon, NH, United States 10-19-14
    Chiwiz Langdon, NH, 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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    gws 10-12-14
    gws 10-12-14
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    "Love the characters"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy all of Neil Gaiman's books but listening to this one was different, easy to follow along and the characters were great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LCNanny 09-27-14
    LCNanny 09-27-14
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    "LOVED IT"
    Would you listen to Neverwhere [Adaptation] again? Why?

    Yes, it's richly layered and elevated to an all high ranking because of sound effects and different voices of the cast..


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    saholden 09-19-14
    saholden 09-19-14
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    "Excellent Performance!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Neverwhere [Adaptation] to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this 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.


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

    This is the only narrated version I have ever listened to, though I have both read the print version and watched a movie version.


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

    No, I listened to the book in segments while walking my dog. Half-hour long chunks worked very well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S.Edwards 09-17-14
    S.Edwards 09-17-14 Member Since 2012

    Bookworm

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    "Fabulous perfomance, even better then I'd hoped."
    What did you love best about Neverwhere [Adaptation]?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip 09-12-14
    Phillip 09-12-14
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    "Good performance (but the full book was better)"

    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.

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    Maureen Bayne 09-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "One of my favorite audiobooks so far"
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    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.

    1 of 1 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.

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    India Kingsland, GA, United States 03-18-14
    India Kingsland, GA, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to Neverwhere again? Why?

    I would gladly listen again. It was beautifully performed and very well written


    What other book might you compare Neverwhere to and why?

    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.


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

    Oh, well clearly Islington.


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

    I laughed a good deal in this book, and had a few gasps of shock


    Any additional comments?

    This was just all around wonderful. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying it.

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  • Jo
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    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    4 of 4 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...

    3 of 3 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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kildonan
    2/15/15
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    "It is not my kind of magic but it has some sparkle"

    Magical stories just leave me cold but I try to understand, so once in a while I read one more book of this kind and find some good thing but overall they are formulas that pretend to be metaphors, in this case the writing is entertaining and sometimes humorous, but I just do not care about the characters because they have powers and rational that are outside humanity so my expectations are of a normal universe but the writer controls this universe and he only knows the rules, and when a character returns from the dead and explains some mumbo-jumbo as the explanation for this event, it just annoying and lazy writing, like amnesia in soaps, or the long lost never mentioned what ever in soaps, a cheat to bend and fit a plot that collided with it self; or just a manipulation of the readers feelings.
    I did like some of the writing, some of the humour, the plot not so much, the magic is not my kind of magic.

    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
  • 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.


    4 of 5 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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