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批評家のレビュー

Praise for The Sunday Times Insight team’s Coronavirus investigation:

"A devastating piece of journalism." (Andrew Marr)

"Jonathan and George’s investigative reporting has been beyond incredible and is truly historic. This is one of the most important books of our time." (Owen Jones)

"The obituary of Boris Johnson’s government. An absolutely extraordinary catalogue of complacency, error and long weekend holidays even as departments were sounding the alarm." (Caitlin Moran)

あらすじ・解説

The Sunday Times best seller.

A Guardian and Sunday Times Book of the Year

The inside story of the UK’s response to the pandemic from the Insight investigations unit at The Sunday Times.

Failures of State recounts the extraordinary political decisions taken at the heart of Boris Johnson’s government during the global pandemic.

Fully updated and corroborated by hundreds of sources, this is the insider’s account of how the government sleepwalked into disaster and tried to cover up its role in the tragedy. Thrillingly told, it exposes one of the most scandalous failures of political leadership in British history.

©2020 Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Andy Jackson
  • 2021/03/28

Fascinating book, bizzare narration

This highly critical and engaging narrative of Government incompetence is sadly marred by the most bizarre narration I have ever heard. When the narrator wasn't mispronouncing words, stumbling or leaving inexplicably long pauses mid-sentence, he seemed extremely keen to show off his repertoire of accents. His posh English accent is good, his Boris impression is passable, but unfortunately his Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Mancunian, Yorkshire, Geordie, Italian, German, French, Ethiopian, Australian and Kiwi accents range from simply very bad to borderline offensive. A shudder of fear went down my spine as he paused, limbering up to read a quote from a Chinese scientist...

The frequent mispronunciations and stumbles can be put down to a poor or rushed editing job no doubt, but the awful accents really do detract from the narrative.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • BDD
  • 2021/03/27

The worst narrator I've *ever* listened to

Wow. Ben Onwukwe does a truly appaling job narrating. The delivery is ponseroulsy slow, there are mispronunciations, slurring, disjointed delivery with pauses in the middle of sentences and clauses (has the audio been stitched together from multiple takes I wonder?) and some truly horrendous "accents". The chinese and american accents in particular are offensive and I'm amazed this got past the production team and that the publisher thought this was an okay thing to do in 2021.

It's clear the narrator hasn't read the text beforehand, isn't engaged with the text itself and hasn't even bothered to learn correct pronunciations. If I was being very generous I'd put this down to a combination of an actor 'performing' a more complex non fiction work and recording under Covid; but compare this appalling performance to the superlative job an actor like Paul McGann does with Frank McDonough's recent two volumes on Hitler and it's clear that Ben Onwukwe should have been replaced as soon as he'd read a few pages.

This is an important work, and for those of us with reading difficulties due to visual impairment or a learning difficulty audiobooks are key to assessing knowledge. Please Audible studios get this re recorded! In the meantime it's the text version or text to speech.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • B. Williams
  • 2021/03/21

Is the narrator drunk?

Chapter 4 is spellbinding: the narrator slurs and mispronounces his way through the text in a way that can only be described as drunk. And no, I’m not listening on slower speed. It’s a shame to mar such an important book with such a poor performance.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gareth
  • 2021/04/02

Must read narrative unfortunately read appallingly

I don't often review on here but quite incensed to do so. This is a must read for anyone who needs to know the failings of this Government over the pandemic especially Boris who has cost thousands of lives.
Unfortunately the narrator, although good normally, interrupts the flow with the most ludicrous and quite offensive accents and impressions. He plays to all the outdated stereotypes of regional.accents and as a Welsh man I have not heard a parody like that since the 1970s. His female voice attempts are cringeworthy. Please redo this book with another narrator - its shockingly bad.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021/03/22

Absolutely horrifying

A tragedy for all that should not be forgotten or forgiven, the current success of vaccination does not compensate for thousands of lost loved ones or the hardships we all suffered. Remember this at the ballot box for all our sakes and losses

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • papapownall
  • 2021/03/21

How dithering and arrogance cost lives

Sunday Times investigative journalists Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott have written this authoritative and detailed account of the United Kingdom's disastrous handling of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is a story that has a deep impact on all of us over the past 12 months and we are all familiar with the sequence of events that have shaped our lives. We hear about the origins of the virus in Wuhan and how it may not have been a coincidence that Wuhan is the centre for virology research including coronaviruses.

The early days of the pandemic are comprehensively recounted. At this time the UK government were too obsessed with "getting Brexit done" to take the threat seriously and following this, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson took a self congratulatory extended holiday in the Caribbean with girl friend and thereafter was too embroiled in issues with his complicated private life to take his responsibilities, such as attempting COBRA meetings, seriously.

Whilst other advanced economies were protecting their citizens by locking down, the UK dithered and dabbled with "herd immunity" prior to eventually listening to the scientists and abandoned this reckless libertarian stance and followed suit with other developed countries some weeks later. The impact of this was to be devastating both in terms of death rates and the impact to the economy with the UK suffering the highest number of deaths of any country in Europe and having to lockdown the economy for longer than any other G7 country.

It is easy, perhaps, to make these analogies with the benefit of hindsight, and forgive errors early on, however, the same mistakes were made again in the Autumn; and the failure to take action in September cost yet more lives. This is a sad story of ineptitude and arrogance and it is the actions of those at the top who must take responsibility and brought to account when this is over. This book will serve as a startling reminder as to how mistakes by the UK government have lead to the excess and needless deaths of tens of thousands of people.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Snoopy
  • 2021/05/26

A well researched work let down by poor narration

Failures of state is well researched well written and yet let down by utterly appalling narration at times I almost gave up on it as a result. The fact the narration was relatively slow and had occasional pauses could be put down the the book being recorded under time pressure but it was the choice to use ‘accents’ in a piece of non fiction that just made me cringe, bad enough when quoting from speeches but even worse when reading written statements.

Frankly stereotypical Chinese, German, Scottish etc accents wouldn’t have a place in fiction but in a serious work it was completely out of place. Frankly this should either be withdrawn or re-recorded with a competent narrator.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Disco
  • 2021/03/23

Devastating account of avoidable failures

Devastating account of lethal but avoidable failures. An important book.

The format of the book is to tell the story of the pandemic in detailed chronological order. It's not a diatribe; the authors set out the facts and, largely, leave you to draw your own conclusions. The facts, however, are utterly damning.

While this may feel a little disrespectful given the gravity of the subject matter, it's compelling listening. The audio equivelent of a page-turner.

While it's not perfect, I'm a fan of the narration. Ben has a warm rich voice that I could listen to all day, and it carries gravitas. His pace is not too fast, so you get time to absorb what is said. He puts on an accent for each quoted remark, and it's fair to say not all of these land: Westminster males are often very posh, women slightly timorous. The accents aren't necessarily bad, but they are all at 100%. If someone's from, say, Yorkshire the accent will be the most full-on Yorkshire accent you can imagine.

Brace yourself for some of the international accents...

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • C. Cooney
  • 2021/05/31

A necessary and important book

A deeply impressive and troubling work.

Performance notes - could have done without the dodgy Scottish accents to be honest. Especially for Devi Sridhar and Philippa Whitford who are American and Irish respectively. Everyone in Scotland doesn’t have a sitcom worthy highland brogue. Just read the quotes in your own accent please.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tramway
  • 2021/08/07

An important record

This book is an important and detailed record of the coved19 crisis in the UK, which has one of the worst death and infection rates of the developed economies'. It is now 8 months on from where the authors left off and over 18 months since the first case was reported in England,, yet there is still no sign of a public enquiry. The true scandal is that Prime Minister Johnson has yet to demonstrate that he and his government have learned from their mistakes; at the time of writing this review, the country is still lurching from one crises to another, despite having a successful vaccine roll out. This book makes clear that a public enquiry is urgently needed, and the British public deserve one, especially the hundred and thousands of people that have lost loved ones, and those that are still suffering the long term effects of coved.

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  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ania Kryśka
  • 2021/03/23

What’s with the accents???!!!

The book is so interesting, but whose idiotic idea was it to perform the accents??!!! At best annoying, at worst racist. Bloody idiots ruined a good book.