Haven't posted a lot because I had so many papers I wrote last semester that it killed all interest in typing or writing a blog entry. Burn out? Yep. I am finally starting to get inspired again to write so I should be posting a tad more. Especially as I am coming across more books that interest me. I am also listening to audio books on the drive to campus and any other time I can get away with it. After finishing The Devil's Colony
by James Rollins on audio (as I lost the book to a family member before I finished it), I decided to give audio a try again. So far, I am doing pretty well with it. Lately, I have been on a Doctor Who
kick. Tenth and Ninth Doctor stories respectively as still not a fan of the new Doctor (still trying to get used to the new actor and not fond of the stories so far that I have heard about from the TV series with him).
In regards to the audio books, I got a tad upset when I found out that I paid a lot more for an audio book than I would for the book and that the audio was (the horror!) abridged! I am not usually a fan of having books "abridged". However, for the stories below, they work well enough so I can't complain...too much. I will later try one of the print books to compare to the audio to see how much was cut out and if it would be considered vital or not on the way the story plays out when I can find said print books (or more likely download it to my iPad in kindle format from amazon as they are cheaper usually). All audios are available on B&N website, amazon and audible website for those who wish to purchase them.
I do like the David Tennant narrated "books". He is the actor who played the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who
. He also played the stage magician on the new Fright Night
movie (which I found him hilarious in). He does an awesome job of narrating the stories including coming up with wonderful voices for each character. I especially loved his "Kevin" from Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket
. We listened to that one on a recent car trip to Indiana (8 hour drive! gah!!) and even the minions enjoyed it while the husband actually laughed at parts that were supposed to be humorous.
So far, of the stories I have listened to on audio, I would recommend Doctor Who: The Stone Rose
by Jacqueline Rayner, Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned
by Stephen Cole and of course Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket
by Justin Richards which is probably my favorite out of all of them.
Currently listening to Doctor Who: Only Human
by Gareth Roberts. This one features the Ninth Doctor, Rose and Jack (from Torchwood
for fans of that show). I am about half way through this one as we listened to this one as I drove BACK from Indiana yesterday ( 8 hours again! wobbly legs afterwards). Only Human
is narrated by Anthony Head (better known for his portrayal as Giles the Watcher from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer
TV series). He does a good job except for one character, Daz, which I don't know if that is him or the way the character talks in the book, but it annoys the hell out of me. Can't say how the story is as it is too early in the story, but so far, it has kept my husband's attention (which is hard to do with most audio books) and I am definitely planning on finishing it as i want to see what happens next.
If you are a fan of the Ninth Doctor, you can also try the Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain
by Justin Richards. I wasn't as fond of the narrator Stuart Milligan as he does a great job of narrating the Russian and Jack characters, but lacks a bit with the Doctor and Rose for some reason. It is also probably a bit the most graphic on gross factor of descriptions considering the subject. I loved the story though. I am going to try some of Justin Richards other books to see if the stories are just as good.
If your a fan of Katherine Tate (who portrayed the Donna Noble character in the Doctor Who series), she narrates Doctor Who: The Forever Trap
by Dan Abnett. This is also one I have not finished so I cannot say how the story is as I am halfway through it as well. I do know I love the actress/narrator as she has a lovely voice, does great character voices and keeps my attention. Will have to look for more stories narrated by her. I notice the better the plot or story is, the more likely they have David Tennant read them. I wonder if the same is true for her?
After the cut is the story summaries for all the audio/books of the titles mentioned above with my ratings (of ones I have completed). All story summaries ganked from various online bookstores and publisher sites or the back of the book.( click for story summaries and ratingsCollapse )( click to read summaries of each story and my rating of eachCollapse )
This has been the weirdest year and weirdest week. Will post another blog entry regarding that later once I finish processing all of it (and catching up on sleep).