- Audio CD
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; WW edition (5 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140842746X
- ISBN-13: 978-1408427460
- Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.1 x 14.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,038,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who: The Hounds Of Artemis (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"Smith’s performance is exactly as I’ve come to expect from him – flawless and exuberant when playing the Doctor, and inventive when it comes to breathing life into new characters" (http://www.doctorwhoreviews.co.uk)
"Smith and Corbett prove an excellent match when it comes to reading the narrative and portraying the various protagonists... writer James Goss has succeeded in creating... one of the strongest audio stories in the range" (http://www.huntspost.co.uk)
Matt Smith and Clare Corbett read this exclusive audio adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond, with original music and sound design.See all Product description
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It runs for one hour and fifteen minutes and is complete on a single cd. It's basically one long episode. The only breaks are the usual cd chapter ones.
Minimal sleeve notes give all the writing and acting credits and copyright information and advertise other bbc doctor who product.
And for those who want this on various portable devices: the file size is 781.4mb.
The story is a slight format breaker in that whereas Matt Smith narrates half of it, doing all the character voices as well, actress Clare Corbett does the rest. Her character is the grandchild of one of the characters in the main part of the story, and she is reading out entries from a diary written by the Doctor's companion Amy during the course of the adventure.
Presumably Karen Gillan wasn't available to do this part but it's an approach that does work better than you might expect, thanks to the two different narrative voices complementing each other rather well.
The story sees the Doctor and Amy arrive at the site of an archaeological expedition in 1929, that is seeking to open an ancient temple. The locals of the area have a great foreboding about the place but the europeans of the expedition are desperate for the glory of discovery, and are pressing ahead.
Only the Doctor knows that, in recorded history, something bad happened here. So he wants to find out what.
Anyone who has listened to any of this range will know that they are stand alone stories, by virtue of the fact that they aren't allowed to do anything that can effect on screen continuity. Thus you're not going to get anything earth shattering. They stand and fall on the quality of the story and the reading.
In this case, this one works rather well. Matt Smith is an excellent narrator and provides a good range of voices. And Clare Corbett as mentioned is so different from him in style that she becomes quite good to listen to as well. The story strives hard for subtle atmosphere and to evoke the feel of being in the middle of the desert and inside an ancient and mysterious tomb and it means it's not the paciest thing, but it is quite successful in creating mood.
Thus whilst the plot offers few surprises, it is quite an engaging listen.
Even the plot conceit of Amy writing a diary works because it's something that she does to fill in time whilst waiting for things to happen, so it does feel like something the character might do.
As ever, the stories in this range aren't classic, but this is another efficient and entertaining way to pass the time between on screen episodes.
the two voice artists to take the male and female roles, so was a bit surprised at Matt Smith reading Amy Pond's lines but it didn't detract from the story and it actually worked quite well. Both the narrators capture the Scottish lilt of Amy's accent which adds to the tale.
Without giving any spoilers, the story is well written and the atmosphere is helped by good sound effect and descriptions. In many ways it reminded me of the classic Doctor Who tale - The Pyramids Of Mars. The Hounds of Artemis is quite short at just over an hour long (24 chapters) which was a small disappointment after listening to the Harry Potter audio books, but in fairness this CD is more of an episode than an epic.
Overall it was a good listen and I'll be looking at more of these in the future as it was a well produced and entertaining story that helped the car journey whizz by
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