- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
- Audible.com Release Date: July 31, 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002KAEM2A
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Torchwood: The Dead Line Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.