I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - (1946 Radio Show) This is one of eight stories I received with my purchase of Alfred Hitchcock's Radio Movie Collection. Rather than leaving the stories in one audiobook with separations between them like chapters, they divided them into eight separate audiobooks. Let me qualify this review by saying that I don't like old movies (except Hitchcock's) and I am too young to have listened to radio shows.
This is the first of the eight stories I will listen to. It is about a mysterious uncle who has come to visit his family. It is only 29 minutes long, so it moves lightning fast! It is not Hitchcock's most imaginative work, probably because it's hard to get a mystery started, developed and solved in that short time. I could have done without the commercials at intermission and at the end, but it sorta added to the feeling of what family entertainment was like in the 1940's.
PERFORMANCE - WONDERFUL!!!! There is no narrator. There are professional actors and actresses reading the different parts, and they do amazing jobs. There is old-timie music and perfectly-timed sound effects that really add to the story (except the footsteps sounded really dumb).
OVERALL - (Actual rating 3.5) Recommended for anyone who thinks they might enjoy a little bit of nostalgia.
STORY - (1948 Radio Show - Alfred Hitchcock) This is one of eight stories you will receive if you purchase Alfred Hitchcock's Radio Movie Collection. I haven't read Daphne du Maurier's classic Rebecca, but this is apparently the express version of the 14-hour book. In 29 minutes you will hear the story (performed wonderfully), plus some rather interesting cigarette commercials which are, of course, illegal today. I'm not a fan of old movies or radio shows, but I like Hitchcock and am enjoying these eight stories as breaks between other longer books.
PERFORMANCE - Wonderful multi-voice performance by famous professional actors and actresses, with old-timie music and sound effects.
OVERALL - (Precise rating 3.5) Recommended for all listeners, but mainly because of the awesome performance. If you like old movies and/or remember dramatized radio performances, you will enjoy this.
STORY - (1937 Radio Show - Alfred Hitchcock) The 39 Steps is a very short, fast-moving story where the main characters are trying to locate a spy who has secrets of national importance. I was disappointed because it lacks Hitchcock's usual eerie flair, but it is still entertaining.
(This is one of eight stories you will receive if you purchase Alfred Hitchcock's Radio Movie Collection. This review is an abbreviated version of the one I wrote for the first book I heard, Shadow of a Doubt).
PERFORMANCE - Great multi-voice performance by professional actors and actresses, with music and sound effects.
OVERALL - Recommended for all listeners, but mainly because of the awesome performance.