Torchwood Everyone Says Hello (英語) CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Outside the Government, beyond the police, fighting for the future on behalf of the human race. The 21st century is when everything changes and Torchwood is ready. Led by the mysterious and enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood delves into the unknown and fights the impossible... Across Cardiff, ordinary people are behaving in odd ways: saying hello to complete strangers, and going out of their way to greet one another. Torchwood discovers that an alien communications field is gathering strength in the area. The team must find the device responsible and shut it off - before civil unrest engulfs the whole city. Burn Gorman, who plays Owen in the hit BBC TV series created by Russell T Davies, reads this exclusive audio story by Dan Abnett. The cover photograph shows John Barrowman as Captain Jack, Eve Myles as Gwen, Burn Gorman as Owen, Naoko Mori as Toshiko, and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto. This story takes place during the second series of Torchwood. Contains adult themes and language.
2 CDs. 2 hrs 29 mins.
Dan Abnett lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. Well known for his comic book work, he has scripted everything from the Mr Men to the X-Men in the last two decades. He is also the author of twenty three novels, including the acclaimed Eisenhorn and the best selling Horus Rising. He was voted 'Best Writer Now' at the National Comic Awards 2003.
The title itself is a spoiler of the main plot event. Like all Torchwood stories, there is a mystery to be solved: why it happened, how to restore things to normal. As events unfold, the story becomes violent but mundane, in mainly human terms. The reason behind unusual human behaviors is modestly interesting but by itself not enough to justify listening for 90 minutes.
Burn Gorham's reading is amazing. He makes an otherwise dull story interesting to listen to, at least at times. In particular, the story requires voicing dozens of different characters, and he manages to give them distinct personalities and sounds. It's hard to believe they are all from the same person. Burn is the actor who plays Owen in the series.
I would have given this 2 1/2 stars, but Burn's reading boosts it by a full star.
This is a long story (2 and 1/2 hours) compared to the 45-minute audio plays the BBC recently released, and frankly I think it would have come across better in the shorter format. The central idea behind this story (people acting creepily friendly) very quickly grows tiresome and repetitive. Way too much time is spent on forgettable side characters. The story picks up a little bit near the very end, when there's some action, excitement, and general running-around. I've liked some of what Dan Abnett has done on Torchwood, but this story just lacked real drama, humor, or enough of a hook to keep the story going for such a long time.