Audiobooks, radio plays, and Neverwhere

Sometimes, when knitting complicated patterns (lace), looking up is just not an option. You can either watch something you’ve seen before, or shows with a lot of talking where you don’t have to look up to know what’s going on (like sports or a talk show).

Another option where you don’t have to look up at all are audiobooks. (Also allows you to knit and “read” at the same time, something that’s quite tricky with regular books…)

An alternative to audiobooks are audio plays. BBC radio produce wonderful ones which are free to listen to and download for a limited time after broadcast. An example is the fantastic adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere for Radio 4, which we both listened to a while ago.

Things we’re taking away from this radio play:
  • Absolutely fantastic performance from all actors!
  • James McAvoy’s accent. We’re in love.
  • James McAvoy in general. Doesn’t even matter that you can’t see him. (If you don’t like James McAvoy, you’re wrong.)
  • It’s fascinating to only hear the voices of actors you know on sight. Sometimes it takes you a while to connect the voice to the face. Like Jessica, played by Romola Garai, or as Anneli knows her, Jane Austen’s Emma Woodhouse… which only took her about four episodes to figure out.
  • Train tunnels are disturbingly noisy when you try to listen to what people say.
  • Tove will never not laugh at the London jokes. (She was a bit sad that the “mind the gap” plot was cut. Anneli hasn’t read the book though, so no spoilers.)
Best moment:

Dear imaginary diary… or perhaps “the grrrreat beeeeast of London”.

Verdict:

We give this radio play four out of five DPNs, for being fun and exciting, very well produced, a really good adaptation of the source material, and for James McAvoy and his accent.

(Tove would also like to recommend the six Torchwood radio plays which were also produced for Radio 4. Gareth David-Lloyd in particular is delightful in all of them. Maybe give “House of the Dead” a skip while knitting, though, as you will be bawling your eyes out. Put down the yarn and fetch some tea. Sniff.)

Note: If you missed out on downloading the files while they were available for free, there is a site called Soundcloud, which is all we’re going to say about that. Wink wink.

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2 thoughts on “Audiobooks, radio plays, and Neverwhere

    • I’m a bit slow started on this front myself too. I just don’t have the patience with technology always 😉 (working with it all day, it’s the last thing I want to do when I get home) and audio books are still suffering from that… But it is really nice, once you get to it and it’s something you find worth listening to.

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