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. If they fail, the deadly alien Squall will devour the world...Read by Nicholas Briggs, this is a thrilling adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.
©2012 George Mann (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
Doctor Who, James Bond, Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Gaskell, but mostly just Doctor Who.
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.
I love the BBC and British mysteries, but my tastes are very eclectic. I live with my husband and menagerie of rescued cats and dogs.
I have over twenty Doctor Who novels in my library, and this is easily one of my favorites, even above some narrated by one of the "real" doctors. The narrator here made each character very real, I quickly cared about the new characters as well as my old friends. It had a real sense peril that pervaded the entire novel. It was genuinely creepy in spots and had that edge of your seat suspense that many of the episodes did. One of the things that really put this one over the top for me, though, was how it also had the touching moments without ever being maudlin-- again like the best of the episodes. I could easily have seen this as an episode, in fact.
"Brilliant story, so good I listened to it twice."
Brilliant, scary and fun!
Whether I would have got this from only reading the book I'm not sure but he brought the artificial man to life and made him seem almost human.
The epilogue, I felt was beautifully done. I can't say any more than that without giving a lot away.
"Very good story!"
An excellent story very well written, going back and forth in time. A must buy.
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