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Torchwood: Red Skies [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Joseph Lidster
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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3 May 2012 Torchwood
"John Telfer reads this exclusive audio adventure set after the conclusion of "Miracle Day", featuring Captain Jack Harkness. Jack Harness is in need of a holiday. He wants to get away from Torchwood, away from the human race - and where better to get completely away from it all than Cotter Paluni's World, a planet surrounded by deadly scarlet lightning and cut off from the entire universe? But there are some shocks in store for Jack: the 'Devil's World' might be completely isolated and inaccessible, but its inhabitants worship Torchwood. And before he can find out why, or how this is even possible, he finds himself arrested for murder. It looks as if someone on the planet knows who Jack is - and they're out to get him...Written specially for AudioGO by Joseph Lidster, "Red Skies" is read by John Telfer.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445871963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445871967
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars You can pass this one by 7 April 2013
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Since the episode were Owen and Tosh were killed off Torchwood was not the same but after they killed off Ianto Jones Torchwood seems empty. The life of the series and stories is gone. The spirit of the first audiobooks does not carry through to this audiobook.
The story line is strained. How can there be a torchwood of just two people? Captain Jack and Gwen Cooper?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red Sky at Night = Delight 24 Mar 2013
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I loved this story. It addresses some modern themes in terms of sexuality, depression and religion and somehow does so not only sensitively but with humour. I'll just repeat - I loved this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious story 16 Aug 2012
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I almost didn't buy it, due to the other terrible review. That guy has terrible taste. It is hilarious. The description of flashbacks is excellent. The narration is great. We've got grey skinned Humanoid aliens, a Jack who has to settle for vegetable puree in a bar without alcohol, a naked Jack and talk of Jack being an Angel. Don't miss this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Harkness’ Delight 24 Feb 2014
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Looks like a much-deserved vacation for the resilient Captain Jack, as he finds himself on the bizarrely-named ‘Cotter Paluni’s World’, where gorgeous - if pasty-skinned – types abound, but where strange red lightning also periodically comes out of nowhere and destroys those deemed to have blasphemed against the world’s gods. Joseph Lidster has produced some excellent Doctor Who and Torchwood stories to date, however I can’t say that this is one of my favourites of his. Ultimately, this is about Jack facing his (many) demons and emerging…well I wouldn’t want to spoil things. Suffice to say that in-references for fans of the parent TV show abound, and that reader John Telfer does a decent job with some iffy material.
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I was really looking forward to this audio, as it would feature the (in)famous Jack Harkness and would take place on another planet. and, indeed, it starts off quite nicely. Furthermore, I liked the memory scenes incorporated into the story. Maybe not so much fun for anyone just hearing about Torchwood for the first time, but for a fan it immediately recalls scenes that we remember having seen. No problem with that. The overall plot is rather boring.

It could easily have taken place on Earth (you just change the Godlike character somewhat) as the red skies turn out to be just window dressing to hide a story that is all about an intolerant religion that has more rules for people than even highly fundamentalist Christian cults tend to possess. It even includes a very traditional coming out story. Just because Jack is the main lead such a story needs to be included presumably. I rather liked the way relationships were approached in the Torchwood series, and there was no need for any kind of this. I mean, I am sure that kind of thing is still an issue in certain communities and religions, but for a fan of Torchwood (and maybe doctor Who too) it really isn't very welcome to play it out again. Been there, past that. One of the reasons we enjoyed the original series after all.

The intolerant religion in this story is called Torchwood. It even has a so-called Living God. During the course of the Audio we find out how this has come to pass, and who is the God, but it actually is not a good narrative. However, the story is told well. You do imagine Captain Jack being there.

On the whole a mixed bag: characterisation is okay, some elements of the story are great, but more are not (and boring too). So I ended up with an average score: three stars.
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