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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I've read the book before, but with suck a star studded cast I didn't want to miss out in this version. It was an excellent listen for my long car rides.
Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!
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..
I wish that the description had been clearer, that this is not an audiobook at all. I found this adaptation very difficult to follow, as I know nothing about the original story. There are a lot of sound effects, but without a narration, it is very diffcult to follow what is going on. Like I said in the title, it felt a bit like listening to movie and missing important elements because you can't see the screen, and all visual cues about the characters and story are just missing. Maybe the people who enjoyed it already read the book? I don't know.
Could have been an audiobook.
I honestly couldn't finish it. I had no idea what was going on.
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.
"Beautifully adapted and immaculately performed."
There are two Londons: the one we know, and the one populated by people who have slipped through the cracks. When Richard, a perfectly normal-seeming individual stops to help a badly injured girl, he starts the process of slipping through those cracks into a world he never knew existed. This world is made up of things we all know, yet do not know. It is populated by people strangely familiar, yet at odds with how they should be.
In this stellar performance of the Neil Gaiman book, the characters are vividly brought to life. The storyline of the original text is faithfully reproduced and the listener is taken on a spellbinding trip to a place which is easily recognisable, yet altered just enough to make it horribly different. As a sidenote, the out-takes included at the end of this performance were wonderfully funny. I can't recommend this performance highly enough.
Brilliant story, superb cast, marvellously told. A must for fantasy fans, and fans of London.
An absolute masterpiece both as a story and as a radio production with amazing performances of people at the top of their game.
This is my first time listening radio play. I am glad I found this! Certainly I'll have a new hobby from now on
"Full of listening"
FULL OF LISTENING
I did not want to stop listening to this adaptation of Neil Gaiman's book Neverwhere. The tempo and drama pulls you in immediately. It is a great cast. What I love about the story most of all is it being ephemeral to me. I was listening in to a fleeting view of a world unknown to me, I was drawn along by the strength of the characters, the textures, smells and sounds. I was able to 'know' London Below, ' the Angel Islington and that world as a place and as characters without it being explained to me. And that is why I loved listening to it, because the questions I would usually ask (who are the barons, why are they at war, what is this place??) didn't ask themselves. They didn't need to because I was not distracted by but totally sucked int this brilliant story.
Listen to it! And read the book. I have not yet which worries me as I normally want to read a book before hearing an adaptation.....
this is a great adaptation of an amazing book. I hope it is made into new film.
"Unbelievable Cast Amazing story"
this cast are all big film or tv stars, therefore to have them all in one radio play shows the quality of the book and the pull of neil gaiman. A very good adaptation and well well worth a punt if your looking for something a bit strange and a bit different
"Kept me listening and intrigued"
The sound effects were very good, especially when under ground. The echoes and sound of water embellished the story and help picture the scenes.
Loved it want more please liked everything about it and didn't want to finish listening.
I really wasn't sure if i would like this as the genre is not one i would normally pick up / listen to. But i did on the back of a recommendation and really surprised myself at how into it i got. I was imagining all sorts picturing the descriptions and places
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