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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Joseph Lidster is a seasoned writer who has a deep understanding of the Torchwood characters. His other books Lost Souls, In the Shadows and his script for the episode A Day in the Death combines action with a grasp of the evolving psychological complexity of the characters and their histories: especially Jack Harkness. The story line pulls the mythic elements from classics like Dante's Inferno and The Wizard of Oz in its structure, yet keeps the science fiction aspects strong. There is enough of Jack's back story to catch up the new listener, and enough development to intrigue the Torchwood fan. I hope to see more from Lidster to keep Torchwood alive until the next series or movie.
What didn???t you like about John Telfer???s performance?
John Telfer has done an excellent job on other audiobooks. However, he doesn't get the American accent and pacing right for Captain Jack Harkness. This is important because the focus is on Jack the entire time. The accent was so distracting to me that I would rather get the book and read it using my memory of John Barrowman's performances to recreate the sound of the character in the story.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The basic story was rather uninteresting. Barely hung in to hear the end.
Which character – as performed by John Telfer – was your favorite?
Did Torchwood: Red Skies inspire you to do anything?
This is recording was ridiculous. While the narrator, John Telfer, does an excellent job of characterisation, and believable Jack Harkness accent; this is the only redeeming feature.
The picture of Gwen on the cover is misleading - there are barely two references to her in the audio. The story is pitched as set after Miracle Day, but this is irrelevant to the story, it could have been set at any time when Jack was off on his own. The narrative seems to have been written with a strange religious fixation, that adds nothing by way of literary device, and is so over stressed it becomes boring.
If you're a fan of Torchwood there are many other audio's available that are entertaining and well written.
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What did you like best about Torchwood: Red Skies? What did you like least?
The fact that all the characters (except Jack of course) were original was good as well as the great narration. Some of the sound effects were a bit naff (some of the were also a bit piercing).
Would you be willing to try another book from Joseph Lidster? Why or why not?
Yes, because the story was as good as most of the Torchwood story's plus the idea was original.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The bar scene.
Do you think Torchwood: Red Skies needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No I think the the book has a place in the Torchwood (/Dr Who) universe and comes to a natural conclusion that further elaboration would spoil.
Any additional comments?
Overall quite a good audiobook and well narrated - you could be forgiven for not realising it was only one narrator.