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Alex Kingston reads her brand-new novel featuring River Song, from the worlds of Doctor Who.

1939, New York. Private-eye Melody Malone is hired to find a stolen ruby, the Eye of Horus. The ruby might hold the secret to the location of Cleopatra's tomb - but everyone who comes into contact with it dies.

Can Melody escape the ruby's curse?

1939, New York. River Song, author of the Melody Malone mysteries, is forced to find a reality-altering weapon, the Eye of Horus - but everyone who comes into contact with it dies. River doesn't believe in curses - but is she wrong?

From the top-security confines of Stormcage to the barbarism of first-century Egypt, River battles to find the Eye of Horus before its powers are used to transform the universe. To succeed, she must team up with a most unlikely ally - her own fictional alter ego, Melody. And together they must solve another mystery: is fiction changing into fact - or is fact changing into fiction? 

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Timey-Wimey Whirlwind of Fun

What a joy this is, made more so by Alex Kingston’s performance! The plot is complex to no end, juggling a main story, as well as a story-within-a-story, skipping wildly through time, doubling back on itself, encountering new and familiar faces along the way, and eventually blurring which is the main story and which is the story-within-a-story. It’s a wonder that with so many plot threads, taking us farther and farther from any sign of a conclusion, it is able to neatly and satisfyingly tie it all up in the end.
I will say that at a few points some of the minor characters are hard to keep track of. But otherwise this is a heck of a tale. It’s as if someone said “No one writes a more timey-wimey tale than Stephen Moffat”, and then Alex Kingston replied, “Hold my beer!” And her reading isn’t just your standard narration. This is a performance!

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this one took me across the country

was listening to this during the latter half of a cross country drive. this book is so beautifully written and narrated, I enjoyed it very much, also if you're a fan of doctor who at all this does not disappoint!

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If you love River, this is essential

I loved this. The story is fabulous, jumping into a few different times and places. Alex does a great job of narrating, as you would expect, but I found even the non River/Melody characters were distinguishable enough. Thank you Alex, proving how fantastic you are at writing on top of acting/voicing. I look forward to listening to it again and hope that she continues to write. 👏🏻💜

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Please Write More Stories Alex ❤

this was so delightful, immersive, and sassy, I would love to see Alex Kingston write more books, not just as River Song, but any type of new story she can bring up ❤

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Hello Sweetie

An amazing book read and written by an author that knows her characters inside and out. I have long enjoyed the works of both Alex Kingston and River Song (the best companion hands down, by far, forever, the end). I loved the lot of this book, the stories the wove themselves into a single creation (that mayhaps held the power to destroy all) was both interesting and entertaining.
Spoilers, just kidding, this is the best Doctor Who book I have read and I hope Ms. Kingston makes more. I knew she was an amazing actor and now I know she is an extremely talented writer as well.

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Amazingly Fantasticly Wonderful!

I have nothing bad to say about this adventure! It was written and read above any expectations I could have had. More please!

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An appeal to Alex Kingston

Please write another and thanks much for this one!
Done be afraid to include the Doctor!

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Funny and Thoughtful

This felt like a fun mystery and a love letter to the fans all at the same time. Alex threw me for a loop a couple of times with the style of writing just to make sure I was paying attention. I thought it was hilarious and warm and I was impressed by how much she understands and loves her characters. I will be listening again!

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Delightful

Alex Kingston is a delight to listen to and her writing is so fun and engaging.

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Spoilers!

Yes, I'm slightly biased in that I adore River Song, but what a fun novel. Alex Kingston has one of those soothing voices that is perfect for narration. Hearing a couple old friends pop in the novel was a pleasant surprise. So put on your best scarlet red outfit, a fedora, grab a Manhattan and get ready for a treat across space and time.

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  • Laura from Edinburgh
  • 05-27-21

River Song/Melody Malone fantastic

I loved this story so much that I missed out on sleep to finish it.

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  • KatieB
  • 06-15-21

Amazing

Alex Kingston has really written a great book. I was hooked from chapter 2. 100% recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-21

so enjoyable.

I really loved this book. river is my favourite character. a few inconsistencies but well worth the read/listen. and it was easy to follow even with all the timey wimey stuff (lol).

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  • duncan e c mcleod
  • 08-05-21

Doctor Who: The Ruby’s Curse Review

I loved this audio book and I want more like this in the future.
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  • Dawn Martin
  • 07-03-21

Exuberant, smart, engaging.

All the things you'd expect from the redoubtable River Song, and then some! A genuinely gripping tale, woven with smooth, dark chocolate wit, intrigue and as full of sparkle as the Galerie des Glase. Encore!

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  • Zedd
  • 06-15-21

Excellent

I got this because I love the character but fell in love with the story and the epic narration by Alex Kingston I definitely recommend.

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  • Mr. Stuart M. Reeves
  • 01-23-22

Fantastic

Is audiobook is amazing, fun, interesting & very original. Can't wait for Kingston to do more adventures.
Having played the part, Kingstons knows this character inside out & I think is the best person to write more adventures.

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  • V K
  • 09-25-21

twisty turny timey wimey

clever funny and entertaining but also some moments that make you think. loved it and Alex Kingston's reading is impeccable

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  • Magpie
  • 09-20-21

One of the Best Doctor Tales Out There

Alex doesn't just star in Doctor Who, she understands it. She's also really done her historical research, and has put together a wonderfully twisty turny tale worthy of the show and her character.

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  • Alison
  • 08-14-21

Alex Kingston is AMAZING

Alex Kingston, Author and Narrator was just outstanding.

A story woven together so intricately but still easy enough to follow.

Alex really brought all the characters to life with her expression and accents (which certainly couldn't have been easy!)

if you love Doctor Who and River Song, this is 100% a must read.. or listen!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-21

Outstanding reading of a great book

I was surprised, delighted and satisfied!
Perfect amount of whoness, great story with lovely layers.
Better than cake!
Alex reads her story with such skill that the characters instantly coalesce! So impressed at that level of skill I’ll now search out any book Alex has written OR read for.

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  • Katherine Braysmith
  • 01-14-22

I LOVED IT!!!!!! 😍

Amazing story writing! Performance was fantastic! Probably one of the best books I have listened to on audible. Definitely recommend listening to it.

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  • Rebecca
  • 10-14-21

Truly fun

Great job Alex! So much fun. Fan fiction from within the Doctor Who family. The joy you had writing and performing this us self-evident and a joy to witness.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-21

Not great Doctor Who story

I love River Song so of course when I saw this I had to get it a listen straight away. But I detective stores are not my scene so didn't love this story. Also I assumed this story takes place sometime before she dies but it seems it doesn't?

it has some minor Dortor Who story line mistakes like River drawing pictures of the Silance or being rescued before sending a message to the Doctor to rescue her. The Dortor isn't in it which is completely fine and expected.

I liked the way Alex played with time and the mystical Eye. I absolutely agree River should come back. I don't see why she can't since she was saved to the computer and all the other people who where saved came back well the ones who got transmitted into the computer anyway. But she couldn't come back with the currany Jodie because River would steal all the scenes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-21

Very enjoyable

Very enjoyable River Song and Melody Malone novel. Both characters are interesting and well developed and both their storyline’s are fun to follow. I really liked Alex Kingston’s voices for both characters and you could really feel her passion for the story and characters. Hope you like it too.

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  • Helen
  • 06-25-21

Love!

Wow. This was thoroughly enjoyable. Very in theme with Doctor Who but at the same time incredibly individual. You could listen to it without any prior knowledge of the Doctor Who universe or River Song. A few pop ups from some beloved characters too! Spoilers! Alex Kingston, please write more novels!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-21

Amazing, Spoils be here.

I'm loving it, haven't finished the book yet but Kingston's reading and writing are both amazing. The fact that she wrote and read the book makes it better as it is all from River Song's POV. It fills in gaps and ties together moments from the TV show, and whilst that wasn't necessarily needed it definitely adds something magical. There was always a lot of time where River was doing things but we were unaware of what and this is a window into what she was doing. If you ever happen to read this Alex, you should be proud of yourself. You did an amazing job.

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  • kim
  • 05-28-21

Must have

A fantastic listen for Whovians and the rest. Carried through the story, finished too quickly.