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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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    Gayle 01-10-14
    Gayle 01-10-14
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    "Superb"

    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!

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn Gardnerville, NV United States 09-23-13
    Jenn Gardnerville, NV United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolutely Perfect Casting"
    Where does Neverwhere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This full cast version has the rare distinction of something I will listen to over and over again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    The casting was absolutely perfect! Dear Powers That Be, can we please have a movie version with this cast?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The outtakes included in the end had me in hysterics. Particularly, the cast doing a Gregorian chant/beat box alphabet is hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely worth it!

    37 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 11-24-14
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 11-24-14 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Don't start here"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Chelly Las Vegas 04-04-14
    Chelly Las Vegas 04-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Always amazing."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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?


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 10-16-13
    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 10-16-13 Member Since 2015

    A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)

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    "Go underground. It's one heckuva tale ..."

    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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 02-12-15
    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 02-12-15 Member Since 2014

    I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.

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    "Radio production missing what's best about a book"

    The voice acting and sound production was great and it was a good story but it took a lot of work to visualize it sometimes. It reminded me of driving my SUV with the kids in the back watching a DVD. I could hear the movie but not see it. So I got a sense of the story but sometimes didn't really know what was going on as I couldn't see what was happening.

    I was assuming it was just different voices speaking the parts but that all the narration would be there - it was not. I guess I didn't notice "Adaption" in the title. If you were already familiar with the story that would help, but I was not, so there were times where I just didn't know what was happening.

    After this I moved on to American Gods and gasped when I noticed that it was "a full cast production." I feared the same issue with a 20 hour book. Much to my delight that one had the full narration with the different voices. That was awesome and is what I was expecting here.

    So - I liked the story but I would probably steer clear of a similar production in the future.

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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 07-01-14
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 07-01-14

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Never Better!"

    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!

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    Zati 09-28-13
    Zati 09-28-13
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    "Yummy"

    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.

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    Brian Manchester, TN, United States 01-05-14
    Brian Manchester, TN, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Best Purchase I've Made from Audible"
    If you could sum up Neverwhere in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely fantastic performances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    James McAvoy as Richard Mayhew, followed by superb performances from all of the supporting cast and overall amazing production values.


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

    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.


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

    Yes!


    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Whittier, CA 08-20-14
    Dave Whittier, CA 08-20-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.

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    "This Cast Needs to Make This Movie NOW"

    I'm a huge Neverwhere fan - the kind that is always pining for any kind of hint or glimmer of the Seven Sisters (ONE DAY WE SHALL HAVE OUR SEQUEL) or film adaptation. This radioplay is nothing short of superb, and a must for Neverwhere fans.

    This cast brings London Below to life way better than any I could've fancasted. McAvoy makes Richard not only good and sweet and earnest, but someone you can't help but love. Dormer is the perfect Door to this bizarre land. Harewood and Okonedo lend delicious edges to the Marquis de Carabas and Hunter. Chirstopher Lee's hysterical and a little sad as the Earl. Head is wicked, terrifying fun as Mr. Croup. Cumberbatch is, of course, awesome as Islington.

    I could listen to it over and over again.

    If you are a Neverwhere fan, you need this adaptation. It's as sweet as the last drop of wine from an extinct Atlantean vineyard.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Crediton, Devon, United Kingdom
    12/20/13
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    "Wonderfully imaginative and truly entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Neverwhere the most enjoyable?

    The fantastic cast and the very imaginative story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Angel Islington .... so creepy and sinister


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

    Old Bailey - Bernard Cribbins was wonderful


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Sidmouth, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "A definite must listen"
    Where does Neverwhere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audible listens that I have in my library. Be warned it isn't a book, but a radio adaptation.


    What other book might you compare Neverwhere to, and why?

    If you like Pure you will probably like this. It is set in London but a parallel London to ours.


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

    The angel Islington


    Any additional comments?

    It is a very clever play on London place names to create a hidden London landscape beneath the streets and amongst the tube lines, with a steampunk atmosphere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wetherby, United Kingdom
    12/3/13
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    "Simply superb"
    If you could sum up Neverwhere in three words, what would they be?

    Pioneering urban fantasy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Marquis de Carabas - because he's just so much in control. I liked him best in the TV series as well.


    Any additional comments?

    This version of Neverwhere is superb - a wonderful cast clearly enjoying their trip through London Below. Brings back all the memories of watching the TV series - but in a good way. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick Devonald
    Alva, Scotland
    12/1/13
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    "Star Studded Cast Delivers Outstanding Performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this audiobook to a friend, I loved the original novel by Neil Gaiman, and the excellent casting really brings the tale to live. James Macavoy shines as Richard Mayhew. Another performance which really stood out was Tony Head, as the villainous Croup.


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

    By having an all star cast it helped me to visualise the characters and brought them to live much more vividly than they ever could be on the page.


    Any additional comments?

    Download this audiobook now, you won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Wilmott
    BRISTOL, UK
    11/13/13
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    "Amazing! An absolute pleasure to listen to"
    What did you like most about Neverwhere?

    The audio adaptation was fantastic. Great music and sound effects. The acting was superb. Really brought the characters and the story to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard Mayhew and Door. Great chemistry.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch performances stood out, but all the narrator's were excellent.


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

    I was gripped.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this so much I have listened to it twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don
    Enfield, United Kingdom
    10/18/13
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    "Glad I missed it on the radio"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This ensemble performance is justification, if any were needed, for being an Audible member. I managed to miss the whole play when it was transmitted on Radio 4, and made a mental note to keep an eye out for a re-transmission. Instead, I saw it had become available on Audible. Having listened to Neil's "The Graveyard Book" - brilliant - and taken note of the rave reviews the Radio 4 transmission had received, I didn't expect to be disappointed, and I wasn't.The reason I was glad to have missed the radio transmission was because it meant I was able to listen to the whole of it in one go. A bit of d-i-y and gardening covered the required period. The whole cast was excellent, and I was sorry when it came to an end. I have got his "American Gods" waiting to be listened to - just polishing off Game of Thrones - and am looking forward to that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mari
    Bergen, Norway
    10/12/13
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    "An excellent story in a bit of a hurry"

    The story of Neverwhere is engaging, exciting and fun, and the characters are characters in the best sense of the word. Even the city itself becomes a character, even for those of us not too familiar with London. We meet Richard, perfecty performed by James McAvoy who, saving a young girl in the streets of London, discovers that his whole life has changed, and that there is a whole new London below the streets he knows, with it's own laws and logic. It is very much a fantasy story, set just on the brinks over our own reality.
    As mentioned, McAvoy's and the rest of the cast's performances are outstanding, but the radio play still leaves something to be wanted. I find it somewhat fast paced, and sometimes it is hard to follow the plot as it jumps - very quickly - from one group of characters to another, without any narrator guiding the listener. With only the various voices as aids, I could wish for a longer stretch of converstaion to sort of set the scene before moving on to the next.
    Despite, and maybe because of, this, I found myself wanting more at the end of three hours. Neil Gaiman's universe is too large for just this radio play, although BBC has made an excellent first entry - or addition, for those of you who have encountered Neverwhere in other forms earlier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brenda
    TROWBRIDGE, United Kingdom
    9/30/13
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Neverwhere to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved them all!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All different actors who brought the right performance to the book to bring it totally alive!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • EvaGM
    2/16/15
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    "Brilliant cast for an atmospheric tale."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Wonderfully performed, with a pace and sound effects that contribute to the thrill of the story. It's a moody,fantasy tale with a very rewarding resolution, and even those who are not familiar with Neil Gaiman's style will enjoy it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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