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Everyone Says Hello
on 12 April 2008
The Torchwood team find themselves up against a rogue alien communications device in this exclusive audio story read by Burn Gorman (Owen Harper).
'Everyone Says Hello' has a pleasantly offbeat central premise, with the inhabitants of Cardiff forced into exchanging banalities with each other leading to the virtual collapse of the city. It's a nice idea, but it has to be said that stretched out to approx 2.5 hours it does become a little wearing. Like sister audio story 'Hidden' this adventure feels very S-L-O-W, as what may have felt like a pacy adventure on the page becomes bloated by the audiobook format, with really only enough plot to cover 1 CDs worth of action.
Burn Gorman does a reasonable job of the reading, throwing himself into passable impressions of the rest of the Torchwood regulars and a whole host of Welsh accents, though he seems incapable of capturing Captain Jacks American twang.
All in all this is an interesting story, and slightly superior to 'Hidden' in that ut has a more satisfying ending, but I still feel that the producers of these CDs need to work on the pacing of stories written exclusively for audio.
3.5 out of 5