[Audiobook Talk] Doctor Who: Nothing O’Clock by Neil Gaiman #LoveAudiobooks

Audiobook Details:

Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Length: 1 hour
Read: May 2017

Synopsis:

Eleven Doctors, eleven months, eleven stories: a year-long celebration of Doctor Who!

The most exciting names in children’s fiction each create their own unique adventure about the time-travelling Time Lord. Thousands of years ago, Time Lords built a Prison for the Kin. They made it utterly impregnable and unreachable. As long as Time Lords existed, the Kin would be trapped forever and the universe would be safe.

They had planned for everything… everything, that is, other than the Time War and the fall of Gallifrey. Now the Kin are free again and there’s only one Time Lord left in the universe who can stop them!

Author Neil Gaiman puts his own unique spin on the Doctor’s amazing adventures through time and space in the eleventh and final story in the bestselling 50th anniversary series!

My Thoughts

I’m fairly certain that I’ve read this one before or I am having the biggest case of deja vu ever! This was so much fun to listen to, with Peter Kenny doing a wonderful narration of Neil Gaiman’s story. I look forward to anything Doctor Who that Neil Gaiman does and this story is a perfect blend of the TV show I’ve come to love and of Neil’s amazing writing. It’s super short and a very quick listen (the Kindle copy is only 45 pages long) and it was the perfect breather audiobook after a heavy audiobook listen.

“Have you always been like this?”
“Like what?”
“A madman with a time machine.”
“No. It took me ages to get the time machine.”

I’ve listened to a few Doctor Who stories in the past and I might be biased, but I think this is the best one of the bunch. The Doctor comes across just as I see him in the show (this one being Matt Smith’s version) and Amy Pond was fun, too.

Audiobook Notes: 

Peter Kenny does a fantastic narration, though he almost comes across more as David Tennant’s Doctor than Matt Smith’s … BUT it was still so much fun to listen to. Amy sounded like Amy, even though she wasn’t in the story a lot, and the whole story felt very much like any Doctor Who episode, almost like watching it right on TV!

But don’t take my word for it … read some other reviews! 

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{Book Talk} The Body Electric by Beth Revis

the body electricBeth Revis is back!! I can’t say how excited I was for this book, especially after loving loving her Across the Universe series. More science fiction!

Now, I’m really not a science fiction person. I think reading Beth’s first series was my first real introduction to it and since then I’ve watched Doctor Who and all, but I can’t say that I’ve fully immersed myself in the genre. I remember in university, I had to take a math class in my first year, so I took one that people called ‘Math for Music People’ … is there such thing as ‘Science Fiction for Non-Science Fiction People’?

I thought this book was a LOT of fun. Super creepy and suspenseful, though slightly predictable, but still a really good read. It was the perfect book for my first read of the year! And can I just say how awesome that cover is? So beautiful.

I loved the whole mystery about this book. I’ll admit it, I did see some things coming, but I had no idea what the outcome would be. I think I was mostly intrigued about reading the book after hearing people talk about exploding androids — I mean, what? Beth delivered on that part and there were some really cool scenese that I’m sure only Beth Revis could pull off!

I really enjoyed the characters, even if I wished they had had slightly more depth. The main character, Ella, was slightly flighty at times, but I could understand her panic, especially since the world she knew seemed to be crumbling around her. What was real? What wasn’t real? Who could she believe? The mind is such a powerful thing and man is so eager to replicate himself that it was so hard to figure out what was really going on! It kind of rang true with what’s going on in the world these days — everyone wants to clone everything and I’m sure somewhere someone is trying to make a computer that thinks.

Now that’s scary.

This book was everything that I was expecting and more. I loved the whole futuristic aspect of it and really felt that the world building was pretty amazing. There was one little shout out to Beth’s first series which had me fangirling as I read … and while it might not have been as good as Beth’s first series, it was still a pretty good standalone book.

Did you read that? This is a standalone book! That’s almost unthinkable in the YA world right now. I will admit that I was a little disappointed to see that this wasn’t part of a series, but it was quite refreshing to have a YA book end on an ending and not a cliffhanger.

The only things I wasn’t too fond of in the book was the romance — it’s not that I didn’t enjoy the romance, but it was slightly weird. Also, Ella’s love interest was just a bit one-dimensional, but I found that it didn’t deter from the enjoyment of the book at all.

I’m so excited to see what Beth comes up with next and reading this book has made me interested in rereading Across the Universe again because when it comes to accessible science fiction, Beth really knows what she’s doing. She knows how to write it and keep readers who might not be into the genre interested. She keeps me very interested!

Are you a Beth Revis fan? Have you read this one? 

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[Audiobook] Review: Life, The Universe, and Everything (THHGTTG, #3), by Douglas Adams

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life, the universe, and everythingTitle: Life, The Universe, and Everything
Series: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #3
Author: Douglas Adams
Genre: Science Fiction, Humour
Source: Borrowed

Length: 6 hours (Unabridged)
Narrated by: Douglas Adams
Published by: New MIllenium Audio

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The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads–so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-president of the galazy; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.

How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert “universal” Armageddon and save life as we know it–and don’t know it!

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I knew this had to happen at some point. Eventually, there would be a book in this series that wouldn’t completely grab me like the rest. This was that book.

One thing I love about this series is the humour, and this book definitely has it, but it didn’t seem to come in spades like it did in the first two books. I think the one thing that I didn’t like with this installment was the fact that it wasn’t as light as the first two. I loved the idea of the characters just randomly traveling through the galaxy, but this book is more about the prevention of the destruction of the planet Krikkit.

The thing that I think was missing in this book was the character interaction with one another. Think of the last book and the whole spaceship-making-a-cup-of-tea bit. That part was hilarious. It was great to see Arthur completely out of his element in space, but with this book, he’s really not. It all just seemed too normal to me. Also, I wonder if maybe the whole plot of the book was just too confusing for me (which doesn’t seem to be the case with the craziness of the first two books), or maybe I could do with a reread of it.

The audio, though, was still amazing. Douglas Adams is not only a wonderful writer, but he can narrate his books quite well. I know some authors can’t do this, but Adams has the right pacing, the right inflection, and just the right everything. I can honestly say that I don’t think I would get the same effect of his books while reading them on the page. If you plan to read these books, I highly recommend listening to the audiobooks narrated by Adams – they are wonderful.

So this book might not have been one of the better ones for me, but that doesn’t mean I won’t continue with the series. I’m eager to see how this trilogy in five parts ends!

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