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"Torchwood": Hidden [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Steven Savile
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4 Feb 2008 Torchwood
An age-old secret is at the heart of a gripping adventure for the Torchwood team in this exclusive story read by Naoko Mori 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...After a series of violent and seemingly unrelated deaths, the solution to a riddle seems to point the finger of blame at Captain Jack.Can the Torchwood team uncover the truth, which lies hidden in the heart of the Welsh countryside, in time to save their leader? Naoko Mori, who plays Toshiko in the hit BBC TV series created by Russell T Davies, reads this exclusive audio story by Steven Savile. 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 first series of Torchwood. This title contains adult themes and language.

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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (4 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405678208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405678209
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Savile has written for Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval,Stargate, Warhammer, Slaine, Fireborn, Pathfinder and other popular game and comic worlds. His novels have been published in a dozen languages to date, including the Italian bestseller L'eridita. He won the International Media Association of Tie-In Writers award for his Primeval novel, SHADOW OF THE JAGUAR, published by Titan, in 2010, and the inaugural Lifeboat to the Stars Award for the novel Tau Ceti co-written with Kevin J Anderson. SILVER, his debut thriller reached #2 in the Amazon UK e-charts in the summer of 2011 selling over forty thousand copies in the process. He wrote the story for the huge international best selling computer game BATTLEFIELD 3 which sold over five million copies in its week of release, and he served as head writer on the popular online children's game SPINEWORLD which had over one million players when live. His latest books include The novelisation of the computer game RISEN 2: DARK WATERS, THE LAZARUS INITIATIVE co-written with Dave Sakmyster and NORTHERN SOUL co-written with Steve Lockley.

His popular OGMIOS TEAM series includes Silver, and the origins novels Solomon's Seal, WarGod and Lucifer's Machine.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story but leaves questions 13 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
Very much in the line of the other torchwood audio stories - there is a constant sense of the cliff hanger.
This one does baffle a lot and most of the time I had no idea what was going on or why.
The narrator's voice seemed tinny at first - not as good as Burn Gorman - but as the story progressed I noticed it less.
And at the end - I had no idea what had happened or why or why it had stopped.
Something about a man who lives forever - or did Jack kill him ? and did he create clones with dna damage ? How would that work in the middle ages as an alchemist? Who would care enough to run around killing people to hide it ? Still - a good ride and well told.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hidden 8 Mar 2008
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Personally I've always felt that abridged audio recordings of Torchwood novels were rather superfluous, so a big thumbs up to BBC Audiobooks for giving us some original audio only adventures this time round. I therefore find myself somewhat frustrated that lead of story 'Hidden' isn't actually very good.

The storyline concerns a series of mysterious deaths which seem to have been commited by Captain Jack, and pit the team against a secret society dedicated to protecting the secrets of an ancient alchemist.

Captain Jack fans might be frustrated at his sidelining for most of the story, though the rest of the team all get sizable chunks of action. Saville writes well enough, though the story seems to take an age to unfold, a problem which may be exasapated by the audiobook format. The main problem with 'Hidden' is that we get an enormous amount of very slow build-up and investigation for very little return - the 'blink and you'll miss it' finale is terribly underwhelming with frustratingly glossed over story details and a gang of murderers seemingly left off the hook by Torchwood for no good reason.

Naoko Mori (Toshiko) does a good enough job reading the part, throwing in a few impersonations of the other team members accents, though the lack of any background effects or music makes this a rather dry listen.

A few exciting action scenes along the way, but ultimately 'Hidden' fails to deliver on it's promise.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great listen 22 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
Set during series 1, 'Hidden' makes a great addition to the Torchwood universe. Savile's story utilizes all of the team, with each playing an important part in the investigation. The pace of the writing works very well in the audio format, absorbing the listener through both the descriptive images and the plot twists. I would recommend this to all Torchwood fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jhaeman's Review 2 Feb 2010
By Jeremy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Hidden was one of the early Torchwood audiobooks, read nicely by Naoko Mori (a.k.a., Tosh). It's a very unusual Torchwood story in that, as far as I can remember, it has absolutely nothing to do with aliens or alien artifacts (Countrycide is the only other example that comes to mind of a Torchwood story that meets the same criterion). It's actually more in the Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) style, as it involves an ancient arcane mystery (in this case, alchemy), a Templar-like secret society of masked gunmen willing to kill to keep their secrets, and a couple of brutal car chases (one of which leaves Ianto a bloody pulp). Also unusual for Torchwood is that Jack has more of a background role (he spends most of the time in a police interrogation room). On the whole, I'd probably give it an average grade--definitely better than Everyone Says Hello, but not as good as The Sin Eaters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Torchwood boods 21 Jan 2014
By Barb B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I like the book, and think it was a good adventure. I have found must all the books to be good.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 4 April 2013
By rlsirius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was great and having it read by Naoka was the best. I love her. The story was very exciting.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but curiously incomplete 21 May 2012
By Mark Colan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The first three novels in the series are each 3 CDs long, even though they are abridged. This fourth novel, read by Naoko Mori (Toshiko's character), is 2 CDs long.

THE READING

Mori-san does a fine job reading the book, adding nice touches, such as when a guard is said to be muffled because he talking through the glass, she muffles her voice in speaking his words. She has a very clear English accent, rather like BBC English, thus very easy to understand.

THE STORY (NO SPOILERS)

Like the other stories in the first group of audiobooks, this one fits somewhere in the first season, though it could be early or mid second season as well.

Most Torchwood stories, both on TV and in the books (and audiobooks) tend to feature individual characters. This one is kind of an exception, in that the story bounces around all team members more or less equally. I suppose Owen and Gwen have the most air time, and Tosh and Ianto, as usual, the least. Unlike most Torchwood stories, we have no insight into the personal lives or feelings of any of the team members, for example Rhys is nowhere to be seen this time.

Whereas most Torchwood stories involve aliens, a few do not, and this is one of them. A discovery is made of some writings from an alchemist from some 500 years ago, and it seems that he was onto some ideas that are still of a great deal of interest - dangerously so, as the Torchwood team finds out when they get close to them.

I found the resolution of the story curiously unsatisfying. It is hard to know whether this from being abridged, or whether the author meant to have some mysteries left for us to ponder, but there were some things left explained that I would liked to have seen spelled out a bit more, for example, what exactly Jack DID do, and his motivation.

BOTTOM LINE

I rather liked the story up to the sudden conclusion without a satisfactory resolution, hence my rating of four stars. I do rather wish Toshiko got better roles in this series, and that Mori-san had a better book to show her considerable talents in reading.
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