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  • gilwilson 8:44 PM on February 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    “The Scarifyers: The Thirteen Hallows” by Simon Barnard & Paul Morris 

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    “The Scarifyers: The Thirteen Hallows”
    by Simon Barnard & Paul Morris
    Multicast performance starring: David Warner, Terry Molloy, Gareth David-Lloyd, David Benson, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Ewan Bailey, David Bickerstaff & Nick Scovell
    Produced by Cosmic Hobo Productions
    1 Hour 53 Minutes

    Before beginning the review of this book, I should explain a bit about how I determine which book will be read or heard next. I get many books sent to me to be reviewed either the physical book (either hardcover or paperback) an electronic version to read on my Kindle or audiobooks (which I get through faster due to the ease of listening and my long commutes). These books are sent by the publishers or the authors themselves. However, there is one website I go to when I want to pick out a good book just for myself. That site is the audiobookjukebox.com website. They have reviews of audiobooks from a variety of people (including myself) which I can browse through and find a book. What is even better for audiobook bloggers they have the “Solid Gold Reviewer” program in which bloggers can sign up and request specific books from a variety of publishers.

    This audiobook came from that program. I saw the listing and thought it looked interesting plus it was about two hours in length. I thought this would be a short fun book. All this was determined by the title and the cover picture. I had absolutely no idea what the book was going to be about or the quality, I was simply intrigued. So I get the audiobook, load it up on my iPod and I’m good to go. I had to wait a while before I got to it and one day I’m looking to start a short book and remembered this one. Within the first few minutes, I wondered why I didn’t start listening earlier, then remembered how I came across the book and that I didn’t know much about it. Immediately this book struck me as a cross between a Douglas Adams story and a Doctor Who adventure. The combination of humorous events and characters made for a great way to spend two hours listening to an audiobook.

    Once I started the book I didn’t want to stop, but as you know real life steps in and other things demand attention. During one of the as-few-as-possible breaks I decided to look more into this book and became more and more excited about what I had launched myself into. The Scarifyers series is an audio series on BBC radio and this title is the 8th in a continuing series. The voices were all great but what stood out for me in this audio were the voices of David Warner and Gareth David-Lloyd. While all the performers in this production were awesome and fun to hear, these two stuck out because I’ve been a fan of their work for a while, especially David Warner since his appearance in the movie “Tron.” Gareth David-Lloyd sticks out because I’m also a fan of the “Torchwood” television series and enjoyed his character in that series, Ianto Jones.

    Another thing I found fascinating is that “The Scarifyers,” is also a comic book series, along with the audio adventures. The stories are set in 1936 and 1937, they originally followed the exploits of DI Lionheart and ghost-story writer Professor Dunning, as played by Nicholas Courtney and Terry Molloy. David Warner replaced Nicholas Courtney after Courtney’s death in 2011.

    This production of “Thirteen Hallows” begins when a haunted chess set causes consternation at the British Chess Championships, and a horse magically materializes in Kettering Agricultural Museum, MI:13 are called to investigate.

    Harry Crow (David Warner) and Professor Dunning (Terry Molloy) follow the trail of inexplicable happenings to an unremarkable terraced house in South Wales, home to the mysterious Mr Merriman (David Benson). He’s very old, and very mad; that is soon learned to be an act and that Mr. Merriman is better known as, oh wait, no, I won’t spoil it, you’ll have to listen for yourself.

    Meanwhile, in the South West of England, famed archaeologist Ralegh Radford (Ewan Bailey) is on the verge of the greatest discovery of the age. Britain’s Tutankhamen, the press are calling it. But what he certainly isn’t expecting to unearth is boisterous 1400-year-old knight Glewlwyd Gafaelfawr (Gareth David-Lloyd) who is alive and confused at how much time has passed.

    As Crow and Dunning unravel an unlikely plot to resurrect Britain’s greatest-ever hero, King Arthur, the race is on to stop sinister forces, the Nazis from finding “The Thirteen Hallows of Britain.”

    Great acting, sound effects and humorous adventures make this audio performance one to add to your list of fun listening.

     
    • Jeff 12:04 AM on February 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Gil, for the great comments about our site. We (Susan and me, it’s just the two of us) love to index blogger reviews of audiobooks and push them out to a large audience. The reviewer program (which we have phenomenal support from all sizes of publishers) has allowed us to make available hundreds of review copies of audiobooks of all genres to bloggers in a one-stop smorgasbord. I’m glad you liked this title. We sure thought it would be a great listening experience. –JEFF

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  • gilwilson 8:53 PM on August 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Doctor Who: Wooden Heart” by Martin Day 

    “Doctor Who: Wooden Heart”
    by Martin Day
    Read by Adjoa Andoh
    Published by AudioGO
    2 Hours and 30 minutes

    I’m really loving these short audio productions of Doctor Who adventures published by AudioGO. There are some full length audio books available but these short adventures are perfect for filling that gap for my commutes. This time around I’m answering a distress call with the doctor and companion Martha Jones on a ship, The Castor, spinning adrift in deep space.

    This production is read by Adjoa Andoh who portrayed a cat nun in one episode and Martha Jones’ mother in several other episodes. She is no stranger to the Doctor Who realm of stories and her delivery of this audiobook reflected that knowledge. When delivering the dialogue of either the Doctor or Martha Jones, she was able to portray not only their mannerisms in speech but also able to reflect the personalities in her delivery. Very nice reading.

    As the Doctor and Marth begin investigating The Castor, they discover all the crew seems to be dead. Bodies are found in cells mummified some peaceful but some in terrorized positions. When the two arrive at the bridge of the ship they confirm that the ship is a prison ship of sorts. The of sorts part is that it seems the ship was also researching something, but what?

    Soon the ship’s sensors come awake and two lifeforms are detected (other than the Doctor and Martha) one is very faint. The start toward the source of the life forms on the ship and walk through a doorway to find themselves in a wooded area. Yes, somehow in the middle of this ship a forest appears and here there be monsters. Some creature seems to be tracking the Doctor and Martha and when a man comes to save them from the monster the Doctor takes time to analyze the man. While he appears to be in his 30s the readings say he is only a few hours old. The man takes the Doctor and Martha to his village where children have been going missing.

    In solving the mystery of the missing children the Doctor discovers the source of not only the missing children but of the forest and world created on this ship. An alternate reality created by some being, but finding the source of this creation is a surprise within itself.

    So if you are a fan of the tenth doctor or just a fan of Doctor Who altogether make sure you add this adventure on to your listening list. Another great Doctor Who production

     
  • gilwilson 9:31 PM on May 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Doctor Who: The Art of Death” by James Goss 

    “Doctor Who: Blackout & The Art of Death”
    “Blackout” by Oli Smith
    read by Stuart Milligan
    “The Art of Death” by James Goss
    Read by Raquel Cassidy
    Published by AudioGo (2012)
    2 hours 32 minutes

    First off, Thank You, AudioGo, for publishing these Doctor Who stories here in the states! I am going through Doctor Who withdrawals (the next season can’t get here fast enough), but thanks to AudioGo the audio releases of Doctor Who stories are definitely finding a home on my listening list. These are originally released in the U.K. on BBC audio but brought to the U.S. via AudioGo.

    This time around AudioGo has packaged 2 one hour productions into one box. I had previously reviewed the first story in the set, “Blackout,” I was impatient, like I said I’m going through withdrawals. When I received this 2 disc collection, my son, whom I’ve been trying to get into audiobooks, wanted me to listen to those with him, so I gave him the “Blackout” disc while I completed listening to this set with “The Art of Death” and now that I have completed that one I can give him the other disc.

    This review will be about the second story in this set, if you want to read my review of the first story just check out the review at this link
    https://gilwilson.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/doctor-who-blackout-by-oli-smith/

    As with the “Blackout,” “The Art of Death” is a great story to fit within the Doctor Who universe. The author, James Goss, captures the spirit of the Doctor and his companions perfectly. One of the things I love about the Doctor Who series is the time travel aspect and this story is the perfect time travel story, with the whole paradox theory investigated. The reader, Raquel Cassidy does a great job as reader and even brings out the quirks of the 11th Doctor (portrayed on TV by Matt Smith), she is also able to portray Amy Pond and Rory spot on. The best thing is, is that this story is told from the point of view of Penelope, a care taker at an art gallery, more particularly in the Paradox room of the gallery. Her main job is to keep people from staring at the Paradox, because it can drive people mad.

    When the story opens Penelope is telling her story and the story of the Paradox exhibit in the ceiling of the gallery. As one child described it, it is a glowing rainbow octopus. The Paradox begins to talk to Penelope and when the Doctor arrives, he greets Penelope as if they were old friends. When she asks who he is he explains, we haven’t met yet but we will. He explains that he, Amy and Rory were stopping in to see the gallery when they each fell into a time loop and that they will be together again eventually. At this time the Paradox begins to talk to Penelope and they discover it contains a giant creature with a penchant for death.

    The Doctor is grabbed by the creature and the Doctor says in a perfect Doctor line, ” Don’t be alarmed, It’s simply sucking the life out of me. Nothing to worry about…” as he fades away. As time passes the paradox becomes stronger and Penelope is visited through various stages in her life by Amy, Rory and the Doctor, although they only appear separately, since they are each drifting through time. Soon the secret of the Paradox is discovered and it is up to the Doctor and Penelope to save the planet and maybe the universe.

    With an ongoing mystery that is only fully discovered near the end of this story this is one that will keep you listening on the edge of your seat until the very end. In addition to the great voice work from Raquel Cassidy the producers have mixed in some great sound effects that push the story closer to that edge of mystery. Great listening in this one.

     
  • gilwilson 6:57 PM on May 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Who and Me” Written and Read by Barry Letts 

    “Who and Me”
    Written and Read by Barry Letts
    Published by AudioGo
    3 hours an 15 minutes.

    As you have learned by now, if you keep up with all my postings, I’m a Doctor Who fan.  Actually, I’m a huge Doctor Who fan.  I was wary of the new Doctor Who series (launched in 2005) but after giving it a chance was a fan again and this time with more gusto.  I do have my favorite Doctors; Tom Baker and David Tennant with Matt Smith Growing on me.  Nothing at all against the other Doctors, I just have my favorites, as does just about every Doctor Who fan I know.

    I got the chance to listen to this audiobook that promises some behind the scenes looks at the series and I pretty much jumped on it.   Barry Letts, the author of this memoir was the producer of Doctor How from 1970 to 1974 and executive producer in 1980.  He was present for  the change between Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker Doctors and also worked for the BBC as anctor, and directer before landing the Doctor Who Gig.  This book is the first volume of memoirs from Letts and with him doing the reading as well, it’s as though you have the chance to sit down with your grandfather and hear about the days of old.  That is if your grandfather was a producer for the BBC and had to deal with actors and budget limits in order to kee a television series running.  His voice is very pleasant to hear and when telling the tales you can tell whether it was rough times or smooth sailing, he looked back on these years fondly.

    One of the things that cemented my wanting to hear this audiobook was while is was recently re-watching the Doctor Who Special from 2009, “The Waters of Mars,” the show was dedicated to Letts, having aired just after his death in 2009.  So I knew that I had to listen.  Synchronicity was pointing the direction I needed to steer toward.

    It’s funny, I was never a huge fan of the Jon Pertwee portrayal of the Doctor, my opinion was Pertwee was a bit stuffy, but with the stories told here I can see he was a bit fun and that he often edited his own story with Jon coming out on top.  Letts tells the stories that don’t seem to match up with some of Pertwee’s tellings but Letts says, why let the truth get in the way of a good story, right?

    “Who and Me” recounts the journey he took from struggling actor to successful producer, and the ups and downs of working on ‘Doctor Who’ during the Jon Pertwee years. Along the way he describes the personalities he worked with during that time, from his script editor Terrance Dicks and the stars of the series to the senior management, of the BBC with whom he had encounters some good and some bad.

    Letts tells the stories of budgets, learning the ways of live television and then relearning how to film for pre-recorded episodes of Doctor Who.  It was all a learning process and after hearing these memoirs from Barry Letts it sounded like a fun process.

     
    • Aidan 11:48 PM on May 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the review – I have been thinking about getting this for a while but haven’t got around to it. This has pushed me towards finally going out and getting it.

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  • gilwilson 7:59 PM on March 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Doctor Who: Blackout” by Oli Smith 

    “Doctor Who: Blackout”
    by Oli Smith
    Read by Stuart Milligan
    Published by AudioGo
    1 hour 17 minutes

    I am really loving these short (1 hour or so) audio stories released by AudioGo. They are each like an episode of Doctor Who and the perfect filler while waiting for the next season of Doctor Who to come back to television. The BBC has just announced a new companion for the Doctor for the next season, so while I get even more antsy for the next season I have these audiobooks to fill my time. I believe this is the last short story I have for the 11th Doctor, so the next ones will be full-fledged audiobooks from AudioGo (they have lots from all the Doctors).

    This “episode” begins with a patient, Clint, who has had dreams of abductions talking to a doctor, but as it turns out it is The Doctor. The Doctor, Amy and Rory have landed the TARDIS in Pennsylvania but on November 9th, 1965 have taken a train to New York to find a cure for a poison that is in the water, and Clint seems to be a key.

    Rory and Amy have caused a fireplug to overpressurize and in turn the water spray reveals a ship floating above New York City. Soon people start freezing and exploding and it is up to the Doctor to find the cure for the poisoning. The aliens cause a blackout which makes things difficult for the Doctor to get a message, or rather a warning, to the aliens, but assisted by his trusty sonic screwdriver the Doctor fights on.

    The reader, Stuart Milligan, did a very nice job creating the all around feel of a Doctor Who story. The writing was a perfect fit into the world of Doctor Who and, Milligan was able to bring to life the action and emotion of the story. His voicework was very good when representing the Doctor, Rory and even Amy, however his representation of Clint seemed a bit forced, I think he was trying to go for a typical rough New York cab driver with the voice, but it didn’t seem to work for me. The rest of the voice work was nearly perfect. In case you aren’t familiar, Milligan portrayed Nixon in the “Impossible Astronaut” episode of the program.

    Definitely a must listen for any Doctor Who fan. Nothing you couldn’t go without, but definitely a story for filling in some of the time before the new season.

     

     
  • gilwilson 9:49 PM on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Doctor Who: The Gemini Contagion by Jason Arnopp 

    Doctor Who: The Gemini Contagion
    by Jason Arnopp
    Read by Meera Syal
    Published by AudioGo (2011)
    Running Time: 1hrs 30mins

    First of all I want to scream out how much I love the BBC and AudioGo for making these Doctor Who audiobooks available. I am antsy and eagerly awaiting the next season of Doctor Who and in the meantime I’m getting my fix of the Doctor, by listening to these adventures through time and space with the 11th doctor. When I run out of the 11th doctor I will go back to the 10th (who, portrayed by David Tenant, was my second favorite Doctor to Tom Baker) But these adventures with the 11th Doctor (portrayed by Matt Smith) are loads of fun. Right now I’m going through all the audio releases that are three hours or less, and having a blast.

    This audio release is read by Meera Syal, who appeared in two episodes of Doctor Who; The Hungry Earth Cold Blood. She portrayed Dr. Nasreen Chaudhry, a geologist in the year 2020. Along with Tony Mack, she was digging down into the Earth further than any other human ever had before. They discover a race of reptilians that have lived under the Earth for years and will do so for many more. Anyway, at first I was wondering if her reading this book would mean that her character would make an appearance in this story, and reading the cover notes I couldn’t see how. As I listened I realized she wouldn’t, but Meera did a superb job in reading the story. She was able to capture the quirks of the 11th Doctor and Amy Pond perfectly and with the help of the subtle music score was able to present the emotions and excitement throughout the story.

    The story follows the The Doctor and Amy as they arrive on the ice-planet Vinsk in the year 2112. Where the Zalnex company is getting ready to release a miracle hand lotion. The lotion provides the user to understand all languages. The problem, the shipment is being sent to Earth and the lotion was never tested on humans. As it turns out humans are susceptible to insanity after using the hand lotion, because the human brain cannot sort out the languages at once.

    The doctor that created the lotion cloned a race called “Meme Spawn” and used them to manufacture the lotion, by introducing the microscopic spawn into the lotion where they psychically link to the host allowing the host to understand the languages. To make things worse the cloned Meme Spawn, are able to mutate and become a sort of flying starfish creature and conquer the hosts.

    The Doctor and Amy race against time to keep the shipment arriving on earth. But along the way Amy becomes “infected” and the Doctor must make the decision of whether to save Amy or the Human Race.

    This romp through space and time is just as fun as any episode of Doctor Who and sorts itself out in true Doctor Who fashion.

     
  • gilwilson 11:38 PM on February 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Doctor Who: The Eye of the Jungle” by Darren Jones 

    “Doctor Who: The Eye of the Jungle”
    by Darren Jones
    read by David Troughton
    Published by AudioGO
    Produced by BBC Audio
    Approx 2 hours

    Okay first I have to start out with a bit of a sob story. My iPod died recently, I was able to defibrillate it back to life, but at the cost of all my audiobooks, maybe not all but 75% of them. I had all of the 11th Doctor Who audiobooks and all of the Torchwood audiobooks and many more but all were lost. except for 2 Doctor Who books. I did manage to save some of the other books, and thanks to iTunes remembering my previous purchase I was able to re-download the audiobooks I purchased from them. So While I lost many books, I haven’t given up, and am in the process of reloading with as many of the titles I had before. It’ll be a slow process to get the ones I had planned on listening to back, but that doesn’t mean I’ll run out of books, I’ve got more and will always get more. In fact I’ve got about a 4 foot stack of audiobooks from publishers that were sent in cd format that I’ll start diving into.

    Okay, so this is one of the 11th Doctor books I salvaged, and thanks to the Doctor my spirits were raised up from the loss, due to this being not only a fun Doctor Who story, but also a really cool sci-fi story.

    This audiobook is read by David Troughton, and his performance of the book is very well done. He is able to change-up his voice perfectly between the characters and, this is important, he is able to fully represent the attitude and nuance of the 11th Doctor.

    The TARDIS lands in the Amazon rainforest in the year 1827. The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in the jungle near a hurriedly abandoned campsite, where they are surrounded by hungry black caiman – huge lizards. The fire in the campsite is still warm but there are no people around. Only the arrival of a man with a rifle scares off the giant beasts. The man is a big-time game hunter known as Oliver Blazington.

    Blazington has come to the forest to bag big game with his companion Garrett, a naturalist, to collect exotic creatures for the London Zoo. But the Doctor soon discovers that another very different hunter is stalking the Amazon. Animals and people have been disappearing without trace, and local villagers speak darkly of ‘The Eye of the Jungle’. Amy senses that the all-seeing Eye is watching them, but she and Rory are powerless to intervene when the Doctor and the TARDIS disappear.

    The Doctor discovers that the animals and people are being transported to a ship in Earth’s orbit, whereupon the occupants are collecting material to fight their war. All forms of weaponry no longer work in their war so they are splicing the creatures of Earth to create unique forms to battle their enemy. Finding the Doctor to be beyond human they soon begin to use his DNA to create other life forms. Now the Doctor, Rory & Amy have to free the Doctor, and they all must team up to stop this evil.

    Once again another great audio adventure with Doctor Who.

     
  • gilwilson 9:36 PM on January 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Torchwood: The Sin Eaters” by Brian Minchin 

    “Torchwood: The Sin Eaters”
    by Brian Minchin
    Read by Gareth David-Lloyd
    Produced by BBC Audio / AudioGO (2009)
    2 hours and 11 minutes

    One of the things that attracted me to the television series and audiobooks of “Torchwood” (besides being a “Doctor Who” spin-off) was that they could combine several genres into each and every episode, and, as I’m finding out, the books and audio releases.  The writers of this series are able to blend in Lots of sci-fi (of course) with some horror, drama, comedy and every once in a while a bit of romance.  The latter doesn’t grab me as much as the others, but hey, it’s there.  This story definitely weaves in the horror.

    A little background on the Torchwood series is needed here, especially since this story takes place right about the middle of the Torchwood series timeline.  This story takes place just before the third season of the four seasons that were broadcast, so far.  Torchwood is a super secret not quite government agency that basically saves the Earth from aliens.  Their base is in Cardiff, Wales which also happens to be the location of a rift in time and space from which aliens are always appearing and threatening humanity, sometimes intentionally and sometimes just accidentally slip through the rift.  The series originally started out with five team members but by the end of season two, two of the members had died, leaving only Captain Jack Harkness, the head of Torchwood, Ianto Jones the admin of the agency, now serving in a more prominent function since the loss of the other two members, and Gwen Cooper, former cop.  That’s when this book takes place, sometime just before season three.

    Gwen, Jack and Ianto are investigating some bizarre rift readings (which usually means something is coming through) when they discover a corpse on the beach, the body is clothed in a WWII navy uniform and the body’s face is covered in hundreds of tiny cuts.  They get the body back to the Torchwood base and discover small items within each of the cuts that appear to be egg sacs of sorts.  Further investigation reveal that the egg sacs hatch into small larvae that look like small shrimp.

    At this same time, Rhys, Gwen’s husband, awakes after a night of debauchery at a friend’s bachelor party to discover his friend, the groom is missing.  When he goes to the groom’s home and finds the mother of the groom dead, he calls Gwen.  Gwen and Rhys set off to find the groom after Gwen decides the disappearance and the larvae may be tied together.

    Also at this same time, the Reverend Hayward has found a way to take away people’s sins.  By placing small creatures (larvae?) into the baptismal font that take away the peoples sins, the problem is the creatures feed on the negative emotions and eventually totally consume their hosts.  But this does not stop the reverend in his quest to free humanity of its sins.

    Jack and Ianto discover, in the bay, a sunken ship teeming with the larvae.  The larvae are caring for their “queen” who has enough larvae to destroy all of humanity.  Now only Torchwood with their, better than Bond gadgets, and alien fighting wit must race with time to save the world from these “sin-eaters.”

    In a well told story that combines horror, sci-fi, and some good comedic relief Torchwood and it’s operatives will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

    This audiobook is read by Gareth David-Lloyd, who portrays Ianto Jones in the series.  He does a fantastic job of delivering the drama and even impresses with his voicing of the different characters.  In fact, his voicing of Captain Jack, is spot on, at times I thought I was hearing the voice of John Barrowman, the actor who portrays Captain Jack Harkness.  His voicework and the nice dramatic music for effect make this audiobook a complete adventure.

     
  • gilwilson 9:05 PM on December 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles” by Michael Moorcock 

    “Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles”
    by Michael Moorcock
    read by Clive Mantle
    produced by AudioGO/BBC Audiobooks (2010)
    Approx 11 hours

    While anxiously awaiting the Christmas return of Dr. Who on television, I have to get my fix.  This time around I dive into a Dr. Who audiobook that is unlike any other.

    First of all the length.  This one is just about 11 hours where most Dr. Who audiobooks tend to be from one to three hours in length.  So I was strapped in and ready for a good long run.  This story would have easily taken an entire season to run.

    The next feature that makes it unique is the writing.  Michael Moorcock is a well know award winning author of science-fiction and fantasy, and I have heard his name bandied around in sci-fi circles, but I’ve never picked up one of his stories until now.  This story takes the Dr. Who universe and seems to pop it into a more surreal almost absurd series of events that seem to blend the writing styles of Douglas Adams and P.G. Wodehouse.  At times the story is a humorous romp through the multiverse and at others a bit of a humorous whodunit.   Needless to say this is a fun book featuring the 11th Doctor and his companion Amy Pond.

    The reader Clive Mantle does a great job of delivering the story through this audiobook.  In some cases the characters are over the top and Mantle voices them just that way.  From his vocalizations you can nearly picture the faces of the characters.  Superb delivery.

    At times this story reminded me of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” with Amy pod as Alice and the Doctor as the White Rabbit, and there are a couple of hatters that do seem mad.

    In the beginning it at first seems as though the Doctor is out for a bit of sport as he and Amy join the Terraphiles, a group of humans in the far future obsessed with recreating Earth’s distant past and reenacting medieval Earth sports.  By the far future I mean about 50,000 years into the future, so you have to forgive if they get some of the sports wrong.  There’s a version of, I’m thinking Rugby, where the ball is an arrow and the bowmen/archers shoot the arrow and catch it.  I did say they didn’t quite get it right.

    As it turns out, though, the Doctor is trying avoid the collapse of the Multiverse from the mysterious “dark tides” that have begun to appear.  The Doctor and his new friends compete in a Grand Tournament in the Miggea star system, which lies on the border of parallel realities. The prize of the contest is an ancient artifact called the Arrow of Law, sought also by the Doctor’s old foe Captain Cornelius and his crew of space pirates.

    With the multivers on the verge of collapse the Doctor, Amy and the Terraphiles have to team up with the space pirates to try to save all of existence.  With some fun moments, the theft of a gawdy hat, and some strange sports, this is one adventure with the Doctor that you won’t soon forget.

     
  • gilwilson 1:06 AM on October 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “Doctor Who: Hunter’s Moon” by Paul Finch 

    “Doctor Who: Hunter’s Moon”
    by Paul Finch
    read by Arthur Darvill
    Published by BBC Audiobooks
    Approx 6.5 hours

    Okay before we talk about this particular audio book I’ve gotta point out something I just found out and it has me stoked; there are like a bazillion Doctor who audiobooks.  I was looking around for something to shove into my iPod and remembered having listened to a couple of Doctor who books and thought that would be cool let’s see what else is out there.  ‘Lo and behold there are several for the latest 3 Doctors and many more for the older series.  BBC Audiobooks has been busy.

    This time around I’ve picked up another audiobook featureing the 11th Doctor (portrayed by Matt Smith) and in the continuity it takes place just before the 5th season episode of “The Impossible Astronaut.”  The Doctor’s companions are still Amy and Rory and their adventures takes them to a region that is pretty much like a gambler’s heaven, Leisure Platform 9.  Before he can join Rory and Amy, the Doctor has to go and visit an old friend, Kobal Zalu, who is head of the police force in this sector.  Zalu mentions that the last time he saw the Doctor, the Doctor had white hair, so this is digging out an old friend from way back, the first or second Doctor.   It seems Zalu doesn’t as much act as a police officer but more of a peacekeeper between gamblers and vilians and as long as the locals aren’t harmed all else is ignored.

    This book is ready by Arthur Darvill, the actor portraying Rory in the series, and not only is this a good choice because the bulk of the story is told from Rory’s point of view, but because Darvill has a great delivery.  His voice is flexible enought to change between different characters talking in the story, but he does a pretty good impression of Matt Smith (the Doctor).

    While on the platform Rory notices a game of chance that he’s pretty good at, well least the Earth version (craps).  While observing a player at the game Rory remarks that the game of chance is chancing more to the players benefit.  When he remarks outloud about this the player then challenges Rory.   Rory plays ends up winning but on the final throw loses, and loses big, in fact he loses the TARDIS to the player (it doesn’t matter that Rory isn’t the owner.)  So as payment the player, Xorg Krauzzen, kidnaps Rory and takes him to the planet Gorgoror, where Rory and other kidnapped earthlings are part of a hunt, not as hunters but as hunted.

    The Doctor and Amy go undercover to save Rory and end up uncovering a fiendish hunt that has been going on illegally for years, so now the Doctor must stop this evil, rescue his friends and get the TARDIS back.  In a non-stop thrillride this story will keep you on the edge of your seat, have you chew down all your fingernails and keep your adrenaline up until the very end.

     
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