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Neverwhere

A BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisation
Durée : 3 h et 48 min
5 out of 5 stars (6 notations)
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Description

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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Is it cool?

Yes in ways you could not possibly imagine! Just one drawback, it could be longer to be exquisite!

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  • Jenn
  • 23/09/2013

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!

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  • Chelly
  • 04/04/2014

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.

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  • Gayle
  • 10/01/2014

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!

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  • Janice
  • 24/11/2014

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.

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  • Zati
  • 28/09/2013

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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  • Carole T.
  • 01/07/2014

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
  • 12/02/2015

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
  • 05/01/2014

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
  • 16/10/2013

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.

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  • Nothing really matters
  • 18/09/2014

A superbly acted fantasy play.

As you can see from the other reviews, the consensus was the acting in this play was excellent. I agree completely.

The story is a fun, fantasy tale about a fellow who falls into a dangerous, alternate reality existing in the sewers, subway lines, and elsewhere under London. For some reason, I found it very funny that one of the characters was named the "Marquis de Carabas" -- a reference to the story of Puss in Boots.

Lots of drama. Good fun. Highly recommended.

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  • papercuts1
  • 24/03/2014

Mit Neil Gaiman in London's schräge Unterwelt

NEVERWHERE ist eigentlich eine mehrteilige Fernsehserie, von Neil Gaiman 1996 für die BBC geschrieben. Im gleichen Jahr wandelte Gaiman die TV-Serie in einen Roman um. Wie er selbst sagt, gab ihm das die Möglichkeit, einzelne Elemente und Passagen auszuweiten und auszuschmücken – sein ‘director’s cut’ in Buchform. 2005 folgte die Adaption in eine Comic-Reihe. 2013 schließlich wurde NEVERWHERE als 6-teiliges Radio-Hörspiel für die BBC produziert und ausgestrahlt.

Ebendieses Hörspiel ist das, worum es hier geht. Soweit, so gut.

Ohne Gaiman-Erfahrung sollte man sich nicht in dieses Abenteuer stürzen. Und auch nicht ohne wirklich gutes englisches Hörverständnis. Mein Glück, dass ich beides habe, als ich mich mit Richard ins ‘London Below’ begebe! Dessen unterhaltsames und authentisches Schottisch bringt mich allerdings erstmal an meine Grenzen, und einhören ist gefragt.

Dafür bleibt allerdings wenig Zeit. Die Geschichte ist ebenso haarsträubend wie schnell. Wie eine Wundertüte, die einem um die Ohren fliegt: Da wird jemand unsichtbar, in der U-Bahnstation Earl’s Court gibt es einen tatsächlichen Earl, Old Bailey ist wie üblich voller Tauben, dafür aber lebendig, und Angel Islington hat statt Rolltreppen Flügel und spricht mit der Stimme von Benedict Cumberbatch.

Neil Gaiman ist ein Meister im Erschaffen von Parallelwelten. Man rutscht mit einem Fuß ab (und das kann man hier sogar wörtlich nehmen – mind the gap!) und fällt durch die Ritzen der realen Welt in eine, die nebenher existiert, und wo Namen, Dinge und Orte eine andere Bedeutung annehmen. Es ist aberwitzig, es ist schillernd, voller Phantasie, sehr englisch und ziemlich verrückt. Neben Komik weht ein Hauch Düsternis durch die Geschichte – auch das kennt man von Gaiman. Das Böse ist nie weit weg.

Den Plot hier zu besprechen, ist relativ sinnlos. Zum einen besteht der nämlich aus wirklich nur lose zusammen hängenden Episoden, zum anderen ist vieles davon eher das Bestaunen seltsamer Begebenheiten als tatsächliche Handlung. Richard’s Suche nach dem Rückweg und Door’s Flucht vor ihren Häschern sind ein wirklich mühsam zusammengezimmertes Gerüst, das dem Ganzen eine Art Bogen verleiht.

Wer Gaiman’s skurrile Art nicht mag, der wird nur den Kopf schütteln und wieder gehen. Wer noch nie in London war, der sollte zumindest kurz eine Karte des U-Bahn-Netzes konsultieren. Ich selbst schlage beim Hören ein paar Namen nach und mache das gerne. Geht ja nicht jedem so.

Zur Hörspielumsetzung sollte ich noch was sagen, oder? Es ist die BBC, Leute. Die machen keine halben Sachen! Soundqualität, Sprecher, Geräusche, Atmosphäre – alles stimmt. Es hallt, wenn es soll, plätschert, wenn es nass ist, und keiner der Sprecher scheut sich davor, wirklich alles zu geben. Etwas nervig ist nur, dass zwischen den einzelnen Episoden jedesmal wieder der ganze ‘Nachspann’ gelesen wird – Cast, Produzenten etc. Das hätte wirklich einmal gereicht.

Zu den Sprechern:

Als Hauptfigur macht James McAvoy alles richtig: Er ist sympathisch, authentisch – und schottisch. Heidenei, was für ein unterhaltsamer, aber erstmal schwer zu verstehender Akkzent. Kann man sich aber reinhören und dann genießen, also bloß keine Angst.

Auf jeden Einzelnen weiter einzugehen, würde zu Endlosigkeit führen. Ich persönlich finde Sophie Okonedo als ‘Hunter’ besonders prägnant und eine starke Frauenstimme – erlebt man so nicht allzu oft. Christopher Lee wird im Cast gerne hervorgehoben, hat allerdings so starke Konkurrenz, dass sein pompöser Earl of Earl’s Court auch nur eins von vielen Sprecher-Highlights ist. Besonderes Leckerchen: Benedict Cumberbatch als Angel Islington. Seinem ohnehin sonoren Bariton verleiht die Technik noch ein bisschen mehr oomph! und macht damit ‘Sherlock’-Fangirls wie mir die Knie weich.

Fazit:

Für Gaiman-Fans ein Muss. NEVERWHERE enthält alles an Neil-typischer ‘urban fantasy’, was man von ihm gewöhnt ist. Eine Hommage an London’s Untergrund, lässt der Brite in dieser Hörspielversion der TV-Serie mal wieder alles an schrägem Einfallsreichtum los, was er zu bieten hat. Kritisch betrachtet, wirkt die Hörspielversion komprimiert und dadurch ein wenig gehetzt. Dem ohnehin verwirrenden Plot kann man so nicht gut folgen. Es gibt auch keinen Erzähler – die Handlung erschließt sich nur aus den Dialogen und Geräuschen. Mehr als einmal denke ich, dass es ratsam wäre, erst den Roman zu lesen – obwohl er nach der Serie entstanden ist.

Hörspieltechnisch ist NEVERWHERE allerdings ein absolutes Highlight. In bester Qualität atmosphärisch produziert, reichen sich ausschließlich hochkarätige Sprecher das Mikro. Ein Erlebnis.

Wer mit ‘urban fantasy’, britischem Humor und einem absoluten Freak wie Neil Gaiman nichts anfangen kann, dem rate ich allerdings ab. Für NEVERWHERE muss man ein Stück Paradiesvogel im Blut haben.

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  • MissLokisdottir
  • 26/03/2014

Neil Gaiman & The Cast of This Production Are Fab

Wonderful full-cast dramatisation of "Neverwhere" by the BBC. Neil Gaiman invites you and the main character Richard Mayhew (James McAvoy) to the amazing world of London Below. Meet Door (Natalie Dormer), the crooks Croup (Anthony Head) and Vandemar (David Schofield), the Hunter (Sophie Okonedo), the Marquis de Carabas (David Harewood), the Earl of Earl's Court (Christopher Lee), the Beast of London, the Angel Islington (Benedict Cumberbatch) and many more fantastic creatures living below London. A beautifully told story. The sounddesign is stunning and underlines the story perfectly. You'll find yourself in London Below in no time. The whole setting will feed your imagination and you will be able to easily imagine the pictures of where you are and what's happening. Neil Gaiman proves again that he is one of the best fantasy writers ever. If you loved Sandman and the Graveyard Book, you gonna love this. Next time you'll see a rat, you'll be thinking of the world of London Below.

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  • Woodstock
  • 15/01/2014

Brilliant Radio Drama with wonderful Voice Actors

I am a big Neil Gaiman Fan. This came to be, because my English teacher one day gave me a copy of "Neverwhere" saying "Read it, I am sure you'll love it." He was right, and I have been reading Gaiman's novels ever since, but "Neverwhere" remains my favorite.

I am not going to tell anything about the story, which is absolutely superb, but about the radio drama. It is not an audiobook or a simple reading, but a dramatization. Every character is spoken by a different actor. The cast is actually so good, it could have been the cast for a hollywood movie. James McAvoy as lead character does extremely well and has such a nice voice. Other actors include Benedict Cumberbatch(he plays Holmes in Sherlock), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Anthony Steward Head (most people know him from Buffy, who has such a soothing voice and of course Christopher Lee, who always just needs to speak two words and you're totally floating.

Also the music and sound effects are very good, never too much.

I can definitely recommend this one. So grab some cookies and listen!

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  • Bine17
  • 05/03/2016

Fantastische Reise in ein imaginäres London

Auf welchen Platz würden Sie Neverwhere [Adaptation] auf Ihrer Hörbuch-Bestenliste setzen?

Eindeutig Platz 1 auf meiner Hörbuchliste. Ich liebe BBC-Radioplays, dies ist aber für mich angefangen von Besetzung bis zur Dramatisierung ein echtes Juwel aus unseren Tagen. Die Story gewinnt an Tiefe, je mehr man über sie nachdenkt, insbesondere die Hauptfiguren, allen voran Richard (gespielt und gesprochen von James McAvoy) sowie das ganze Setting. Ein post-moderner Ritter und sein quest.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Für alle, die sich gut in verschiedene Varianten des Englischen einhören können, ist das ein unterhaltsamer Hörgenuss erster Güte. Eine Verfilmung mit genau dieser personellen Besetzung wäre ein Traum!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Steffen Gaiser
  • 24/08/2018

brilliant adaption of a great story

Brilliant adaption of the book by Neil Gaiman with really good actors (voices). An absolute must if you like fiction and intelligent and creative stories.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Elke
  • 17/05/2018

Wacky Story about a magical world below London

nice and easy Entertainment, what the story partly lacks in substance the fabulous cast of speakers nicely balances - in particular sassy James McAvoy, angelic Nathalie Dormer and diabolical David Schofield (no Need to mention the ever brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch). Have a Feeling too much content was left out in the Audio Drama Adaptation.

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  • Sandra Reiterer
  • 22/07/2017

it's worth the purchase

But I think there should be a narrator, for people who don't know the book

  • Global
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  • SonOfColl
  • 06/07/2017

Loved it

The BBC as always provides a high quality Production. The Actors are of course Top and World renowned.

  • Global
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  • Niklas
  • 26/11/2016

Tremendous!

There is nothing more to tell. If you enjoy Gaiman's writing and his audiobooks, you will definitely enjoy this.

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  • Lunulla Stellaris
  • 19/11/2016

Wonderful, exciting, lovely voices! I enjoyed it!

First I thought the story was a bit confusing and the scenes changed too fast, but as the story unfolded I got really excited about listening to it. The speakers are so great! I love the different accents. In the end it feels like the characters were close friends :) I would love to listen to more adventures in London below - Thank you so much!!!