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"surprisingly mediocre performance and ok story"
I'd pass unless you're just dying for anything Torchwood
I honestly can't find anything memorable
Everything. I concur with other reviewers on the observation that JB doesn't sound like Cap Jack in this book.
He's fantastic in all the other TW audio books. But I can't hear Jack's swagger and humor in this one. Could be the odd studio effect. Could be that the story just lacks character development. JB sounds rigid, wooden, and just flat. No character distinctions at all, like he is bored stiff himself.
Not this one
The other Torchwood audio books with the entire cast are great. Short, yes, but satisfying. This one just doesn't live up to TW standard.
If you like any of the Dr. Who or Kolchak or Outer Limits then this is a good show and a really good listen. The other 2 books are great listens as well.
The plot was only okay. Not even close to the quality level of an episode. I was disappointed with John Barrowman's reading of the book. He never changed his voice or his accent for the different characters. He wasn't even good as Captain Jack, his own character.
"Would have made a good episode"
I know I shouldn't expect too much from a serial novel based on a TV show, but honestly... by the third time a character "fumbled" something in or out of a pocket (despite being not the least bit nervous), the AP English-level writing had really begun to detract from my enjoyment of what could have been a fine Torchwood episode if produced for television. However, if bland, unimaginative prose (e.g. "Ianto picked up the coffee pot, poured a cup, and handed it to Gwen. She set it on the desk.") doesn't get under your skin, then by all means give this book a go.
"Brilliant and Truly Surprised me."
Yes. Just love it.
Doctor Who series.
Wonderful. He seems alive in the reading of the book.
A really nice read from John, with a good storyline to play with.
"Torchwood: Another Life"
Torchwood: Another Life, An original dramatization based on the hit BBC spin-off of the Doctor Who series is both delightful and gripping. A top notch science fiction / mystery story, worthy to be included in your collection. Very enjoyable story with quality sound, narrated by John Barrowman who plays Capt. Jack Harkness on the television show. I enjoy the TV series and this original tale continues the adventures of the Torchwood team as it protects earth from aliens and creatures from time and space. If you like Doctor Who and Men in Black, you will love this audio book.
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