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Doctor Who: The Angel's Kiss | [Melody Malone]

Doctor Who: The Angel's Kiss

On some days, New York is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. This was one of the other days... Melody Malone, owner and sole employee of the Angel Detective Agency, has an unexpected caller. It's movie star Rock Railton, and he thinks someone is out to kill him. When he mentions the 'kiss of the Angel', she takes the case. Angels are Melody's business...
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Publisher's Summary

On some days, New York is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. This was one of the other days... Melody Malone, owner and sole employee of the Angel Detective Agency, has an unexpected caller. It's movie star Rock Railton, and he thinks someone is out to kill him. When he mentions the 'kiss of the Angel', she takes the case.

Angels are Melody's business... At the press party for Railton's latest movie, studio owner Max Kliener invites Melody to the film set of their next blockbuster. He's obviously spotted her potential, and Melody is flattered when Kliener asks her to become a star. But the cost of fame, she'll soon discover, is greater than anyone could possibly imagine. Will Melody be able to escape Kliener's dastardly plan - before the Angels take Manhattan?

©2012 Justin Richards (P)2013 BBC Worldwide Limited

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    Tabitha WV, United States 05-12-13
    Tabitha WV, United States 05-12-13
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Who: The Angel's Kiss to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Definitely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I listened to this book during a break in the new Doctor Who episodes, so it was a very nice Doctor Who fix for me.


    What does Alex Kingston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's so much better to hear River's voice than to just read it for yourself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There's a part in the book where she makes a comment about her name, (I don't want to give the exact quote) but I was cracking up laughing. I really enjoyed the whole book, but that part really stood out to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Let me just say, that I LOVE River. She may be my favorite TV character of all time. (aside from the Doctor, of course) So, basically, I had no choice but to love this book. It was sassy and funny and just very River. As much as I enjoy watching episodes with her in them, it was so much fun being inside her head. It was just perfect. Oh, and the fact that it was narrated by Alex Kingston of course made it that much better. :)

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 12-27-12
    Laura 12-27-12 Member Since 2010

    I love to pick and choose from every genre. I find audible very relaxing when getting ready for bed, driving on a long trip, or even going for a long walk. I find that with Audible I can "read" no matter what I am doing which is absolutely fantastic

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    "One of my fav DR Who books!!"
    If you could sum up Doctor Who: The Angel's Kiss in three words, what would they be?

    It was very refreshing having River tell the story. Though it is not the book that the Doctor was reading in the TV show Angels take Manhattan it is more of a prequel to it, I would love to see more books written from her prospective. All of the dates, where your curiosity is peeked but they never reveal the secret. I mean who wouldn't want to know more about Jimmy the Fish. It could be released as her journal of sorts. Without of course, allowing there to be to many spoilers to be released as to not ruin the tv show.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her point of view. It was so sexy without being slutty. As the DR is very non sexual in most cases, some of his best parts are when he is in a sexual situation, it was very refreshing to see her so full of sexual energy and to use it to her advantage. Not saying this book as any sex in it because it doesn't but I can certainly see why the doctor said Yowzah while reading it!


    What about Alex Kingston’s performance did you like?

    She played it brilliantly as she always does. Again if more books written by River/Melody Alex should certainly be the one who reads them. Anyone else would just ruin it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    To short to make a movie out of


    Any additional comments?

    I really do think that they should make more books along these lines. Let her finish out the angels bit ending with Rory and Amy being gone. Then start out a new adventure all of the fun things she does when she is with or without the doctor. We really do not see enough of the doctors wife on the TV show so it is nice to read more about her between shows.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Margot Lewisburg, PA, United States 05-29-13
    Margot Lewisburg, PA, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Fun prequel to Angels of New York"

    An important point to note is that this is, in fact, a Melody Malone story. Just like it says on the cover. It is NOT a Doctor Who story. It's connected, it stars River Song (sort of) as a pseudo-hard-boiled detective. It leads nearly seamlessly into the Angels of New York episode. But if you are waiting for the Doctor or Amy or Rory or anyone else.... you're out of luck.
    That being said, this is loads of fun and I could listen to Alex Kingston all day. So I recommend it for super-serious Whovians or anyone else with a River/Doctor crush.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    leonie Australia 02-09-13
    leonie Australia 02-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Doctor Who without the Doctor"

    What does the missus get up to when hubby sweetie is off saving the universe? She runs a detective agency specialising in angels. Sexy River (oops, I mean Melody) is being her bad girl best and getting to the reasons behind the mysteries.

    Alex Kingston is so at home with this character. Her narration is perfect. After one listen I could see the whole book as if I'd been there. Time travel the easy way.

    If none of this review made any sense to you it probably means you haven't seen the last few seasons of the BBC's Doctor Who and won't understand the characters in this book. Go watch the series and then start on the books. Both the series and the books are very good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Careena 01-16-14
    Careena 01-16-14 Member Since 2013

    Doctor Who, James Bond, Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Gaskell, but mostly just Doctor Who.

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    "A River Song Adventure"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Springfield, PA, United States 07-17-15
    Gregory Springfield, PA, United States 07-17-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun fare, tie-ins go"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I probably would not have actually read Angel's Kiss, but listening to it as read by Alex Kingston was worthwhile entertainment.


    Has Doctor Who: The Angel's Kiss turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but this is a pretty rarified genre.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Alex Kingston?

    Yes, I think so. It's probably worth noting that with this book what we're getting is Alex Kingston as River Song.


    Do you think Doctor Who: The Angel's Kiss needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The book is actually a prequel of sorts to the Doctor Who episode "The Angels Take Manhattan."


    Any additional comments?

    I confess that I got this primarily because the idea of reading the book that's featured in a Doctor Who episode has a certain meta-narrative appeal. I had recently re-watched the episode, and when I saw this on Audible I yielded to a tempting impulse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 07-01-15
    Mary 07-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Oh River, River, River...!"

    Fun story for fans of Doctor Who. Lots of chuckles. Make sure you're familiar with River Song's background and The Angels Take Manhattan in order to fully appreciate the humor.

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    Adam Ganderson 06-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth a couple bucks!!!"

    Alex Kingston is river song, in case you're only a casual fan. The only shame is that it's only an hour long. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Sullivan Carol Stream, IL United States 12-17-14
    Steven Sullivan Carol Stream, IL United States 12-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Fav authors: D. Preston & L. Child, Edgar R Buroughs, J. McDevitt, James Rollins, Jack Campbell, BV Larson, JR Tolkoin, George McDonald.

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    "Definitely Dr Song"

    The author truly captures the character of Dr Song as Melody Malone, and the narration by the actress Alex Kingston, who plays River Song in BBC TV series, brings it to life. I only wish the story included more of the Weeping Angels.

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    CatBookMom 01-15-14
    CatBookMom 01-15-14
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    "It was fun, and pretty much OK"

    This is a scant 3 stars, though it was cute, and I do like listening to Alex Kingston. There is pretty much less than zero involvement of Doctor Who or any of the characters therefrom (though I haven't watched the last season or so of DW, so I may be missing some connection). But Alex K did a great job of the fun and innuendo of the story, and managed more-or-less enough voice differentiation; it's a story entirely from that character's POV, so the limited differences are OK. It's short, but I think that's about all the story there was. Not something I expect I'll re-listen. But it put a small smile on my face, and that's good. (GR review)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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