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Another solid story, this particular adventure has clealy had some thought put into the detail: basing it in the nineteenth century simplifies a great deal of potential issues over missing expeditions, hunting laws etc, while the internal logic to the characters and situations manages to hold up better than most. However, it is not all good news.
Slightly longer than others in the range, this story has been split into two parts, a fairly arbitrary cliffhanger being created to allow it to spread across two discs. This seriously damages the story's otherwise excellent pacing. Also, while the extra length has been utilised to allow for the story to be told more effectively, there is plenty of extra space that could have been used to extend the story further, developing the characters more and building them up to be more than the fairly stock caricatures they have ended up as.
David Troughton is a slightly odd choice for narrator, his style and voice much more suited to classic series adventures, but he works surprisingly well, if only in highlighting how much his father's era on the series has influenced the current one!
Generally good, but has potential to have been better. (Posted on 23 March 2013)
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Likely
One of the greatest advantages of the Dr Who series of audiobooks for MP3 is that they allow the Tardis and its companions to land in places that would never be adequately realised on TV. This CD audiobook sees the Eleventh Doctor at the controls, accompanied by his surrogate family members, Amy and Rory.
Touching down in the Amazon Jungle in 1827, the presence of oversized and very hungry lizards piques the Doctor’s curiosity. He’s further intrigued when he comes across big-game hunter Oliver Blazington and his companion, Garrett. Between them, they are killing or capturing every form of exotic fauna they can train their sights on. However, there’s an entirely different form of hunt in play and it’s all watched by the all-seeing Eye of the Jungle.
Darvill’s on top form as the narrator, giving uncannily accurate renditions of his two counterparts. He pitches the story-telling aspect at the just the right tilt, perfectly conveying the moments of breathless adventure and the moments of deliberate enquiry. Backed up by a sensitive and skilled use of sound effects this CD audiobook offers up one of those adventures that is almost too good for TV. A perfect evening in for Who diehards and newbies alike.