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.
"A fairytale for adults"
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.
There are several: Hunter, Door, and also the protagonist, Richard. It's difficult to pin point why.
They all add depth to the characters and especially Benedict Cumberbatch as the Angel gives an excellent performance.
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.
This brings the book to life wonderfully. The casting is perfect BC makes a wonderful Angel Islington. A fantastic listen.
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...
"A first class radio play."
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.
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
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.
"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.
"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.
"Worth calling a classic"
Yes because each time I listen to it I find something different in the performances of the cast
Old Bailey. What's not to like? It was Bernard Cribbins. One of the parts he was born to play
The scene I enjoyed most was right at the end when Richard fights his way back into London Below
See above. It only proves that very often we don't know what we want until we think we have lost it.
A great listen. I recommend it heartily.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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