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Shroud of Sorrow: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures, Book 51 | [Tommy Donbavand]

Shroud of Sorrow: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures, Book 51

23 November, 1963. It is the day after John F. Kennedy's assassination - and the faces of the dead are everywhere. PC Reg Cranfield sees his late father in the mists along Totter's Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane. Then the faces begin to talk, and scream... and push through into our world.
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Publisher's Summary

23 November, 1963. It is the day after John F. Kennedy's assassination - and the faces of the dead are everywhere.

PC Reg Cranfield sees his late father in the mists along Totter's Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane. Then the faces begin to talk, and scream... and push through into our world.

As the alien Shroud begins to feast on the grief of a world in mourning, can the Doctor dig deep enough into his own sorrow to save mankind?

A thrilling new adventure from the spectacular BBC series, starring Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.

©2013 Tommy Donbavand (P)2013 AudioGO

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    Andrea Houston, TX, USA 07-15-13
    Andrea Houston, TX, USA 07-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Too corny, even for the Doctor."
    What disappointed you about Shroud of Sorrow?

    Frances Barber is a great actress, but she can't do a Texas accent. It was very distracting listening to her try.


    What was most disappointing about Tommy Donbavand’s story?

    The story was not very well developed. The premise of the JFK assassination was flimsy, not much about it in the story. Not sure I can explain without spoilers sweetie; but clowns on another planet?


    What didn’t you like about Frances Barber’s performance?

    She does all the British accented characters very well, she just needs to stay away from Texas accents.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Overall I was disappointed in the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Morowski 05-12-14
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    "Couldn't finish it"
    What did you like best about Shroud of Sorrow? What did you like least?

    The story had potential but the narration was so poor that I was unable to finish the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's attempt at a Texan accent was incredibly poor. It was distracting enough that I couldn't even finish the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Spencer Media, PA, United States 10-19-13
    Spencer Media, PA, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Companion Who? Could have worked, but didn't"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think people who are major Moffat fans or enjoy Clara as a character might like it. Also people who don't think clowns are inherently creepy.


    What could Tommy Donbavand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think putting more limitations on what the shroud is and better defining its nature would help. Faces of the dead appearing are a good creepy who element, but when they can turn up in anything, water, mud, scars, etc. the overpowering nature and omnipresence makes the resolution anticlimactic and the Shroud as a concept harder to buy. Maybe if they only appeared in water, or in a place where a death had recently occurred, but this doesn't really work for me.
    He also could have worked a bit more to breathe life into a forgettable character.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The pacing was alright, and the narration kept up with it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book felt intriguing, but the more I thought about it the less rewarding it was.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a good few minutes into this before I stopped wondering were Rory was and realized the companion wasn't Amy. I'm going to avoid most Clara stories in the future and wait for a companion with more staying power.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Georgia Darien, CT, United States 10-15-13
    Georgia Darien, CT, United States 10-15-13
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    "Worst Doctor Story EVER"

    I couldn't even be bothered finishing this one. I have purchased over 70 doctor who audios and this was the worst one ever. Francis Barber is not a good narrator...her American accent is hideous- involves shouting and really OTT accent. Story is boring and repetitive. The writer seems to want to take the Doctor and Clara's relationship somewhere other than what is in the TV series (constant bickering, and I wanted to slap Clara) Waste of money. Don't do it.

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