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Careena

Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Jane Austen, Doctor Who, Elizabeth Gaskell, Doctor Who, other period drama, Doctor Who.

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  • Doctor Who: The Angel's Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Melody Malone
    • Narrated By Alex Kingston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    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
  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (4623)
    Performance
    (4051)
    Story
    (4091)

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    Sara says: "Strange & Fascinating"
    "It was free, so I got it"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thin Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (207)

    Enjoy this classic mystery on its 75th anniversary! The Thin Man introduces Nick and Nora Charles, New York's coolest crime-solving couple. Nick retired from detecting after his wife inherited a tidy sum, but six years later a pretty blonde spies him at a speakeasy and asks for his help finding her father, an eccentric inventor who was once Nick's client. Nick can no more resist the case than a morning cocktail or a good fight, and soon he and Nora are caught in a complicated web of confused identities.

    Shelley M. Mather says: "Story is classic. Recording? Not so much."
    "So much like the movie"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service: James Bond, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    In his Alpine base, Blofeld is developing biological weapons that will devastate Britain. Unaware of the danger, James Bond is about to marry Teresa di Vicenzo, the daughter of a Corsican Mafioso. But then he is sent to Switzerland. Bond's marriage and Blofeld's schemes disintegrate in a blizzard of gunfire and high-explosives from which neither man emerges the victor.

    Scott Fogg says: "A Real Treat"
    "Favorite narrator"
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    Where does On Her Majesty's Secret Service rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high. I could listen to David Tennant read the phone book, but he captures James Bond so well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of David Tennant’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not particularly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Nemonite Invasion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Roden
    • Narrated By Catherine Tate
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    When the sky rips open somewhere over Dover, two objects hurtle out of the Vortex and crash-land in the sea. One is the TARDIS, out of control and freefalling - but the other, a mysterious crystalline sphere, is far more sinister... The Doctor and Donna are rescued and taken to a secret command centre in the Dover cliffs. It's May 1940, and Vice-Admiral Ramsey is about to finalise one of the most daring plans of the Second World War: Operation Dynamo.

    Lakisha says: "It rocks!"
    "Improving"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Paradox Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George Mann
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    The Squall feed on psychic energy. They spread like a plague and if they are not stopped they will strip the Earth clean...'London 1910: an unsuspecting thief finds himself confronted by grey-skinned creatures that are waiting to devour his mind. London 2789: the remains of an ancient android are dredged from the Thames. When reactivated it has a warning that can only be delivered to a man named 'the Doctor'. The Doctor and his friends must solve a mystery that has spanned over a thousand years.

    Careena says: "An okay story"
    "An okay story"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Prisoner of the Daleks

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Trevor Baxendale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    The Daleks are advancing, their empire expanding into Earth's space. The Earth forces are resisting in every way they can. But the battles rage on across countless solar systems. And now the future of our galaxy hangs in the balance.... The Doctor finds himself stranded on board a starship near the frontline with a group of ruthless bounty hunters.

    Dennie says: "Memorable."
    "Daleks!"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Gary Russell
    • Narrated By Bernard Cribbins
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    Donna Noble is back home in London, catching up withher family and generally giving them all the gossip about her journeys. Her grandfather is especially overjoyed - he's discovered a new star and had it named after him. He takes the Doctor, as his special guest, to the naming ceremony. But the Doctor is suspicious about some of the other changes hecan see in the Earth's heavens. Particularly that bright star, right there. No, not that one, that one, there, on the left...

    Andrew says: "Beautiful Chaos, beautiful book"
    "Kind of scary"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Nu-Humans

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Cavan Scott, Mark Wright
    • Narrated By Raquel Cassidy
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The Doctor, Amy, and Rory are awe-struck by their first sight of Hope Eternal, a super-earth bigger than Earth itself with heavy gravity, volcanoes, and a crust loaded with mineral deposits. But their wonder is cut short when they discover a body dumped on the ground - a huge figure with extraordinarily long arms covered in thick, purple scales. Yet the corpse is not alien: he's human, albeit unlike any human Amy and Rory have ever seen.

    Careena says: "It was "okay""
    "It was "okay""
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Sleepers in the Dust

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Darren Jones
    • Narrated By Arthur Darvill
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    The TARDIS touches down on Nadurniss, a planet under quarantine. A joint Nadurni/human mission has recently landed on the planet to survey it for possible re-colonisation. Two millennia have passed since the Nadurni Empire fell at the end of the Prokarian War, and Nadurniss seems to be a lifeless, barren world - but a mysterious illness is infecting the Nadurni, and now the whole team is in danger.

    Careena says: "Actually a story"
    "Actually a story"
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel: Eleventh Doctor, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jonathan Morris
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    The past is like a foreign country: nice to visit, but you really wouldn’t want to live there. In 2003, Rebecca Whitaker died in a road accident. Her husband, Mark, is still grieving. He receives a battered envelope, posted eight years ago, containing a set of instructions with a simple message: "You can save her." As Mark is given the chance to save Rebecca, it’s up to the Doctor, Amy, and Rory to save the whole world. Because this time the Weeping Angels are using history itself as a weapon.

    Careena says: "Not enough Doctor and the Ponds"
    "Not enough Doctor and the Ponds"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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