Extremely annoying parody of American Old West accents.
The story is of typical Doctor Who quality - interesting plot with fairly well drawn characters. Nothing particularly spectacular - I'd be surprised if it ranked among anyone's list of favorites, but neither is it weak or bad. A good, solid, enjoyable story. Unfortunately, however, the narrator is particularly awful. I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of Will Thorp's Doctor Who narration in general - he speaks WAY too quickly and his characterization of the Doctor is just off. But I can usually tolerate it without too much grinding of the teeth. But his work here is almost intolerable - at least for an American audience. Perhaps a British listener wouldn't be quite as annoyed because they may not be as familiar with the sound of an Old West accent (like an American may not recognize a bad impersonation of a Welsh accent, for example, because they aren't as familiar with what a Welsh accent actually sounds like). But, honestly, Thorp's attempts at Old West and midwest are so totally ridiculous that I think any listener, regardless of their nationality or familiarity with the Old West would find it gratingly over-the-top. It sounds like something a comedian would do as a parody - like something you'd see on SNL or perhaps a Warner Brothers cartoon - like a really, really bad impression of Yosemite Sam - if you heard it out of context you'd probably assume it was a joke. It really bothers me that BBC would hire someone like Thorp when there are /so/ many great voice talents out there! Especially when, given Thorp's earlier performance in
I would buy another Justin Richards book, but I would NEVER listen to Stuart Milligan ever again if he was the last audio reader on earth.
If someone, anyone else read it. Note to BBC Audio: NO MORE AMERICAN READERS!
I'm about two hours into the book and I had to stop and write this review - while I'm enjoying the story, I have to say that just because Captain Jack is in the book is absolutely no excuse for having an American reader. Especially one who has hands down the WORST British and Russian accents humanly possible. The fact that he's even trying to do accents is an insult to accents everywhere. I probably could have eventually (and against my will) adapted to Milligan's American voice if he didn't attempt the accents, but this is SO awful, I'm not sure how it even got made - much less, why the BBC hired him AGAIN to read another Dr Who audio (Blackout). But I guess I'll put up with a lot for Dr. Who because I am enjoying the story enough to finish the audiobook. Zero stars for Milligan (if only negative stars were possible) and four stars for Richards
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