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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.
Hard to pass up a free book. Hans Christian Anderson isn't one of my go-to authors, so it was interesting to hear a new writing style. I vaguely remember this story from my childhood, and I suppose it made sense then. It's very much a classic fairy tale, and it was fun to pick out the parts that Disney used for Frozen. You can definitely see the roots there.
I love the movie series so much, so I was eager to read the original book. They're very closely correlated, which I was pleased about. Of course the book has a little more dry detail and introspection, but the characters and events were very accurate. I wish the ending had been as dramatic as the dinner party at the end of the movie, but it was still the same verdict.
Pretty high. I could listen to David Tennant read the phone book, but he captures James Bond so well.
How do you pick one? Of course I loved when he played Sir Hillary with his natural accent, but the German headmistress was pretty good too.
Again, I've listened to almost all of his narrations, but this is on a different plane than his Doctor Who books. It's not the Doctor, it's definitely James Bond. His love of the books comes through his voice.
Written Donna read by the voice of Donna is an improvement on what I've been coming across. Donna seems to be a hard character to write for, because I really haven't come across any Donna story that is as accurate as television Donna. They cover her harsh snarky side, but very few are able to capture her kind compassionate side. This piece does fairly well.
It sounds better, of course, when it's read by Catherine Tate, although I don't like her Doctor voice as well as some others'. Kind of reminds me of the DoctorDonna at the end of season 4, and we all know what happened then.
Also, what is it with these authors choosing insect-like aliens. It's just gross. That, and parasites sticking appendages in the backs of people's necks. Ew.
I hit the Doctor Who books that looked the most interesting first, now I'm going through them by favorite reader. Nick Briggs is a staple to Doctor Who, he's been there as long or longer than anybody. His Ninth Doctor is spot on, I literally forgot I was listening to somebody other than Eccleston. His Tenth Doctor wasn't bad, but his Eleven was the worst. Sorry. Also, why can nobody get Amy's accent? Yes, she's Scottish, but her accent is much more subtle than Tennant's or Capaldi's. Arthur Darvill does it best, but I'm still holding out for Karen Gillan to narrate something herself.
Otherwise, I thought the story was a bit gruesome and felt it dragged on too long. It should have ended about an hour and a half earlier than it did. The villains feel too much like the Weeping Angels. We've done that already, and to much better effect than whatever these were called.
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.
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