Brilliant work! I have listened several times and hear something new each time. Not just scraps of dialog I missed, or a scene in a story, though there are those things that are new. I develop an ever more complex understanding of the story, as if getting the frame set up in the first listen. Then with each subsequent hearing, adding color and texture to the story.
There are too many characters to choose...
I enjoy listening to him describe what he as a writer experienced during the creation of a particular story
No and Yes. I had to listen to the whole audio a couple times--the introduction, where the author explains where a story came from was longer than I wanted to listen to, so I skipped the 2nd half of it and went to the first story. All well and good...but...I don't know I was disenchanted and listened to some other audio for a few days. I came back to where I'd left off in Fragile Things and was captivated and wanted to know where he'd gotten the idea for this story and didn't it bother his wife the way he wrote that story...I went back to the beginning of the introduction and started all over.
Gwen--she can navigate her way through scary, dangerous, dynamic situations while keeping her wits about her. Gwen is a great character, I greatly enjoy listening to the Torchwood audios and getting to know her better.
His pacing was appropriate for the storyline, and of course he was flawless as Dr. Owen Harper.
This is one of the better Torchwood audio stories.
Jack And Ianto
From the Jack loves Ianto audiobook review corner:
I just finished listening to The House of the Dead, the last story in an audiobook called Torchwood: the Lost Files. Of the 3 stories, this one was perfection! All the characters scripted without flaw and the twist at the end that I didn't see coming. If you can, listen to this story, and have tissues nearby for the ending.
Their own voices. The narrators are the folks who portray the characters on TV. Although I'd hear their voices in my head were I to read these stories, I wouldn't hear all the delightful nuances that the actors themselves bring to the production.
Ianto being angry at Jack's selfishness. Sounded real, felt real.
Powerful, Painful, and Real. Real, despite that this story is fiction, almost alternative history.
There were no "likable" characters. My favorite character was the protagonist, Kaddish Poznan. He is an underdog, since before his birth to the end of the story. He never wins or even ties. Kaddish is well depicted as a strong man who always picks himself up and keeps going, even when going is the wrong thing to do. He is hard to like, but easy to hope for.
this is my first.
The story is too long for 1 sitting and too complex and difficult. I needed time between each 1 to 3 hours of listening to process what I had heard and fit it into what I had felt about the previous narrative.
A working knowledge of the era of Argentina's "disappeared" and of orthodox Judaism is helpful when listening to this story.
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