What does the missus get up to when hubby sweetie is off saving the universe? She runs a detective agency specialising in angels. Sexy River (oops, I mean Melody) is being her bad girl best and getting to the reasons behind the mysteries.
Alex Kingston is so at home with this character. Her narration is perfect. After one listen I could see the whole book as if I'd been there. Time travel the easy way.
If none of this review made any sense to you it probably means you haven't seen the last few seasons of the BBC's Doctor Who and won't understand the characters in this book. Go watch the series and then start on the books. Both the series and the books are very good.
Listening to this, I keep thinking that Catherine Tate must be one wicked party guest. First, she's an excellent reader in general, clear and well-paced. Second, she is an incredible voice mimic. She can't always produce David-Tennant-as-the-10th-Doctor's tone of voice (sometimes the way she lowers her pitch to delineate him sounds slightly odd), but she precisely duplicates every nuance of his delivery. In fact, she mimics Tennant better than he mimics her...as the Doctor-Donna would triumphantly remark, "HA!"
And of course she knows how to speak as Donna Noble, so no problems there. There are various minor characters; each one is distinct and interesting.
The story itself is solid. The dialogue is snappy, and the vibe is pure Doctor Who. When the performance is this top-notch I don't mind some narrative lapses, but this tale is coherent and presents a nice variety of scenes that build on each other and hold my interest in their own right. This is Doctor Who, folks - if you want Dostoevsky or Stephen Hawking or some perfect and glorious combination of the two, go to another section. (Or better still - write your own, and dazzle us mere mortals.) Many of the story threads are derivative of other DW scenarios, but when it's mixed-and-matched to this degree and done this well, it's part of the fun. (Anyway - try coming up with something completely original in Doctor Who after nearly 50 years.) Plus, I loved the overall concept.
I'll be able to listen to this multiple times without getting tired of it. Very glad to have it.