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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, But The Loss Of The Author Slightly Depersonalises The Whole Thing., 23 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography (BBC Audiobooks) (Audio CD)
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Elisabeth Sladen, along with Katy Manning and Louise Jameson, are my companions from Doctor Who. They come from that glorious 70's era when all winters seemed dark and Doctor Who was the best show on TV.

I've been waiting for this book for a very long time and having met Elisabeth and found her to be delightful I was interested to read her life story. I bought the printed version of this book and could really hear Elisabeth's voice in my head and the lack of that 'voice' is the main problem with this audio version.

As the world knows, Elisabeth sadly passed away early last year, the shock to the world of Doctor Who was immense and this book has taken on the appearance of a posthumous farewell.

This audio version is narrated by another of the Doctor's companions, Caroline John, and she does a great job of it, unfortunately she reads the book in the form of the first person and it seems strange to have a different woman reading the book as though it were Elisabeth relating the events herself. This did have the effect of taking me out of what I was listening to at times and I feel it would have been better if they had changed the dialogue or text to the the third person. It's only a minor point but it does jar a little, I expect Elisabeth would have done it herself had she still been with us.

There is a foreword by David Tennant who goes on to relate his joy at working with her on Doctor Who and how she inspired him and put him at ease on his first day, and an epilogue by her husband Brian Miller, co written by their daughter Sadie, and is lovely. In fact I would have preferred the entire book to have been narrated by her husband, he is an actor after all and I think it would have given it that more personal touch and brought us closer to Elisabeth than, perhaps, the Caroline John narration does.

All in all though it's a very very good audio book of a superb autobiography, but if the truth be told, I do prefer the written printed version, but both versions stand as a wonderful lasting memoir of a lady who gave pleasure to millions of children and adults who are children at heart for so long.
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Initial post: 23 Jan 2012, 13:37:04 GMT
I was pleased to get this on Vine, but like you was a little disconcerted by the "first person" thing. Really enjoyed it, though cramming in ten hours listening wasn't easy :-)
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