Published by BBC Audiobooks Ltd on September 5th 2013
Genres: Science Fiction
1/6 London BelowAn act of kindness catapults Richard from his ordinary life into a subterranean world.
2/6 Earl's CourtTo learn who killed Door's family, Richard visits a venerable resident of London Below.
3/6 The Angel IslingtonRichard and Door travel to the British Museum to locate the citadel of the legendary Angel
4/6 The Black FriarsRichard heads to the monastery where he must undergo a terrifying ordeal to obtain the key
5/6 Market AfloatRichard and Door find a guide to lead them through the labyrinth deep beneath London.
6/6 The KeyRichard and Door finally discover who ordered the death of Door's family. Can they escape?
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 the streets of London, a London of shadows where the tube cry of 'Mind the Gap' takes on new meaning; for the inhabitants of this murky domain are those who have fallen through the gaps in society, the dispossessed, the homeless. Here Richard meets the Earl of Earl’s Court, Old Bailey and Hammersmith, faces a life-threatening ordeal at the hands of the Black Friars, comes face to face with Great Beast of London, and encounters an Angel. Called Islington.
Joining the mysterious girl named Door and her companions, the Marquis de Carabas and the bodyguard, Hunter, Richard embarks on an extraordinary quest to escape from the clutches of the fiendish assassins Croup and Vandemar and to discover who ordered them to murder her family. All the while trying to work out how to get back to his old life in London Above.
A six part adaption of Neil Gaiman’s novel adapted by Dirk Maggs for Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra, sees James McAvoy as Richard lead a stellar cast which includes 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.
James McAvoy Richard MayhewNatalie Dormer Lady DoorDavid Harewood Marquis de CarabasSophie Okonedo HunterBenedict Cumberbatch IslingtonAnthony Head CroupDavid Schofield VandemarBernard Cribbins Old BaileyRomola Garai Jessica BartramChristopher Lee Earl of Earl's CourtAndrew Sachs TooleyGeorge Harris AbbotDon Gilet Fulingous, Ruislip, BlackfriarAbdul Salis Sable, Sump, Clarence, Homeless ManPaul Chequer Gary, Guard 2Lucy Cohu LamiaYasmin Paige Anaesthesia, Tenant 2 – female, Match girlJohnny Vegas Lord RatspeakerStephen Marcus Varney, Homeless man, Letting agent, Guard 1Karen Archer Sylvia, Old Woman, Dream Hawker, Mother...John Glover Lord PorticoNeil Gaiman Mr Figgis, Fop (with no name)Paul Stonehouse Iliaster
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
I’m a fan of Neil Gaiman, but I must admit it was the promise of James McAvoy’s voice that had me scooping up this audio.
It’s got a fantastic cast:
Richard Mayhew read by James McAvoy
Lady Door read by Natalie Dormer
The Marquis de Carabas read by David Harewood
Hunter read by Sophie Okonedo
The Angel Islington read by Benedict Cumberbatch
Mr. Croup read by Anthony Head
Mr. Vandemar read by David Schofield
Old Bailey read by Bernard Cribbins
Lamia read by Lucy Cohu
The Abbott read by George Harris
The Earl read by Sir Christopher Lee
Jessica read by Romola Garai
Figgis/The Fop With No Name read by Neil Gaiman
Tooley read by Andrew Sachs
Fuliginous/Ruislip/Blackfriar read by Don Gilet
Sable/Sump/Clarence/Homeless man read by Abdul Salis
Gary/Second Guard read by Paul Chequer
Anaesthesia/Female Tenant/Match Girl read by Yasmin Paige
Lord Ratspeaker read by Johnny Vegas
Varney/Homeless man/Letting Agent/First Guardread by Stephen Marcus
Sylvia/Old woman/Dream Hawker/Mother… read by Karen Archer
Lord Portico/Stockton read by John Glover
Iliaster read by Paul Stonehouse
Honestly, how could I resist this audiobook? I listened to it during that last 24 Hour Readathon, and made my nieces listen too, since they’re both fans of Benedict Cumberbatch, and who doesn’t adore Natalie Dormer? So glad I finally listened to this, and I’ll definitely listen to it again come October!