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Torchwood: Red Skies (Torchwood Audio Exclusives #9)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  59 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Jack Harkness is in need of a holiday. He wants to get away from Torchwood, away from the human race – and where better to get completely away from it all than Cotter Paluni’s World, a planet surrounded by deadly scarlet lightning and cut off from the entire universe?

But there are some shocks in store for Jack: the ‘Devil’s World’ might be completely isolated and inaccessi
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Published May 3rd 2012 by BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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Anna Kļaviņa

Lidser has written an excellent Captain Jack Harkness, a bit more serious then usually but still lively and cheeky.

I was pleasantly surprised by how the author dealt with religion, guilt and grieve.

Telfer is very good narrator, sadly he hasn't read any other Torchwood book.

Джек остался совсем один, он смертельно устал от Земли с ее людишками, заботами и суетой. Отправившись на планету Котэ Полуни (Cotter Paluni's World), он сознательно искал приключений на свою потрясающую задницу, и (кто бы сомневался?) он их нашел. Планетка, кстати, непростая. Она отрезана от всего остального мира красным смерть-полем, из-за чего попасть туда практически невозможно, вот и остается слушать экскурсовода, что, мол, никто не знает, кто там и что там. Джек не был бы Джеком, если бы н ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of the better Torchwood novels, though also one of the shorter ones.
Everything is true to character, and Jack is at his "Hi, there. Captain Jack Harkness"-best.
The reader does a good job.

Jack has run from Earth, run from the pain of recent losses, and is headed away from it all to relax and get his head together. He picks a planet with impenetrable red rain clouds because no one else goes there so he figures he can teleport in and be left alone.

Instead, he finds a planet of super-isolated,
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable as always. The thing I love about torchwood books is that they are so atmospheric. They inject just the right amount of darkness, mystery and suspense to make them into a fun quick read. They are not kids books so don't think they are in the same boat as doctor who. They simply share the same universe. The touchwood world has so much history that it make them so satisfying for a long time reader. The only negatives to this story is that gay themes do spoil it a bit. The "how I cam ...more
Cole Davis
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: torchwood
We've got grey humanoid aliens in great health. A society where eating healthy is divine, no alchohol or drugs, and talk of Jack Harkness(played by John Barrowman)possibly being an Angel. Unfortunately, while Jack was telling the closeted cop that being gay was not a sin, and he wasn't an abomination, ending the story with Jack possibly being a representation of Jesus; Jack falters in maintaining balance. Joseph Lidster ends up promoting drinking, via Jack, while onscreen, Jack has always been a ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: torchwood
Spoooooooky! Listeners can get ready for descriptions of handsome Captain Jack via other character's eyes, plenty of reminders of old Torchwood, some running, frankly no sex, a coming out of grey ...human?, and more of Torchwood.
I enjoyed the story very much, but at some points I found it difficult to understand the narrator so I had to rewind few times. Also, and I fully understand that there are limited ways how to deliver something probably written in caps lock, I didn't appreciate the shouti
Sometimes, Jack on his own can be a lot of fun. I didn't really get that from this one. Sure he has his serious side but I felt that a lot of his personality was missing here. He's usually so much larger than life but we never really got to experience that here. The plot wasn't terrible but it could have used some work and a bit more mystery. This was essentially a series of useless flashbacks and a walk across town and down to the basement.
Richard Harrison
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good story taking Captain Jack out of his usual element. Ending was a bit rushed but they manage to do a lot with the short running time.
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story explored wonderful themes of madness, depression and religion. Great story and really really well read.
Mar 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-audio, quest
Was lots of fun. Full of bittersweet Jack tears. Would have been AMAZING if it had been read by John Barrowman.
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Joseph Lidster is an English television writer best known for his work on the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

His debut work was the audio play The Rapture for Big Finish Productions in 2002. Numerous further audio plays and prose short stories followed for Big Finish, for their Doctor Who line, spin-offs and other series (Sapphire & Steel and The Tomorrow Pe
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