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The Highest Science

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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 11/25/16 5:09 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This was a great book, a book that you had to pay attention to, and the adaption is the same, if you lose interest, then you are lost.

There are a lot, and I mean a lot, of things going on. And in a novel, that's fine, but in an audio, maybe not so much. It's hard to follow who's talking, when it was cut and switched, because many of the voices had similar sounds.

Sarah Ovens was great as the cell, but the star of the show was by far, Daniel Brocklerbank playing Sheldukher, his acting was fan-dam-tastic. And though, McCoy was alright, and had a few great one liners, he has done better work, I give it a 10 just for the two mentioned, and the fact that Lisa Bowerman, was right on time with some of her one liners.

Replay is an 8, it's fairly enjoyable enough to listen to many times, this is probably an advantage, just to try to capture everything going on.

Special effects, was ok, except for The Chelonians, it was very very very hard to understand much of what was said when the top Chelonian was talking, way to much base in that sound.

The plot was hard to follow, and was cut down a lot from the novel, believe it or not, and it lost a huge player in the cutting down of the novel to an audio, but you can read the book yourself if you want to find out who.

Overall, a 7 is the best I can give it, I hoped for more, cause I love the novel, but just a few to many holes in the adaption to give it any more than that. Worth the money, but on the cusp of not being worth it.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 10/31/16 5:26 am
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An adaptation of Gareth Roberts' Doctor Who novel stands up as a decent and eminently listenable story that gets better in its final act as we're given a great plot twist that turns the whole story on its head. As this adapts, Roberts' first novel, you can hear several elements that were used in later works such as, The One Doctor or A Well-mannered War.

The story's biggest problem is the same with Roberts' weaker works: There's too many characters and too much going on with some of them feeling surplus to requirements and dilutes the plot. Still, there's enough here that works to make this a genuinely enjoyable listen.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 12/13/15 11:38 pm
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While for one I’m glad that Big Finish decided to continue to adapt the Virgin New Adventures and Missing Adventures into audio dramas and The Highest Science is a great candidate. This is mainly due to the amount of comedic elements in the novel that translate extremely well into audio. While reading the novel you can get a sense for how the one-liners are meant to be delivered, but the audio adaptation allows for the comedy to really shine through and you can really get a sense for how absurd the Chelonians are as a concept. You also get a better feel for how evil Sheldukher, the most evil person in the universe, actually is. Daniel Brotlebank’s voice alone fleshes out the rather one note villain into a more vibrant personality.

The actual adaptation does a lot of the same things that the Love and War adaptation did, by slimming down the cast and nearly cutting out one of the subplots with the humans from 1990s Earth. It really helps keep the story’s pace work in the audio medium by not trying to shove everything into the adaptation. Rayner also does a bit of combining on characters which helps with the sheer number of characters in the original story. I have to mention Lisa Bowerman in particular as she puts in a great performance as Bernice Summerfield even if her opening scenes were cut from the story, which works considering they were disjointed to begin with and didn’t really fit in with the end of Transit.

There are a few problems that come with the adaptation however, mainly coming over from the original novel. The same ending is present with all of its problems of ripping off the end of The Hand of Fear. The jumbled mess of a climax is still present in the adaptation but some of the elements are taken out. Benny is no longer drugged during the end of the story which cuts out the Epilogue at the cost of some of the novel’s best comedic bits even if it wouldn’t have been the most appropriate for the listeners of Big Finish. The Cell also has some changes as it is feminine and a bit less Marvin the Paranoid Android and much more sympathetic. This isn’t really a bad change and actually works quite well. Still as an adaptation it heavily improves upon the original novel and really is the definitive version of the story. But the cover is awful.