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It pains me to criticise this book as I have waited for this lost Douglas Adams Doctor Who script to be novelised for many years.
I believe the noveliser has failed to understand how DW stories from the classic TV series should be adapted or is it that he is a fan and has lost his objectivity while writing it. He has expanded on the Adams script but has not enhanced it, making the story ponderous and overloaded with superflous detail that merely slows the story pace. He has also split the book into several parts and there are over seventy chapters - I am unsure what his reasons for this are but it adds nothing to the story structure and in the audible format becomes irritating. The background detail the noveliser has added appears forced, unnecessary and often anachronistic to the TV programme. The ending goes on for ever - way past the stories dramatic conclusion. As I am reviewing the audible version I should mention that Lalla Ward in my view doesn't have the vocal aesthetics to engage and her delivery comes across as haughty. The sound effects are fine and John Leeson contributes the voice of K9 which at least gives brief respites for the listener from LWs voice (her interpretation of Chronotis's dialogue is cringe making - was the producer listening?). I drifted away so many times from listening to this dull adaptation.
Apologies to all involved and it is just my opinion but it only gets 2 stars because I still think the Douglas Adams script was potentially amazing!
10 of 12 people found this review helpful
SHADA is one of the best books I have listened to so far. And with Lalla Ward narrating made it even more special for me, as she played Romana 2, alongside Tom Baker in the classic series.
At first I wasn't sure with the sound effects used, but after the first couple of chapters it grew on me, and it adds that extra bit to the book, as I felt it helped with the moods you should be experiencing at that point, and that makes the listening experience much more enjoyable and immersive.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Listening to Shada has been a delight from beginning to end. First there is the fun of getting to enjoy a well-paced and exciting classic Doctor Who adventure. The characters are all wonderfully portrayed, and performed. Then there is the fun of having it read by the Time Lady Romana herself (aka Lalla Ward), who gives a terrific performance with each of the different character voices. On top of that, as a big fan of Douglas Adams, it was like uncovering a new novel from the late author. Gareth Roberts' novelization does a remarkable job of keeping so much of Adam's classic sci-fi style and humor - it will feel very familar to anyone who's read Adams before, even if you've never encountered The Doctor until now. Particularly since many characters and ideas from this lost script later ended up as inspiration for Adams' later Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
I like Douglas Adams' humor. But what makes this audiobook really special is Lalla Ward's reading. She is a great story-teller. And some of her characterizations are priceless. I wish Lalla would do more fiction audiobooks.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful