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What disappointed you about Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase?
I have about twenty Doctor Who novels in my library, many of which got poor reviews from other listeners for one reason or another. While they have varied in quality, I have not found them unlistenable. This one, however, is just a mess. The plot wanders around aimlessly. The characters have no direction, and they don't even seem like themselves. I kept thinking I was missing something; I even went back and re-listened to part of it trying to make it make sense. Then I thought that it might make sense if I just kept going. Finally a little over half way through, I realized I was just throwing good time after bad. It is SO bad that I am going to utilize Audible's generous refund policy and get my credit back on this one.
Would you ever listen to anything by Gary Russell again?
Absolutely positively NOT!
How could he take characters that are already fleshed out and somehow make them different and change their interactions with each other? (And I'm not talking about the imposters; I mean the "real" Amy and Rory.) If he wanted more creative freedom, he should just have started from scratch and not bought into a franchise.
What about Arthur Darvill’s performance did you like?
Darvill is the actor who played Rory, which was one of the reasons I chose this book. I've listened to the other books he read, and his characterizations are spot on. Even here, he made characters distinct and tried his hardest, but the different characterizations of Amy and Rory and The Doctor apparently made this book harder for him to read. This book is just so bad that he didn't have much to work with. Even he couldn't get a 5 star rating here.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Incredulity that such a poorly written book ever made it past an editor!
Any additional comments?
Seriously, there are plenty of Doctor Who novels. No matter how desperate you are for a house call, stay away from this one.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Gary Russell and/or Arthur Darvill?
Arthur Darvill is a very good reader. I like his use of different voices for each person in the story.
If you’ve listened to books by Gary Russell before, how does this one compare?
No. While it was good it didn't make 4 stars. Something about it just didn't fit right. The story was okay. The reading was good.
Which character – as performed by Arthur Darvill – was your favorite?
Rory of course. He does pull off Matt Smith's Doctor well. It adds to the store hearing things said the way the Doctor would say it.
Did Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase inspire you to do anything?
Any additional comments?
While I did like the book overall I wouldn't listen to it again. I plan on returning it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Bit slow to start with but improved rapidly. Arthur Danvill narratives well and is pleasant to listen to. Story has plenty of twists and turns worth listening to