11 December 2013

Yet Another Audio Book Post

Ok, so I now listen to a bunch of audio books, ok?  If you promise not to tell my boss, I'll let you know that I can listen to audio books at work without screwing up what i'm working on.   Doctor Who heavy this month!

Doctor Who: The Runaway Train by Oli Smith:  an 11 and Amy adventure.  This one takes place in the old west and the Doctor and Amy get a group of outlaws together to locate an alien bomb that is going to instantly change Earth's environment to match what the aliens need to live.  Got to listen to various versions of Matt Smith's American accent, all drawly and deep.  His "Amy" accent is not that great though.  Fun story, too short.  a 5.

Doctor Who: Dead Air by James Goss: rather creepy 10 story.  Chronologically, this story is supposed to be right before the episode "The End of Time".  It is a little different in that the Doctor speaks directly to the listener.  He's recording a tape, telling his story of how he followed a creature called the Hush to a floating pirate radio station off the coast of 1960's Britain.  There are a lot of little clues dropped about Time Lords and the War that reward the listener.  Really interesting and a 6.   

Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter: a 2 story!  and a proper book;  the book was 8 tracks long.  It takes place in the future around the moons of Saturn.  There's an evil corporation, a relic of a long dead alien race, a sentient robot, blue creatures, and Jamie and Zoe. Really good, a 7.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  This is  a reread for me but it has probably been close to 20 years since I last read it.  I had remembered the gist but forgotten some of the particulars.  A very sweet story, a 7.

and an old favorite...

The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien:  yes, I know I listen to these pretty much every 2 years or so. 7

3 comments:

  1. Those sound like fun. I know we have a 10th Doctor audio featuring Martha as the companion that my wife got for a gift recently that we need to listen to, maybe on our trip to her parents this next week.

    I had a pretty Doctor Who heavy Christmas, getting both a Sylvester McCoy and David Tennant book, each one of the 50th anniversary reprints. I sat down and read the Tennant book yesterday cover to cover, it was that good. Tied into the end of their run on the series and as such is an emotional read.

    Also got Alastair Reynolds' recent Who book, Harvest of Time, a Doctor Who journal, a K-9 ornament for me tree (that is very cool) and my 6 year old niece picked out a sonic screwdriver key chain for me. Oh and my wife couldn't resist getting me the Doctor Who version of Yahtzee, which comes in a really cool TARDIS container.

    My wife collects silver and glass salt and pepper shakers and occasionally adds something a little different than that to her collection. Our friends bought her a TARDIS and Dalek ceramic salt and pepper shaker set for her collection that we are both very geeked about.

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  2. I have to admit half the fun of listening to the 10 stories is hearing David Tennant's Scottish and Doctor voices...you got some very cool Doctor Who gifts! I bought myself the Neil Gaiman short story about 11 for my new Kindle. I'll have to look for Doctor Who Yahtzee!

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  3. I've heard good things about that short and plan to buy it myself soon.

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