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I'd previously read John Rogers' excellent collection of walking narratives (into some of the curiosities of London that don't automatically jump off the map) when it was published a few years ago. But this version, read by John himself, adds another dimension to the book: the author's naturally engaging voice, drawing out the wit and wisdom of the writing, is perfect for this one. As with the author's brilliant walking videos, it's an absolute pleasure to accompany John on these walks, warts and all.
Episodes of history, cultural movements, esoteric knowledge and social commentary are all here, with a fine take on humour, too. If you've any interest in hidden places and their stories, consider this a must.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The guy seems like a nice enough chap but I'd assumed "Adventures in the overlooked city" meant I'd read about some hidden interesting facts about London. Whilst there are a few, they're bogged down in the authors political opinions and hidden behind wispy autobiographical stories. It should be called "An autobiographical journey through overlooked London by John Rogers" or something of that ilk.
I have an incredibly small brain so perhaps I'm missing something, should I know who John Rogers is?
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