Written by: Steven Savile Narrated by: Naoko Mori Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
An exciting original short story written exclusively for audio, featuring the Torchwood characters and read by Naoko Mori, who plays Toshiko in the television series.
An age-old secret is buried in the heart of the Welsh countryside. After a series of violent and seemingly unrelated deaths, the solution to a riddle seems to point the finger of blame at Captain Jack Harkness. Can the Torchwood team uncover the truth that lies hidden in time to save Jack?
The first of the audio originals, and one of the early 2-disc releases, prior to both Torchwood and Doctor Who moving over to a 1-disc format. At times, it goes a little like it was supposed to be a 3-disc release, or is an abridged reading of something that was supposed to be a full novel, as we don't always get the full picture of what's going on. There's some very nice build-up, and the whole team gets split up into different plot stands that slowly converge, with nice intrigue and action scenes alike. The ending though feels a bit rushed, and is one of the spots where the story feels a little abridged, like there should have been some more there.
Naoko Mori doesn't bother trying to do aproximations of everyone's voices, save for a bit of a trans-atlantic for Jack, but still manages to bring everyone to life.
I listened to this for the first time quite recently. I thought Naoko was a good narrator, with each character coming across as clear and distinct. The story was quite engaging too, though there reached a point where it seemed like we were supposed to know what the twist was, but it was another 5-10 minutes before any of the characters cottoned-on and the pacing kind of halted then. After the "reveal", everything was wrapped up rather too quickly too, especially Ianto's story. He didn't seem to be doing much, then had a lot happen, then he disappeared until right at the end. It was very enjoyable on the whole though, and I say this as someone who generally finds straight audiobooks difficult to engage with; I thought this was pretty gripping, so if ever anyone needed an endorsement, there's one
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