I loved this! David Tennant as the doctor...can't get better than that.
The story is very good. Listened to it in one sitting. I am a Who fan forever!
First: David Tennant is an excellent verbal actor. Sure, you're getting this because you liked Doctor 10. But stay for the fact that his vocal characterizations are excellent (and, when they're characters with whom we're familiar like Rose or Mickey, dead on). Narrator David Tennant speaks in his natural Scottish accent, while the Tenth Doctor speaks in his BBC voice. This alone is worth your cash.
Second: This is an excellent story. Complex while not overly contrived. Well described. Neat plot twists. Works in overall continuity well (later 1/2 of series 2, I think). It's got time and space, and some funky timey-wimey-ness that makes it fun.
book addicted librarian
When the Doctor finds a statue of Rose, he and her head back to the time the statue was apparently made to find out why. Here they come across a plot involving a sculptor with unusual gifts, a woman who can predict the future awfully well, and a case of several missing persons (mostly slaves). Being the Doctor, he has stumbled right into the middle of plots nefarious.
Jacqueline Rayner asks the question that a lot of us have wondered at some time or another: why doesn't the Doctor use his time machine more as a time machine? Why doesn't he fly off to some distant future or another and get a miracle cure, or a miracle machine, or go back prior to things getting really bad and fix them at the start? The mythos of the show (and additionals) set down some rules to prevent this; but it always feels like the rules could be broken a little bit here or there. This is not to spoil exactly how things go down, but you do find one answer: it feels a little like a cop out. As the reader (or, well, listener); you feel little left out when everything can be solved by creative off-screening. The last third or so of this book deflates, rapidly, whatever tension that first two thirds has established.
Not poorly written, though, and fairly interesting; and David Tennant does a wonderful job as narrator (especially delightful is when he switches from his reader's voice to the voice of the Doctor). On all technical accounts, I was pleased. I was just not too sure about the way it was all resolved. Fits right in with the "a little too magical" elements of the 10th Doctor's first season, I suppose.
This is a fantastic book, wonderfully read by the Doctor Himself, David Tennant. This book has it all, the past the present and the future like only Doctor who can. This is the cream of the crop. Not to be missed
I've read several of the Doctor Who books and was happy to find them here. The Stone Rose is, in itself, one of the better stories I have found, and David Tennant's narration is perfect! Not only is it so engaging to have the actual voice of The Doctor, he does every voice wonderfully, with wonderful impressions of known characters and just as good a job done on bit parts. This is a great download, just as good as (and in some cases better than) an episode!
The writing on this book gives a very authentically Rose and the 10th Doctor feeling. A great story. Well read by the actor who plays the doctor. I can't recommend it highly enough.
This story has everything you could want in a Dr Who story: a wonderful mystery with sufficient twists to keep you on your toes, witty comments from the Dr, lively characters, and a fantastic villain. The narrator is great and tells an exciting story. I listened to this one twice in a row.
I would only recommend this book to Whovians, and then only Whovians that are willing to listen to David Tennant's exceptional audio performance as the book's narrator for 2.5 hours. His narration is exhilarating, but the story itself is only just okay.
Rayner's done a great job capturing the feel of a Doctor Who TV episode. Her portrayal of the characters is accurate: Rose sounds like Rose, the Tenth Doctor sounds like himself, and so on. The story itself, though? It's not very compelling. I was hoping for something along the lines of the Pompeii/Vesuvius/"Volcano Day" episode from the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble era, but this can't even shake a stick at that! We're taken back to ancient Rome in the narrative--and the Doctor makes a grand appearance in what eventually became the Coliseum--but I didn't get the sense of actually being transported backwards in time as much as I got a rather bland, typical science fiction narrative that does little to carry the powerful characterizations forward.
(And for you Whovians out there, because this book was written before the Pompeii episode, there are some discrepancies between what we learn with the Doctor in Pompeii that aren't represented in this book. That's the fault of Time, not Rayner. For instance, the TARDIS translates Latin phrases directly without making it sounds like Celtic to the Roman natives. If you've seen the episode, you know what I'm talking about!).
David Tennant's narration was the reason I bought this book. He performs the main narration in his native Scottish accent, then switches to his Tenth Doctor voice when the Doctor speaks in the narrative. ("Hello! I'm the Doctor, this is Rose"). He also manages to nail the accents of Rose Tyler, her mum Jackie, and sort-of boyfriend Mickey, too. He portrays the accents of the other incidental characters very movingly and convincingly, too, in perfect Tennant style.
Listen to this book to enjoy David Tennant's voice, but don't expect a whole lot from the story itself.
I love how David Tennant gives the characters different voices (especially Jackie) - it makes it easier to keep track of who says what. I really liked the museum bit as it was full of fun and character. Overall, it was an entertaining story. A bit hard to keep track of some of the time travel/explanation later on, but overall enjoyable.