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Neverwhere: BBC Dramatisation

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  3,546 ratings  ·  395 reviews
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 a subterranean world under the streets of London. Stopping to help an injured girl on a London street, Richard is thrust from his workaday existenc
Published March 16th 2013 by BBC Radio 4
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Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Okay. Allow me to take a deep breath here. This isn't easy for me.

I didn't particularly like this production of Neverwhere.

I feel awful typing that. Worse, I feel stupid. I feel like this is a betrayal.

I've loved Neverwhere for ages. I own, right now, eight unread copies of the paperback. I buy them in bulk and give them away to people who claim they don't like fantasy. I use it as a gateway drug.

What's more, I've loved all the other productions of Neverwhere I've experienced. I enjoyed the
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

*Audible edition read by full BBC cast: (Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Head ).*

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 le
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have consumed this previously in novel form and the 1996 television series. I have loved it in all its forms and that includes this excellent full cast recording.

Richard Mayhew, a Scotsman living in London, performs a random act of compassion for a stranger and is plunged into the world of London Below and exiled from the surface world. Now he must help the Lady Door in her mission to find out why her family were murdered, and avoid the brutal killers Mr Croup and Mr Vandemar.

The cast in this
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed listening to this so much. It was so good to be back in this world once more.

I don't think that they could've found a better cast for this. I mean James McAvoy and Natalie Dormer. What's not to love?!

If you're a fan of the book, I would recommend giving this a try. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I tried one audiobook five years ago and didn't like it. Afterward I always said that I didn't like audiobooks, because it was too hard for me to concentrate on them, falling asleep, getting distracted - but I caved for this BBC dramatization, after listening to a snippet with McAvoy and getting three months of free Audible.

McAvoy as Richard and Dormer as Door were pretty good. The other cast members did great jobs as well, Cumbersnatch and Christopher Lee being the ones I looked forward to the
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't like audiobooks, but this, with a full cast was amazing. So fantastic to be able to hear London Below, and of course, the voices were just delicious.
Crystal Starr Light
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Not my favorite of Gaiman’s offerings. I called the Big Bad’s identity fairly early on, and the story itself is pretty standard fantasy fare. As for the full cast audio drama, I got a chuckle at the placement of some Very Notable Actors (namely Lee and Cumberbatch) on the Dramatis Personae, whose performances were almost cameos. Also, not a fan that of the 3 hours and 48 minutes, over 25 minutes were bloopers and extended scenes.

And now I will have heaps of Gaimanites on my review
From BBC Radio 4 Extra :
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 a subterranean world under the streets of London. Stopping to help an injured girl on a London street, Richard is thrust from his workaday existence into the strange world of London Below.

So begins a curious and mysterious adventure deep beneath th
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3 Stars for Neverwhere: BBC Dramatisation (audiobook) by Neil Gaimen writer Dirk Maggs performed by a full cast. The story seemed interesting but I had a hard time following it. Some of the dialogue was hard to understand. Maybe it’s better in print.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Again, heard - not read.
I read the book in January this year so I knew what the story was about and already had a mental picture of everything. However, after the wonderful dramatization of Good Omens, which I listened to around Christmas / January 2015, I got curious when author Neil Gaiman tweeted about Neverwhere getting a make-over too. This is not the first dramatization of the story, but definitely the first with this sort of cast! I mean, look at the names!

As I said before, I'm usually no
I thought that this production was a bit of a Steampunk/fantasy done masterfully by the narrators. A great story about a group of people that are thrown together unexpectedly and realize right away that it is imperative that they work together if they are to survive the perils at hand. This was by far my favorite Neil Gaiman book to date, it is full of great, strange places and wonderfully, rich characters. A fantastically, dangerous adventure that incorporates two parallel worlds, is great for ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am really not into audiobooks. I tend to dream away and at some point completely stop paying attention to the story at all.
My daydreaming only took place twice with this book. The story was really interesting and the character of Richard (James McAvoy) was super funny.
I had some issues with McAvoy's accent but I don't complain. It was still understandable.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this STORY!!! It took me yesterday and this morning, while driving, to get through the whole thing. It was SPLENDID!

Goodness gracious, Dr Xavier as Richard! I confess, I even became a tad bit emotional during the Black Friar Ordeal! And the Rapping Monks? Why, they were just a BONUS! :0)

Cannot recommend this enough, especially for those who are familiar with the Neverwhere story. It made me yearn for the novel again.

Lindsay? You're awesome for taking the time to get me to this adaptation.
Fantastic all the stars!

I never imagined I would ever read/listen, let alone love this Neil Gaiman book, as it’s just not the type of book or genre that I go anywhere near.

I listened to this in the car whilst I was driving around the island and I have to say that it was brilliant. Every-time I’d come to the end of my journey I was trying to think of reasons to go back out so I could listen to more of the story. Richard was a brilliant main character and James McAvoy perfect at playing him. I re
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
That was impressive! So, I found out that while I'm not an audiobook person, I can enjoy these. The fact that the story is played rather than being told, with all the background noises, made it so much easier to focus on the story :)

I guess it is now time to give the book itself a go!
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun way to revisit this book. Great cast.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I listened to this while I was at work doing the mindless stuff like filing out spreadsheets. It was a fun way to pass the time and made it go back way more quickly. The voice acting is phenomenal and there are sound effects to go along with it like rain sounds, walking sounds, door knocking. I really enjoyed it and it made the story much more interesting than if i had just read it on my own. The story itself is really original and you can find it for free on the BBC website, you can also find m ...more
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous cast doing one of my all time favourite stories. Pretty sure the all dialogue, no exposition or narration style would not work as a first exposure to it though. Watch the TV show, or read the book, and revisit later with this, because without already having an idea who the characters are, and where the plot is going, this is probably pretty incoherent.

I still loved it unabashedly though.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
4 Stars

Once again loved the BBC dramatisation of yet another Neil Gaiman novel. The story really comes to life. The sound effects, the cast, the reading, its all just amazing.

Side note: I haven't read this book yet and as a result listening to the BBC version I do feel like I may have missed a chunk of the book. I will be picking this book up in the future.
Kate Friday
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-audiobook
This was the first time I have listened to an audiobook - I very much enjoyed being told the story of Neverwhere by Charles Xavier, Margaery Tyrell, Sherlock and Donna's Grandad. I love the idea of the London Below and the story is very witty and funny.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, audiobook
Despite a wonderful cast (which includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Natalie Dormer, James McAvoy, Christopher Lee, and David Harewood, to name a few), this didn't really work for me. The six episodes were very short (less than 30 minutes, except for the first one, which was longer) and the pacing just felt off to me. Also, "chapter 7" was a half hour of outtakes and unused material.
I think I got the gist of the story, but I'm betting there is so much more to London Below than they were able to show
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional! I can't recommend this enough. I think it might be a bit confusing for people who aren't already fans of the novel, so I wouldn't suggest this as a first listen. However, as someone who already loves the book, this was absolutely delightful.
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Neverwhere is one of my all-time favorite books. I finally listened to this production while driving to my parents. It was amazing! You had me at Benedict.
Cindy Rollins
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful diversion. It is a bit of a cheat to get credit for it, as it is a dramatization but the voices are
lovely. I do plan on trying another version of this sometime. So far I have loved every Neil Gaiman I have read which includes
only The Graveyard Book and his effort with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens.

Any suggestions on other Gaiman books I might like?
Kirsty Kat (wanderingbookishsoul)
So freakin good!!

I really really enjoyed this dramatisation. The sound effects and voice overs really transported me into the story while getting ready for work in the morning. I'm astounded I have never read the book. This is my next port of call.

I love the fantasy and real world London that Neil Gaiman created and the diverse cast of characters which just make his stories so interesting. The story was so simple in that it was so easily imaginable, yet it definitely had that intricacy as well.
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, favorite
I didn't think this book could get any better. I read the book many, many years ago. It was actually the first book I ever read from Neil Gaiman. I was absolutely in love with Neverwhere and this story started my love for anything and everything Neil Gaiman. I recently started listening to audiobooks on my way to and from work. I decided to listen to the audio book for the actual book and loved that, Neil Gaiman himself narrates it. I just loved it!!! THEN, I found this version and was blown awa ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Neil Gaiman story is always a treat. A Neil Gaimain story told by James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Natalie Dormer, Christopher Lee, Anthony Head and an entire cast is auditory divinity. First and foremost, their obvious joy at participating in such an experience is palpable. They are having a blast in their performances, and a listener cannot help but react favorably to their obvious excitement and happiness. Then, there is the pleasure of hearing Mr. Gaiman’s characters come to life. They ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just as absolutely wonderful as the book. Amazing cast, perfect performance, brilliant story!
A well-written fantasy that reminds us that there may be something wonderful waiting in the most surpassing places. An amazing BBC rework of Gaiman's first writing to break out to a wider world than us science fiction and fantasy fans.. The audio presentation is wonderful, definitely more of a radio play than a reading. The cast is amazing. The story has been scrubbed to its essentials, reminding me of why I was impressed with the first version back in the 1990s.

I won't summarize the story -- yo
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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