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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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    kerry 07-31-15
    kerry 07-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing"

    wow i loved it....just amazing 😍 the cast is superb the world practically dances b4 u

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    magicmonster 07-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "excellent radio drama"

    Get this the story is great. Hate the credits after every part though. Good acting.

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    Brandi Donathan 07-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What lies beneath?"

    Great drama with a fantastic cast! I think they really captured the heart and soul of the story with this adaptation.

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    Angela 07-13-15
    Angela 07-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun adventure"

    I've never read this book and I thought the adaptation did an excellent portrayal. I was able to visualize the surrounding without the intricate descriptions books normally have to get you into the world. I liked it a lot.

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    Jenn Go 07-08-15
    Jenn Go 07-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb!"

    I really loved this adaptation of the fantastic novel by Neil Gaiman! BBC rocks hard!

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    G. Parish 06-26-15
    G. Parish 06-26-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Full Cast. Immersive."

    The full cast on this one offers an immersive experience that is unbeatable. A treat to listen to.

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    Sophia 06-20-15
    Sophia 06-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Phenomenal adaptation! wonderful cast!"

    This was perfect! The acting and sound effects were brilliant. I would highly recommend giving this a listen.

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    Deborah Ham Lake, MN, United States 06-10-15
    Deborah Ham Lake, MN, United States 06-10-15
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    "HORRIBLE if you don't know the story"

    I wish I had seen one of the reviews that said you really need to be familiar with the story to understand this. Right from the beginning I could not understand half the words they were saying, and had no idea what they were talking about. It was like listening to garbledy-gook. I listened for about 10 minutes and gave up. Wish I could return it but I waited too long before I listened to it. If you don't know the story ahead of time, don't buy this!

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    Mary Jane Crawford 06-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic Adaptation"

    The only changes made to the story were minor and didn't affect much at all. All the actors did amazing jobs displaying the emotions of their given characters. The sound track was great and the extra features were very nice.

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    Libby Donovan 05-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Exciting listen"

    I've read the book before, but with suck a star studded cast I didn't want to miss out in this version. It was an excellent listen for my long car rides.

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  • Catriona Ferris
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    3/19/15
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    "Great story. Skip annoying end of chapter credits"

    Great story. Great performance. However very Annoying that audible didn't edit end of each chapter and had repeat of all actors and producers.

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  • Ed Mason
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    3/2/15
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    "Who needs to grow up"
    What did you like most about Neverwhere [Adaptation]?

    It's like a children's book for adults, it's a good story and really fun to listen to the tale as it pulls Richard into another world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character Richard is a nice chap who I'll like to have a pint with.


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

    What a great bunch of voices to guide you along the road.


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

    Look out below


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  • Nicky
    2/22/15
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    "Enjoyable and engaging"

    Great to be transported into another world. Likeable characters, nothing too sinister! I will be looking out for more Neil Gaimen dramatisations.

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  • mollyeyre
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    2/17/15
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    "Very enjoyable"

    This is my first Neil Gaiman solo, I have enjoyed his collaboration with Terry Pratchett and this didn't disappoint. A good story, excellent production and a pleasant introduction to this author.

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  • Mr. P. A. Byers
    2/16/15
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    "Fun"

    James mcavoy is great, as are all the cast. This was a really fun adventure through London with an eye on the fantastical.

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  • KathrynS
    Beijing, China
    2/16/15
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    "This is brilliant!"
    Any additional comments?

    Drawn into a parallel world existing in underground modern day London, Gaiman's clever imagining of a subterranean society charts Richard Mayhew's embroilment in 'London Below'. He encounters the Black Friars, Night's Bridge and discovers that there is an Angel in Islington... To anyone familiar with London's tube maps, this quirky interpretation is amusing and inspired. Neverwhere is one of my favourite books, and this reimagining in drama was just outstanding. Although it was originally a television series before it was a novel, I haven't seen it so my comparison is purely based on the novel adaptation. All of the characters were fantastically interpreted by some very talented actors, and it was brilliant hearing some very well known voices give life to a darkly humorous yarn. Really worth a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aberwolf
    Wales, UK
    2/15/15
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    "Top notch!"

    My favourite Gaiman, performed by an excellent cast, what's not to like?
    Couple of my favourite bits of the book removed, but that's always the way with adaptations. Some great foley in there too.
    and the extra chapter was entertaining.

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  • Ann
    2/10/15
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    "Love this mini play"
    What made the experience of listening to Neverwhere [Adaptation] the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the characters and their interactions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Neverwhere [Adaptation]?

    earls court the play on words and humour


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

    It gave me a visual experience knowing what the actors look like brought the story to life


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

    The world beneath your feet


    Any additional comments?

    more titles using this format

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs L
    Reading, UK
    2/8/15
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    "Completely off the wall in a good way!"
    If you could sum up Neverwhere [Adaptation] in three words, what would they be?

    Quirky, confusing and appealing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adaptation was faithful to the original tv series, as far as I can remember and the voice actors were well chosen. It's a crazy story and came across as such. The whole "London below" theme was imaginative and well done.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The actors were good and very dramatic. Sometimes the background sound effects were so loud that we couldn't make out what the actors were saying.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Neil Gaiman (and he's not to everyone's taste, you'll probably enjoy this. It doesn't take itself too seriously but it's not as silly as Terry Pratchett (in my view at least).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • patrick
    2/6/15
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    "See London in a new light"

    To hear this great dramatisation, was a pleasure. It's a story that grabs you from the start and takes you on journey to see another side of London.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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