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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.
The Daleks always make a good Doctor Who story. It's hard to screw up the Daleks. And when you've got the actual voice of the Daleks doing the reading, it's even better. I could care less what the story was actually about just because Nick Briggs was reading it.
The story was good, though, I feel like the Daleks have lost a bit of their high-end enemy status with a few of the latest episodes. Prisoner of the Daleks brings back all of the horror, viciousness, and brutality that the Doctor's oldest enemy should have. Very well done.
This one was a little bit scary in a weird sort of way. The astrology stuff kind of messes with me. Also the ending was strange, it just dropped off sooner than I felt it should have. But a nice story, and also Bernard Cribbins, who's brilliant. Still trying to find the perfect voice of Donna, but this is getting closer than some I've read.
Not a favorite, their was way too much introduction, and it felt like the story was over before it got started. Kind of a letdown plot development anyway. It's hard to squeeze a good story into such a short book, but there are other titles that do it better. Raquel Cassidy isn't a favorite narrator either. I'd say spend your money on some of the other stories first.
I was surprised that this had such a complete story arc for so short a story. It plays out well, like an episode, as opposed to some that build up too slow or just crash and burn at the end. Sleepers in the Dust had a nice introduction that wasn't too long, and explained the action well. You get to the last 5 or 10 minutes and you don't see how they're going to get out of this situation, but just like an episode of Doctor Who, it all resolves at the very end. There was also enough denouement for everything to make sense and that was it. I thought it was one of the better short stories.
And everything is improved by Arthur Darvill's narration. He should do them all. This one was different in that it was told first-person from Rory's perspective, but I don't think the story suffered at all from this style.
The story was okay, but it focused too much on this third character that I really didn't care about. Touched by an Angel is mostly about how he gets sent back in time and lives his life in tandem with his younger self. The Doctor and Amy and Rory show up now and then to keep him on track and prevent him from doing anything he shouldn't that would create a paradox the Weeping Angels can feed off of. That's it, that's the whole book.
As much as the story wasn't what I was expecting, I did have to find out what happened, it just took a very long time for me to get into it. I still didn't really care what happened to the main character (I can't even remember his name, that's how much I didn't care), but I did want to know how everything was resolved. I felt the ending undermined a little bit of Amy and Rory's story arc ending in Angels Take Manhattan, but I find that is pretty common with the Weeping Angels. When they first show up in Doctor Who, they aren't too threatening of a villain, but seem to gain powers and influence throughout the series. Their level of scary is mostly determined by whomever is writing the book/episode. In Touched by an Angel, it's fairly mild.
And Claire Corbett is still not my favorite narrator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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