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Shada Audiobook

Shada: Doctor Who: The Lost Adventure

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Publisher's Summary

The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana, and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous.

The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn't a book for Time Tots. It is one of the Artefacts, dating from the dark days of Rassilon. It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands. The sinister Skagra most definitely has the wrong hands. He wants the book. He wants to discover the truth behind Shada. And he wants the Doctor s mind....

Shada was written by fan favorite Douglas Adams and based on the scripts for the original TV programme.

© Gareth Roberts 2012

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    Jonathan Ner York, NY, United States 06-22-13
    Jonathan Ner York, NY, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great in the line of Doctor Who"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shada to be better than the print version?

    I've read reviews of people who were not happy with this because it wasn't Hitchhiker enough but if you like Adam's style and Doctor Who characters I think you'll enjoy this book


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daegan Smith Washington DC 08-26-15
    Daegan Smith Washington DC 08-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I listen to it straight through..."
    What made the experience of listening to Shada the most enjoyable?

    Didn't expect to put this in at 8pm and then not sleep and find reasons to exercise in the middle of the night just so I could keep listening for 11 hours, but once I started it seemed to be the only plausible option so I saw it through.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shada?

    I just like the way that Douglas Adams writes. He's a freaking beast. If a words could be crack then he's got the market is best way to put it. Once you get a taste you can't stop...


    Which character – as performed by Lalla Ward – was your favorite?

    That ship. Haha... Yeah. That ship with the female voice was by far the best character in my humble opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd just say that if you like the Hitchhiker series and or you like Dr. Who you are more than hooked up here. You're in for a darn good time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Coral 08-18-14
    Coral 08-18-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Dr Who verson of Dirk Gently Dectective Agancy"

    Think book started off really promising then well I feeling there was a bit of character reuses and finally more that it was a different version of Dirk Gently Dec. Agency rather then a story I haven't hear before. It's not really the same plot but the feel very similar.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dubs 12-28-12
    Dubs 12-28-12
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    "Great story line with classic Douglas humor"
    Where does Shada rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is comparable to the quality seen in Douglas Adams other works like "The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shada?

    Probably when I realized the true identity of the professor at the same moment as Chris. Fantastic plot twist...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher J. Gravois 04-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Funny and engaging!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Professor Chronotis, because he is such a nice old man


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene involving interaction with Skagra's ship


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that would've made this better would've been actually using Tom Baker as the 4th doctor's voice

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Liebert 02-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "certainty not one of Douglas Adams funniest"

    Struggled to finish and I was not a fan of the narrator. she had trouble doing all the voices and it became somewhat annoying. wasn't very funny, not what I expected from Douglas Adams which I am normally a big fan.

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    Quatermass Lives 10-08-16
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    "The greatest Shada yet"
    Any additional comments?

    For a variety of reasons that are too well-known to reiterate, Shada is best known as the lost, or uncompleted Doctor Who classic. The novel both erases the lost and justifies the classic - it's an astonishing story, so much more in-depth and developed than past attempts at reconstruction have shown, while Lalla Ward's narration brings an extra touch of "familiarity" to what might otherwise be one of the most un-Doctor Who-like adventures the Docto ever had.

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    J 07-31-16
    J 07-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Ward's "Doctor Voice" Horrific"
    Any additional comments?

    Overall, a strong story and excellent narration, but the horrific voicing of the Doctor is jarring., and the sound effects for the most part really disrupted the flow of the story. K9's voice was spot on.

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    Tom 07-07-16
    Tom 07-07-16
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    "A Fantastic Fourth Doctor Adventure!"

    I have listened to the story several times and still love it, and who better to read us a Tom Baker adventure than Lala Ward!

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    Nanciana Lincoln, NE, United States 02-17-16
    Nanciana Lincoln, NE, United States 02-17-16
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    "its Dr. who written by Douglas Adams!!!!!"

    of course this is terrific. if if it isn't it still is because see title of this review

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  • Robbie J
    HACKNEY LONDON, United Kingdom
    4/14/12
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    "Disappointing adaptation of a lost story (audible)"

    It pains me to criticise this book as I have waited for this lost Douglas Adams Doctor Who script to be novelised for many years.
    I believe the noveliser has failed to understand how DW stories from the classic TV series should be adapted or is it that he is a fan and has lost his objectivity while writing it. He has expanded on the Adams script but has not enhanced it, making the story ponderous and overloaded with superflous detail that merely slows the story pace. He has also split the book into several parts and there are over seventy chapters - I am unsure what his reasons for this are but it adds nothing to the story structure and in the audible format becomes irritating. The background detail the noveliser has added appears forced, unnecessary and often anachronistic to the TV programme. The ending goes on for ever - way past the stories dramatic conclusion. As I am reviewing the audible version I should mention that Lalla Ward in my view doesn't have the vocal aesthetics to engage and her delivery comes across as haughty. The sound effects are fine and John Leeson contributes the voice of K9 which at least gives brief respites for the listener from LWs voice (her interpretation of Chronotis's dialogue is cringe making - was the producer listening?). I drifted away so many times from listening to this dull adaptation.
    Apologies to all involved and it is just my opinion but it only gets 2 stars because I still think the Douglas Adams script was potentially amazing!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    GLOUCESTER, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"

    SHADA is one of the best books I have listened to so far. And with Lalla Ward narrating made it even more special for me, as she played Romana 2, alongside Tom Baker in the classic series.
    At first I wasn't sure with the sound effects used, but after the first couple of chapters it grew on me, and it adds that extra bit to the book, as I felt it helped with the moods you should be experiencing at that point, and that makes the listening experience much more enjoyable and immersive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • nxgxl
    dartford
    1/6/16
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    "shada - a lost douglas adams maserpiece"
    If you could sum up Shada in three words, what would they be?

    Douglas adams weaves his subtle humour and complex plots into a doctor who book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    professor chronotis - for old times sake in the Gently series


    What does Lalla Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Atmosphere


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hitchhiker joins tardis


    Any additional comments?

    great value

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    5/16/15
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    "Slightly technically marred but very enjoyable."

    The narrator moved the story along smoothly.
    I wasn't sure how I would like an audio book featuring such well known characters as these, but need not have worried. The only things which did irritate a little was that the spoken chapter numbers did not tie up with the onscreen display - but as I only looked at the screen occasionally that was a minor issue. Also, there were many chapters of very short duration which slightly disrupted the story flow. It was very difficult to sit down to, say half an hour of relaxation when it probable that I would end in the middle of a chapter. Better to have the facility to end after a set number of chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greg
    Warminster, United Kingdom
    12/11/13
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    "Very good story with excellent narration"
    Where does Shada rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Within the top 25


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns


    What does Lalla Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She brings the story to life, I really liked the voice she used for the space ship


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

    Made me laugh


    Any additional comments?

    Lalla Ward should narrate more books as she brings them to life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. A. Chaloner
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    12/23/12
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    "A great story lost"

    This story could only be one for the fourth Doctor, the writers have captured the character created by Tom Baker and the story is all the better for it. Lala Ward reading as Romana also adds to the book. It is just a shame that the BBC lost the TV version.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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