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I loved this! David Tennant as the doctor...can't get better than that.
The story is very good. Listened to it in one sitting. I am a Who fan forever!
book addicted librarian
When the Doctor finds a statue of Rose, he and her head back to the time the statue was apparently made to find out why. Here they come across a plot involving a sculptor with unusual gifts, a woman who can predict the future awfully well, and a case of several missing persons (mostly slaves). Being the Doctor, he has stumbled right into the middle of plots nefarious.
Jacqueline Rayner asks the question that a lot of us have wondered at some time or another: why doesn't the Doctor use his time machine more as a time machine? Why doesn't he fly off to some distant future or another and get a miracle cure, or a miracle machine, or go back prior to things getting really bad and fix them at the start? The mythos of the show (and additionals) set down some rules to prevent this; but it always feels like the rules could be broken a little bit here or there. This is not to spoil exactly how things go down, but you do find one answer: it feels a little like a cop out. As the reader (or, well, listener); you feel little left out when everything can be solved by creative off-screening. The last third or so of this book deflates, rapidly, whatever tension that first two thirds has established.
Not poorly written, though, and fairly interesting; and David Tennant does a wonderful job as narrator (especially delightful is when he switches from his reader's voice to the voice of the Doctor). On all technical accounts, I was pleased. I was just not too sure about the way it was all resolved. Fits right in with the "a little too magical" elements of the 10th Doctor's first season, I suppose.
I loved this book. it was so good, and David Tennant's gift for making the different voices is amazing. I'm not usually a listen to a book kind of person, but I couldn't take myself away from this one until I was done 2 times! It is now one of my favorite books ❤❤❤❤
started out awesome. totally feels like a true doctor who episode. story got a bit bland at the end (to me personally, but an overall good read/listen. I think of it as an ok doctor who episode. enjoyable.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
This is only my second Doctor Who, the first was written by Ness. I really enjoyed Ness's Story, so I thought I would try more. I was surprised in how simple and complicated the plot was. So, many parts of it seemed silly and predictable, while the constant complicated traveling through time, was annoying.
According to the author in the interview after, this is suppose to be Kiddie Sci-Fi. I did not realize that. Ness's story did not seem so kiddie, so I will try more from the Doc, but I will avoid this author. She did not impress me with her story and her interview, made it sound like she was an inexperienced housewife who gave this a shot.
ALL ROADS LEAD AWAY FROM ROME, TOO.
I would only recommend this book to Whovians, and then only Whovians that are willing to listen to David Tennant's exceptional audio performance as the book's narrator for 2.5 hours. His narration is exhilarating, but the story itself is only just okay.
Rayner's done a great job capturing the feel of a Doctor Who TV episode. Her portrayal of the characters is accurate: Rose sounds like Rose, the Tenth Doctor sounds like himself, and so on. The story itself, though? It's not very compelling. I was hoping for something along the lines of the Pompeii/Vesuvius/"Volcano Day" episode from the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble era, but this can't even shake a stick at that! We're taken back to ancient Rome in the narrative--and the Doctor makes a grand appearance in what eventually became the Coliseum--but I didn't get the sense of actually being transported backwards in time as much as I got a rather bland, typical science fiction narrative that does little to carry the powerful characterizations forward.
(And for you Whovians out there, because this book was written before the Pompeii episode, there are some discrepancies between what we learn with the Doctor in Pompeii that aren't represented in this book. That's the fault of Time, not Rayner. For instance, the TARDIS translates Latin phrases directly without making it sounds like Celtic to the Roman natives. If you've seen the episode, you know what I'm talking about!).
David Tennant's narration was the reason I bought this book. He performs the main narration in his native Scottish accent, then switches to his Tenth Doctor voice when the Doctor speaks in the narrative. ("Hello! I'm the Doctor, this is Rose"). He also manages to nail the accents of Rose Tyler, her mum Jackie, and sort-of boyfriend Mickey, too. He portrays the accents of the other incidental characters very movingly and convincingly, too, in perfect Tennant style.
Listen to this book to enjoy David Tennant's voice, but don't expect a whole lot from the story itself.
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