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Doctor Who: The Hounds Of Artemis (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140842746X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408427460
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.1 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James has written about ancient Egyptian assassins, time-travelling trains, and uncovered who really runs the internet (spoiler: not cats). He's currently baffled to be Douglas Adams' ghostwriter.

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"Smith’s performance is exactly as I’ve come to expect from him – flawless and exuberant when playing the Doctor, and inventive when it comes to breathing life into new characters" (http://www.doctorwhoreviews.co.uk)

"Smith and Corbett prove an excellent match when it comes to reading the narrative and portraying the various protagonists... writer James Goss has succeeded in creating... one of the strongest audio stories in the range" (http://www.huntspost.co.uk)

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Matt Smith and Clare Corbett read this exclusive audio adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond, with original music and sound design.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Renshaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 May 2011
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I quite like audio books, so was quite looking forward to this Doctor Who one as I also like the TV series. The story kicks off quite well, and takes the format of two views - one from the Doctor & Amy, the other from Helen Stapleton (who is the main "guest" in the story). I was expecting
the two voice artists to take the male and female roles, so was a bit surprised at Matt Smith reading Amy Pond's lines but it didn't detract from the story and it actually worked quite well. Both the narrators capture the Scottish lilt of Amy's accent which adds to the tale.

Without giving any spoilers, the story is well written and the atmosphere is helped by good sound effect and descriptions. In many ways it reminded me of the classic Doctor Who tale - The Pyramids Of Mars. The Hounds of Artemis is quite short at just over an hour long (24 chapters) which was a small disappointment after listening to the Harry Potter audio books, but in fairness this CD is more of an episode than an epic.

Overall it was a good listen and I'll be looking at more of these in the future as it was a well produced and entertaining story that helped the car journey whizz by
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Jun. 2011
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"Artemis will enjoy watching your companions tear you apart!"

Since the popularity of the Doctor's latest three incarnations moved the emphasis on Whovian audio adventures from the Big Finish stories to ones generated in-house, there's been a noticeable drop in quality that's taken a long time to address. Too many of the recent David Tennant and Matt Smith Doctor audio adventures seemed like substandard stories designed solely to part hungry fans from their money between DVD sets secure in the knowledge that anything who had a guaranteed market. Even Tom Baker's return to the fold teased more than it delivered. So it's a genuine surprise to come across a NuWho audio adventure that's not only good but very good - and good enough to make a two-parter on TV for once at that.

It's a classic gothic period piece, with the Doctor and Amy being discovered inside a newly opened tomb in Smyrna in the 1920s. Naturally there's a curse that's seeing firs the local labourers being picked off and later members of the expedition, and of course the ancient evil - in this case the parasitic `goddess' Artemis - is of alien origin. While Artemis herself isn't a million miles removed from the Weeping Angels or the Silver Nemesis the story has been well thought through, offering thrills, chills, a few laughs and some wry observations on human nature - and a name check for Fish Custard - along the way. And that thought has extended to the presentation, with the narration shifting from Matt Smith in Doctor mode to Clare Corbett as a descendant of one of the ill-fated archaeologists reading Amy Pond's diary (it helps that Corbett can do a fair impersonation of Karen Gillan, something no previous narrator has managed).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Junior Hornet VINE VOICE on 31 May 2011
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This is a good Doctor Who story that could quite easily be dramatised for use in the TV series. It has a good plot, cleverly set between the year 1929 and, via Amy's diary, in the present day. It doesn't really explain why Amy happened to write a diary at that particular time but it is a good plot device all the same.

The story revolves around the uncovering of the Tomb of the Goddess Artemis. At first, it sounded like they were ripping off the Tutankhamun story, with the archaeologist Stapleton and the benefactor Lord Woolcroft mirroring the real life Howard Carter and Lord Canarvon. However, the Tutenkhamun project was mentioned in the narrative and this was obviously a dig similar to many that were happening around that time.

Now to the narration. We have Matt Smith, hooray! Also featured is Clare Corbett as Stapleton's granddaughter Helen in the presernt day, who does not meet The Doctor or Amy. There is no Karen Gillan however and this a big loss. When he started narrating, I was impressed that Matt Smith underplayed Amy's voice and this worked well and my first thought was "Thank Goodness they didn't get Clare Corbett to do it". However, Oh dear, Clare's part as Helen also involved reading Amy's diary. This fails on two points. Firstly, as she never met Amy, how does Helen Stapleton know she's Scottish. Secondly, a generic Scottish accent does not an Amy make.

This is a little unfair on the actress who is only working with the material she is given and her natural voice is completely different. She does a good job as Helen Stapleton and, if I had never heard Amy speak, would say that she read the part of her diary very well.

Matt Smith is brilliant as always.

All in all a good story well read but it really misses Karen Gillan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pacem et amorem VINE VOICE on 9 Jun. 2011
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Personally speaking, I much prefer to see Doctor Who stories rather than listen to them. This was a good enough story but was lacking a certain magic. I reckon that these Doctor Who audiobooks would be better as dramatised stories with a cast to create the drama and excitement that befits any story where our good Doctor appears.
That being said, Matt Smith was his usual excellent self - especially when reading the Doctor's lines and it was then that I could actually picture him in the story, hand movements et al. Even when reading the other parts he managed well enough and was for the most part successful in giving them their own individual characters. For me, the real let down for this audiobook was the co-reader, Claire Corbett. Her Amy Pond was, I felt, the worst part of the whole audiobook, closely followed by her voicing of the Doctor - imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery here, believe me. Matt Smith was able to affect a better Amy voice than Ms Corbett! This is where I believe that proper dramatised versions of these stories featuring the real actors in their leading roles would be the best option.
Overall this wasn't a bad book but there were some major negatives - the main being the lack of Karen Gillan. My experience with this CD was not bad but I think I'll probably stick to encounters with the Doctor where I can both see and hear him!
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