Doctor Who-The Feast of the Drowned: An Audible Book Review

Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned Book Cover Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned
Doctor Who
Stehen Cole
Science Fiction
BBC Digital
November 30, 2010
Audible Book
258 pages

When a naval cruiser sinks in mysterious circumstances in the North Sea, all aboard are lost. Rose is saddened to learn that the brother of her friend, Keisha, was among the dead. And yet he appears to them as a ghostly apparition, begging to be saved from the coming feast... the feast of the drowned. As the dead crew haunt loved ones all over London, the Doctor and Rose are drawn into a chilling mystery. What sank the ship, and why? When the cruiser's wreckage was towed up the Thames, what sinister force came with it? The river's dark waters are hiding an even darker secret, as preparations for the feast near their conclusion.

Featuring the Doctor and Rose as played by David Tennant and Billie Piper in the acclaimed hit series from BBC Television.

©2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

I picked up the audio version of this Doctor Who story when it was an Audible daily deal. I didn’t know much about the story, but I love the show and had wanted to hear how David Tennant was as a reader. I’m very happy with the final results.
It’s very clear that Stephen Cole is very familiar with the show. He did an excellent job of crafting a fast paced story that could have easily played out on camera. The Doctor and Rose arrive in London to comfort a friend of Rose’s, never dreaming that they will find themselves in the middle of an attack by fishy, nefarious aliens. The story doesn’t have many mishaps or mistakes, the plot moves steadily forward as The Doctor works to figure out who the aliens are, what they want, and why they keep encouraging people to drown themselves in the Thames. There’s a great deal of drama and adventure, with a little comedy mixed in. The story also happens to include some of the funniest analogies I’ve heard in a long time. In addition to Rose and The Doctor, Mickey also features heavily in the story. I listened to the story while doing barn chores, but I feel it would also be a great choice for anyone who is facing a long trip. The audio book lasts a few hours and at the end there’s a good interview with the author, Stephen Cole.
David Tennant doesn’t disappoint as a reader. His vocal performance is just as energetic and heartfelt as the performance he did in front of the camera, though I have to admit that his tendency to read really fast whenever he got to an action packed scene was a bit exhausting. The man must have a bottomless wall of energy to draw from. The most enjoyable aspect of Tennant’s reading was getting to listen to him shift from on accent and voice to another. The man has a true vocal gift. I enjoyed the story and his reading well enough that I’m going to have to purchase and download some more of the Doctor Who stories that he has read.
The only complaint I have with the audio book version of Feast of the Drowned is that whoever did the editing job for this abridged version, did a terrible job, and as a result, the story is choppy and there are times when I felt like things had made a giant, confusing leap. After listening to Feast of the Drowned I bought a digital copy of the book and found out that entire scenes, many of them relevant to the storyline, had been cut.

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