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I'm a software engineer working out of Toronto Canada. I enjoy science fiction but have started to drift into other areas.
Alright... I admit it... I'm a long-time fan of Doctor Who. (The requirement for full disclosure has now been satisfied)
When I downloaded this book, I was expecting to hear Billie Piper reading for her character Rose Tyler and David Tennant reading as the Doctor and narrating. This was not the case. My disappointment however was short-lived; David Tennant's reading of "The Stone Rose" is, quite simply, wonderful. The voices of Mickey and Rose are clearly identifiable with the characters in the BBC series. I especially enjoyed hearing David Tennant play the secondary characters.
If you're a fan of The Doctor, the story follows the established formula (more-or-less) although Rose is not the typical Companion but then again the Doctor is not the typical Doctor either.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
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 had a great time listening to this. The story was good enough but having David Tennant read it makes it special. You won't be sorry if you download this.
I'm not used to listening to books and I did find myself losing focus and having to backtrack a couple of times. However, I did really enjoy listening to "The Stone Rose" and would reccomend it to any Doctor Who fan. The best thing about this audio book is far and away David Tennant's narration. He puts a lot of enthusiasm into the project, and his impressions of the other characters (especially Mickey) are spot on. I love the way he uses his natural accent for the bridging narration but switches over to his "Doctor voice" for his spoken lines. The life he brings to it makes it much more like listening to an episode than it would have been otherwise. I also really enjoyed the moments where the Doctor and Mickey discuss Rose. It's great for character development and David puts a lot into that "scene". Overall, if you like season 2 of Doctor Who or just David Tennant's voice, this is a great listen.
This could easily have been a proper episode in the Doctor Who series. Great story with lots of twists and turns that keeps you guessing what the Doctor and Rose are going to do next. As an added treat, David Tennant uses is talents to tell you a great story. Any DW fan will enjoy hearing his rendition of each character.
I absolutely adored this book, partly because of the story, but chiefly because of David Tennant's wonderful reading voice. For the prose bits he uses his native Scottish accent (which, Scottish accents are beautiful). Then for the seen-on-TV characters, he captures everyone's vocal cadences and styles: Jackie, Rose, Mickey, and the Doctor all sound like themselves. Well, I guess being able to sound like the Doctor is a given. And then he creates distinctly seperate voices for the book-only characters. Especially, the one he adopts for the thing behind all the events (come on, you know there's a thing!) is sheer genius. Original, funny, alien - and perfect! And it was his own idea to voice it like that - nothing in the book implies it spoke unusually, and the author herself was (pleasantly) surprised. It was so mesmerizing, I kept forgetting that every particle of the being's voice and personality was coming out of Tennant, and there wasn't really another being talking.
Story-wise, his timing is spot on, which is especially great for the comic bits (I'm an introvert, yet I couldn't NOT go into public convulsions of laughter at the Doctor's reactions when things went unexpectedly wrong for him). I'm making it sound like it's all comedy, but the overall story is quite serious: someone's running around Rome magically killing people, the Doctor keeps failing to save Rose, there's a gladiator battle of sorts and a bloodthirsty Roman goddess, and of course the Earth is in danger of destruction again. So, you see, it's all around wonderful! I'd meant this to be my last book from Audible, but now I can't leave, because I have to get every other Doctor Who book Mr. Tennant's narrated - even though they're all abridged and I've heretofore avoided abridged books like the very plague - *and* I'm working on getting all the Cressida Cowell ones, too. He was fantastic to watch as the Doctor on TV, but gosh, he's spectacularly good just to *listen* to, too! Cheers!
Life-long reader, 10 years listening
I've been accumulating the Doctor Who stories read by David Tennant, and this is the best I've listened to so far. Loved the plot and the usual twists as well as Tennant's voicing of Rose and Mickey and the other characters. Now if they'd just have made this into a TV episode!!
I am a big Doctor Who fan and possibly bigger David Tennant fan. The story was true to Doctor Who form and read perfectly. I also liked that they interviewed the author at the end. I'd recommend if you are a Doctor Who fan.
For everyone that likes Doctor Who and for everyone that loves a good story - this audio is for you. The story stayed very true to the characters and storylines of the TV episodes. The story was also great - I would get to work and stay in the car listening to it!
And having David Tennant read it made it all that much better.
I loved this book it was so much fun. It was also was great to hear a real Doctor telling the story
"The Stone Rose"
if you love the 10th Doctor, you'll love this. The story does have its weaknesses, but it is amazingly brought to life by the narrator. Mr Tennant shows his talent for voices and throws himself into this much the way he does on screen. He has some trouble with one or two characters, but all is forgiven with the 'villain of the peace'!
And, of course, no one is better at the Doctor, than the Doctor himself.
"Nifty little story!"
I listened to this on my long journey home from work. I love David Tennant's narration, and have lots of audio books read by him. The story was very good and kept my interested all the way through and was able to visualise the characters well.
Very obvious storyline - very few surprises and the twists were very predictable. Only saved by the always brilliant narration by David Tennant.
"Good but not great"
It was an average Who story brought down by David Tennant's poor ability to mimic/do other voices. His attempt to speak like Rose/Micky Smith makes it hard to stay engaged in the story however as expected he voices the Doctor magnificently
"Amazing story worth 10000000000000000000000000💎s"
I loved this book because
1) I have always loved doctor who ever since I was ten years old and I am not planning on not liking it anytime soon
2)the plot and story line were good and there was lots of action
3)it gave detailed descriptions and a good range of adjectives
4)I LOVE AUDIO BOOKS!!!😃🙌😺👼💙👏👓📜🎇📣🎠🎼🐈🐕🐱🐶
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