This is not one of the most flashy and spectacular productions from Colonial Radio Theatre, but it has its moments. Act one is more lively when Lt. Hood is on the plains. The story is told in "flash back" style. Act 2 is more "talky" in my opinion. I have read the actual book this was based on, and it is a book basically filled with facts and numbers - so, think of act 2 as almost a "book on tape." Colonial's productions of "Gettysburg" and "Shiloh" are magnificent, and this pales in their shadow. Still, its OK, and if you want to learn something about General Hood in the Civil War, it will do that for you.
I caught this series on XM radio and was hooked from day one! This is like "Gunsmoke" except its brand new! The story takes place in Clearmont Wyoming in the 1870s and after a few episodes you feel like you really know this town and you care about the characters. The series doesnt play it safe either and is not predictable. I'll admit I am a western fan, and this story lives up to to the genre! John Wayne would feel right at home here and the story moves along like a movie. The music is outstanding with a "wild West" feel to it, and what can I say about the sound effects? The pistols, the horses, the western town, the run-away steam train (on fire yet) with the heroes and bad guys shooting it out on the roof at top speed with the deafening sound of the train and the guns - its just fantastic! This is the second season. I dont see season one listed which is odd, but hopefully they will add it soon. I love this group! They did the Treasure Island that I thought was so cool! From Treasure Island to the old west is a good bet they they know how to tell a story and keep you on the edge of your seat! FIVE STARS for this rip snortin six shootin western adventure!
Without doubt, Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" is one of the great classic adventures of all time. Without doubt, this is one of the best productions of this tale I have ever encountered! The production is faithful to the book, and these pirates just leap out at you! The scene with Blind Pew giving Billy Bones the "black spot" is so vivid and colorfully acted that thinking back on it, I see it in my mind as if I watched it on screen! The music is sweeping and big, and brings back images of those great old Errol Flynn movies from the hey-day of Warner Brothers. The scenes on the island come alive and you feel like you are right there in the action. The sound effects must be in the thousands and the details are incredible (you can even hear the sails flapping on the ship). The boy playing Jim Hawkins does a great job and he is just the right age, and when he stands up to the pirates you believe in him 100%. Long John Silver is GREAT! The entire supporting cast is fantastic and really bring these characters to life. A wonderful, magnificent adventure that crackles like muskets! I loved it!
Why this story needed to be "updated for todays audience" is beyond me. Washington Irving wrote a classic, and his words are sheer poetry. This version is poorly acted (since when is there an Irish accent in Sleepy Hollow- the story always refers to "Dutch settlers." Oh, there could have been an Irishman or two in Tarrytown in the late 1700's - but Mr. Irving does not mention any in his book). The narrator has not even a hint of forboding in her voice - she sounds as if she is reading a happy tale for tiny tots. Nothing scary about this program - except the title - at least that wasn't changed. Maybe it's just me, but this does not do justice to the original story. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
This is one of the FUNNIEST things I've ever heard! I am a fan of Colonial Radio Theatre and I thought I would give the Dibble show a try, even though it seems very different from their usual programs. I have never laughed so hard at a program! My young cousin and nephew listened to it and they were sitting on the floor watching the cd player just as if they were watching a tv! They were literally laughing huge belly laughs at the antics of Dibble and the gang from "Mayham." Their favorite episode was when Dibble could not shut the water off in the bathtub ... water going down the stairs, pipes bursting in the basement ... the sound effects are incredible. A hilarious show! After the second episode, the whole family wanted to see what all the laughs were about and we all listened to the third episode (Dibble at a movie premeir) and the laughs just got bigger. The show is great for all ages, and it reminded me of Jack Bennys radio show - just a mile a minute of gags and characters (and they make you laugh without dirty jokes or jokes about relationships which seem to be in every sit com today). The show really grows on you - we love them! If you want a good laugh, you need to get "Dibbleized!"
I downloaded this story not knowing quite what to expect. How can you do a battle in sound and make it clear as to what is happening? I loved it! Yes, I understand what one of the other reviews has stated - how other books may have told the story in more detail. However, this is not a book - it is a RADIO PLAY. And in that department - it is one of the best I have heard. So many new radio plays today are boring, and lack energy. This program has cannons that blast your speakers, drums playing a scary beat as the British charge the hill, and a beautiful music score which incorporates traditonal songs of the times (Over the Hills and Far Away - beautifully played). As a former revolutionary war reenactor, the story here is told with the facts, albeit a few fictional characters mixed in with the real ones to bring the story along (they can know about things the real characters never could have known).
I cant recall any motion pictures that tell the story of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Until one arrives in my local multiplex, this will suffice. I do indeed have about every major book written about this battle - so when I want to be Scholarly I shall read them. When I want to hear this battle unfold in stereo in my mind, with muskets blasting, cannons booming, ships creaking and bayonets being drawn, this will be my choice. It truly puts you in the battle. Well done to Colonial Radio for this exciting and vivid production of Audio Theatre.
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