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The Emperor of the Universe

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Great fun, if you can put up with the protagonist!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-17

This is a really good story and its also a really good series, a very british time-travel adventure. But after 2 books i'm getting sick of how the heroine doesnt just catch the idiot ball but runs with it and refuses to let go. Honestly for someone supposedly intelligent she has an incredible ability to ignore the glaringly obvious And has the emotional maturity of a hormonal teenager.

It was bad enough in book 1 but here (to keep it spoiler free), someone dear to her says and does something entirely out of character, so glaringly out of character that no-one could take it on face value...except She does and goes into the most childish of hissy fits without challenging it or wondering why they did this thing.

Then worst of all, when she discovers why and realises (long after everyone reading has) what happened was in no way this persons fault and what they were doing they did because they had been convinced it was necessary and they were tricked into doing it (and she even understands their reasoning ability was impaired at the time through no fault of their own), she doesn't accept, she doesn't forgive, she doesn't even understand, instead she actually gets even angrier about it.

If the story wasn't so good i would have given up on Max in book 1...i warn anyone wanting to read this, she's a lot of work...

Disappears up its own backside

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Any additional comments?

Starts off well enough with an interesting story that is sadly little more than teased before its pushed aside as the book descends into maudlin remembrances of characters we don't even really care about. I lost the will to live about halfway through, whatever the story about the players and the town was it wasn't worth listening to all the rubbish in between

cracking story with excellent narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-17

a worthy sequel to the classic which expands brilliantly on its concepts and takes them to a logical conclusion. The story is only enhanced by the spot on narration by Nathalie Buscombe

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Give us back Steven Pacey

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-16

What did you like most about The Hanging Girl?

Meh, it was ok

Who was your favorite character and why?

Carl himself, i can empathise with him

How could the performance have been better?

Well maybe you could have had Steven Pacey narrate it like all the others?

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

Nope, too long

Any additional comments?

Two words; Steven Pacey!

Improves on an already classic story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-16

Where does Doctor Who: City of Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top five, maybe top three even!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Who: City of Death?

Too many to count

Have you listened to any of Lalla Ward’s other performances? How does this one compare?

As usual she does a fantastic job of everything but Tom Baker's voice. I hate to have to say that because she totally gets into the part and is a wonderful storyteller, but no-one but Tom Baker can do Tom Baker!

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

Oh yes, i didn't want to stop until it was over, then i was sad it was over

Any additional comments?

This story takes 'City of Death' and adds so much backstory, characterization and elaboration to the original somewhat bare-bone story. It all fits, it all works and the story is so much better for the additions. Lalla Ward is the perfect choice to narrate this. If you like this novel and her voice work i heartily reccomend you check her out reading Shada too!

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Splendid horror with surprising moments of comedy!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-16

If you could sum up High Moor in three words, what would they be?

Bloodcurdling, funny, unputdownable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of High Moor?

The kids hilarious revenge on Malcolm's gang

Have you listened to any of Chris Barnes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've heard 'The cold beneath' and I assume he read that before Highmoor as his ability to voice women has improved

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

Not for the weak-stomached!

Any additional comments?

I listened to this not knowing it had two sequels. Be warned, the cliffhanger is Brutal! Be sure you have a credit or two to spare when you finish this one!

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Classic 3rd Doctor yarn

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-15

If you could sum up Doctor Who: The Last of the Gaderene in three words, what would they be?

Gatiss Writes Who!

What other book might you compare Doctor Who: The Last of the Gaderene to, and why?

Harvest of Time, mostly because they are both classic 3rd doctor stories written from a modern perspective but faithful to classic who

Have you listened to any of Richard Franklin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first time i've heard him. I wouldn't say he was a 100% fit for the job but he evoked the character of 70's who very well

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

Maybe

Any additional comments?

I recommend this and harvest of time to any 3rd Doctor fan

Classic Who done in the Style of Moffat :(

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Briony dying in a fire

What will your next listen be?

Something not by A.L.Kennedy

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

Her excellent voice makes the awful experience less painful

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really

Any additional comments?

4th Doctor reduced to a side character in favor of a Mary-Sue companion. Moffat might love it but i sure didnt!

Excellent Narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-12

This review is more about the narration than the book, I just want to take issue with the negative reviews of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. I find his narration style excellent and very suitable for this work, initially i had a little problem identifying voices of the main character and his sister as children (they sounded too alike) but after the first chapter the narrator seemed to 'find his voice' and things improved dramatically. Give this book a chance and dont be put off by the negative reviews.

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