The Supernaturalist - Unabridged

Author: Eoin Colfer
Narrator: Jack Davenport
BBC Cover to Cover
RRP 15.99 (CD), £15.99 (Cassette)
ISBN 1 84440 530 3 (CD)
ISBN 1 84440 093 X (Cassette)
Available 07 June 2004

Satellite City, sometime in the third millennium. A vast metropolis, controlled by a giant satellite. Twenty-five million people inhabit the city, and Cosmo Hill is one of them. A fourteen year old whose parents cannot be traced - he lives in an orphanage, where the children are used as guinea pigs for genetically modified food or untested chemical products. Cosmo escapes, but the attempt almost costs him is life. As he lies wounded on a rooftop, ghostly blue Parasites attempt to suck out his remaining life force. He is rescued in the nick of time by three youths who are on a mission to kill Parasites. They take Cosmo under their wing - and his life will never be the same again...

The Supernaturalist is really slow going - and, for the most part, not particularly engaging. I found it really hard to connect with the characters and for the majority of this audio book I was routing for the Parasites.

I'm not sure how much of this was down to the actual writing, or the delivery of the narrator. Jack Davenport's voice characteristics are unintentionally amusing in places - although given the number of accents he has to attempt, he doesn't do too bad a job. But his delivery seemed a little too overly dramatic.

At it's heart, this wants to be - and should be - a good, solid sci fi story. But somewhere along the line it looses the plot. Where are the believable characters and the engaging plot that make you want to carry on listening?

Sadly, The Supernaturalist is nothing like the blurb on the back cover might suggest. It certainly is not "Blade Runner meets Ghostbusters."

Nick Smithson

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