"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

War of Secrets

War of Secrets
JB narrated audio book


...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 270* 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 187* audio books & stories I've recorded since March 2013,
including the unabridged New Revised Standard Version of The Bible, for companies including audible.co.uk, Hachette, Audible Studios, Podium Audio Publishing, HarperCollins, RNIB, W.F. Howes, Little Brown Group, Penguin Random House, Games Workshop, Orion, Fantom Films & Ladbroke Audio.

(*figures at April 2020)

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Friday, 4 October 2013

The Sound Within

I mentioned Neil Gardner's The Sound Within a few postings ago in July. It was something we did at the end of a day in the studio recording an audio-book and as far as I remember, it was done in 'one take', so what you hear is my first instinctive reading of the piece. I think Neil has written something quite amazing and I was thrilled with the finished production. One of my comments at the time of recording was to muse about David Gilmour providing a musical sound-scape behind the words; Purple Planet have done a superb job in my opinion and hit the mood, as I understood it, perfectly. 


The Sound Within is reproduced in its entirety below, or you can download it free by following the link at the foot of this most generous and encouraging review.


Audiobook Shorts: The Sound Within - Review by Susan Omand

 Susan Ormand listens to a deceptively simple story about the tangible versus the intangible.

Read By: John Banks
Music By: Purple Planet
Directed By: Neil Gardner

 The story of The Sound Within is a very simple one about a space. A space that just "was" until it encountered sound and light. The sound and light entered the space and measured the space and enjoyed the space. At a very superficial level, that's pretty much the whole story.

That is also very much the "sound" of the story too, with a lulling repetition of simple words and the space, sound and light taking on almost anthropomorphic, childlike qualities as they explore and discover their environment. In fact, on the surface, it felt very much like a childhood bedtime story in a safe and comforting way.
However, if you want to be more introspective about the meaning behind the story it actually becomes a deep and philosophical study of existential limits and the ability to "just be", scientific exploration and interpersonal boundaries - the tangible versus the intangible. So it's very much a case of making the story what you want it to be, and the brevity of it, at under seven minutes, allows for this much more easily than a longer piece.
The Sound Within was a pure indulgence for me as I enjoyed listening to the sound and texture of the words as well as the story itself, which worked on several levels.  John Banks' voice was also ideally suited for it with a pleasing tone and calming timbre. The music at the start and end is worth a mention too, as it really added to the almost trance-like quality of the recording. I cannot really come up with anything negative to say about it, other than it didn't blow me away with a wow factor. Instead, it made me smile. A lot.

The Sound Within - free download

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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


...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


...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.

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