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Attention All Shipping Audiobook

Attention All Shipping

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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 31/03/2011
    PearlSinger 31/03/2011 Listener Since 2009
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    "Attention All Shipping"

    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.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    "Brilliant"

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

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    Amazon Customer UK 08/11/2015
    Amazon Customer UK 08/11/2015

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    "Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire...."

    I first heard this book on Radio 4, followed it up by buying - and thoroughly enjoying - the paperback version, and looked forward to revisiting it in audio format. I love the Shipping Forecast, and this book is an entertaining wander through the 31 areas which make up the full length forecast. As a book it is full of snippets of history, geography etc interspaced with humour - mouse skating is particularly memorable.

    The audio version is let down somewhat by the narrator, who regularly seems to run out of breath before the end of a sentence and uses a rising tone which almost sounds like a question but not quite.

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    Sharon 10/09/2015
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    Amusing, informative and though provoking. Armchair adventures delight now reaching to tune into the shipping forecast.

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