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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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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.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Jenn
  • Gardnerville, NV United States
  • 09-23-13

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!

53 of 56 people found this review helpful

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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!

42 of 45 people found this review helpful

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  • Janice
  • Sugar Land, TX, United States
  • 11-24-14

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.

44 of 48 people found this review helpful

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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.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Carole T.
  • Shepherdstown, WV, United States
  • 07-01-14

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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  • Brian
  • Lansing, MI, United States
  • 02-12-15

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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  • Brian
  • Manchester, TN, United States
  • 01-05-14

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!

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  • Emily
  • Mount Macedon, Australia
  • 10-16-13

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.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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No idea what is happeneing.

What did you like about this audiobook?

The performances are unbelievably well done. Very natural, lively, and crisp.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

N/A

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Unfortunately, no. You have no idea what's going on. It seems as if though this production is purely catering to those already familiar with the story. With was wholly disappointing.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

There is no Narrator.

Do you have any additional comments?

I would only recommend this for those of you who have already read the book. Long time fans [of Neverwhere] will cherish its dramatization; there's absolutely no doubt in my mind about that.

I was drawn in by this because of its wonderfully realized score, the litany of SFX, award winning cast, and just the highly impressive production/qualitative-value overall.

However, with this abridgement being driven solely by the dialogue, the characters provide the audience no apparent point of reference for the narrative. I've tried to listen to section 1/7 several times by now, but I'm still at a loss regarding the actual "story".

It's like driving a luxury car with no windows:
It doesn't matter how nice the vehicle is -- if you won't know where you're going, then what's the point? Or, I don't know, like going snorkeling without goggles.
Maybe those aren't the best examples, but I hope you understand the sentiment.

I mean, if we'd had any sort of narration, at all, this would be a perfect audio-drama. Pluperfect. However the dialogue is unable to carry its narrative.

Apart from that, though, I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's more or less closer to listening to an actual* play: meant for the eyes.
As opposed to experiencing an audio-play (operative word being AUDIO): meant for the ears.

The problem here is just that without a point of reference, you're kept from being immersed in the world of Neverwhere. Not worth it unless you've already read the book (or listen to Gaiman's unabridged version that he performed himself).

Sorry for the length, guys. I really did try to keep it concise (lol). Hope this helped nonetheless. Happy listening :=c)

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  • flubb
  • 01-08-15

Fantastic Adaptation

This brings the book to life wonderfully. The casting is perfect BC makes a wonderful Angel Islington. A fantastic listen.

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  • Tess
  • 12-07-14

Like a film only better

Would you consider the audio edition of Neverwhere [Adaptation] to be better than the print version?

Full of sound effects and great character portrayals both of which added to the story rather than detracting from it.

Any additional comments?

A mixture of fantastical and real gritty London. I loved the acting, they really got into the story and sounded like they were enjoying themselves. Great entertainment, I felt like I was watching a movie! A concise, thourougly enjoyable and unpredictable play.

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  • Susan Clark
  • 12-13-16

Incredible dramatisation

An outstanding cast performs this first-class performance. Whilst each member is known for other works, they bring Neil Gaiman's tale alive.
I've found myself observing the folk around me in a different way, almost looking for people from London Below.

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  • SharlzG
  • 12-05-14

Good adaptation

Would you listen to Neverwhere [Adaptation] again? Why?

Absolutely. Good adaptation & well enacted. Have listened a few times & enjoyed enjoyed it as much each time. Well cast.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Gaiman's style but hadn't had the chance to read Neverwhere. This allowed me a teaser that encouraged me to find time to read the source.

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

Big fan of Gaiman's style - he has a way of enticing you in like the folk tale tellers of old which makes it perfect to be made into an audiobook

Any additional comments?

I was excited when BBC adapted & released Neverwhere & streamed each section as it was aired. I was even more excited to hear that it was to be released as an audiobook. It was the thing that got me onto audiobooks (perfect for someone who loves to read but is sometimes too fatigued to hold a physical book)

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  • James
  • 09-05-13

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.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Jo
  • 01-11-15

A fairytale for adults

Would you consider the audio edition of Neverwhere [Adaptation] to be better than the print version?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are several: Hunter, Door, and also the protagonist, Richard. It's difficult to pin point why.

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

They all add depth to the characters and especially Benedict Cumberbatch as the Angel gives an excellent performance.

Any additional comments?

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • M. G. Penfold
  • 09-16-13

Captivated

Would you listen to Neverwhere again? Why?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Neverwhere?

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.

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  • Maxine
  • 11-04-16

What a corker!!

Great story. Performances really brought this to life. Enjoyed the out takes at the end too - very funny.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-20-16

awesome

just magically wonderful, I listen to it constantly and it remains totally amazing every time

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-22-16

Really enjoyed, James mcavoy was brilliant!

The cast was great even if the story wasn't the best. Reminded me of a children's story.

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  • Ben
  • 10-13-15

Amazing cast.

I was a fan of the book and the show so it's no surprise I loved the audio version with such an exceptional cast of voice actors.

Highly recommended.

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  • Katherine Dawson
  • 06-17-15

Love these BBC adaptions

Stellar cast of performers, brilliant story, great adaption to radio play - what's not to love?

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  • Rindy
  • 04-21-15

wonderfully enthralling story

What an imaginative story bought to life by amazing narrators, I highly recommend it people!

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  • Lucy
  • 04-03-14

Fabulous

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a brilliant audio production. So many great voices in the cast. Go check the names and listen. (The first couple of minutes plunge you right into the adventure. Be patient. It'll all become clear.)

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  • Shakira
  • 09-04-18

Fantastic show! highly recommended

I absolutely adored it! the beautifully recognizable voices from some of the greatest actors from the UK were stunning and very well presented. A simple storyline but enthusiastically performed made it consistantly engaging.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-18

What a great cast

To be honest the story is a little cliched. Then again, I guess all stories are a little cliches in their own ways.
James McAvoy is absolutely wonderful in his performance, yet I find Natalie Dormer’s characterisation of Door—from time to time—a little unbearable. Nah, it’s the GOT version of Door that I’m thinking of. But a great journey overall. Would suggest to the editor for better editing...

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  • Courtney Allingham
  • 02-06-18

Utterly brilliant!

A brilliant adaptation with fantastic actors. They really brought it alive. I particularly lived Anthony Head, very reminiscent of Mr Benevolent. Love love loved it.

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  • Phil
  • 05-25-17

great cast, classic Gaiman!

loved the book, this adaptation is as brilliant as I had hoped it would be

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  • Erin Mitchell
  • 10-12-16

Magical

I'm new to Audible, this is only my second listening. It was fabulous, I've never read the book before, but have read other works by the author. This adaption is so good that it's not necessary to know the source material. Listening to the broadcast was almost like reading it, and the actors were all so marvellous!! I loved picking out the familiar voices and picturing them in their roles. If you're a fan of Neil Gaiman then you should listen to this!!

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  • Ruth
  • 09-26-16

Fabulous

The performances are amazing! What a stellar cast, and I loved Neil's little pieces. Normally I'm not a fan of dramatized audiobooks but for this I will make a whopping exception. A+++ will listen again.