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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (229 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Smith Narrator: Karen Cass Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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What is visible to the naked eye has been exhaustively raked over; in Underground London, acclaimed travel writer Stephen Smith provides an alternative guide and history of the capital. It's a journey through the passages and tunnels of the city, the bunkers and tunnels, crypts and shadows. As well as being a contemporary tour of underground London, it's also an exploration through time: Queen Boudicca lies beneath Platform 10 at King's Cross (legend has it); Dick Turpin fled the Bow Street Runners along secret passages leading from the cellar of the Spaniards pub in North London; the remains of a pre-Christian Mithraic temple have been found near the Bank of England; on the platforms of the now defunct King William Street Underground, posters still warn that 'Careless talk costs lives'.

Stephen Smith uncovers the secrets of the city by walking through sewers, tunnels under such places as Hampton Court, ghost tube stations, and long lost rivers such as the Fleet and the Tyburn. This is 'alternative' history at its best.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kadri | 2/19/2014

    " ... when Ford Maddox Ford wrote, "One may easily sail around England, or circumnavigate the globe. But not the most enthusiastic geographer... ever memorised a map of London. Certainly no one ever walks round it. For England is a small island, the world is infinitesimal amongst the planets. But London is illimitable." - p15 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 2/12/2014

    " Fascinating and fun, but the novelty wears off about half-way in. More on the sewers and less on Henry VIIIths tennis courts, please! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cate | 2/1/2014

    " I thought it was good, London from the bottom up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 1/19/2014

    " Having been to London, I was familiar with some of the names so I could visualize while reading. Being American, some of the verbiage and history was lost to me, but the book was pleasurable and informative. I had to sometimes fight to keep my interest in some bits because of the writing style that I found too wordy. I think the book would have been just as informative if Mr. Smith had left several of his words down in those famous sewers and places underground. I am glad I read it....mgc "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 1/14/2014

    " Would have probably finished this book if it had maps in, got a bit sick of trying to work out where in LDN i actually was. However, loved some of the bits. Still can't find the British Museum stop on the central line and apparently i go through it every day! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Schwartz | 1/8/2014

    " Very nearly five stars. Well researched and brought to life by great writing. Vigorous language with an occasional wry tone made for entertaining reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/27/2013

    " A peek at what lies beneath the streets of London. Funny in parts, and full of quirky detail but couldn't help wishing that the author had cut back and just explored one or two eras in more depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Homestic | 11/11/2013

    " For reasons unclear to me, I am a London geek. And this book is possibly my favourite. Industrial development. Underground structures and a great writing style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 10/10/2013

    " I read some of this. Guess I have been a bit spoilt by reading Peter Ackroyd on London, and so all writers have a high bar to jump when it comes to writing about the capital. I found that my interest waned for this title. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 10/8/2013

    " A fascinating look at what lies beneath London, from Roman ruins to Tudor tennis courts to modern utility tunnels. And extremely well-written. One star off for not including pictures and maps -- they really would have helped. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 10/22/2012

    " The book was supposed to be an intriguing history of London, told from beneath the surface world. It was actually rather boring. The author seems to drone on and on in his own world of fascination, without transferring his enthusiasm to the reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rae Gee | 2/8/2012

    " If you're looking for an exploration of what lies beneath London, then give this book a go. With chapters ranging from the Romans through to the Tube, it shows what's hidden beneath our very feet. Excellent read and with themed chapters, you can chop and change around the book as you see fit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/24/2012

    " c2004. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Informative yet so well written that it seems that you are effortlessly absorbing the information. Interesting quotations, oddball comments from similarly minded people. Factual yet not dry.... highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/19/2011

    " Smith has a great voice for telling stories. It is also quite clear that he loves his subject matter. The book is very intersting and the last chapter in particular is fasincating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 6/15/2011

    " The second time I've read it but always one I like to come back to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 4/14/2011

    " Pretty cool stuff about the sewers and abbeys and underground stations of london. entertaining enough for that kind of thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 10/28/2010

    " The book was supposed to be an intriguing history of London, told from beneath the surface world. It was actually rather boring. The author seems to drone on and on in his own world of fascination, without transferring his enthusiasm to the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 6/22/2010

    " Very nearly five stars. Well researched and brought to life by great writing. Vigorous language with an occasional wry tone made for entertaining reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 2/10/2010

    " A fascinating look at what lies beneath London, from Roman ruins to Tudor tennis courts to modern utility tunnels. And extremely well-written. One star off for not including pictures and maps -- they really would have helped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/29/2009

    " Smith has a great voice for telling stories. It is also quite clear that he loves his subject matter. The book is very intersting and the last chapter in particular is fasincating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 5/7/2009

    " This book fell more under the description of 'memoir' than 'history,' which is what I had been hoping for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 7/24/2008

    " Fascinating and fun, but the novelty wears off about half-way in. More on the sewers and less on Henry VIIIths tennis courts, please! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 3/31/2008

    " I read some of this. Guess I have been a bit spoilt by reading Peter Ackroyd on London, and so all writers have a high bar to jump when it comes to writing about the capital. I found that my interest waned for this title. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 8/30/2007

    " Interesting tour of various features beneath the streets of London from former tributaries of the Thames which are now sewers to disused underground stations. Readable but not gripping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 7/28/2007

    " Pretty cool stuff about the sewers and abbeys and underground stations of london. entertaining enough for that kind of thing. "

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