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Torchwood: Department X and Ghost Train: Two Audio-Exclusive Adventures [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

James Goss
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12 April 2011 Torchwood
Kai Owen reads this exclusive audio adventure. G.R. Owen is the last of Cardiff's old department stores. Times are hard and the ancient firm has gone into administration. But who are the Administrators? What goes on behind the shutters at night? And why are customers disappearing? Torchwood are already investigating; G.R. Owen is the site of their oldest unsolved cases, and Jack is determined to solve it before the store closes forever - which is why Ianto is working undercover in gentlemen's fashions and Gwen is in handbags. Are the new managers really aliens? What connection do they have to the mysterious G.R. Owen himself? And is Jack the only one looking for the Department of Curiosities, last seen in 1905? Written specially for audio by James Goss, "Department X" is set before the 'Children of Earth' TV story and features Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones, as played by John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd in the hit series from BBC Television. It is read by Kai Owen, who plays Gwen's husband Rhys.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks (12 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609981820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609981822
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 13.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By J. S. Hardman TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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As somebody who really enjoys Torchwood, I found "Torchwood Department X" to be an ok story, but not exceptional (I'm not into "spoilers", so I won't be giving away the plot in this review).

Unfortunately, listening to it on audio CD, I found it disappointing. This was largely because I found Kai Owen's (the actor who plays Rhys in the TV series) inability to do accents really distracting. When audio CDs are read by a single person rather than by the full cast, does the reader need to impersonate the voices that we are used to hearing? Not necessarily. However, when the reader introduces a character and says that the character speaks in something close to Canadian, but then immediately continues in a Welsh accent, it becomes really distracting. I could visualise easily enough what was being described, but I couldn't get "into" the atmosphere because of the reading. Sorry Kai.

So, an ok story, but would have been significantly better either as a full cast recording, or alternatively read perhaps by John Barrowman.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Story well presented... 25 May 2011
By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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As the wrapper says exclusive audio and set in a department store this one should certainly entertain Torchwood fans. The narrator delivers the story well and clearly. We seem to delve a bit more and find out info on Torchwood's earlier days. Good value and nicely presented this will make a great gift for the next school holiday and entertain the teens on a day out. The sound and production standards are top of the class. It will also be a must for all Torchwood collectors who must have a vast amount of material thanks to BBC Audio. Another good addition to the catalogue.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Welsh X Files? No spoilers here! 20 May 2011
By Sussman TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Read by Kai Owen,this spin from the Torchwood TV, is entertaining and well done all round production. The story is about a Department store in decline, possible Aliens and people disappearing.Unlike some Audio CD's that leave the listener thinking 'was that all? The sound effects are not bad and not overwhelming.
This episode is set after the deaths of Toshiko and Owen and precedes the Children of Earth story. I must admit it is not one of the best Torchwood stories, but that said Its worth a listen and the Amazon price is not bad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You cannot keep a good shopkeeper down... 17 May 2011
By Ms. R. L. A. Amelan VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
It may sound like an old fashioned department store but, right from the start, we know that G R Owen is an emporium with something to hide. Why else would the employees of Torchwood be manning ladies' cosmetics and gent's clothing?

Right from the beginning, we are in no doubt that this is a store where nasty things happen to customers - why else would they be busy cleaning mysterious blood stains off the carpet? There is also the problem over the long missing Department of Curiosities. Anyway, all will soon be revealed because Captain Jack Harkness is on the case.

He has opposition, however, in the form of a company wishing to take over the store and, more importantly, everything in it, including the nasty wriggly bits. Also, the bullet points in their presentations are not of the PowerPoint variety.

The story proceeds at a cracking pace and is, in many parts, something of a black comedy. We have numerous puns and one is greatly reminded of that vintage TV comedy, "Grace Brothers" and, yes, the greeting "I'm free" does pop up. I thought it tremendous fun.

Naturally, I shall not spoil the end but it is fitting and shows that you cannot keep that great shopkeeping spirit down, although once Torchwood and Co have gone through the building there is quite a bit of clearing up to do and much of the stock is ruined. I did wonder about the insurance claim at this point.

I thought it a lovely way to spend a couple of hours and it is a fun bedtime story that should not "frighten the horses". The plot is a tad predictable and the violence a little gratuitous for my taste but this does not detract too much from the fun. It is also ably read by Kai Owen who manages, with the aid of fairly discreet sound effects, to convey the characters and the drama.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun, creepy and occasionally funny audiobook 17 May 2011
By JpfA VINE VOICE
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I can't say that it was the best story I've ever heard, and will not recommend it enthusiastically, but would certainly be a good addition for big fans of the series. The plot is fun, with a sinister organisation to rival Torchwood searching for the lost Department of Curiosities, and segments of Captain Jack's past coming back to haunt him, but it is not riveting. It also falters out towards the climax, with garbled dialogue and a confusing end.

The narrator is excellent, as a reader, but fails drastically on the accents. His native welsh accent does not lend itself well to American and Canadian accents, though this does not detract too much from the overall experience.

All in all an OK Torchwood audiobook. Not much to hate, but not much to love, either. Only one for hardcore fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining addition to the Torchwood series 17 May 2011
By David TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Department X (a nice play on the title of the old tv series Department S) is another in the series of BBC audio Torchwood stories. Set before Children Of Earth Department X sees Captain Jack and the Torchwood team investigating strange goings on in the last of Cardiffs department stores. The story is read by Kai Owen who plays Gwens husband Rhys in the television series. Kai Owen makes a good narrator and captures the characters voices well. The story is spread across two cds and the plot moves at a good pace. All in all an good and entertaining addition to the Torchwood series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Torchwood: Department X
This is an excellent example of the torchwood audio books. Kai Owen does a great job of reading and a very enjoyable story. Read more
Published 12 months ago by DCA
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, excellent listen.
I really enjoyed this story, it was a very well scripted Torchwood story.
The plot was well conceived and fast paced, and kept my interest all the way through. Read more
Published 23 months ago by A. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Torchwood meets Are you being Served.
I'm a massive fan of Torchwood on TV and was slightly curious to see how it transfers to audio....

Department X is a mystery based in the run down Cardiff department... Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Martin Belcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully weird
With a fifth TV series of Torchwood currently in doubt, fans need some material to sustain them as they wait for news. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by Miss
5.0 out of 5 stars Torchwood at its best
Read by Gwen's husband Rhys - actor Kai Owen - this is Torchwood when it was a great sci-fi programme. Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2011 by M. A. Dunnington
4.0 out of 5 stars Shop on the Net
Never really been a Torchwood fan but I did actually like this story, Not knowing the background of the programme didn't get in the way of me enjoying this strong story about odd... Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2011 by Mr. D. Swan
3.0 out of 5 stars *Barrowman not included
Set between the end of series 2 and before the Children of Earth miniseries, Department X was originally broadcast on BBC radio in a daytime slot. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2011 by Call me Sparky
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
This is the second audio book I've listened to and so far it's by far the best. :-)

The story is set before "Children of the Earth", (which was the third series of... Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2011 by Mrs. A. M. Chadwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite Torchwood Book
This for me is the best of all the Torchwood books and yes I haven't read all them I really enjoyed this from beginning to end its a typical Torchwood story I just loved the how... Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2011 by B. Pennant
2.0 out of 5 stars average story
My 13 year old was excited when I ordered this as he is a big fan of Dr Who and Torchwood, and is currently enjoying the new series of Torchwood, but he found this story a bit dull... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by M. A. Coyle
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