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Kristin E. Johnson

Penny Dreadful

Brummagem | Listener Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
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  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Doctor Who: Dead Air

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By James Goss
    • Narrated By David Tennant

    This is an exclusive, original adventure for the 10th Doctor, read by David Tennant. Featuring additional music and effects, Doctor Who: Dead Air has never been previously published. Hot on the heels of a creature that exists through sound, the Doctor lands on a pirate radio station boat in the late 1960s. The creature has already killed some of the DJs, and the Doctor befriends the survivors. But then the lights go out, and a desperate race for survival begins.

    Paul says: "Brilliant story and well crafted audiobook"
    "The Doctor Does Not Seem Himself"

    "Doctor Who: Dead Air" is narrated in first person by the Tenth Doctor, which sounds like it should be fun. Unfortunately, this approach really means that during the prose-y descriptive bits the Doctor sounds less like his usual zippy self and more like a slightly dull narrator. Which is a shame, because, as anyone who has seen the show, or heard David Tennant narrating other audiobooks, knows, neither the Doctor nor Tennant are dull by a *long* shot. There are a few shiningly fun moments - the exchanges between the Doctor and Layla, and the distinctly individual voices for the other original characters are a real treat. There are also plenty of gasp-worthy encounters with the monster, and a neat-ish twist towards the end, when it turns out the Doctor knew quite a bit more than he'd been letting on.

    But the thing that got this a 3 instead of a 4 was the actual ending - which made the Doctor's solution, and the Doctor himself, seem ludicrously slow. The monster even TELLS him what the fatal flaw in his plan is. It's a hugely obvious mistake, and the ingenius movie-going pop-culture nut that is the Tenth Doctor should have accounted for it, especially. But he dismisses it out of hand and carries on. My reaction: Who are you and what have you done with the real Doctor?

    But if the writer had let the Doctor be himself, I guess he wouldn't have had an excuse for putting in the final, blandly ominous lines. Which would have been cool, if there weren't already so many other tales all over TV, film, and literature with similar endings.

    If you're looking for a Tenth Doctor audiobook to try, you might be tempted to start with this one, because it is one of the more inexpensive options. However, it doesn't do the Whoverse canon, or the Doctor, much justice. You'll be better off starting with something like "The Stone Rose" or "Feast of the Drowned."

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Stone Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Rayner
    • Narrated By David Tennant

    Mickey is startled to find a statue of Rose in a museum; a statue that is 2,000 years old. The Doctor realises that this means the TARDIS will shortly take them to Ancient Rome, but when it does, he and Rose soon have more on their minds than sculpture.

    Vincent says: "Be Careful What You Wish For"

    I absolutely adored this book, partly because of the story, but chiefly because of David Tennant's wonderful reading voice. For the prose bits he uses his native Scottish accent (which, Scottish accents are beautiful). Then for the seen-on-TV characters, he captures everyone's vocal cadences and styles: Jackie, Rose, Mickey, and the Doctor all sound like themselves. Well, I guess being able to sound like the Doctor is a given. And then he creates distinctly seperate voices for the book-only characters. Especially, the one he adopts for the thing behind all the events (come on, you know there's a thing!) is sheer genius. Original, funny, alien - and perfect! And it was his own idea to voice it like that - nothing in the book implies it spoke unusually, and the author herself was (pleasantly) surprised. It was so mesmerizing, I kept forgetting that every particle of the being's voice and personality was coming out of Tennant, and there wasn't really another being talking.
    Story-wise, his timing is spot on, which is especially great for the comic bits (I'm an introvert, yet I couldn't NOT go into public convulsions of laughter at the Doctor's reactions when things went unexpectedly wrong for him). I'm making it sound like it's all comedy, but the overall story is quite serious: someone's running around Rome magically killing people, the Doctor keeps failing to save Rose, there's a gladiator battle of sorts and a bloodthirsty Roman goddess, and of course the Earth is in danger of destruction again. So, you see, it's all around wonderful! I'd meant this to be my last book from Audible, but now I can't leave, because I have to get every other Doctor Who book Mr. Tennant's narrated - even though they're all abridged and I've heretofore avoided abridged books like the very plague - *and* I'm working on getting all the Cressida Cowell ones, too. He was fantastic to watch as the Doctor on TV, but gosh, he's spectacularly good just to *listen* to, too! Cheers!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Wow! Thank you!"

    Thank you, Audible, for this wonderful surprise! O. Henry's stories are among my favorites EVER, and to have this collection include work by just about my favorite narrator on Earth (Katherine Kellgren, who does excellent voices on the Bloody Jack series!) really tops the cake! You all did not have to do this, and that you came up with this amazing, perfect gift - WOW again! Oh, and the stories are beautiful, too :) I'm so excited!
    Thank you again, and Merry Christmas!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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