Sunday, March 18, 2012

Audiobook Review: Doctor Who Blackout

Author:Oli Smith
Title: Blackout
Read By: Stuart Mulligan
Publisher: Audiogo
Publish Date: Sept 8, 2011
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: It's November 9th, 1965. New York City is plunged into darkness, a taxi driver has bad dreams, and an invisible spacecraft hovers ominously above the skyline. As an extra-terrestrial disease sweeps the populace, Amy and Rory must sabotage the city's water supply to slow the spread of infection, and a dying Doctor holds another man's life in his hands. With death toll rising, and his companions stalked through the streets by alien businessmen, the Doctor is forced to make a terrible decision. How far must he go to save his friends?

Review: This is the first 11th Doctor audio book that I've listened to, and I have to say I was pretty impressed. With audio books, the story is made by the reader. If the reader isn't any good, the story falls flat. Stuart Mulligan did a great job reading Oli Smith's story to life. He captured the essence of The Doctor and his companions. The only voice that didn't quite feel right to me was Clint.

Clint was the taxi driver who was captured by aliens and is having bad dreams. He sounds like he's from the south and yet in the story he says he's from New Jersey. There aren't any southern accents in Jersey. (Some scary ones maybe, but not southern).

The story was set in NYC in the 60s, which I found rather appealing. I like when the Tardis ends up in places other than the UK.  It would have been nice to know what kind of aliens were poisoning the people of NYC, or rather using them as guinea pigs in a case study for a drug for their particular species.

I always enjoy listening to these, especially when the show isn't on, it helps me get over the Who withdrawal. This was a fun story and very well read. Mulligan  really did 11's voice very well. If you love all things Who, this is definitely worth a listen.

Rating: 4 flowers


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