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Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By | [Dan Abnett]

Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By

Michael Maloney reads this original adventure by Dan Abnett, featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory. For centuries the Maintainers have worked. With no help from other worlds, they subsist on the food they can grow and that’s little enough. But their purpose, their whole life, is to maintain the machines that will one day make their world as habitable as old Earth. Life used to be hard. Now as crops fail, livestock sicken, and the temperature drops, it’s becoming impossible.
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Michael Maloney reads this original adventure by Dan Abnett, featuring the 11th Doctor, Amy, and Rory. For centuries, the Maintainers have worked. With no help from other worlds, they subsist on the food they can grow and that’s little enough. But their purpose, their whole life, is to maintain the machines that will one day make their world as habitable as old Earth. Life used to be hard. Now as crops fail, livestock sicken, and the temperature drops, it’s becoming impossible. This year’s Winter Season Feast won’t be the usual celebration. It’s no time for optimism or hope - or to welcome unexpected guests.

The Doctor, Amy, and Rory find a society breaking apart - and then the Doctor’s old enemies the Ice Warriors make their move. With the cold-hearted threat of invasion, the real battle for survival begins. Or does it? The Doctor suspects that behind everything lies a deadlier, even more chilling danger....

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.

©2011 Dan Abnett (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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    britishbob Tx USA 02-21-12
    britishbob Tx USA 02-21-12

    A legend in my own tea cup

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    "Way better than expected.....but"

    The problem with 11th Doctor books so far is that not one of them (except those read by Matt Smith) have even remotely captured the essence of this Doctor.

    In fact some of them have sounded like they were leftovers from the 10th Doctors reign and I have been highly disappointed so far. I would go as far as to say that they have been extremely boring and I began to wonder whether to listen to anymore.


    That having been said I downloaded this book expecting very little and was very pleasantly surprised. Not that this book does any more to capture the personality of the 11th Doctor but gradually the story and performance of the narrator reel the listener in.

    The story has been detailed by other reviewers on this page so I wont bother to repeat them here but it was good to hear the reprisal of one of the Doctors old enemies with their identity hidden until roughly a third of the way through the book. I did hear one swear word which I thought was a little strong for a Doctor Who book but I was unsure if this is a sign of the times or decline in the standards.

    Of all of the 11th Doctor books I have listened to so far (and I think I have heard all of them) this is the only one I would recommend.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-31-12
    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-31-12 Member Since 2009

    Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.

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    "Plot & Character Driven EXCELLENT Doctor Who Audio"

    Geromino! I bought this purely on the basis of the author - and was not disappointed. Excellent Eleventh Doctor novel, with Amy and Rory Ponds/Williams. The Doctor is aiming to get the Ponds back to Leadworth for Christmas - but ends up on the wrong planet at the wrong time. Rory is quickly separated from the others. Abnett really clearly brings out the personalities of the Ponds, especially Rory, and the narrator particularly nails that personality. This books was as good as some of the recent TV episodes - actually better really as the length allows ideas and suspense to develop. Expect cliffhangers at the end of chapters. And cool monsters. And some nice classic Who references. Well worth the download. Suitable for adults, and older young readers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annissa Akron, OH, United States 07-06-12
    Annissa Akron, OH, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2012

    Married. Mother. Student. Full-time job. 33 years old. Doctor Who fanatic. Not necessarily in that order.

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    "A very good supplement to the show"

    I love watching Doctor Who, but I haven't enjoyed the Eleventh Doctor as much as I had hoped I would. I think part of the problem is the show isn't quite as character-driven as it once was. But I think that's why I enjoyed this book so much. It fills in a lot of the gaps I feel the show has left, character-wise. The Doctor and Amy banter with each other and you finally get the sense that they really are best friends. You can see their relationship grow within the book and I really enjoyed that.

    The story is also a very good one. Little revelations are had throughout so you're never quite sure exactly what's happening until the very end. I also really enjoyed how the language shifts depending on the point of view the story is being told from. The language is old-fashioned when told from the Morphans' point of view and more casual when told from Amy's or Rory's. I especially enjoyed listening to Amy's inner monologue and counting the number of times the word "stupid" came up.

    Michael Maloney's narration was also very good, although the voice he uses for the Doctor seems off to me and ended up sounding unintentionally silly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert pittsburgh, pa, United States 06-28-12
    Robert pittsburgh, pa, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "This Star Was Not So Silent"
    If you could sum up Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By in three words, what would they be?

    As the Doctor himself would say, "Brilliant!", "Clever" and "Exciting".

    A lot of TV series have books/audio books on the market (ie Torchwood, Star Trek, and Doctor Who). Most are watered down episodes of our favorite episodes. This book brings an alien species not seen in the WHO universe since 1972. This audio had a good story that was not predictable. It had an ending that made me say, I didn't see that coming.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was of the same quality or better than most of the shows episodes.


    What does Michael Maloney bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The characters that he is reading for are well established. It never ceases to amaze me when the reader makes me forget am listening to a reader and not the actor am used to from the show.


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

    I am not as clever or brilliant as the Doctor, so I would borrow the Doctor's line of An ICE Time Was Had By All


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of Doctor Who, especially the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, then this is a must have audiobook!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stevo Ireland 08-11-14
    Stevo Ireland 08-11-14 Member Since 2014

    I love stories.

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    "Doctor Who as it should be!"
    Would you listen to Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By again? Why?

    Yes, I have already listened to this book twice now as I found 'The Silent Stars Go By' an entertaining and enjoyable Doctor Who story.


    What other book might you compare Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By to and why?

    This book is a lot longer than most of the other BBC Eleventh Doctor novels, being the second of the Doctor Who Eleventh Doctor 'special releases' written by known authors and aimed at an older audience. However, it is a lot more traditional than Michael Moorcock's Eleventh Doctor novel that preceded it, and this book is definitely more like classic Doctor Who.


    What three words best describe Michael Maloney’s performance?

    Good, but not great.

    I didn't think Michael Maloney captured the liveliness of the Eleventh Doctor. Other than that his narration was good enough to bring life to the characters and immerse me in to the story.


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

    As a fan of classic era Doctor Who the appearance of those (not-so) jolly green giants was a nice moment when it arrived. Although as two of the Martians are featured on the cover, it wasn't actually a surprise!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a well written Doctor Who novel from Dan Abnett, who captures the essence of the Eleventh Doctor and his companions Rory & Amy, and tells a great story with lots of atmosphere. For me this was a better Doctor Who adventure than a lot of the Eleventh Doctor's TV outings. It's not the most original Doctor Who story ever, but it is very entertaining.

    Highly recommended for fans of The Doctor. This book will not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Laurel, Montserrat 04-20-13
    Laura Laurel, Montserrat 04-20-13
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    "Does not capture the doctor"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By the most enjoyable?

    I liked the way the narrator portrayed Amy's Scottish accent.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Michael Maloney really does a terrible job at voicing the Doctor. It is no where close to the 11th Doctor.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really enjoyed this story. This is the first story I've encountered with the Ice Warriors besides the recent Dr. Who episode "Cold War."


    Any additional comments?

    I got a good deal on this audiobook because I purchased the Kindle book. I feel like I got a good deal even though the "Doctor" is not captured in the least. It is also hard to tell the Doctor and Rory apart in the narration. Otherwise it is a very good narration. Once again I like the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MORGAN ALLSTON, MA, United States 07-21-12
    MORGAN ALLSTON, MA, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "new doctor,old enemy"
    If you could sum up Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, nalstalgic, clever


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

    Character. He brings to life the Doctor, Amy, the Ice Warriors and all the new people unique to this story.


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    "Good reader but...."

    The reader is good, he has a nice emotional style and reads action well. Although he cant have watched a Doctor Who episode ever. He reads the Doctor as an old slow thoughtful character, completely opposite to Mat Smiths mad hyperactive Doctor.
    The story is rather nice some cool sci-fi ideas and nice action.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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