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.
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.
This dramatization of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere features many wonderful performances, the very best being that of James McAvoy. If you are a fan of Gaiman and/or McAvoy, don't miss this! One caution, some of the characters, especially the lead played by James McAvoy have heavier Scottish and English accents which may challenge American listeners.
"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 definite must listen"
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.
If you like Pure you will probably like this. It is set in London but a parallel London to ours.
The angel Islington
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.
Pioneering urban fantasy
The Marquis de Carabas - because he's just so much in control. I liked him best in the TV series as well.
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.
"Star Studded Cast Delivers Outstanding Performance"
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.
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.
Download this audiobook now, you won't regret it!
"Amazing! An absolute pleasure to listen to"
The audio adaptation was fantastic. Great music and sound effects. The acting was superb. Really brought the characters and the story to life.
Richard Mayhew and Door. Great chemistry.
James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch performances stood out, but all the narrator's were excellent.
I was gripped.
Loved this so much I have listened to it twice.
"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.
"Glad I missed it on the radio"
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.
"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.
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