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AudioAddict

AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA Member Since 2013

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!

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    STORY - (1940 Radio Show) This is one of eight stories you will receive if you purchase Alfred Hitchcock's Radio Movie Collection. This particular story involves a news correspondent in a situation with a Nazi spy. In 29 minutes you will hear the whole award-winning story, so it moves VERY FAST and you will need to pay attention. Since it is a complete radio show, there is also a few old commercials.

    PERFORMANCE - This is a wonderful multi-voice performance by famous professional actors and actresses. There is no narrator, so the only way to tell who is speaking is to pay attention to the different voices and accents. There is also old-timie music and perfectly-timed sound effects that really add to the story.

    OVERALL - (Precise rating 3.5) Recommended for all listeners. I am not an old movie buff, and I'm too young to have listened to radio shows. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this tiny taste of nostalgia, mainly because of the awesome performance.

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    Foreign Correspondent: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Academy Award Theatre
    • Narrated By Joseph Cotten
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    This radio dramatization of the classic Hitchcock movie originally aired on July 24, 1946.

    AudioAddict says: "Good as a break between longer books (cheap, too!)"
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    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.

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    Shadow of a Doubt: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Academy Award Theatre
    • Narrated By Joseph Cotten
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    This radio dramatization of the classic Hitchcock movie, which also starred Joseph Cotten, originally aired on September 11, 1946.

    AudioAddict says: "Refreshingly Different"
  • "A Classic Condensed to 39 Minutes"

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    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.

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    Rebecca: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Screen Guild Players
    • Narrated By Loretta Young
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    This radio dramatization of the Hithcock classic, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, originally aired on November 18, 1948.

    AudioAddict says: "A Classic Condensed to 39 Minutes"
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    Bob says: "Great well acted noir, with superior stories"
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    Russell Weber says: "Flawed, but good, collection of the classic series"
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    • By Charles Dawson Butler, Don Messick
    • Narrated By Charles Dawson Butler, Don Messick, Doug Young
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