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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This full cast version has the rare distinction of something I will listen to over and over again.
I listened to the full story read by Neil Gaiman (which I would also recommend) before listening to this radio drama version because I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to follow what was going on. However, this fear was unfounded as the radio drama did a wonderful job abridging the plot and yet keeping all of the important stuff in.
The casting was absolutely perfect! Dear Powers That Be, can we please have a movie version with this cast?
The outtakes included in the end had me in hysterics. Particularly, the cast doing a Gregorian chant/beat box alphabet is hilarious.
Absolutely worth it!
I don't use superlatives often in my reviews, but this was superb. The cast was fantastic, a perfect Audible performance.
I was a little hesitant to download this since I had not read the book, as a previous reviewer recommended. I nevertheless enjoyed this immensely and felt that comprehension of the story was not a problem.
The only thing I felt to be a slight distraction was the listing of characters and crew after each episode, which is a very minor criticism indeed. This is wonderful entertainment!
Oh yes, every single person who likes good things should listen to this. It have tons of amazing voice actors along with a really great, fun story. This is and remains one of my favorite books from Neil Gaiman. So much fun.
It's so different. The first time I read it, it wasn't like anything I've ever read before. Then, to hear it acted out by some of the best actors of the age? Oho yes.
Every scene with Richard and Door/James and Natalie. They just sounded so excellent together. A good energy. I would also be remiss if I didn't mention Anthony Head's performance in this production. I've always known him as Giles, but as a baddie, he excels just the same. Tony Head can do no wrong. Same with Bernard Cribbins. Can you tell I loved this adaptation?
It made me laugh, for sure. Even though I've read it a few times and listened to version narrated by Gaiman himself, I still enjoyed myself.
I was hoping this would be available for purchase once I heard it was going to be a real thing. iTunes had the first episode available for download via podcast, but one episode wasn't enough. Thank you so much for allowing people to get this amazing production. 11/10 would recommend.
A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)
Great writing and a flawless cast produces one fantastic dramatisation of Neil Gaiman's work (the unabridged version read by Gaiman is also brilliant). For those who like dramatisations, this is a stellar cast performance which recounts this strange tale of bravery, intrigue and adventure on the streets of London Below. Benedict Cumberbatch puts in a magnificent performance as The Angel Islington, as does Anthony Head. You won't regret buying this audiobook.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
It's been years since I read (and absolutely loved) "Neverwhere." This is a terrific way to re-discover a fantasy classic.
Others have mentioned the perfect performances here. They are wonderful, and the work has been lovingly and beautifully adapted for radio (and Audible).
If you read the book, dive into this version of "Neverwhere". If you haven't yet experienced Gaiman's crazy world, take a moment to get used to the accents and the background noises, and enter. Like radio, it's presented in episodes - but be prepared to stay up late listening to all of them in one sitting! It's that good!
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
As you read through reviews for this offering, you'll see that those who already know and love the story through the full book version also enjoyed this dramatisation. I am one of these. But if you have never read or listened to the full book, it would be very hard to understand what's going on as the audioplay is essentially an abridgement of the story, losing a great deal of the character and plot development. That's the reason for the 3 star story mark - it just doesn't stand alone for the uninitiated. This really is a story that deserves a complete hearing. The voice actors are superb, especially McAvoy and Cumberbatch, but I did drop one performance star for the somewhat scratchy quality of the sound effects.
Neverwhere (the book) was my very first Gaiman experience, and it got me hooked. If you are at all intrigued by the story premise, do yourself a favor and go to the source. Gaiman reads the entire story himself and does his usual remarkable job.
Absolutely fantastic performances.
James McAvoy as Richard Mayhew, followed by superb performances from all of the supporting cast and overall amazing production values.
I've listened to many of Gaiman's other books on Audio, including the full-cast version of American Gods. This is better than all of them.
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.
Just a reader with too little time on their hands to read, so I listen!
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.
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.
I don't think I cried, but I did laugh and there were several nail biting moments.
"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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