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  • Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Justin Richards
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (281)
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    (160)
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    (156)

    Starfall: a world on the edge, where crooks and smugglers hide in the gloomy shadows and modern technology refuses to work. And that includes the TARDIS. The pioneers who used to be drawn by the hope of making a fortune from the mines can find easier picking elsewhere. But they still come... for the romance of it, or old-fashioned organic mining. Or in the hope of finding the lost treasure of Hamlek Glint, scourge of the spaceways, privateer, adventurer, bandit.

    Vincent says: "Another Excellent Doctor Who Audiobook"
    "Treasure Island - Doctor Who style"
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    Awesome story, really good characters, great adventure. One of my favorites. If you're looking for a fun, quick, exciting Doctor Who classic, this is it. Worth it again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Way through the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Una McCormack
    • Narrated By Meera Syal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (22)
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    (24)

    England, today. Between the housing estate and the motorway lies an ancient wood. The motorway bends to avoid it. Last week, teenager Laura Brown went missing. Tonight, Vicky Caine will miss her bus and take a shortcut through the wood. And she will disappear too. England, 1917. Between the village and the main road lies an ancient wood. The old Roman road bends to avoid it. Tonight Emily Bostock and a man called Rory Williams will go to the woods.

    Joy Gissing says: "A mystery that keeps you riveted till the end ."
    "Not Meera Syal"
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    I almost cried when I heard it was narrated by Claire Corbett. I suppose I could've saved myself the trouble by listening to the sample, but I just wanted everything narrated by Meera Syal. Claire Corbett isn't bad, but she doesn't have much variety in her voices. She does your base British accent, a lower guy's voice, and an average Scottish/Irish accent, but it got old fairly quickly.

    Took a while to get into this story. About an hour before I really cared about what was going on, and almost two hours before I was finally pulled into the story. If you get to that point you should have no problem getting through the rest of it, and it did end nicely, with some cute Amy/Rory moments, if you only read these books for those (which I may or may not). Otherwise, it's not one of the best ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Ghosts of India

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mark Morris
    • Narrated By David Troughton
    Overall
    (42)
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    (24)
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    (24)

    India in 1947 is a country in the grip of chaos - a country torn apart by internal strife. When the Doctor and Donna arrive in Calcutta, they are instantly swept up in violent events. Barely escaping with their lives, they discover that the city is rife with tales of 'half-made men', who roam the streets at night and steal people away. These creatures, it is said, are as white as salt and have only shadows where their eyes should be.

    Careena says: "Not my favorite"
    "Not my favorite"
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    I've listened to two other Doctor/Donna stories (Beautiful Chaos and Pest Control) and this is my least favorite. I don't feel like any author has really captured Donna's voice and personality in any story I've come across and they compensate by just making her yell at the Doctor all the time. The story didn't keep me very interested either, and the whole Gandhi thing felt weird, kind of fake in a way. It has a low re-read factor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Last Dodo

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Rayner
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    Overall
    (69)
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    (23)
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    (24)

    Civilisations rise and fall, time moves on, and species die out. Extinction is a fact of life in the universe. But extinction doesn't have to be forever. The TARDIS arrives in the Museum of the Last Ones: a facility dedicated to preserving the final specimens of every species in the universe. But all is not well, and before long the Doctor and Martha are in deep trouble.

    Andrew says: "An enjoyable adventure"
    "Freema Agyeman, not Adjoa Andoh"
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    Someday I'll get a book actually narrated by Adjoa Andoh. Although I do enjoy listening to Freema Agyeman, so it wasn't a big turn-off for me. What is a turn-off is that this story flips back and forth between third-person narration and first-person, with Martha telling the story. It's really hard to tell where they switch back and it just gets annoying.

    Granted, I have about half an hour left, but I'm sort of indifferent as to the ending. It felt like it could've ended (really lamely) about 15 minutes ago with an "and then the Doctor came and reversed it and it's no big deal and everybody lives happily ever after." I've read several other Doctor/Martha stories, and this one is one of my least favorite. Not a complete waste of time, but there are better ones out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Hunters Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Paul Finch
    • Narrated By Arthur Darvill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
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    (55)
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    (56)

    ‘There's no end to the horror in this place - it's like Hell, and there are devils round every corner.’ On Leisure Platform 9 gamblers and villains mix with socialites and celebrities. It’s a place where you won’t want to win the wrong game. With Rory kidnapped by a brutal crime lord, the Doctor and Amy infiltrate a deadly contest where fugitives become the hunted. But how long before they realise the Doctor isn’t a vicious mercenary and discover what Amy is up to?

    Augusto says: "Well done Doctor Adventure"
    "Absolutely the best"
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    I think I've found the best Doctor Who book out there. There are average ones, good ones, and really good ones, but Hunter's Moon is phenomenal. Arthur Darvill is one of the best narrators on Audible, to the point you forget its even Rory's voice. He masters the Doctor's running explanations second only to Matt Smith himself, the lilting tone of Amy's biting comments, and distinct accents for each of the other characters.

    Some of the names get a bit confusing, because I think they all start with Z, but I enjoy listening to these books as it saves me the trouble of trying to pronounce them myself.

    I couldn't put this story down (figuratively) and after listening to the first two hours over the course of a few days, I listened to the rest of it in one large chunk. Much like the episodes, it grabs you right away and you just have to find out how they get out of their predicament and all come back together right at the end.

    I picked up this story because I love the sound of Arthur Darvill's voice and I needed one more book to get the April listening rewards. It is so worth the $13. If you never read another Doctor Who story, read this one. It is by far the best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Trenton Lee Stewart
    • Narrated By Del Roy
    Overall
    (347)
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    (213)
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    (217)

    ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD LOOKING FOR SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES? Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.) Only four children - Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance - succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete.

    Carl says: "Great Fun"
    "Brilliant story, poor narrator"
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    The narrator doesn't know how to do believable, normal inflections, which kind of breaks up the story a bit. It takes a while to get used to it, which is too bad, because the story is brilliant. I would skip the audio, read the book several times, and then get the audiobook to listen to when you just HAVE to have this book in ALL it's forms ALL the time, because it's THAT GOOD.

    Four gifted children are specially selected as secret agents to infiltrate a school run by a man who is trying to take over the world. It's not a matter of them developing the skills needed to form an effective team, it's about discovering that those qualities are already there inside them, and they need each different member of the Mysterious Benedict Society to bring out the best in each other. It's a tale of discovery, risk, and friendship.

    I really don't recommend this audio to a first-time reader, but do go and read the book. It's worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Day of the Cockroach

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Steve Lyons
    • Narrated By Arthur Darvill
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Arthur Darvill reads this exclusive audio adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory. The TARDIS materialises in a pitch-dark tunnel, where the Doctor, Amy and Rory stumble on the dead body of a soldier. Questioned by his superior officer, Colonel Bowe, they learn that they're inside a British nuclear bunker, in the middle of an atomic war - in 1982. Amy and Rory weren't even born then, but they know the bomb didn't drop that year, and so does the Doctor.

    Nappers says: "Pure excellence"
    "Short but sweet"
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    It is a bit short, but Arthur gets the characters voices well. I just like his voice, and his fairly decent impressions of Karen's Scottish accent. He understands them well, I think. Story was a bit short, and I really dislike the background sound effects. Really creepy, and kind of distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Only Human

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gareth Roberts
    • Narrated By Anthony Head
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Somebody’s interfering with time. The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack arrive on modern-day Earth to find the culprit - and discover a Neanderthal Man, twenty-eight thousand years after his race became extinct. Only a trip back to the primeval dawn of humanity can solve the mystery. Who are the mysterious humans from the distant future now living in the distant past? What hideous monsters are trying to escape from behind the Grey Door? Is Rose going to end up married to a caveman?

    Patrick says: "I quite enjoyed it."
    "Best, just best"
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    I love love loved this Doctor Who, it's got Team TARDIS with Nine and Rose and Jack and follows a few different stories at a time, so one never gets bored. Never saw the ending coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Justin Richards
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    In 1920s London, the Doctor and Rose find themselves caught up in the hunt for a mysterious murderer. But not everyone or everything is what they seem. Secrets lie behind locked doors and inhuman killers roam the streets. Who is the Painted Lady and why is she so interested in the Doctor? How can a cat return from the dead? Can anyone be trusted to tell or even to know the truth?

    Annissa says: "Slow build to a great end"
    "Only thing better than Eccleston himself"
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    Nick Briggs does the best impersonation of the Ninth Doctor next to the Ninth Doctor. After awhile I forgot I wasn't actually watching it with Eccleston reading the lines. The story isn't bad either, classic Doctor Who-ness, though I'll admit I listen just before going to sleep at night, and I've listened to it twice and never caught much of the climax because I fell asleep both times. But I'll keep reading it until I do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Stealers of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steve Lyons
    • Narrated By Camille Coduri
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    In the far future, the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack find a world on which fiction has been outlawed. A world where it’s a crime to tell stories, a crime to lie, a crime to hope, and a crime to dream. But now somebody is challenging the status quo. A pirate TV station urges people to fight back. And the Doctor wants to help until he sees how easily dreams can turn into nightmares. With one of his companions stalked by shadows and the other committed to an asylum, the Doctor is forced to admit that fiction can be dangerous after all. Though perhaps it is not as deadly as the truth.

    Careena says: "A bit difficult to get through"
    "A bit difficult to get through"
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    I fell asleep twice as I was listening to this book. The second time, I didn't catch the ending, and I didn't really care. Maybe it's the amount of characters in the story or the general storyline, it's difficult to keep track of. After I was through it, of course, I figured it was pretty good and there was that underlying truth that makes Doctor Who so appealing, but it was definitely a tough read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Angel's Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Melody Malone
    • Narrated By Alex Kingston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    On some days, New York is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. This was one of the other days... Melody Malone, owner and sole employee of the Angel Detective Agency, has an unexpected caller. It's movie star Rock Railton, and he thinks someone is out to kill him. When he mentions the 'kiss of the Angel', she takes the case. Angels are Melody's business...

    Tabitha says: "Loved it!"
    "A River Song Adventure"
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    There's no Doctor in this story, but it drops subliminal messages throughout that relate to the TV series and make you feel like you're in on something because you know what they're talking about. Very well done. River is a different companion than anybody else the Doctor has traveled with, and not only have they written her personality so accurately, having Alex Kingston narrate it is just perfect. I just like to listen to hear her voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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