"John Banks is one of the UK's most prolific audiobook narrators, working for the likes of Big Finish, Audible, Random House and Games Workshop.

He is a true multi-voice, creating everything from monsters to marauding aliens.

He is also an accomplished stage and TV actor."

audible.co.uk 2018

Hello...

...I'm John Banks - welcome to my website.

The majority of my working life has been spent in the theatre with companies including
York Theatre Royal, Cheltenham Everyman, Sheffield Crucible, Bristol Old Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange and the National Theatre in London.

Television work includes Emmerdale, Coronation Street, and 'Allo, Allo!'. I have also worked on a number of radio drama and comedy productions with the BBC.

Since March 2009, I have enjoyed playing a huge variety of characters in more than 250* audio-drama stories with Big Finish Productions, together with The Black Library/Games Workshop, details of which can be found in the postings below.


There are also details listed here of the 165* audio books I've recorded since March 2013,
including the unabridged New Revised Standard Version of The Bible, for companies including audible.co.uk, Hachette, HarperCollins, RNIB, W.F. Howes, Little Brown Group, Penguin Random House, Games Workshop, Orion, Fantom Films & Ladbroke Audio.

(*figures at April 2019)

I hope you find something of interest here and come back soon for further updates.


For all posts, reviews and audio samples, please scroll down...

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Agents of The Imperium

Good evening! Just back from a long and fruitful day in the studio, recording quite a 'challenging' (again!) non-fiction audio book, details of which should follow quite soon; next month in fact, which could be the biggest month for new releases I've ever had - we shall see!

So a quick mention now of this audio anthology from the Black Library, in which I appear to be quite heavily involved. Here's the title and some further details:

Agents Of The Imperium

A Warhammer 40,000 audio drama anthology

Across the Imperium, many heroes serve mankind in their own ways. Assassins, soldiers, inquisitors – each does their duty, but in the grim darkness of the far future, that may not be enough to save their souls…


In the sprawling Imperium of Mankind, everyone serves the Emperor in their own way. From the inquisitors who hunt the hidden enemies of humanity in the dark places of the galaxy to the brave soldiers who stand on the front line, and the Imperial Assassins who can change the tides of war with a single shot, each has a part to play in preserving the Imperium.

In this audio anthology, three of these disparate heroes are put to the test, each facing a personal crisis that will see them either fall to darkness, or rise to continue doing their duty in the Emperor's name.


Judge of the Wastes by David Annandale
Kill Shot by Ben Counter
The Interrogation of Salvor Lermentov by Chris Wraight


Performed by Tom Alexander, John Banks, Cliff Chapman, Emma Gregory, Matthew Hunt, Deeivya Meir, David Seddon and Joe Shire

Produced by Matt Renshaw

Total running time: 66 minutes



 It's getting late, so a quick bite to eat for me and then back to more prep for tomorrow; day two of a scheduled four to record this week's audio book, so I'm afraid that's...


...all for now; more just as soon as it happens!

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Cryptozoic!

Good afternoon and welcome!

'Cryptozoic', a slice of classic British science fiction from 1967, now available in audio book format and narrated by me - but what does 'cryptozoic' mean? Apparently: "...of or relating to that part of geological time represented by rocks in which the evidence of life is slight and the life forms are primitive". Ok, good!

Cryptozoic! 


In the year 2093, human consciousness has expanded to the point that man can visit the past using a technique called 'mind-travelling'. Artist Edward Bush returns from a lengthy 'trip' to the Jurassic period to find the government overthrown by an authoritarian regime.


Given his mind-travel experience, he is recruited by the new regime to track down and assassinate a scientist whose ideas threaten to topple the status quo. However, the job of an artist is not to take orders but to ask questions.

Produced for Audible Studios by Neil Gardner & Narrated by John Banks

Length: 7 hours - 3 minutes

 
©1967, 2017 The Executors of the Estate of Brian Aldiss (P)2019 Audible, Ltd
 
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So, "what's happening?" I hear you ask. Well, as previously hinted at, I'm now spending a lot of time in the studio, having had a couple of weeks of very intesive preparation. This is my third straight week of recording with two books done and a third to start the week after next. The second of the two books I've been working on, was a very tricky and challenging read; a long (40+ hours non-fiction) which featured quite a bit of French pronunciation and which I'm hoping sounds reasonably authentic. 
 
I'm pleased by the fact that the book was recorded in seven days, rather than the scheduled ten, which goes to show how valuable thorough prep can be. As a consequence, I now have some time to catch up on 'life' and update my blog (!) and Linked in page etc. 
 
Having carved out a niche of time also means that I can start to prep the next book, also a non-fiction, though I think a little mental time-out might be just what the doctor had in mind, before I get back to work!

There's lots of interesting stuff in the pipeline and I hope you'll check back to see what's coming. In the meantime, that's...


...all for now: more just as soon as it happens!
 
 

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Blackshields

Good afternoon - and news of another audio release; the third this week! The Broken Chain is also the third in the Blackshields series, in which I play 'renegade' space marine, Endryd Haar. Now, it's not unusual for me to say that I've enjoyed recording particular stories or specific characters, but I have to make a special mention of the sheer joy of playing 'lovable rogue' Endryd Haar - the 'Tony Soprano' of the Imperium.

A fabulous cast was assembled by producer Matt Renshaw for this story and I really can't wait to listen to it; perhaps the fun we had in the studio will somehow manifest itself in this dark tale - we shall see!

Here are some details:

Blackshields: The Broken Chain

A Horus Heresy Audio Drama

Hounded by the Sons of Horus and betrayed by his second in command, Blackshield Endryd Haar must enact his riskiest gamble yet if he is to fulfil his oath to kill the traitor Warmaster Horus.


Hounded by the Sons of Horus, legendary Blackshield Endryd Haar battles enemies from within and without his ranks. Betrayed by his second in command, Erud Vahn, Haar finds himself imprisoned and facing a slow death. Determined to escape and stay one step ahead of the traitors, Endryd must enact his riskiest gamble yet if he is to fulfil his oath to kill the Warmaster Horus.



Performed by Gareth Armstrong, John Banks, Steve Conlin, Toby Longworth, 
Richard Reed & David Seddon

Written by Josh Reynolds and Produced by Matthew Renshaw

Running time 70 minutes






















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I must also mention in this posting, that July 19th was the 20th 'birthday' of Big Finish Productions. Followers of this web site will know that I've contributed to more than 200 Big Finish audio dramas since my first Doctor Who story, 'Paper Cuts' with Colin Baker, in March 2009.



Had it not been for Nick Briggs at Big Finish 'giving me a break', along with further personal recommendations to subsequent employers from David Richardson, none of the audio books and dramas I've recorded since would have happened and I'm deeply grateful to the production team, (very much including the late and much missed Paul Spragg), at Big Finish, for their faith and loyalty over the last decade.


Happy Birthday Big Finish!

 

...all for now; more just as soon as it happens!

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

The Hollow Mountain

Still with me? Excellent! So here we go with the second July release: The Hollow Mountain by Chris Wraight, which follows on directly form the first volume of this series, The Carrion Throne and indeed, from the audio drama, The Interrogation of Salvor Lermentov, which I recorded with David Seddon. It isn't necessary to have heard 'Lermentov' in order to continue the story arc, though you migh enjoy listening to it; 22 minutes well spent perhaps?

It had been some time since the release of Carrion Throne, so my first task in preparing Hollow Mountain, was to remind myself of how the recurring characters sounded, I spent quite some time listening and my fingers are firmly crossed, that they sound like the same people!

Here are the details:

The Hollow Mountain

Vaults of Terra Book 2

Inquisitor Erasmus Crowl and his acolyte Spinoza face new dangers as the Great Rift opens and a new, bloody age dawns. Can Crowl stay true to his course and expose the horror that lies at the heart of the Hollow Mountain?



Inquisitor Erasmus Crowl has discovered a terrible plot, its roots firmly planted in the very highest levels of Terra. Pursuing it is fraught with risk, but Crowl’s sense of duty compels him to persevere. He and his acolyte Spinoza run down their leads in secret, knowing that their every move invites danger, but even as they begin to reveal the truth, a greater peril is unfolding in the skies – the Great Rift is becoming manifest.

During the madness that threatens to tear Terra asunder, Crowl’s Inquisitorial base of operations comes under attack and is badly ravaged. As his world begins to unravel and a new, bloody age dawns, can Crowl stay true to his course and expose the horror that lies at the heart of the Hollow Mountain?

Written by Chris Wraight, Produced by Matt Renshaw & Narrated by John Banks




...all for now; more just as soon as it happens!

Venators

Good eveining! I can't quite believe how long it's been since the last posting; compounded by the fact that I seem to have promised a speedy follow up - 'my bad'! My nose has been buried in a mountain of prep for some pretty chunky audio books, the first of which, I'm scheduled to start recording next week. After that, it's back-to-back recording & prep till October!

And so, without further excuse, here's the first of July's audio releases:

Venators

A Necromunda audio anthology

In the nightmare depths of Necromunda’s underhive, a trio of bounty hunters face challenges and trials as they try to scrape a living by bringing the guilty to justice.

 
In the lower reaches of Necromunda's Hive Primus, countless hired guns and bounty hunters seek to make their fortune by using their deadly skills to bring in criminals, outlaws and those unlucky souls who've fallen foul of the Guilders. Each of these rogues and killers is different, with particular skills that put them on their path. Neither heroes nor villains, they live in the grey areas – and in these three audio dramas, a trio of bounty hunters have their tales told.

The Deserter by Justin D Hill

A chance encounter with a stranger known only as ‘The Deserter’ might be just what Corenne needs as she struggles to survive in Necromunda’s underhive.

Expectatio by Matt Keefe

When he claims a rare artefact in place of an unpaid fee, underhive bounty hunter Baertrum Arturos is set on a quest that could make his fortune – if he survives it.

Half-Horn by Josh Reynolds

Three underhive fugitives shelter around a fire in the midst of a storm. They must be safe here, for the only one who could track them is Gor Half-horn. And he’s a myth, isn't he?

Performed by John Banks, Steve Conlin, Matthew Hunt, Toby Longworth, Carla Medonca, Gesella Ohaka, Richard Reed, Andrew Wincott & Jo Woodcock

Produced by Matt Renshaw

Total running time: 71 minutes 


...all for now, more very,very soon! 

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Death's Mercy

Good evening! A very speedy posting (with more soon) on the release of Death's Mercy, the follow-up to A Deadly Wit. Here are some details:

Heirs of the Laughing God: Death's Mercy

Heirs of the Laughing God Book 2

The Harlequins of the Masque of the Fading Dawn bring their deadly artistry to bear on a force of humans – but their Death Jester has another agenda that puts their performance into question.


Following the whim of the Laughing God, the Masque of the Fading Dawn conduct an audacious attack against mon-keigh invaders. Battling to secure their legacy, the troupe put on a performance worthy of remembrance against a backdrop of acerbic remarks from their Death Jester, Adroniel.

Intent on a spectacular finale, Adroniel becomes hell-bent on obliterating their unremarkable human foe with deadly artistry, until a strange encounter challenges her role in the final act…

Performed by Grace Andrews, John Banks, Steve Conlin, Emma Gregory & Matthew Hunt

Written by Gav Thorpe and Produced by Matt Renshaw

Running time: 58 minutes and 20 seconds



I'm very much looking forward to listening to this audio drama and until I do, I shall have to content myself with appreciating the quite stunning artwork - gotta love The Harlequins!





...all for now; more just as soon as it happens!

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Black Summer

Good afternoon, dear, patient reader!

Once again, I must apologise for the long delay since last posting here; May looks to have been a very slow and quiet month - but no indeed, far from it! May was a very busy month of audio work and if anything, June is even busier. There's so much I would like to be able to say here and now, but as regular readers will know, I'm obliged to remain silent on professional projects until details are made available by production companies or publishing houses. It's quite understandable; if a company is potentially spending significantly on advertising campaigns, they really don't want people like me 'jumping the gun'. There's some very exciting stuff in the pipeline, though I shall have to excercise a little restraint, curb my enthusiasm and hold fire until the appropriate time, before I can tell you all about it.

Sometimes of course, information becomes available way before any publicity campaigns are officially launched and details of M.W. Craven's latest novel, Black Summer, have been evident on the internet for some time. Publication in all formats is scheduled for 20th June, though I can now reveal details of the story, along with an audio trailer:


Black Summer by M.W. Craven: 

 

  

After The Puppet Show, a new storm is coming....





Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath....

He's currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found, and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe.

So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career.

Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time?

And then Elizabeth goes missing again - and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe.



 Unabridged audio book Narrated by John Banks and Produced by Neil Gardner 

Length: 9 hours - 47 minutes


©2019 M. W. Craven (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK


                                                                                                                               
                                                    
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Despite a good deal of confusion over the last couple of years, it appears that the unabridged NRSV Bible I narrated for SPCK and produced by Neil Gardner at Ladbroke Audio, is now, finally, available as an app; I downloaded it a few days ago and it seems to work fine. 

I may be more inclined to listen to the recording than you, though if you have a spare 74 hours or so, you could zip through it along with me!




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Before signing off, I must express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the more than a quarter of a million people who have visited this site; "thank you!" - it would all be pointless without you!


                                               ...all for now; more just as soon as it happens!

Friday, 26 April 2019

Dark Imperium: Plague War

Just over a year after the release of Dark Imperium, the story of the resurrected Ultramarines Primarch continues in Dark Imperium: Plague War.

Intent on rebuilding Ultramar, the returned primarch Roboute Guilliman wages war on the treacherous Death Guard - but as he battles his corrupted brother, the intervention of a greater power threatens all he works for.



In the void and upon the worlds of Greater Ultramar, the battle for the Imperium continues. Intent on rebuilding his home realm and using it as base to reconstruct the ravaged stellar empire of mankind, the returned primarch Roboute Guilliman proceeds with his war to drive Mortarion and his Death Guard Traitor Legion from the domain of the Ultramarines. 





 

But when Guilliman brings his brother to battle upon the diseased plains of Parmenio, the intervention of a greater power in their fraternal struggle threatens to upend the Imperial Regent’s understanding of the galaxy, and his place within it. 

Primarchs and ideologies clash in this second, thrilling part of the Dark Imperium trilogy. 




Written by Guy Haley, Produced by Kylia Whitehead & Narrated by John Banks

Audiobook running time: 12 hours and 35 minutes


©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited


...all for now; more just as soon as it happens! 

The Imprecations of Daemons


Imprecate: (to) utter (a curse) or invoke (evil) against someone or something. 


Good morning and following swiftly on from yesterday's posting, here's an audio drama I've been looking forward to listening to since we recorded it late last year. Here are details of the story and some fabulous artwork:

The Imprecations of Daemons

 

A Warhammer Age of Sigmar audio drama

A warrior of the Stormcast Eternals returns to the place of her birth, long before she was reforged as a celestial hero. Only by coming to terms with her past can she save her home for the future.




Summoned by grave tidings, the Stormcast Malleon returns home to the place of her birth, the Iron Fastness. Many years ago her father, Vaneth, a warrior priest of Sigmar, helped banish a cult of Chaos that had taken root in their lands. But devils do not rest easily and a perfidious evil has risen again. Malleon finds much changed since the days before her reforging and the tragic events that tore her family apart. Only by reconciling with her past can she hope to exorcise the daemons of the present and purge the darkness for good. 



John Banks, Beth Chalmers, Gesella Ohaka, Richard Reed & Fiona Skinner

Written by Nick Kyme & Produced by Matt Renshaw 


'My hand the hammer… my will the shield.'


Running time: 71 minutes


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The Imprecations of Daemons was my last recording in the original Black Library studio; when I return next month to record an audio book, all will be new. I'm intrigued to see the results of the re-development and expansion that's been going on over the past few months. In the meantime, I hope my copy of the CD arrives soon; this is an excellent story performed by a fabulous bunch of actors - can't wait!


...all for now; more very, very soon!
 

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Outremer

The first of this week's featured new releases is the 'mighty' Outremer, recorded recently for Audible Studios, in collaboration with ace producer Neil Gardner. Rolling in at an impressive 39 hours & 38 minutes, this is without doubt, the most 'challenging' audio book (book!) I've so far encountered.

Researching myriad pronunciations, marking up and highlighting the text in preparation to record, took something like 80-90 hours and for some of the prep, unable to find answers even via the internet, I had to directly ask colleagues if they could help me out, as indeed did Neil. I am grateful indeed to Susan Omand, Graeme Lyon and David Monteath, who very generously offered suggestions as to how a number of Irish Gaelic personal names should be pronounced.




Of all the many and various audio books I've recorded since this particular aspect of my acting career began about six years ago, Outremer has been by far the most demanding, both to prepare and to record and in that assessment, I include recordings of the unabridged NRSV Bible and the 1400 + characters and 215 hours of The Niccolo Books.

To give you an idea of what my text looked like in the studio, here's a screen shot example of a not untypical page (left), alongside an unmarked up page producer Neil had on his side of the glass (right). Part of Neil's job as producer, is to exactly follow my narration in case I unknowingly fluff a word or otherwise somehow go 'off-piste'.

In this example, my marked-up page features two characters; the adolescent 'Paul', highlighted in green and the much older man, 'Theodoric' highlighted in purple. Other colours within the dialogue are to bring my attention to 'tricky' pronunciations/words and text left unmarked, tells me to use my neutral narrator voice.

Much of the text was italicised, as you can see from Neil's screen shot. The scenes written in italics convey the background story to the main narrative and take place at an Inn, where ultimately, 15 characters are in conversation with each other - the mark up for those scenes took quite a while and looked dazzling on the page - as I'm sure you can imagine!



























But enough of the technical stuff - on to the story! Here are some details:

"An epic love story must overcome religious divide and a plot to eradicate two blood lines as the Crusades and the search for the ancient mysteries of the Holy Grail gather momentum.

Raised by his father in La Rochelle, France, Paul Plantavalu is known for his artistic nature, inquisitive mind and Christian faith. He also has an unshakeable love for his Muslim childhood friend, Alisha al Komaty. Courageous and outspoken, she returns Paul’s love. But their path is paved with obstacles: religion, war, political chaos and a mysterious enemy determined to destroy their family lines.

Sometime between AD 1110 and AD 1120, in the aftermath of the first crusade, a small band of nine knights - the founding Knights Templar - recover ancient precious artefacts left by a former advanced civilisation beneath the City of Jerusalem. Ruthlessly guarded, the secrets revealed by this discovery are highly prized by powerful and dangerous forces far and wide; the repercussions of their capture are inextricably linked to Paul and Alisha. As Paul starts to experience dark and vivid dreams and the fragile balance of peace starts to crumble, it will fall to an enigmatic man known as Kratos and his female warrior protégée, Abi Shadana, to safeguard Paul and Alisha.

Paul and Alisha’s love story weaves between the threads of our reality and other realms - from the Druids to the Sufi mystics, the Magi of the East, the secret political arm of the Knights Templar and the Isma’ilis, the Assassins. Knights and pilgrims alike will witness some of the darkest battles ever fought. The discovery of a unique sword’s lethal power and whispered connections to King Arthur and the Holy Grail lead Paul and Alisha to question if their lives will ever be the same again.

The first of a four-part series, Outremer is an historical epic which sweeps across England, Scotland and France to Syria, Jerusalem and Egypt. Discover the truth - and crack the ancient code - behind the great mysteries of the High Middle Ages for yourself."


Written by D.N. Carter, Produced by Neil Gardner & Narrated by John Banks

Length: 39 hours - 38 minutes


©2017 D. N. Carter (P)2019 Audible, Ltd



 


I'm deeply grateful to Neil for his terrific support throughout the recording of Outremer and very proud of the fact that we completed recording in seven days, rather than the scheduled eight.

With any luck, we'll have been acceptably accurate in our pronunciations, engaging with our story-telling and hopefully, 'easy on the ear'.


...all for now, more very soon! 

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

In The Closet Of The Vatican

Well, I did say there was more coming soon, though perhaps I always do - mea culpa! And speaking of 'mea culpa' (what a segue!), here are details of a non-fiction audio book released today from Audible Studios:

"In the Closet of the Vatican is a fascinating description and evaluation of financial, sexual and political misconduct throughout the Catholic Church at a time when new revelations are being uncovered each and every week. This audiobook explores the underlying causes and includes interviews with numerous Cardinals and other individuals, some of whom cannot be named. 


Martel reveals financial scandals in the Vatican bank; political collusion with unsavoury regimes, including Castro’s Cuba and Pinochet’s Chile; sexual abuse and hypocrisy over homosexuality. In this explosive account, Martel goes to the heart of corruption in the Catholic Church and inside the Vatican itself."

Narrated by John Banks & Produced by Ben Carpenter

22 hours - 19 minutes


©2019 Frederic Martel (P)2019 Audible Studios

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This was a tricky and challenging book to work on and I'm grateful indeed to producer Ben Carpenter for his considerable input and support throughout the seven day recording period.We had actually scheduled eight studio days, but wrapped it up a day and a half early - which was pleasing in the sense of knowing that we'd been efficient and that the oceans of prep this book required, had paid off. 

In saying that, we still took phenomenal care to ensure, as accurately as possible, that personal and place names were pronounced correctly. On occasion, we had to choose not to be absolutely accurate, which seems odd perhaps. As an example, General Augusto Pinochet, former President of Chile; here in the UK, 'Pinochet' is pronounced 'pin-oh-shay', whereas a Chilean friend of mine assures me it should be 'pin-oh-CHett'. Ben and I discussed this and numerous other, similar examples, throughout the recording and a lot of time was spent deciding which was the better option - go with what the majority of listeners would identify as being 'correct' or being strictly accurate and running the risk of actually sounding 'incorrect'. 

With a running length of over 22 hours, the book had hundreds of names and locations to research and the actual amount of (unpaid!) preparation soon racked up into the many tens of hours - hence being so pleased that after such a full on effort, we managed to complete ahead of schedule.

Non-fiction can be a strange genre to record as so many decisions have to be made, in addition to those alluded to above, with regard to characters who are directly quoted. Should the narrator attempt to sound like the person whose actual words are being used, always assuming that it's even possible to discover how a particular person might have sounded in real life? If I'm voicing quotations by Winston Churchill, should I attempt to mimic his vocal idiosyncrasies. In a non-fiction audio book I recorded on the Russian Revolution, should I have given Stalin a Russian accent, or even more specifically, a Georgian accent? Should personal and place names be 'Anglicised' or should we attempt to voice them in their respective 'native' tongues? In this book on The Vatican, and indeed, in the other non-fiction books I have recorded, the producer and I have always chosen to 'flavour' a character voice, but not to mimic, which I think makes sense. For this book, Ben and I also decided not to 'anglicise' and made a concerted effort to voice 'authentic' sounding names as far as we were able, though given the 'catholic' nature of Catholicism, we encountered people and place names from all over the world - and some of them were mighty tricky to pronounce!

Regular visitors to these pages may well have little interest in a non-fiction book on the politics of The Vatican, however, if it is of interest to you, I hope you enjoy listening - I'll be there with you! 

As is often the case, there's a short audio sample from the book on the Audible web site; just type my name into the search window and anything I've done, for audible.co.uk or other publishers, should be there. It's perhaps worth saying that many, perhaps all, (200 +) of my Big Finish audio drama recordings might also be available via the audible web site, though as the cast lists are often long, it may be that I don't always make the cut - I think they list a maximum of five actors per recording.

But enough; my ramblings are running almost as long as the book, so I'll end by saying - that's...


...all for now; more just as soon as it happens!

Warcry: Death or Glory

Warhammer 40,000

Flight. Redefined.

Reviews & comments:

The Malazan Empire

Over the course of this 8 book series, the amazing John Banks has had to create and voice 648 distinct characters!

Neil Gardner - producer

The Door In The Wall & War of The Worlds

Not often I buy another version of an audiobook I own, but after hearing John Banks' narration of The Door in the Wall by Ladbroke Audio, I had to buy their version of The War of the Worlds. Banks has a great reading voice.

Andy Frankham-Allen - writer

The Books of Babel: Senlin Ascends, Arm of The Sphinx & The Hod King

Mr. Banks does superb work, and I recommend the audiobooks wholeheartedly!

Josiah Bancroft - writer

Mervyn Stone: The Axeman Cometh

John Banks is a voice genius...

Nev Fountain - writer

Mervyn Stone... played by the note-perfect John Banks.

Matt Hills - Reviews in Time and Space

Dr. Who: The Sleeping City

I also must draw attention to John Banks who is an exceptional voice artist and in this one story performs more characters that I can count. ... it is listening to episodes like this one that really do let his talents shine through.

Tony Jones - Red Rocket Rising

Highlander:

...playing several parts, was the brilliant Big Finish regular John Banks - it was as if there were about 40 different actors in the other booth.

James Moran - writer

I went for the best of the best and brought in voice artiste extraordinaire John Banks.

Paul Spragg - producer

Vienna:

...also features the mind - bogglingly versatile and reliable John Banks

Jonathan Morris - writer

Dead Funny:

The acting is first rate… wonderfully played by John Banks as Richard – his impersonation of Eric Morecambe is worth the admission money alone.

Beverly Greenberg: Bolton Evening News

Mr. Happiness:

This early and unfamiliar play by David Mamet is a character study of a 1930s radio counsellor, dispensing suave advice to his devoted listeners. John Banks brings out the wry comedy of this – comedy quite unappreciated by the character – with a clever range of gesture and vocal tone.

Jeremy Kingston: The Times


All My Sons:

This is a beautifully crafted piece ...and it affords a wonderful opportunity for John Readman* to do his All-American Boy act as Chris Keller. This most polished and well observed performance as the blighted son of a blighted father must rank as one of his finest accomplishments yet. ( * see Profile)

The Stage

The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes

Kudos should also go to John Banks. Lestrade can be a thankless part, but Banks rose to the challenge, playing a pivotal role in this decades long arc.

Raissa Devereux - SciFiPulse

The Judgement of Sherlock Holmes

John Banks is multi-tasking, both as the superb Lestrade and also the villainous and no doubt moustache twirling Sebastian Moran. They sound completely different and I bow to his talent.

Sue Davies - SFcrowsnest


Further reviews and comments are included with specific postings throughout the site.

The War Doctor

The War Doctor
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