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David Tennant is an amazing actor and is just as brilliant as a narrator. He has an innate ability to give each character their own voice and mannerisms and nails the characters portrayed by other actors. Truly brilliant to listen to!
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This novel follows closely to the television formula: The Doctor and companion are drawn into a mystery set in modern day London, discover an alien invasion plot, and they (well, HE, really) foil it after a few twists and turns. I don’t consider that bit a spoiler, as any licensed material must necessarily deliver all the characters and settings back unaltered by the conclusion- series authors don’t own, they rent. I’ll agree with other reviewers in pointing out the similarities in the story’s villains with those in the television episode “Waters of Mars”. However, I must defend Cole in saying he wrote three years in advance of that episode’s airing. The areas to truly judge a DW story by, I feel, are the peripheral one-off characters that one wouldn’t expect to see return in any other story. These are the few with which the author can take liberties with and write freely; the portion of the whole which is owned and not rented. Most of those appearing in 'Feast of the Drowned' were unremarkable for me, and none experienced any transformative hero’s journey in this story with the possible exception of the scientist Vida. Her transition from opposition figure to team member by story’s end is not spectacularly different from any other such character conversion from the series. Nor are Crayshaw and the other villains all that dissimilar from other would-be alien invaders of Earth who had the poor luck to attempt their plans on the day that The Doctor happened to be passing through the neighborhood. Like the rest of the crowd, he is prone to monologuing his plan to The Doctor in a moment of perceived victory with raspy voice. I was also underwhelmed with the silver-bullet trope of the conclusion, and expect I’m not the only reader who foresaw it in the early pages of the story. None of the complaints should dissuade series fans from reading the book- it’s very familiarities that make it a weaker story in the wider pool of SF literature are the aspects of it that will make it enjoyable to its established audience of Doctor Who fans.
The most? David Tennant's version of an American admiral from Virginia
Really it's comparable to an episode of the series and was great!
Everything, he's amazing.
Oh we laughed so much!
for fans whose "who" needs are not being fully served by 8-10 new tv episodes a year, the novelizations are a nice source of additional material, and the david tennant reads are wonderful indeed. he does distinct voices for every single character and at times it's actually possible to forget there is only ONE PERSON performing. i'm not entirely sure how these adventures would play to anyone not familiar with the doctor who franchise, but then i'm not sure they have to, really. pure escapist fun... in the best possible way!
I have never read the print version
Love the accent. Good acting.
I enjoyed this but at times I found it hard to follow who was were and what they were doing. On a couple of occasions I had to back it up to get my bearings.
I would rate this as on par with an average David Tenant and Rose episode. Nothing memorable or ground breaking. Didn't take advantage of the possible extra length or unlimited budget (imagination) a book has over a TV show.
It did not flow as well as the television episodes. This did not have the same feel as Dr. Who.
Confronting the woman on the bridge. No spoilers.
David Tennant is so distinctive it is hard to hear him perform the other characters. This would have been better as a full cast audio style book.
I like Doctor who, I like audio books, and I thought this would be a great pairing but it just did not transfer well to this medium. I think part of the Doctors comic success is playing off of a straight man (serious character) and that is hard to do with one narrator.
A lover of good music, good stories and intelligent non-fiction.
This is an abridgment of a Doctor Who novel that ends up sounding like a rushed episode.
David Tennant does a great job as narrator. Characters were nicely different and the voices he did for the regulars on the show when he was the Doctor actually sounded like the actors. Great job.
Where it fell down was on the abridgement. It was so abridged that it just took all the life out of the story.
I got this as a "Daily Deal" for a very low price, so I got my money's worth, but if I'd paid full price or a credit for it I would not have been happy.
If you want a quick Dr. Who episode without much depth or description of scenes or people or much else then this is okay. I did give it a 3 for story so it wasn't terrible. But it could have been much better if they hadn't cut it so much.
If you've never experienced Dr. Who before, you may wonder what the heck this audio book is about. Rest assured, Dr. Who always comes with a pinch of cheesiness and a dollop of the ridiculous. It must be a recipe that works, as the series has a cult following the world over.
I won't describe the story, as it is typical Dr. Who, but I will applaud the production and performances. BBC, as usual, does a top-notch job of making this an entertaining and well produced version.of the TV series.
So, if you like Dr. Who on TV, don't be afraid of trying out this format. It 's almost as good as watching it on the tube.
Absolutely, especially as narrated by The Doctor himself. He nails all the characters, and is as emotive as ever.
Taken less inspiration from Waters of Mars, one of the more mediocre Doctor stories.
When The Doctor blasts through the wall. "Close enough!"
It's fluid and cerebral
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