Torchwood: The Dead Line (英語) CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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When a Cardiff hospital is inundated with patients that have fallen into coma-like trances, Torchwood move in to investigate. They find that the trances were triggered by phone calls, all of which were made from a number that hadn't been active for over 30 years. Determined to find out who's been calling the unfortunate victims, Jack rings the mysterious number - two, zero, five, nine - nothing. It's a dead line. Until it calls Jack back, he answers - and falls into a deep trance... With the help of one of Jack's old girlfriends, eminent neuroscientist Stella Courtney, the team have to race against time to find the source of the 'infection' and save the patients... Written specially for BBC Radio by Phil Ford, The Dead Line stars John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones.
1 CD. 45 mins.
"executed with the writer’s typical aplomb... David-Lloyd gives an astonishing performance... The Dead Line is most definitely an audio drama that I would recommend" (E. G. Wolverson http://www.doctorwhoreviews.co.uk)商品の説明をすべて表示する
The story itself is not all that complex, in part because it is rather short. It does not have many twists and turns. And yet, somehow, I found it gave me some shivers. Some of it was in the sound effects, or just in the alien remoteness of what was actually going on. I guess I have always found ancient telephone systems, and their sounds, just a bit spooky, and here we have one that seems to have taken on a mind, or life, of its own - to the detriment of the people around, including Jack. Revealing that fact does not spoil much, since that's how the story opens.
Jack, who seems to live forever, has had a lot of lovers, and this story presents yet another, briefly.
This is a BBC dramatization, as opposed to an audiobook. This means that rather than a reading like many of them, we have the actual actors playing their parts - in voice form - along with music and sound effects, like a TV show without the video. The story would be set between seasons 2 and 3 (Children of Earth) of the Torchwood TV series, so we have Jack, Gwen, and Ianto present. They all do a good job. For obvious reasons, Jack does not have a lot of voice parts.
I guess the sound and timing of the sound effects did a good job of getting the chilling mood of the story across to me. Worked for me; your mileage may vary.
So even without the complexity, the mood got to me, and I'm giving it four stars. I liked it. It was moving.