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Summary

Alex Kingston reads her brand-new novel featuring River Song, from the worlds of Doctor Who.

1939, New York. Private-eye Melody Malone is hired to find a stolen ruby, the Eye of Horus. The ruby might hold the secret to the location of Cleopatra's tomb - but everyone who comes into contact with it dies.

Can Melody escape the ruby's curse?

1939, New York. River Song, author of the Melody Malone mysteries, is forced to find a reality-altering weapon, the Eye of Horus - but everyone who comes into contact with it dies. River doesn't believe in curses - but is she wrong?

From the top-security confines of Stormcage to the barbarism of first-century Egypt, River battles to find the Eye of Horus before its powers are used to transform the universe. To succeed, she must team up with a most unlikely ally - her own fictional alter ego, Melody. And together they must solve another mystery: is fiction changing into fact - or is fact changing into fiction? 

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River Song/Melody Malone fantastic

I loved this story so much that I missed out on sleep to finish it.

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Amazing

Alex Kingston has really written a great book. I was hooked from chapter 2. 100% recommend

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so enjoyable.

I really loved this book. river is my favourite character. a few inconsistencies but well worth the read/listen. and it was easy to follow even with all the timey wimey stuff (lol).

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I loved this audio book and I want more like this in the future.
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Exuberant, smart, engaging.

All the things you'd expect from the redoubtable River Song, and then some! A genuinely gripping tale, woven with smooth, dark chocolate wit, intrigue and as full of sparkle as the Galerie des Glase. Encore!

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Excellent

I got this because I love the character but fell in love with the story and the epic narration by Alex Kingston I definitely recommend.

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fantastic

I love this book so much I keep listening to it, just excellent 👌

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Shocked by how good this was

Narration excellent as expected. Fun time-travel plot, River Song quips, Whovian references. Will listen again.

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A truly riveting story....

I would highly recommend this book & audiobook, it is amazing, fun, interesting & very original. Can't wait for Kingston to do more adventures.
Having played the part, Kingstons knows this character inside out & I think is the best person to write more adventures. I hope that this book is just the beginning of a whole new series about the extraordinary adventures of everybodys favorite mystery time lady, no not Missy.
One of the many perks of having Kingston reading this book is that she knows how to tell the story in a way that gives the story more life.

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twisty turny timey wimey

clever funny and entertaining but also some moments that make you think. loved it and Alex Kingston's reading is impeccable

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  • Mark M.
  • 22-05-21

Timey-Wimey Whirlwind of Fun

What a joy this is, made more so by Alex Kingston’s performance! The plot is complex to no end, juggling a main story, as well as a story-within-a-story, skipping wildly through time, doubling back on itself, encountering new and familiar faces along the way, and eventually blurring which is the main story and which is the story-within-a-story. It’s a wonder that with so many plot threads, taking us farther and farther from any sign of a conclusion, it is able to neatly and satisfyingly tie it all up in the end.
I will say that at a few points some of the minor characters are hard to keep track of. But otherwise this is a heck of a tale. It’s as if someone said “No one writes a more timey-wimey tale than Stephen Moffat”, and then Alex Kingston replied, “Hold my beer!” And her reading isn’t just your standard narration. This is a performance!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-06-21

this one took me across the country

was listening to this during the latter half of a cross country drive. this book is so beautifully written and narrated, I enjoyed it very much, also if you're a fan of doctor who at all this does not disappoint!

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  • Allison Ruiter
  • 16-12-21

Please Write More Stories Alex ❤

this was so delightful, immersive, and sassy, I would love to see Alex Kingston write more books, not just as River Song, but any type of new story she can bring up ❤

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  • Matt Wheeler
  • 03-11-21

If you love River, this is essential

I loved this. The story is fabulous, jumping into a few different times and places. Alex does a great job of narrating, as you would expect, but I found even the non River/Melody characters were distinguishable enough. Thank you Alex, proving how fantastic you are at writing on top of acting/voicing. I look forward to listening to it again and hope that she continues to write. 👏🏻💜

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  • Acea
  • 12-12-21

Hello Sweetie

An amazing book read and written by an author that knows her characters inside and out. I have long enjoyed the works of both Alex Kingston and River Song (the best companion hands down, by far, forever, the end). I loved the lot of this book, the stories the wove themselves into a single creation (that mayhaps held the power to destroy all) was both interesting and entertaining.
Spoilers, just kidding, this is the best Doctor Who book I have read and I hope Ms. Kingston makes more. I knew she was an amazing actor and now I know she is an extremely talented writer as well.

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  • fitnessgoals
  • 25-08-21

Fast and confusing

I love Doctor Who universe and Alex is just a pure delight, but this book was a bit out of my depth. Too many plot lines running simultaneously and it was hard to keep up with the story. Performance was amazing, but the story it self, quite confusing.

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  • JM
  • 27-06-22

Brilliant!

The story and the narration were superb. No one could have done a better job bringing back characters that she made loveable through TV. I'd listen to anything Alex Kingston narrated, she is clear, engaging, and makes you feel through her voice alone.

As to details about the story itself... Spoilers! 😉

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-22

River Song!!

love hearing River Song telling her own story! This is more of an off story with a little TARDIS story within. thoroughly enjoyable!

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  • Chromi
  • 25-06-22

Truly enjoyable!

I’m so glad I got the Audio to this book! Hearing Alex Kingston is always a treat! Especially in regards to the Doctor Who universe as her River Song/Melody Malone character. Hearing her makes the story become much more alive! Loved the production of the audio as well. The snippets of sound effects as a chapter was ending was a nice touch. Loved the over all story & wanted to keep listening to hear what happens next. This was a great audio, a great book, & I hope to hear more from the fabulous Ms. Kingston. 💕

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  • queeniepie
  • 13-05-22

Love this one! River is <3

Super engaging, entertaining, cool adventures. Love her voicing all the characters. And a tiny Doctor visit! Cannot wait for more River adventures!