Review: Keeping the Moon

Title: Keeping the Moon (audiobook)
Author: Sarah Dessen, Stina Nielsen (narrator)
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Speak
Source: Library
Format: Audiobook
Release Date: June 11, 2009 (first published September 1, 1999)
Rating: ★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Colie expects the worst when she’s sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast — first for being fat and then for being “easy” — Colie has no friends at home and doesn’t expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. 

But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along. 

Review:

I was disappointed in this book.

It was more character driven than plot driven. There wasn’t much that happened to the main character, Colie. The other characters around her were so much more interesting than her. Her mother used to be overweight her whole life, but is now a fitness celebrity. Her neighbour, Morgan, was engaged to a not-so-good guy. Even Colie’s eccentric aunt seemed more developed than her. I think one of the other characters would have been a better main character than Colie.

I listened to the audiobook, which was good. The narrator’s voice was relaxing and easy to listen to. She did some great impressions for the more developed characters, such as Morgan who was a drama queen sometimes. These different voices were entertaining.

I’m glad this wasn’t the first Sarah Dessen book I’ve read. Her storytelling ability has improved a lot over the past 20 years since this book was written.

What to read next:

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Have you read Keeping the Moon? What did you think of it?

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Review: Doctor Who: The Day of the Troll

Title: Doctor Who: The Day of the Troll
Author: Simon Messingham (narrated by David Tennant)
Genre: Science Fiction, Audiobook
Publisher: BBC Books
Source: Library
Format: Audiobook
Release Date: October 8, 2009
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

When the Doctor arrives on Earth in the far future, he is horrified to find the planet beset by famine and starvation. England is a barren wasteland, and scientists are desperately seeding the ground to make the crops grow again. But now it seems that something even worse is happening.

Karl Baring, the owner of research facility The Grange, has been snatched away in the middle of the night. His sister Katy was with him when he vanished, but is now in catatonic shock — so it is up to the Doctor, with the help of the scientists at The Grange, to investigate. What is lurking under the old bridge, and why is it preying on people?

The Doctor must find out, before it strikes again… 

Review:

I loved this audiobook!

The Doctor Who audiobooks are so much fun, especially the ones that are read by the actors from the show. David Tennant played the tenth Doctor. He was my favourite one! I love the way he reads the audiobooks. He switches between his real accent and the voice he uses for the character of the Doctor seamlessly. It was very entertaining.

This story was creepy. A mysterious troll-like creature came up from the ground and terrorized a research facility in a futuristic Earth. The secret behind the troll becomes a bedtime story, where children were told not to go under the bridge where the troll could get them. This story plays on our childhood fears. Even though it’s science fiction, it was highly relatable.

This is a great audiobook!

What to read next:

Dead Air by James Goss (narrated by David Tennant)

Have you read Doctor Who: The Day of the Troll? What did you think of it?

Review: Doctor Who: Dead Air

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Title: Doctor Who: Dead Air
Author: James Goss (narrated by David Tennant)
Genre: Science Fiction, Audiobook
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
Source: Library
Format: Audiobook
Release Date: May 11, 2010
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

At the bottom of the sea, in the wreck of a floating radio station, a lost recording has been discovered. After careful restoration, it is played for the first time – to reveal something incredible. It is the voice of the Doctor, broadcasting from Radio Bravo in 1966. He has travelled to Earth in search of the Hush – a terrible weapon that kills, silences and devours anything that makes noise.

Review:

I loved this audiobook!

The book starts out with a disclaimer that the recording was found in the sea, so there may be problems with the audio. I love this introduction!

When the narrator started speaking, I thought he was doing a great impression of the Tenth Doctor. Then I realized it is David Tennant narrating! He was awesome! He’s my favourite Doctor. He also did great different voices for the other characters.

The story was spooky and exciting. It reminded me of the episode LIving Library. The creature, he Hush, is a lot like the vashtra neurada from that episode. It captured people and used their voices as a recording. It was very creepy.

I just loved this book! I highly recommend it for all Doctor Who fans.

What to read next:

  • Doctor Who: Pest Control by Peter Anghelides (narrated by David Tennant)

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  • Doctor Who: The Day of the Troll by Simon Messingham (narrated by David Tennant)

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Have you listened to Dead Air? What did you think of it?

Review: Pest Control

Title: Doctor Who: Pest Control
Author: Peter Anghelides (narrated by David Tennant)
Genre: Science Fiction, Audiobooks
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
Source: Purchased
Format: audiobook
Release Date: May 8, 2008
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The TARDIS is lost in battle on a distant planet. When the Doctor sets off in pursuit, Donna is left behind, and finds herself accepting a commission in the Pioneer Corps. Something is transforming soldiers into monstrous beetles, and she could be the next victim. Meanwhile, the Doctor steals a motorbike and stages a jailbreak. Well, how hard can it be to find the TARDIS, rescue Donna, and negotiate a peace? But that’s before the arrival of a brutal and remorseless mechanical exterminator, bent on wiping out the insects. It may be that nothing can stop it, because this robot’s solution for the infestation is very simple: kill everything. Featuring the Doctor and Donna, as played by David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the hit series from BBC Television, this story has been written specially for audio, and is read by David Tennant.

Review:

I love these Doctor Who audiobooks.

This one was narrated by David Tennant, who played the Tenth Doctor. He was my favourite Doctor. I was shocked at first to hear him narrating the story in his Scottish accent! I wasn’t expecting that since he has an English accent on the show.

I found the story a little confusing at times, because there were some unusual new creatures in the story. However, Tennant did a great job of giving each character a distinctive voice, which made the story very entertaining.

This was a great story for fans of the show.

What to read next:

Doctor Who: Dead Air by James Goss (narrated by David Tennant)
Doctor Who: The Forever Trap by Dan Abnett (narrated by Catherine Tate)

Have you listened to Doctor Who: Pest Control? What did you think of it?

Review: Doctor Who: The Time Machine

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Title: Doctor Who: The Time Machine
Author: Matt Fitton (narrated by Jenna Coleman, Michael Cochrane, Nicholas Briggs)
Genre: Science Fiction, Audiobook
Publisher: Big Finish/AudioGO
Source: Library
Format: audiobook
Release Date: November 7, 2013
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

23 November 2013. In an Oxford laboratory, graduate Alice Watson helps Professor Chivers assemble the final pieces of an impossible machine. A time machine.

The scientist and his assistant believe they are making history, little suspecting that the project’s completion will threaten the existence of the entire universe. But someone has sensed the danger, and when the mysterious Doctor arrives, Alice is taken on a desperate race from libraries and dreaming spires all the way to the nightmare world of Earth’s future.

The monstrous Creevix are coming. They seek control of time itself and are certain that the Doctor is already too late to stop them. But can the key to saving the future lie in the Time Lord’s past lives?

Review:

This is another Doctor Who audiobook that was only created for audiobook form.

It is narrated by Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara on the show. She has a great storytelling voice. It was funny to hear her do an impression of the Doctor, because it sounded so much like him but it was Clara’s voice.

The ending moved very quickly and it was hard to follow. It felt rushed because things were moving along at a good pace and suddenly it was finished. I would have liked it to be explained more because it was a little confusing.

I really enjoyed this story. I’m going to keep listening to the ones narrated by the actors because they do such a good job!

What to read next:

  • Doctor Who: Night of the Whisper by Cavan Scott

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  • Doctor Who: Death’s Deal by Darren Jones

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Have you read Doctor Who: The Time Machine? What did you think of it?

Review: Doctor Who: Night of the Whisper

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Title: Doctor Who: The Night of the Whisper
Author: Cavan Scott
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Source: Library
Format: Audiobook
Release Date: September 2, 2013
Rating: ★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

New Vegas, 23rd Century — a sprawling city huddling beneath an artificial atmospheric bubble on a distant moon. Pleasure seekers flock there from every corner of the galaxy, to take in the shows and play the tables in the huge casinos. But beneath the glitz and the glitter, organised crime rules the streets.
Whilst Rose Tyler works as a waitress in the Full Moon nightclub, Jack Harkness poses as a reporter for the Daily Galaxy. Meanwhile, the Doctor is helping the police department with their investigation into the Whisper, a strange vigilante that has been terrorizing the city’s underworld. But the Doctor is also on a mission of his own — to save Police Chief McNeil’s life at all costs.

Review:

This audiobook is part of a collection of Doctor Who stories that were written just for audio. It has sound effects and music which were really cool. The story began and ended with the theme song. It was also very short, about 1 hour, so it was almost like listening to an episode of the show.

The narrators were pretty good. The one who did the voice of the Doctor sounded just like him, and the American voice sounded like Jack.

Though I liked the audio parts, didn’t like the story. I found it hard to keep track of everyone. It seemed like there were a lot of “bad guys.” I kept getting distracted while I was listening.

Even though I wasn’t crazy about this story, I’m going to look for more audiobooks from this collection.

What to read next:

  • Doctor Who: Death’s Deal by Darren Jones

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  • Doctor Who: The Time Machine by Matt Fitton

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Have you listened to Night of the Whisper? What did you think of it?