Torchwood Hidden (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... After a series of violent and seemingly unrelated deaths, the solution to a riddle seems to point the finger of blame at Captain Jack. Can the Torchwood team uncover the truth, which lies hidden in the heart of the Welsh countryside, in time to save their leader? Naoko Mori, who plays Toshiko in the hit BBC TV series created by Russell T Davies, reads this exclusive audio story by Steven Savile. This story takes place during the first series of Torchwood. Contains adult themes and language.
2 CDs. 2 hrs 15 mins.
Mori-san does a fine job reading the book, adding nice touches, such as when a guard is said to be muffled because he talking through the glass, she muffles her voice in speaking his words. She has a very clear English accent, rather like BBC English, thus very easy to understand.
THE STORY (NO SPOILERS)
Like the other stories in the first group of audiobooks, this one fits somewhere in the first season, though it could be early or mid second season as well.
Most Torchwood stories, both on TV and in the books (and audiobooks) tend to feature individual characters. This one is kind of an exception, in that the story bounces around all team members more or less equally. I suppose Owen and Gwen have the most air time, and Tosh and Ianto, as usual, the least. Unlike most Torchwood stories, we have no insight into the personal lives or feelings of any of the team members, for example Rhys is nowhere to be seen this time.
Whereas most Torchwood stories involve aliens, a few do not, and this is one of them. A discovery is made of some writings from an alchemist from some 500 years ago, and it seems that he was onto some ideas that are still of a great deal of interest - dangerously so, as the Torchwood team finds out when they get close to them.
I found the resolution of the story curiously unsatisfying. It is hard to know whether this from being abridged, or whether the author meant to have some mysteries left for us to ponder, but there were some things left explained that I would liked to have seen spelled out a bit more, for example, what exactly Jack DID do, and his motivation.
I rather liked the story up to the sudden conclusion without a satisfactory resolution, hence my rating of four stars. I do rather wish Toshiko got better roles in this series, and that Mori-san had a better book to show her considerable talents in reading.