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Torchwood: Fallout Audio Download – Original recording

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 1 hour and 2 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Original recording
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 April 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ROCYIS
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Format: Audio CD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I would call this story more of a Torchwood spinoff rather than a fully fledged Torchwood story. That's not to say it isn't good. It is an enjoyable story but there is no Captain Jack and Gwen only appears briefly at the end of a phone call to her in America.

The story centres around Sgt Andy Davidson and involves the discovery of a "jewelled egg" which was released from the Torchwood vaults when the hub exploded and landed in a garden shed. This turns out to be a weapon from another planet designed to release a virus that will wipe out life on Earth. There are various people who are trying to get their hands on it for either good or evil intent and it is up to Andy and the person who found it, Yasmin, to ensure that it remains safe.

The story is fittingly narrated by Tom Price who plays Sgt Andy in the TV series. It is a narrated story rather than a full cast production as per earlier Torchwood CDs but I think that this suits it. Andy Davidson is usually a fairly minor character so it is nice for him to have his moment of glory at last.

If you are a fan of Torchwood, you will probably enjoy this CD. Just don't expect the full Torchwood experience.
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Format: Audio CD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This audio CD is read by Tom Price, the actor who plays Sgt. Andy Davidson. Andy worked with Gwen Cooper when she was a police officer, and he's had regular appearances in the Torchwood TV series. Andy had a significant role in Torchwood Season 4: Miracle Day, and the events of this audio book are set just afterwards, following on from the Torchwood audio CD `Army of One'. Capt. Jack and Rex aren't in `Fallout', and Gwen only appears via a telephone conversation, so this is Sgt. Davidson's investigation. It all begins when Yasmin finds a jewelled egg in her grandfather's shed, and her first thought is to sell it. But it appears the egg isn't a Faberge creation, and is in fact an artefact from another planet. Worse still, the buyer she finds for it online isn't what he seems either. Sgt Andy Davidson gets involved, but Gwen is in America and there's no longer any Torchwood to help out. So Andy and Yasmin have to start the investigation alone.

The box has one audio CD, run time 1 hour. I got this Torchwood CD for my 18 year old daughter, a massive Dr Who, Sarah Jane and Torchwood TV fan, although she's more into the the new Dr Who and Sarah Jane audio CDs (all read by Elisabeth Sladen). However she enjoyed listening to Torchwood: Fallout and rated it 3.5* (a high score for her) - I suppose these Torchwood Dr Who spin-off audio CDs are aimed towards teenagers/young adults, and they seem to hit the spot. She also liked the companion Sgt Andy Davidson audio CD 'Mr Invincible', and with run times of 1 hour she listens to them ripped to the iPod on long car journeys. Tom Price does a good job reading the books. While it's still uncertain if or when there will be a 5th TV season of Torchwood, at least the story continues on these audio books.
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Format: Audio CD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
With Gwen Cooper's appearance being limited to a cameo via a Transatlantic phone call (despite the cover art) and Captain Jack Harkness only being (thankfully) mentioned in passing, this is more a story of the Torchwood universe than Torchwood itself. This is especially true as the story takes place after Miracle Day and the Torchwood Institute no longer exists.

Ably filling the void (or is that a rift?) is Gwen's former police colleague and good friend Sergeant Andy Davidson who, when called to the scene of a shooting, quickly establishes that something strange is going on. His investigations soon lead to a Russian secret agent with a penchant for shooting people, a silicon-based alien life-form and the mother of all deadly viruses.

Read by Andy's alter ego, actor Tom Price, the story rattles along quickly enough to skip over the more glaring plot holes. As you'd expect, the trademark Torchwood wry humour is present and the characters well drawn within the confines of an hour-long audio book. Mercifully, author David Llewellyn avoids the Russell T. Davies trap of creating characters with obvious and ambiguous sexual preferences, so the story is suitable for a PG audience, as long as the prospect of total annihilation doesn't worry the little darlings too much.

In giving the redoubtable Andy the lead for this tale, the author has added depth to one of the peripheral series characters and I look forward to further stories of a post-Torchwood world coping with alien invasions by calling upon the skills of Her Majesty's Cardiff Plod.
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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 April 2012
Format: Audio CD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I enjoyed the Torchwood Television series even though they tended to turn much darker and dense towards the end. I've also bought and listened to several Torchwood Audio books

So when offered a copy to review by Vine I jumped at the chance.

Although the name Torchwood is IN CAPITALS the link is tenuous to say the least.

This story is in the lightweight spectrum of Saving the Planet Earth.

For a comparison think of the Sarah Jane Adventures versus the Dr Who proper...
Still good entertainment though no where near as good as the Dr Who stuff.

I enjoyed the story and its telling.
There is nothing in the story to frighten children who have watched Dr Who.
The violence and danger is to that level of reading age.

So it is for this audio book/ it's a satisfying tale but not quite Torchwood.
Let me explain.

If features Sgt Andy Davidson's- Gwen's old oppo from the Cardiff Police force and is read by the actor that portrayed him Tom Price.
Gwen is feature for about one minute flat.
Jack is mention in passing a few times.
Torchwood is not involved at all for the simple reason it has been destroyed, Jack is off on his travels and Gwen is sightseeing in the USA- The rest are.. Well dead.

Let me start by saying the Tom Price reads the story really well and the action moves along at a really good pace. The one CD last about an hour and it made the journey to a location there and back very enjoyable.

However the Torchwood name is the brand that will sell this CD. If it did not have that name emblazoned across the cover together with a picture of Gwen Cooper not many people would risk the chance of buying it.
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