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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
One of my favorite books ever, read and performed by some of my favorite people. I do think you have to read or listen to an unabridged version first to fully appreciate the story but this was very entertaining.
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.
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!
I really enjoyed listening to this adapation. I think this should be made into a live action movie!
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.
"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.
"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.
This adaption was really well acted.
Neil Gaiman's comedy really made it for me.
I haven't read the book so can't really comment!
I did really enjoy this audio but no over-emotional reactions
Great performance, I would recommend it.
"Neil Gaiman's Masterpiece!"
Nverwhere as an epic cast but I loved that each characters voice was so recognizable. Because all the main characters have been on huge TV and film productions, you knew who was who. The soundscape of London below was done really well conjuring up images of Floating Markets, dank sewers, cavernous spaces and tube stations superbly. Also I like that the first 10 minutes of each episode wasn't bogged down in endless repetitive exposition.
I always thought that Neverwhere (London Below) would be part of a perfect Alternate Modern fantasy trilogy along side Michael de Larrabeiti's The Borrible's Trilogy (London ground) and Christopher Fowler's 80's classic Roofworld (London Above.) All sadly unavailable on Audible, at the moment. I think Ben Aaronovitch's would be the obvious comparisonto Neverwhere, the way the author mixes the magical with the mundane.
The actors, sound and writing were top notch and I really couldn't recommend this production highly enough. Hopefully a Gaiman/Maggs/BBC co production will become an annual event.
I was lucky enough to be able to listen to this in one sitting and time flew by. Its great because although it does the book and TV show justice its also short enough to get through on a car journey. Its definitely one of those books I'll relisten to in the future.
"Gaiman at its best"
I listen to this over and over. 'Neverwhere' is one of my favourite tales and this is a particularly good production of Neil Gaiman's underworld fable. With the story sectioned off into half hours (approx.) it's really good for the commute to work.
There are a lot of little gems, not least of which is playing actor-bingo. The cast is fantastic, a total dream. Bernard Cribbins pops up; Christopher Lee swans in; Benedict Cumberbatch lulls you with his easy tones whilst James McAvoy's beautiful Scottish brogue keeps the pace going nicely.
I particularly enjoy the scenes with Anthony Head. He really seems to relish the role and totally commits. Grimly comedic.
Adventure lurks beneath the streets of London...
I just love it!
"Excellent adaptation with a stellar cast!"
Listened to this for the first time on Radio 4 and it was a pleasure to listen to it again. A standout cast and an excellent adaptation.
"A journey into a London you did not know excisted!"
The actors all did a marvellous job and I enjoyed the fact that this adaptation did not have a narrator but that all the events were related through the eyes of the carachters.
Without wanting to give anything away, I liked the tea-serving moment by the monks. It was a nice contrast between the monks who are relaxed and doing their job and the stress by from the protagonist who has to do the test.
I think James McAvoy as Richard was the best. You could really 'read' his emotions into his voice.You felt in the middle of the story thanks to understanding his feelings.
Although thanks to the chemistry between Mr Croop and Mr Vandermar they come close second!
I really like Neil Gaiman, I enjoyed the Graveyard Book before and will definitely look out for more. Also the standard of this adaptation was high and I hopefully find some more like this.
One small point, the last chapter seems to be a 'blooper' half hour. I stopped listening because bloopers of an audio recording are not my favourite thing. Maybe afterwards there was some talk about the actors or something but I gave up after a couple of minutes. MIght be nice to give this explanation.
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...
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