I normally am not a fan of audiobooks. I don’t really find them engaging (except for Kevin Hart’s audiobook, which was HYSTERICAL). However, I am absolutely obsessed with the full-cast audiobook of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.
I read Neverwhere a few years ago when a good friend of mine bought the book for me as a gift. I had never read any of Neil Gaiman’s work before and was hooked on the story. For those of you who’ve never read it, Neverwhere is about a young man named Richard Mayhew whose life is turned upside down. He stumbles across the Lady Door, a woman with the power to open doors. She comes from London Below, the dark underside of modern-day London, where magic, murder and angels are a normal part of life. I was completely drawn in to the story and did not want it to end.
Fast forward to 2017, when another friend gifted me with an Audible membership as a graduation present. As I scrolled through the list of audiobooks, Neverwhere popped up and I bought it immediately. Instead of one person reading the book, it was a complete adaptation starring James McAvoy as Richard Mayhew, Natalie Dormer as the Lady Door, Sophie Okonedo as Hunter, David Harewood as the hilarious Marquis de Carabas, Christopher Lee as The Earl and Benedict Cumberbatch as the Angel Islington. Adapted by Dirk Maggs, the story was originally released on BBC Radio 4 Extra as a six-part series. It’s funny, a bit scary, exciting and so engaging. I have listened to this adaptation so many times I know most of the words.
If you like Neverwhere, check out other full-cast adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s work, including American Gods, Good Omens, Stardust and How the Marquis Got His Coat Back, which is a follow-up to Neverwhere. They’re all very good but Neverwhere is my absolute favorite. Give them a listen.