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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.
I've listened to a few James Bond now and this one was not a favorite. It took me a while to figure out what was going on, and probably sixty percent of the story was just the girl's history and James Bond wasn't even in it. I actually fell asleep at the end and don't even know how it finished. It didn't connect real well with the other ones I'd read and just felt like a one-off.
Rosamund Pike wasn't difficult to listen to, though. She was probably the one redeeming quality of this book.
I'm so pleased that we finally have Twelfth Doctor novels. I'm still getting to know him and his character and it's nice to have extra materials that are so closely related to the season to work off of. So is it accurate to his personality? I'm not entirely sure yet, I'm still figuring him out and I may have to reread it to gain all the little nuances that I missed the first time.
Dan Starkey was a brilliant narrator, and I'd listen to him again. All of his characters are very distinct and he captures their individual accents so well. He was very easy to listen to, easy to distinguish who was speaking, and he quickly became a favorite.
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.
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