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Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
Enjoyed the story, especially the narration. Lots of plot holes, never did work out why the TARDIS was left behind, but the story zips along and I just went with the flow.
If you are looking for a cerebral Doctor adventure this may not be for you. The main plot you will work out from the initial British museum scene, although I did enjoy the twist at the end.
As a history buff I did like the fact that Roman life was centre stage (wishd for more interaction with it).
This is not a novel that will explore the inner thoughts of the characters or do more than touch on their reactions to situations, although Mickey (very much on the periphery of the novel) does have a couple of excellent speeches. And the Rose/Doctor relationship is nicely done.
I liked it, fun and entertaining. Would definitely suit YAs.
Narration was excellent.
My 9 year old loves this one. Not too spooky or hard to follow with a great story featuring the best doctor/companion combination. It's a shame Jacqueline Rayner hasn't written more Dr Who stories.
Rose, she is the best companion by far. Then Jackie who is always a treat.
Everything, from his ability to read well, his funny voice work (particularly Jackie and Mickey) and his dreamy accent of course!
It was just plain enjoyable.
Definately recommended for the younger Who fan but is great for any age.
Another terrific narration from David Tennant. He does a great job of bringing to life characters we know from the TV series (Rose, Mickey), as well as new ones (including a deliciously sinister sculptor).
Yes, Doctor Who is a series, so we know everything will work out in the end, but there is suspense along the way, and some touching moments. (There's even a nice bit of trivia about the origin of the name Vanessa.)
We listened to this as a family on a long holiday drive and it was a perfect entertainment.
This book is so well written that it is easy for the listener to imagine all the characters as if it were a long episode of the TV show. David Tennant reads it perfectly. I would not change a thing.
So far all of the books I have listened to narrated by David Tennant have been great.
I laughed and gasped at all the right places, that being said, the book was full of surprises.
The story sets up, beautifully. And for Doctor Who books, it simply does not get better than having one of the actors who play the good Doctor as the narrator. David Tennant is simply... brilliant. Full disclosure: I am a long time fan of Doctor Who in all its incarnations.
The only thing that I did not like in the story was a bit of Deus Ex Machina toward the end. The plot revolves around a... well, I better not spoil it. As much as the "bad guy" reveal made me wince, it did not completely take away my enjoyment of the story. The very strong character building throughout made up for the things that aggravated me.
If you listen to the end, there is an interview with the author that gives quite a lot of insight into the process of converting a book set in a popular television series into an audio book.
I don't think it could really fit into canon, but it feels like a “real” Doctor Who story because of course you’re hearing the Doctor’s voice and vocal mannerisms. Tennant does amazing impressions of the accents and speech patterns of Rose, Jackie and Mickey, and he creates other voices for other characters. On top of that, you get the narration in his gorgeous natural Scottish accent! The story was cuter and sweeter than most episodes but there were some good twists and exciting moments.
As others have stated, it could easily have been made into a TV episode. It's not a terribly ground-breaking story; the first two-thirds is the common "pleasure trip to the past uncovers a dark secret" plot. However, it's a very well-told story, so feels fresh, and the characters behave like you'd expect they would in the series; Rose's sassy charm and Ten's cleverness are readily apparent.
David Tennant's narration is top-notch, and comes very close to capturing the energy of a full-cast dramatization. His reading demonstrates both his experience as a voice actor and a thorough understanding of the show's other major characters.
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