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Attention All Shipping

Narrated by: David Thorpe
Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
4 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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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

Critic reviews

"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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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.

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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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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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Brilliant

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

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Very entertaining, informative and funny.

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

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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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Pay Attention All Listeners

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

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Weak

This is a bit a babble about locations mentioned in the shipping forecast with a bit of history thrown in. I was finding the book a bit sloppy so thought having it narrated would help. It didn’t. The author and narrater are not Bill Bryson. My bad. Should have stuck to what I know.

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What a disappointment!!!

I love the North Sea, the old stories about it, light houses, islands, etc. I love travel literature, Connelly even frequents my favourite pub. What could go wrong? Well, if someone writes about places that he knows nothing about, has not done any research and is generally quite self-focused this creates a very long piece of navel-gazing (13h!!) of a not very interesting person. I wanted to like the book but lack of knowledge by the writer about the subject that he is writing get tiresome after the first chuckle of self-deprecation has worn of.

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An unusual story brought to life.

What an amazing journey brilliantly told. We were with him every inch of the way.