Johnson's Life of London: The People Who Made the City That Made the World (Unabridged)
by Boris Johnson
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London is special. For centuries, it has been amongst the greatest cities of the world. But a city is nothing without its people. This sparkling new history of London, told through a relay-race of great Londoners shows in one, personality-packed book that the ingenuity, diversity, creativity and enterprise of London are second to none. Boris Johnson believes that in order to understand London one has to know about its past. The heart and spirit of London lies in its people, in the range of its cultures. Through its diversity and energy, London provides an environment which empowers people to create, the impetus to invent. Boris Johnson's new book explores this cross current of influences between Westminster and the City, between the politicians and the wealth creators, over many centuries. Johnson's Life of London - a fitting tribute of course to one of the greatest Londoners - celebrates many of the characters who have made this city great. Boris's book provides a chronological story of London but is written in the form of a relay race of biographies - some very famous figures, some more obscure. He ranges from the Romans to one of the author's predecessors as mayor, Dick Whittington; from John Wilkes (a strong upholder of the freedom of the press) to J.W. Turner; from Chaucer to Gandhi, and through to modern times.Boris Johnson writes with wit and erudition, providing the reader with delightful insights. The book discovers London as none of us have seen it before and the journey is exhilarating and surprising .
Misleading - very little is read by Boris
The itunes description and picture indicate that Boris Johnson is the narrator... alas, he only reads the start of the book and then hands over to a chap called Jot Davies. Shame, as Boris was doing a great job up until that point. What happened? Didn't have time to read his own book?
Boris's narration is great, but only lasts about 40 mins out of 11 hours. The audio book should perhaps say with some narration by Boris Johnson, and not the narrator is. Which really is not the case. Disappointed as whilst the other narrator is ok, he is completely overshadowed.