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Reviewed By: StevoReview Date: 6/6/18 10:52 am
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Although this novelisation ties-in to the 1970's BBC TV series this book stands on it's own as an absorbing post-apocalyptic survival story. Survivors is a story that looks at the fall of civilisation following a pandemic and how the people who survived it deal with the world that is left behind. Even though the book features the main characters from the TV series and treads some of the same ground, no knowledge of the TV show is required as Terry Nation tells the whole story in this book.(With a different - and radical - ending!)

The atmosphere of this novel is intense. As the story unfolds the ominous sense of foreboding is palpable. From the onset of the pandemic to the struggle for survival in post-apocalyptic Britain Terry Nation takes his characters on a journey through emotional turmoil, some savagery and genuine horror as the world unravels in the catastrophe of the viral apocalypse.

This audiobook is well narrated by Carolyn Seymour (Abby in the original Survivors TV Series) and Carolyn manages to keep all of the character's voices consistent and delivers the reading in just the right tone for this type of book.
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Reviewed By: StevoReview Date: 6/6/18 10:45 am
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Reporter Eric Braden is asked by his News Editor to write some articles on unsolved murder cases for their newspaper. Choosing the case of a man murdered in rural England with a pitch-fork, and whose body was found surrounded by pagan symbolism, Eric Braden sets off on his task and so begins a dark murder mystery involving witchcraft and strange locals in two rural communities. (All of whom could be extras in one of those old Hammer Horror movies!)

Narrator Barnaby Edwards does a great job at reading this story and he manages the various accents in a convincing style as the story unfolds and is told from various points of view as the backstory of the original murder is explained in second-hand narratives.

The Evil Therof is a murder mystery full of intrigue, red herrings and misdirection... along with the supernatural elements that give this story a dark tone. There is, of course, the obligatory twist at the end too.
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Reviewed By: StevoReview Date: 11/23/15 12:07 pm
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Human Nature by Paul Cornell is the book which the Tenth Doctor TV episodes 'Human Nature' & 'Family of Blood' are based on, but the book is way better! For me this is one of the best Doctor Who novels ever published, and this BBC audiobook version read by Lisa Bowerman is magnificently good, bringing Paul Cornell's novel of humanity to life.

This is a Seventh Doctor story with Bernice Summerfield as his companion, and was originally published as part of the New Adventures range in 1995 when there was no Doctor Who on the TV. The plot of this book is similar to the TV adaptations of course, but the details are quite different, so this book can be enjoyed separately from the TV episodes without any real conflict... unless you are a person who wonders how the same story can fit in to Doctor Who continuity twice, with two different Doctors!

Human Nature is a Doctor Who story about love, war and the emotions that make people tick, fearuring real characters not cardboard cut-outs. The humanised Doctor and his resourceful companion Bernice Summerfield excel in this adventure, which has the usual sci-fi elements you'd expect from a Doctor Who story, but is full of humour and wit too. I thought the alien villains were a bit weak when it comes to being fearsome, but that is only a small minus to an otherwise excellent story.

Overall, Human Nature is one of the best Doctor Who novels ever published, and this reading by Lisa Bowerman is one of the best Doctor Who audiobooks.
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Reviewed By: StevoReview Date: 4/4/15 2:48 pm
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Engines of War is an excellent book from start to finish. An epic Doctor Who adventure set during the Great Time War featuring Daleks beng evil, Time Lords being arrogant, and the man that doesn't want to be known as The Doctor doing whatever Is necessary to stop either side commiting genocide! From the Dalek controlled planet of Moldox to Gallifrey, this action packed adventure adds more flesh to the character of the War Doctor that we first saw in the 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor.

Everyone knows that Nick Briggs can do Dalek voices, but his portrayal of the gruff and grumpy War Doctor was so convincing you could almost hear John Hurt. Nick did an excellent job of the other characters too, especially the companion Cinder. Everything about the narration was top notch.

George Mann has managed to write a really interesting Doctor Who story that gives us an insight in to the darkest of all of the Doctor's, a violent incarnation weary of the world around him and prepared to do whatever it takes. Doctor no more! This was a fantastic audiobook to listen to, and Engines of War is easily one of the best Doctor Who novels of recent times.

We need more War Doctor audios!

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