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Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned [Abridged, Audiobook, CD] [Audio CD]

Stephen Cole , David Tennant
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Aug. 28 2012 Doctor Who
This story, narrated by David Tennant, features the Doctor and Rose, as played by David Tennant and Billie Piper in the acclaimed hit series from the BBC. When a naval cruiser sinks in mysterious circumstances in the North Sea, all aboard are lost. Rose is saddened to learn that the brother of her friend, Keisha, was among the dead. And yet he appears to them as a ghostly apparition, begging to be saved from the coming feast...the feast of the drowned. As the dead crew haunt loved ones all over London, the Doctor and Rose are drawn into a chilling mystery. What sank the ship, and why? When the cruiser’s wreckage was towed up the Thames, what sinister force came with it? The river’s dark waters are hiding an even darker secret, as preparations for the feast near their conclusion...

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Born in 1971, Steve Cole spent a happy childhood in rural Bedfordshire being loud and aspiring to amuse. He liked books, and so went to the University of East Anglia to read more of them. Later on he started writing them too, with titles ranging from pre-school poetry to Young Adult thrillers (with more TV and film tie-ins than he cares to admit to along the way). In other careers he has been the editor of Noddy magazine, the voice of a Dalek and an editor of fiction and nonfiction book titles for various publishers. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! May 14 2013
By Anon
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
David Tennant is spectacular in his dramatic reading. You have no trouble imagining all the characters speaking, and it's amazing to be able to hear the Tenth Doctor once more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A feast indeed Dec 29 2007
By Anne K. Simmons - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read more Doctor Who novels than I care to admit, I'd say that this one is the best new series novel to date (winter 2007). Many of the books rank as "Just OK," but this one kept me engaged from start to end. No plot dead zones. No passages I wanted to skip. Plenty of sharp dialog, creepy aliens, and even a nifty crash between a tug and a barge. Ooh, what fun!

Like other new series novels, it's a quick read, with a fairly straight-forward plot. Unlike many of the new series novels, it avoids being silly or overly light. Stephen Cole keeps the story tightly paced, from the cliffhanger opening of a sailor caught on a sinking ship to the final scene. Some of the authors don't know how to handle the tenth Doctor--either focusing too much on Tenant's manic energy or going completely flat--but Cole strikes a balance. There are the funny Doctor moments (including a weird and poorly-timed outburst about a ship Jack Dusty), but he also is fiercely intelligent, rude, caring, a bit frightening, and alien, a quality often missing from the new series books.

If you enjoy the new series, there's much to enjoy here. The story captures the feel and characterizations of the show, focusing as much on personal stories as the science fiction. While our heroes are trying to stop the eponymous Feast of the Drowned, Rose has to deal with the repercussions of events that happened during her "lost" year away from home. This emotional side story feeds a clever device at the heart of the narrative: love becomes a trap in an alien plot. Feast is stuck in current-day London (the Doctor seems to have trouble getting off Earth these days), but we're taken on a lively tour that starts at the Powell Estate and wanders through laboratories, a dry dock, tunnels under the city, and even the Thames. As the characters split up and go on their individual adventures, they are always connected by the central plot device.

It's the promise of the occasional gem like the Feast of the Drowned that keeps me coming back to the new series books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative landscapes/concepts - some iffy Doctor moments Dec 30 2010
By BS Detector - Published on Amazon.com
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My title really captures the whole thing. The book was generally enjoyable with a plot that does a great job of opening up the pre-Doctor storylines for Rose and Mickey, adding believable friends and relationships to their world.

There are a few iffy Doctor moments, in which he is just strange, rather than Doctor-like.

There is also what I found to be a glaring plot hole, which I won't address for fear of spoilers, but suffice it to say that there is only so much the human body can take before it shuts down. Some characters here exhibit super-human endurance for the sake of keeping the plot moving.

Overall, I did enjoy it. The characters were rich and the settings were really well imagined and integrated. Real suspense and catharsis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, if a bit short Dec 10 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Pros:
-Entertaining story
-Characterization seemed accurate
-David Tennant

Cons:
-A bit short (only lasted me about a week of short car trips)
-Obviously abridged (though not confusing)

If you're like me and are more interested in hearing David Tennant read than in the story itself, it's awesome and entertaining even if it's abridged. I wouldn't pay full price since it's so short, but it was enjoyable enough that I bought the hardcover so I can fill in the holes in the plot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a quick read. Aug. 3 2010
By Mary Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered the book a few months ago while I was ordering textbooks for college courses. I realize the novels are meant for a younger reading audience, but I recently got into the show and just thought I'd give it a shot. Of the several Doctor Who novels I've either read or listened to on audio, Feast of the Drowned is OK- it's not the worst, but it's not the best wither. For me, the book was just kind of there, it really was nothing special. For me, the plot doesn't really seem to pick up until about halfway to two thirds into the book. The portrayal of Rose was pretty accurate, but I have to say, at I just didn't feel like I was reading about the tenth doctor sometimes, something was just sort of, off.

As a quick read, it's generally ok. I finished it while I was on vacation. It's not boring prefab, but it's not always on the edge of your seat either.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay Aug. 4 2009
By Beth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have to say that I was actually a bit disappointed by David Tennant's reading. Perhaps it was not so much the reading itself, but the lack of an interaction between the Doctor and Rose that left me flat. There just wasn't that usual spark from the Doctor in his voice.

This was still very cute and quite enjoyable and certainly recommended for Doctor Who fans. It's nice to revisit Mickey and Rose and the Doctor and remember happier times.
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