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Neverwhere on the radio
I just wanted to mention that Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere has been dramatised for radio and I'm enjoying it greatly. I did see at least part of Neverwhere on TV and also bought and read the book, but it didn't do much for me, to be honest and I can't remember anything about it. However... the radio has turned out to be the perfect medium for the story. Sound effects conjure the setting brilliantly and there is an excellent cast. I recommend it highly.

All the episodes are still available if you haven't heard them yet. It should be available worldwide too, unlike the TV iPlayer.

Here is the link...

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buymeaclue From: buymeaclue Date: March 22nd, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 23rd, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you get chance, I hope you'll try it. It's interesting how some adaptations work better than others and though it was originally written for TV, I really do think it works better on radio.
halfmoon_mollie From: halfmoon_mollie Date: March 22nd, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's a wonderful Public RAdio program - Selected Shorts. He has read his work a couple of times and some of his work has been read a couple of times - it seems radio is a GREAT medium for that. I adored Stardust, the movie and the book, but that was an exception.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 23rd, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's interesting how some adaptations work better than others and though Neverwhere was originally written for TV, I really do think it works better on radio.
From: ex_hrj Date: March 22nd, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've found that there are some types of literature that I consume much more eagerly (or at all) in audio form. Lemoney Snickett's "Unfortunate Events" series was one of them. On paper, the style was just too self-consciously precious, but as a verbal story-telling form it worked perfectly. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I've been enjoying a number of classic works in audio form that I don't think I'd have the patience for in print. (Machiavelli, Dante, the ancient Roman historians, Boccaccio)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 23rd, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree. I don't tend to read literary fiction or classics, but I lap them up on radio, either just read aloud or dramatised.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: March 23rd, 2013 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
It's better than I hoped. I have the TV version on DVD which I like very much. Interesting to listen to the radio & add the recalled TV visuals. And it all worked - in my head!

I haven't read the book - I may do so now. Radio4 Extra is a gem.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 23rd, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've only discovered Radio 4 Extra recently. Obviously we can't get digital radio on the radio, so I just ignored all the exhortations on Radio 4 to try it. But I've found that listening to drama or readings via the computer is perfect for crocheting to. :)

Edited at 2013-03-23 04:12 pm (UTC)
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: March 23rd, 2013 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I listen to it through the televison!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 23rd, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can do that if I move to the other room, but on the computer I generally use headphones so as not to disturb my husband.
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: March 25th, 2013 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just listened to the whole six episodes straight through. It's brilliant. The acting is excellent and the soundscape very effective. The story translates beautifully to radio. Episode one is available to download as a podcast, but sadly the other five episodes don't appear to be - unless you know different.
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