a talking book, on one cd, telling an all new story featuring the characters from the tv show the sarah jane adventures. the story is read by actress elisabeth sladen, who plays the title role in the show on tv. she does fairly decent impesssions of the style of speaking of the other three main characters, and does some good original voices of her own for the original characters in the tale.
the story is set in the tv show's second season, sometime after the first story, as it features the new character rani who first appeared after original character maria left.
the story runs for approximately one hour and five minutes. It involves sarah jane visting a supermarket where main character clyde is working, whilst her son luke is working at a museum. strange things happen in both places, and sarah has to enlist the help of rani [who doesnt appear till the last third of the story]. an alien force is at work here, and seems to be controlling an old man. what is it's agenda, and why does it want three particular objects?
franchise fiction of this kind can stand and fall on the strength of the story, as generally it's constrained by not being able to do anything different with the characters. this works quite well. it takes a little while to get going but that does rather help because for a long time you're as in the dark as sarah in regards to what's going on. ultimately once you know what the alien force is up to it's nothing too surprising, but the final scenes in a scrap metal yard are quite original and would have great to see on the tv screen.
and elisabeth sladen is a very good reader and a pleasure to listen to.
ultimately nothing earth shattering but a pleasant listen and well worth getting if you want a new sarah jane story
on 1 December 2009
This is great. I loved the bit in the supermarket at the beginning. In fact, the story stayed in the supermarket for quite a while, which was good as I love those sort of 'ordinary' settings where extroadinary things start happening.
Sarah Jane is noticing strange behaviour from one of the staff, only to find it is, in fact, Clyde, who is in turn noticing strange behaviour from an old man, one of Sarah's neighbours. I found this to be the best part of the story, better than the settings in the middle, (the museum where Luke was working) and the end (car scrapyard place).
What I like about this too is that you get good music and sound effects, not all the time, but at parts in the reading, which greatly adds to the atmosphere. (In some of the earlier stories on audio, there was no music or sound effects, just a straight read).
Elisabeth Sladen is always good to listen to, she does a good job of conveying the other characters' voices and personalities, especially Clyde.
Other good audios in the series are: Ghost House, and White Wolf. The rest are not so good, but still worth a listen if you like Sarah Jane, as I do. I just wish they would do a full cast audio drama of the Sarah Jane Adventures as well, as has been done with Torchwood. But even if they don't, I look forward to some more SJ audios raad by Elisabeth as she does a great job with the reading. Add to that the music, much to enjoy all round.