Sarah Jane Smith, the valiant reporter, is back for another alien-busting adventure. Aided and abetted by the rest of the Bannerman Road gang including Luke, Rani, Clyde and the redoubtable Mr Smith, this CD audiobook finds her involved in one of the most mysterious episodes of her time-travelling career.
When Sarah’s house is broken into by a woman begging for gold, Sarah’s suspicions are aroused. A series of similar burglaries take place, committed by previously law-abiding citizens and the common link seems to be the Auriga Clinic; a treatment centre for back pain. Sarah takes her niece Maria to have a supposed sports injury examined, but little did she realise just what the treatment would involve…
This CD audiobook offers a simple, straightforward story, which is easy for younger listeners to follow. Having said that, the script sparkles with wit and interplay between the characters and the moments of tension are wonderfully realised, supported by a variety of sound effects from the BBC Sound Department.
Elizabeth Sladen is on top form as the narrator and keeps the pace cracking along. Her main skill, however, is to deliver the script with such warmth that, even in the scarier moments, the listeners are sure that Sarah Jane will save the day. A fantastically entertaining ride.