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"Torchwood": Everyone Says Hello [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Dan Abnett
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4 Feb 2008 Torchwood
The Torchwood team is involved in a dangerous race against time in this exclusive story read by Burn Gorman outside the government, beyond the police, fighting for the future on behalf of the human race. The 21st century is when everything changes and Torchwood is ready. Led by the mysterious and enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood delves into the unknown and fights the impossible...Across Cardiff, ordinary people are behaving in odd ways: saying hello to complete strangers, and going out of their way to greet one another.Torchwood discovers that an alien communications field is gathering strength in the area. The team must find the device responsible and shut it off - before civil unrest engulfs the whole city. Burn Gorman, who plays Owen in the hit BBC TV series created by Russell T Davies, reads this exclusive audio story by Dan Abnett. The cover photograph shows John Barrowman as Captain Jack, Eve Myles as Gwen, Burn Gorman as Owen, Naoko Mori as Toshiko, and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto. This story takes place during the second series of Torchwood. This book contains adult themes and language.

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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (4 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405678216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405678216
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Abnett: Dan Abnett is a novelist and award-winning comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and, with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. Dan's website can be found at www.DanAbnett.com

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough for me 15 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
Everyone Says Hello is a pretty good Torchwood story with an interesting presentation.

Burn Gorman does a good job bringing most of the characters to life; the exception being Captain Jack Harkness, who proved beyond Gorman; I'm not sure if it was just the accent, or something else. But he did a pretty good job bringing Dan Abnett's story to life otherwise.

This isn't Abnett's first Torchwood story, and he proved here again that he has a good grasp of the show's characters. The story fell victim to the same tendency towards the grandiose that some of the more recent Torchwood stories on-screen have, but as long as the story is well-executed that's not a problem. And I certainly think that the story was well-executed.

While a new Torchwood novel would've been my preference over a new audiobook, I still enjoyed Everyone Says Hello. And that's good enough for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Says Hello 12 April 2008
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The Torchwood team find themselves up against a rogue alien communications device in this exclusive audio story read by Burn Gorman (Owen Harper).

'Everyone Says Hello' has a pleasantly offbeat central premise, with the inhabitants of Cardiff forced into exchanging banalities with each other leading to the virtual collapse of the city. It's a nice idea, but it has to be said that stretched out to approx 2.5 hours it does become a little wearing. Like sister audio story 'Hidden' this adventure feels very S-L-O-W, as what may have felt like a pacy adventure on the page becomes bloated by the audiobook format, with really only enough plot to cover 1 CDs worth of action.

Burn Gorman does a reasonable job of the reading, throwing himself into passable impressions of the rest of the Torchwood regulars and a whole host of Welsh accents, though he seems incapable of capturing Captain Jacks American twang.

All in all this is an interesting story, and slightly superior to 'Hidden' in that ut has a more satisfying ending, but I still feel that the producers of these CDs need to work on the pacing of stories written exclusively for audio.

3.5 out of 5
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3.0 out of 5 stars attack of the morning people 1 May 2008
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This is a totally original story involving torchwood, characters from the bbc show about a secret group in cardiff that protects the world from aliens and dangerous technology that comes through a rift in time in the city. It's written as a short novel and read by actor burn gorman, well known for his role as owen harper in the show. It runs for roughly two and a half hours, and is spread out over two discs, each of seventy five minutes in duration.

The story involves torchwood investigating why people are suddenly doing nothing but talk non stop to complete strangers. as the city dissolves into chaos as a result of all this, can torchwood find the cause and save the day?

As a torchwood story this is a pretty decent one, and as a novel not bad. there are a lot of very well drawn supporting characters. although regular character ianto and tosh don't get very much to do.

Actor burn gorman is a very good reader and enjoyable to listen to. It's initially quiet disconcerting to hear someone say torchwood over the theme and for it to not be john barrowman! He does the vocal mannerisms of all the characters, especially the regulars very well, although doesn't quite manage to recreate the voices of all of them.

The story is divided into six chapters, each running roughly twenty five minutes. chapter four is split between discs one and two. and this is the one flaw with the whole thing, as it's paced more like a novel than an audio so it does get a bit much to listen to in one go. I recommend taking breaks in between chapters. added to which, chapter five is rather padded and could easily have been cut down, and the whole resolution in chapter six feels a bit rushed.

Also please note that like the show it contains adult scenes and situations and language.

Not bad, but I agree with the reviewer who gave it 3.5 out of 5
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burn Gorman's Performance is Outstanding! 2 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
Burn Gorman is outstanding in this exclusive audio book from Torchwood series two. He doesn't narrate the story but actually PEFORMS it with all of the mannersisms, inflectures and vocal energy he would use if he were performing this for TV or the stage. It's obvious that he has read the book himself before the recording (not all Torchwood audio plays can make that claim!) and his enthusiasm makes the story more engaging and maintains interest.

Dan Abnett's script is entirely suited to the realm of audio. It's more accessible than the other Torchwood stories available and begins on a lazy summer's day. Gone is the need for knowledge of the show's underlying plotlines and continuity. It's all in with fun interplay between characters and strange takes on life's ordinariness. How many people will listen to this on the bus or whilst standing in a queue and feel for the protagonist's emotions? If "Everyone Says Hello" unfolded on the printed page it would lose its impact and enjoyment.

Its sister volume, "Hidden", the other exclusive Torchwood audiobook released at the same time, fares less well. Despite a polished reading by Naoko Mori (although she enunciates her "g"'s softly, such that the "g" in "aged" is pronounced like the second "g" in "garage" instead of the first!), Hidden seems to have been a Torchwood novel simply translated to CD.

"Everyone Says Hello" doesn't have the plot to sustain three CDs like the first run of Torchwood audios, though fills the two discs admirably. Gorman does a first rate job in breathing life into the most incidental of characters and after a million different ways of saying the word "hello" he still finds ways of making it refreshing and never staid (though he must be sick of the word by the end of the CDs!
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