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Narrated by: David Thorpe
Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, World Affairs
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The Shipping Forecast is a curious peace of broadcasting: at once impenetrably baffling yet at the same time reassuringly familiar. But where are these places, and what secrets do they conceal? Charlie Connelly sets off on a journey round the forecast to find out, unearthing the history and culture behind one of Britain's best-loved broadcasting institutions.

©2005 Charlie Connelly (P)2011 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

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"His amiable style provides some good jokes in a book that's as gentle and pleasing as the shipping forecast itself." ( Daily Mail)

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  • PearlSinger
  • 03-31-11

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I first heard this when it was 'Book of the Week' on Radio 4. I had forgotten just how funny it is - laugh out loud funny in places. There are times in David Thorpe's narration when it sounds as if he is on the brink of laughter, which adds to the liveliness of the narration. The messmeric shipping forecast has always attracted me and I thought it was an inspired idea to try and visit all the named areas. The historic explanations are fascinating and the physical realities range from the sublime to the surreal. A truly entertaining listen.

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  • Andrew
  • 11-08-15

Good book, poor narration

I first discovered this book serialised on Radio 4 and loved it so much I bought a print copy. However, the narration lets it down - either the book is virtually devoid of commas or they are ignored, and the narrator sounds out of breath by the end of a sentence.

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  • H R Clayton
  • 05-14-18

Tedious even for a weather nerd and sailer

Even for someone who loves the sea, sails, listens to the shipping forecast and takes more than a passing interest in clouds this is a tedious story. Save your time and find something better to listen to!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-16

Brilliant

Really enjoyed this unlikely book. Good storyline and really well read. Definite one for re listening

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  • martypants
  • 10-10-17

Very entertaining, informative and funny.

I found the accounts riveting. It connected with some of my own experiences. Very enjoyable.

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  • Sarah Davies
  • 07-27-17

Superbly evocative and most amusing

Really enjoyed this. Always loved the shipping forecast, reminds me of being a child with its lilting melody and this book gives a wonderful insight into its history and the mysterious names heard.

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  • Sharon B.
  • 09-10-15

Pay Attention All Listeners

Amusing, informative and though provoking. Armchair adventures delight now reaching to tune into the shipping forecast.

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  • Louisa
  • 03-16-20

Disappointing

This book is disappointing. The author goes from place to place without really getting to grips with the main subject of what the forecast actually means and he does not discuss all the vocabulary of the forecast and whether it is still relevant or truly useful. He does visit some interesting places, but since he usually only spends one night, one never really gets a true feeling for the town or whatever, so this is not a travel book either. There is quite a lot about being sick on boats and not getting where he planned. And one does wonder what the point of the whole exercise was. The idea was quite good, but it didn't also (quite) work.There are one or two funny passages. In my opinion the reading is poor, but I know others don't agree.

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  • P. S. Clarke
  • 04-15-18

Excellent

An excellent story of a journey and a family history told with great humour, well narrated.

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  • JonD
  • 08-01-17

easy listening

easy to listen to, the description of Manx spot on as is that of Dover.

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  • Kirsty
  • 05-09-17

A terrific yarn

One of my all-time favourite audiobooks. A frequent re-listen, thank you Charlie and David for writing / reading this. I feel I am with you every step of the journey, drinking in every pint, I mean sight, the tough bits and the magical bits.