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Geromino! I bought this purely on the basis of the author - and was not disappointed. Excellent Eleventh Doctor novel, with Amy and Rory Ponds/Williams. The Doctor is aiming to get the Ponds back to Leadworth for Christmas - but ends up on the wrong planet at the wrong time. Rory is quickly separated from the others. Abnett really clearly brings out the personalities of the Ponds, especially Rory, and the narrator particularly nails that personality. This books was as good as some of the recent TV episodes - actually better really as the length allows ideas and suspense to develop. Expect cliffhangers at the end of chapters. And cool monsters. And some nice classic Who references. Well worth the download. Suitable for adults, and older young readers.
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If you could sum up Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By in three words, what would they be?
As the Doctor himself would say, "Brilliant!", "Clever" and "Exciting".
A lot of TV series have books/audio books on the market (ie Torchwood, Star Trek, and Doctor Who). Most are watered down episodes of our favorite episodes. This book brings an alien species not seen in the WHO universe since 1972. This audio had a good story that was not predictable. It had an ending that made me say, I didn't see that coming.
What did you like best about this story?
This story was of the same quality or better than most of the shows episodes.
What does Michael Maloney bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?
The characters that he is reading for are well established. It never ceases to amaze me when the reader makes me forget am listening to a reader and not the actor am used to from the show.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
I am not as clever or brilliant as the Doctor, so I would borrow the Doctor's line of An ICE Time Was Had By All
Any additional comments?
If you are a fan of Doctor Who, especially the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, then this is a must have audiobook!
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this book to a friend or other Doctor Who fans - especially those missing the Troughton style base under siege adventures. Don't be put off by the fact that it has a new series Doctor and Companions I could easily Imagine this being rewritten with Troughton & Jamie & Zoe.
I found the colonist's manner of speaking mildly annoying at first but you get used to it over time and even enjoy it. The book is tensely written and will keep you guessing. Even when you think you have it all figured out it will surprise you.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By?
The whole sequence near the end of the book with Amy and two of the Morphens being chased by the Warriors through the inside of one of the firmers was very well written and an action-packed sequence which reminded me of many powerful scenes in The Seeds Of Death. Dan Abneft knows how to write Doctor Who for sure.
What about Michael Maloney’s performance did you like?
Maloney's performance was very appropriate for the old fashioned English country village vibe the writing gave the Morphens.
He was especially good as Nurse Elect Bill Groan as he conveyed the desire to following the teachings of the Guide as well as later on the wish to protect the settlers by listening to the Doctor.
He was also excellent at displaying the authority of the Ice Lord in the story by changing the voice he used to make him clearly more commanding.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
On one hand I would say yes because the story was well narrated and well written but on the other hand the use of different running jokes through the book did begin to grate as did the refusal of certain characters to accept the blindingly obvious - Old Winona being the worst offender - which meant I couldn't have listened to this book in one go.
However all of my issues with the book relate to my own personal taste and are what I would consider to be minor nitpicks towards an otherwhise excellent audiobook adventure which I highly recommend.
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The reader is good, he has a nice emotional style and reads action well. Although he cant have watched a Doctor Who episode ever. He reads the Doctor as an old slow thoughtful character, completely opposite to Mat Smiths mad hyperactive Doctor.
The story is rather nice some cool sci-fi ideas and nice action.
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Great villains wanting a new planet. However, this was not the best story. I wasn't hooked.
A good combination of thirlls and laughs the Doctor still remains a much beloved character. I still would have liked to have had mat smith to have read it.