Reviews

The Poems of Wilfred Owen (Magpie Audio) from AudioFile’s feature ‘World War I Listening and Remembering’:

The poetry of Wilfred Owen probably best represents posterity’s verdict on the war, and on its poets, and Greg Wagland’s readings of The Poems of Wilfred Owen are especially moving and true.

The First Men in the Moon (Magpie Audio) from AudioFile Magazine

This novel may be one of the lesser works by the socially conscious Wells, but that doesn’t take away from the impact of this audio production. Much of the credit for that goes to the full-bodied British voice of narrator Greg Wagland. He skilfully inhabits the pompous Mr. Bedford, a failing businessman who meets Mr. Cavor, an oddball inventor who has created “cavorite,” a substance that defies gravity.This audiobook illustrates how even an old novel can be given new life on audio. D.E.M. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2015]

High Society by Ben Elton (2004 – my first commercial audiobook) Random House from AudioFile Magazine

Written in both the third and first persons, the narrative presents reader Wagland special challenges, which he fields with aplomb. Though he loses focus in a few passages, in general he gives an exciting read of a worthy text. Y.R. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 04]

The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills  Isis Audiobooks from The Guardian

The strength of Mills’s novel lies in the dialogue through which the development of the plot is made up entirely. Our narrator has little to add except his own words and in this capacity Greg Wagland has his work cut out.  The trick with a reading of this kind is to make a clear distinction between which character has what voice, otherwise things could get complicated. Wagland is in no hurry: his slow, deliberate delivery is exactly right and his unexcited tone conveys the eerie feel of this captivating novel.

Audible Customers:

  • Greg Wagland’s performance is admirable. If you’re an old fan of Conrad or a new reader, this little selection has much to recommend it.
  • Greg Wagland’s reading captures the feel of each story’s raconteur with quiet precision. I was grateful for the absence of a Downton Abbey upper-class accent which mars most of Audible’s other Conrad recordings. A truly spellbinding offering.
  • The narration quality is excellent.
  • Would you consider the audio edition of Apologia Pro Vita Sua [A Defense of One’s Life] to be better than the print version?  I have read the print version of the Apologia and also listened to the audio book. My conclusion is that the audio is superior because it brings out Newman’s flowing eloquence more clearly and his wit is more evident. These qualities are less noticeable in the printed version.
  • Wagland’s reading is flawless, conveying Newman’s personal intensity and intellectual discipline while entirely subordinating his delivery to the text.
  • What does lurk in the snow .. you do not want to know. Great narrator. Great Story. If it makes you shudder and gives you the feeling of spiders crawling on your skin, than an author did a good job.
  • Good Brit presentation of compound sentences. So listen up!
  • I would recommend this audiobook 100%. It’s the first time I’ve read or listened to a Ben Elton novel and it made me think, was very entertaining and funny, and the narration was pitch perfect. 5 stars.
  • Excellent reading of a dark and disturbing book. I think this reader really had the tone right for a book published in 1901. Highly recommended.
  • Would you consider the audio edition of The Man Who Went Too Far: An E. F. Benson Ghost Story to be better than the print version?  Yes, much better. Wagland’s calm narration leads you into what seems to be an uneventful reunion of old friends…but soon you begin to wonder what is really going on.
  • Greg Wagland is an excellent narrator of HG Wells (and maybe other authors as well!) – I’m definitely going to look for some of his other work here.