• Shroud of Sorrow

  • Doctor Who: New Series Adventures, Book 51
  • By: Tommy Donbavand
  • Narrated by: Frances Barber
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Shroud of Sorrow

By: Tommy Donbavand
Narrated by: Frances Barber
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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 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2013 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Okay story, mixed opinion on the narrator

Would you try another book from Tommy Donbavand and/or Frances Barber?

The story has its good points--Donbavand has a good feeling for the Matt Smith doctor--but the clowns who cure people are really a bit silly. Also, Clara keeps sounding like Amy Pond--maybe the book was started with one companion in mind, then when there was a new one, only the name was changed? The narrator does a really good job with Matt Smith--and I have found that most of the novels with his doctor do not--but the Texas/Southern accents are torture to listen to! Lord! Just painful. And since the novel is set in Dallas, Texas on the day JFK is shot, this is not a small problem.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Frances Barber?

I would if she did not have to do American accents!

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