Summary

Here are the voices of London - rich and poor, native and immigrant, women and men. From the woman whose voice announces the stations on the London Underground to the man who plants the trees along Oxford Street; from a Pakistani currency trader to a Guardsman at Buckingham Palace - together, these voices paint a vivid, epic and wholly fresh portrait of 21st Century London.
Craig Taylor, an acclaimed journalist, playwright, and writer, spent five years exploring the city and listening to its residents to create this amazingly rich portrait of London.
©2011 Craig Taylor (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By tules on 23-12-12

Tired of London? I don't think so.

I write this as a Londoner and as someone who loves the city. This is a fascinating insight into the people that make it such a great place to live and work. There's much pleasure to be had in the recognition of "yes that's how it is."



It's frequently funny and always interesting and the interviews are quite short so you can easily skip forward if you get bored, although I don't think that will happen.



My only gripe is that this is meant to be the many, many voices of London, but the audio version uses only half-a-dozen different actors and you quickly get to recognise each voice as they tend to voice each person the same rather than "get into character." This distracted me a little so I felt I was listening to the actor rather than the interviewee. Otherwise it's a very good book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dr Caterpillar on 10-01-15

Distractingly random

If you could sum up Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now - As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It in three words, what would they be?

Why even try?

What other book might you compare Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now - As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It to, and why?

I can't think of anything similar. Can't I just review the darned thing on its own terms?

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It's not really about enjoyment and it's not really about scenes. The eyewitness account of a suicide on the Underground was particularly compelling but I certainly wouldn't say I enjoyed it. The book pleased me because it was London from such a diverse set of viewpoints - some interesting, some boring, some admirable and some which invited contempt - but all valid enough to the people who said the words.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It's not that kind of book. These question templates don't really work.

Any additional comments?

Why did the chapters - which were of wildly different lengths - bear no relation to the length of the stories being told? Sometimes you got three stories in one chapter, other times a story began partway through one chapter, took up a complete chapter, and finished partway through another chapter. If, like me, you like to got through a single short story on your walk to work, you'll find this frustrating. Also, the book was split into two halves, but both halves appear to have the same content. What is going on?
But at the end of the day, I felt I had a better perspective on London.

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5 out of 5 stars
By tim on 11-12-12

An interesting look at what makes London tick.

Having lived near London over the last 10 years, now living on Canada's West Coast near the author's origin, I really enjoyed this book.I learned a lot about many facets of life in London that normally you take for granted (the tube train announcer, for example)
It was fun to move onto each new experience and reminiscence and I looked forward to listen to what was coming next
The narrators were spot on and often very amusing.
A really good listen


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5 out of 5 stars
By hy on 25-08-16

Great audiobook for commutes

What's better than listening to an audiobook about Londoners while watching Londoners on your commute? Great collection of stories.

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