As far as Doctor Who radio presentations go, I would rank this somewhere in the middle. I liked it better than some because it takes place in Ancient Rome, and I always find historical Doctor Who stories fun. However, objectively the story isn't great. It's just something to pass the time when you've run out of Doctor Who episodes and you need a David Tennant fix. Speaking of time, this is an abridgment, but you pay as much as you would for an unabridged book. $8.59 (with membership) for 2 hours and 22 minutes is ridiculous.
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.
Exciting, weird, sweet.
It's very true to the format of the show. The author really nailed the twisty, confusing, "how did you make that all make sense" style of my favorite TV episodes. Also I may be a little partial to David Tennant's voice.
I got the giggles when David Tennant voiced Mickey. Spot on. I had to rewind because I was laughing so hard I missed some of the conversation.
good story pulls you in and makes you hope for them
the point where he thought she was gone
david tennant is an incredible reader he has the ability to make you become immersed in the story and feel like you are there.
Overall this book was a good, maybe not great story but nonetheless, it was interesting and with David Tennant narrating, even better. He was able to make Mickey and Rose come to life for me. I can say that I would listen to it again.
The Doctor and Rose investigate a disappearance as well as people seemingly turning to stone. In the process they get stoned themselves. How will they get out of this one?
David (the 10th Doctor) Tennant does a Brilliant job performing and breathing life into this fun adventure. Its very entertaining and short enough to be enjoyed several times.
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
Enjoyed the story, especially the narration. Lots of plot holes, never did work out why the TARDIS was left behind, but the story zips along and I just went with the flow.
If you are looking for a cerebral Doctor adventure this may not be for you. The main plot you will work out from the initial British museum scene, although I did enjoy the twist at the end.
As a history buff I did like the fact that Roman life was centre stage (wishd for more interaction with it).
This is not a novel that will explore the inner thoughts of the characters or do more than touch on their reactions to situations, although Mickey (very much on the periphery of the novel) does have a couple of excellent speeches. And the Rose/Doctor relationship is nicely done.
I liked it, fun and entertaining. Would definitely suit YAs.
Narration was excellent.
My 9 year old loves this one. Not too spooky or hard to follow with a great story featuring the best doctor/companion combination. It's a shame Jacqueline Rayner hasn't written more Dr Who stories.
Rose, she is the best companion by far. Then Jackie who is always a treat.
Everything, from his ability to read well, his funny voice work (particularly Jackie and Mickey) and his dreamy accent of course!
It was just plain enjoyable.
Definately recommended for the younger Who fan but is great for any age.
Another terrific narration from David Tennant. He does a great job of bringing to life characters we know from the TV series (Rose, Mickey), as well as new ones (including a deliciously sinister sculptor).
Yes, Doctor Who is a series, so we know everything will work out in the end, but there is suspense along the way, and some touching moments. (There's even a nice bit of trivia about the origin of the name Vanessa.)
We listened to this as a family on a long holiday drive and it was a perfect entertainment.
This book is so well written that it is easy for the listener to imagine all the characters as if it were a long episode of the TV show. David Tennant reads it perfectly. I would not change a thing.
So far all of the books I have listened to narrated by David Tennant have been great.
I laughed and gasped at all the right places, that being said, the book was full of surprises.