Audio Review: GRAVITY PULLS THROUGH

PrintE-mail Written by Ed Fortune

Review: Gravity Pulls Through / Author: James Hitchins / Publisher: Big Pilot / Release Date: Out Now

Gravity Pulls Through is an atmospheric and clever science fiction tale presented in an audio format. The plot revolves around an entrepreneur called Newmeyer, who has taken the bold and brave step of personally going into space in order to exploit certain mineral rights on a distant world. The set-up is crammed with nods to classic stories in the genre, but key plot elements are given an utterly modern spin, with some darkly delightful wrinkles and shifts in tone. Writer James Hitchins has skilfully taken an old idea and created something that is both modern and retro.

As the only dialogue is between the pilot and the ship’s artificial intelligence, it’s hard to shake the 2001: A Space Odyssey feel to the entire piece. Narration and voice acting duties are performed by Keith Allen, who plays the entire thing in a low-key and knowing way. This adds to the claustrophobic feel of the drama, and Allen is clearly having a lot of fun with this piece, especially toward the end. It’s a great bit of casting, the tone of the work fits the artist's moody and heavy tones very well, keeping the listener interested all the way through.

The production isn’t perfect; this is Big Pilot’s first audio production, and a few things are out of place; the sound effects don’t quite work and the incidental music does not fit the story at all (though it is quite good). The hour-long piece is one track, and this makes it less friendly to handle on certain types of media player, and the chapters aren’t clearly delineated. Overall, though, this is a great start for Big Pilot, and we look forward further productions.





Suggested Articles:
Big Finish launches its HG Wells series with The Invisible Man, starring the late lamented John Hurt
There have been many exhaustively complete releases of video game scores over the past few years - C
With every further reissue of Bruno Nicolai’s music, more and more listeners are beginning to get
When we join the Fourth Doctor, Romana and K9 at the beginning of this latest adventure from Big Fin
scroll back to top

Comments  

 
0 #1 Big Pilot 2013-06-23 17:37
Just to say you can hear a clip on www.bigpilot.co.uk and it will be out in a couple more weeks, in all good digital stores. Thanks for the nice review SB. Over and out. BP
Quote
 

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Audio Reviews

THE INVISIBLE MAN 20 February 2017

STREET FIGHTER II: THE DEFINITIVE SOUNDTRACK 20 February 2017

THE CASE OF THE SCORPION’S TALE 20 February 2017

THE ETERNAL BATTLE (DOCTOR WHO) 15 February 2017

TORCHWOOD ONE: BEFORE THE FALL 14 February 2017

DOCTOR WHO: THE CONTINGENCY CLUB 14 February 2017

THE BURNING 13 February 2017

CICERO 07 February 2017

I, ROBOT 06 February 2017

TROLL 2 06 February 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner