I must admit that I am addicted to the historical dramas produced by the Colonial Radio. I believe that this is the first program that they produced, and it is the first program that we ever listened to. We stumbled upon it at the suggestion of the Park Rangers at the Battle Road National Historical Park located in Concord Massachusetts. We were taking the tour and the guide highly recommended this show due to its accuracy and ability to tell the true story of the battles of Concord and Lexington (including Paul Revere?s midnight ride). We bought it at the park museum store, and listened to it as we drove around the park, and have come to really enjoy how it brings history to life. Since then, we have listened to many other Colonial Radio history programs. While Battle road is one of their early works (less sophisticated music and use of sound effects), it does tell a really great story. It is fun and seems to be over very quickly, like a good movie. I think you will enjoy this entertaining radio drama. It is good for children and adults. This review was written on April 19th, the same day that the actual battle was fought!
I recently downloaded "Gettysburg" by the Colonial Radio Theater (which I loved), and wanted to give this a try...sort of as a companion piece. I am very glad that I did, since I enjoyed this program even more. Most history buffs know the story of Gettysburg, but few know how important, and how desperate the fighting was at Shiloh. You will certainly feel like you are in the midst of the fighting. I love the acting, particularly the fellow who plays US Grant. This will be enjoyed by all
Civil War buffs.
If you like your audio theater a little on the spooky side, then you will find this series (Candle Light Tales) just the ticket. These are classic old stories that are perfectly suited for a full cast production. The acting and sound effects are solid, and the stories are not too frieghtening for children. If you like this genre, you will also enjoy Colonial's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", an incredible and true to the book adaptation of that classic Washington Irving tale of the headless horseman...bring on Halloween!
I enjoy stories by Robert Lewis Stevenson, and I am glad to find a dramatized version that remains true to the book and to his style of writing (Why mess with a classic?) They Colonial Radio has created a fine interpretation of this book. Strong acting and a full music score make this a very enjoyable listen. I also strongly suggest that you consider their version of Kidnapped if you are in the mood for a companion piece to this fine production.
If I could, I would give this adaptation of Washington Irving?s ?The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? 10 stars. This program is amazing to put it modestly. Colonial Radio has managed to take a timeless story and make it pure magic. Great acting (Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones are superb), wonderful sound effects, and a very lush music score make this one of the best pieces of audio theatre that I have ever heard. More impressive, is how they managed to keep the sheer poetry of Washington Irving?s words intact, while making this story enjoyable to a modern audience.
One listen to the sound clip will get you hooked. This is a perfect evening?s entertainment any evening as you approach the ?witching hour?. I tip my hat to Jerry Robbins, and Jeffrey Gage for creating something truly wonderful...
Either you get Dibble, or you don't (and sometimes it will take more than seven minutes of your time to appreciate him)....boy, do I get Dibble! There is something about this cast of zany characters that just brings out the chuckles and belly laughs. The crazy things that happen is good old Mayhem Mass. are well, just indescribable. I enjoy these shows very much, as does my 6 year old niece and her gang of friends (all of whom love to mimic that "3'3" Sta of the air waves". Not many programs can manage to be truly "fun for the entire family", Dibble is! Sit back and enjoy the craziness.
This is the little know story of the CSS Alabama (an infamous Confederate raider). It is very true and very exciting. I believe people of all ages (particularly those interested in the Civil War), will find it an enjoyable program. Lots of action, good acting and a nice music score make this a thumbs up all around.
I am an admitted fan of the Colonial Radio and their historical programs. They always seem able to make history exciting and factual and do it in a very enjoyable way. Bunker Hill is less than 90 minutes long, but you get all the facts and you get put right into the middle of the action. My parents also enjoy these programs, because they are performed well, have great sound effects, and are stories well told. I still enjoy reading a good thick history book, but I would not give up these exciting stories. There is room in my library for both, and I will continue to download and enjoy these unique programs. You should try them.
Of all the Colonial Radio progams that we have listened too, this is one of the most powerful and intense. The suspense and action is incredible. The historical story itself is incredible to begin with, and this program truly captures what it must have been like to have been there. After listening to this, you will better be able to understand what those brave Texans did. Like most Colonial Radio shows, there are lots of sound effects and music to add life to the scenes. This is one of their best shows, you will enjoy it.
This radio program was very very good. It was well acted, had lots of action, great music and sound effects. From what I could tell, it told the story truthfully. Some times history programs are boring, but this one was very exciting. I suggest you down-load this program if you like history, or do it for some one that you know. As they say on TV, "two thumbs up!"
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