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THIS IS FOR THE AUDIO VERSION ONLY
on 26 August 2012
"Johnson's Life of London" - 10 CD's unabridged READ BY BORIS JOHNSON - in large print - in a smaller font "With Jot Davies". I felt badly let down by this product description, did Boris get fed up, lose his way to the recording studio on his Boris Bike, or decide to spend more time on flag waving practice than actually reading his book in accordance with the advertising spiel. I am a big fan of Boris, I loved "friends, voters, countrymen" he is a truly great briton, an orator and social observer par excellence, a larger than life character and a truly eccentric personality, even his huge gaffes are instantly forgiven, as like Churchill (description from the book) we recognise him as one of us, and love him for it, shortcomings and all, he is of England, by way of several european royal families it seems, according to the programme when he starred on "Who do you think you are".
If Harper Collins advertises that this audio book is read by Boris with another, one would expect the lions share to be read by Boris, not so, most of it is read by the aspiring actor, according to google, Jot Davies, whom I have never heard of and having googled him am not really much wiser. Jot it appears is not famous, his credits are only very minor films or other audio books, on the evidence of this recording, neither is he an orator, his voice lacks intonation, inflection and any real depth or interest. The lions share of this version of the book read by him sounded like a bored history teacher in secondary school. Another observer has appended a warning not to listen to him whilst driving and I would second that.
Shame on you Harper Collins, Boris and Amazon... presumably Boris was too busy to fulfil this commitment, fine but tell the purchasing public this... let us make an informed decision, no doubt there are people who are falling over themselves to hear Jot Davies read Boris Johnson's work about London, I am not one of them and I feel cheated. Amazon, you should make this clear in your synopsis.
Regarding the content of the book, it was like the curate's egg, good in parts, every now and then I felt the author may have thought "Crikey this book is supposed to be about London and it's people, better mention London and maybe get back on the subject again".