12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2009
Like many fans of the TV series, I turn to the novels for the characters more than the plot. True to most Torchwood novels, this one suffers from a weak mystery, although it's entertaining. If I were rating the plot alone, I'd give it only 2 or 3 stars.
What sets this audio book apart from previous ones is Gareth David-Lloyd's interpretation of characters and his marvelous reading voice. He gets voices and characterizations spot on; it's easy to visualize characters having a conversation without wondering who's who. However, his reading voice alone is worth a listen; his familiarity with Torchwood's nuances of characterization just adds another reason to appreciate his performance. I hope that he'll read more audio books, both in the Torchwood series and other fiction. GDL's interpretation of the text raised my overall rating to 4 stars; I give his performance 5 stars.
The Sin Eaters offers glimpses into the Ianto/Jack or Gwen/Rhys dynamic that we haven't seen in the TV series. Rhys continues to grow as a supporting character; he's gradually becoming Gwen's true partner in every sense of the word. Janto fans should be happy with insights into Jack's "Ianto time" when the world doesn't need immediate saving. The story illustrates the playful side of Ianto's intelligence and does a good job of leading into "Children of Earth"'s exploration of the Ianto/Jack relationship.
As another reviewer noted, the book is a quick "read" and entertaining. Although the plot may not be memorable, the experience of listening to GDL tell the story is. Add a few new character details, and you've got an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2009
I bought this "sight unseen" on the basis that as Brian Minchin was Torchwood's script editor and Gareth David-Lloyd has a voice made for reading aloud, it couldn't possibly be a disappointment. And I am glad to say that I was correct in my assumptions. It's a fun adventure - but also gruesome and scary in parts - Ianto's fear of swimming in the open sea struck a particular nerve with me. However, these scenes were offset by Ianto's use of the secret features of the SUV with humorous consequences and the introduction of the Torchwood speedboat. (I think Brian Minchin is not only a James Bond fan, but also a Top Gear Fan). The characterisations are spot on and so are GDL's readings - however, I don't think he absolutely nails Captain Jack's particular accent.
My only question is, when is GDL going to read another audio-book?
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2009
Whilst some Torchwood audiobooks can seem slow, the The Sin Eaters is a fast and fun story. A priest has been collecting small creatures from the sea and using them to clense people's minds of their sins, initially making them feel good about themselves but with a terrible ending.
The Sin Eaters is certainly a fun story, with plenty of action involving the SUV and boats and also humourous moments between the three main characters. The relationships between Jack/Ianto and Gwen/Rhys are particularly well protrayed, with genuine fun and affection coming through within both couples but without making them too sugary - Gwen still fancies her boss and Ianto is still a little unsure about how to view his relationship with Jack.
The reading by Gareth David-Lloyd is particularly fun and energetic and he gets the voices of Jack and Rhys almost spot on.
Good overall fun.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2010
This is one of the series of Torchwood audiobooks read by cast members, and the first to be read by Gareth David-Lloyd. This one is only available as an audiobook, not in print. I bought it because I'd heard a sample of David-Lloyd reading an audiobook, and thought he was a good reader. It was well worth the money. The story's the usual competent tie-in work I've found with previous Torchwood books, and David-Lloyd is an excellent audiobook reader.
The story itself is set between series 2 and series 3, with references and foreshadowing that tie it firmly into the series universe for those who've seen the referenced episodes, without excluding those who haven't seen them, or overwhelming the story. The basic plot is standard monster-of-the-week fare for the Torchwood corner of the Whoniverse -- an alien castaway courtesy of the rift, its threat magnified by the meddling of local humans who don't understand what they're playing with. In this case it's alien insect larvae which feed on human emotions, and a vicar who thinks he's found a way to heal people of their sins and guilt. It's competently written, with a good look at love and the complexity of human emotions, but there's nothing particularly noteworthy here.
What does stand out is the characterisation, which is as good as you'd expect from the man who was script editor for the show. One thing which I particularly liked was that it showcases both the Gwen/Rhys and the Jack/Ianto relationships, while still acknowledging the attraction between Jack and Gwen. There are a lot of small details which build on what we've already been shown in the tv series, showing how the characters and their relationships are developing and changing. It's a particular joy to see the playful and affectionate side of both romances.
Gareth David-Lloyd does an excellent job of reading the book. He's a good reader when it comes to the mechanics of reading aloud, well paced and with good tonal colour. He's also very good at portraying the various characters already known to listeners from the tv series, getting most of them spot on in their dialogue. It's usually clear who's speaking, even without dialogue tags -- and you can tell the difference between narrator and Ianto's dialogue. He even mostly gets Jack's American accent right. I hope he's invited to do more of the audiobooks.
At two full-length CDs, it's a lot longer than a standard tv or radio episode, but with it being an audio book you'd expect that for the same basic story. I didn't feel that it was padded or too long. It feels about the same as reading one of the print tie-in books. Minchin makes good use of the format, taking advantage of being able to show interior monologue without crossing too far into telling rather than showing.
I enjoyed this a lot, and happily listened to it again a couple of weeks after the first time through. Definitely worth the attention of Torchwood fans in general, and very much recommended for fans of both Ianto Jones and Gareth David-Lloyd -- both the character and the actor are well served by this title.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2010
A Torchwood audiobook, read by Gareth David-Lloyd. That in itself was a good start. On top of that, the story has twists and turns and is gripping from the start. All in all, worth a listen (or three)
on 14 February 2015
Featuring the post series 2 slimmed-down core of Ianto, Jack, and Gwen (with the oafish Rhys in tow), this breezy story nails the Torchwood formula to a tee; what it lacks in originality however, it makes up for in sheer brio. Gareth David-Lloyd who played Ianto on the screen narrates, and his unassuming Welsh lilt makes for a pleasing aural experience; Jack is as sassy as ever, and the alien creature the team are up against does what you'd expect. As one other reviewer said, this is an enjoyable story but one that probably won't last too long in the memory, even sans retcon.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2009
Another rollicking good tale and the romance of Ianto and Capn fantastic moves gently on. I am sure I have met evil alien flying insects before in the Torchwood canon. The slimming pill thing I think. Once again Christian religion is pilloried and new features of the "SUV" appear.