Author: Neil Gaiman
Narrator: 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
Audiobook Length: 3 hours, 48 minutes
Origins: Mine. All mine.
Release Date: 16 September 1996
Bottom Line: Fan-freaking-tastic
“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.”
Thoughts: 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 are every bit as wacky, dark, and funny as one expects characters from Mr. Gaiman’s mind to be. Between the dark and twisty story, the superb sound effects, and the excellent cast, the BBC production of Neverwhere is about as good an audiobook can get.