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Thomas

Boca Raton, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi: Chocky

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By John Wyndham
    • Narrated By Sacha Dhawan, Owen Teale, Cathy Tyson
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When young Matthew starts talking to himself, and introduces his invisible friend, Chocky, to the family, his parents decide it's just a phase he is going through. But when Matthew starts explaining binary maths and anti-gravity propulsion, they begin to worry. Is Chocky really just the product of an over-inactive imagination, or something more?

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "AMAZING Radio Adaptation of the Book!"
    "First rate"
    Overall

    I loved this book when I first read it long ago. This dramatization captures the story in great detail. The acting is so professional it seems effortless. And the gradual ramping up of tension is done very well. I recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jeeves: Joy in the Morning (Dramatisation)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Michael Hordern, Richard Briers
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Michael Hordern stars as Jeeves with Richard Briers as Bertie in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. The rural beauty of Steeple Bumpleigh holds no attractions for Bertie, containing (as it does) the appalling Aunt Agatha. But there is man's work to do and, with Jeeves at his side, how can Bertie fail?

    vanessa says: "Loved it"
    "Delightful from beginning to end"
    Overall

    Can there be a more respected, versatile, talented English actor than Richard Briers? For him to shine above this excellent cast shows how truly singular he is. There's not a weak moment in this entire performance. It is clear that all of the actors involved know exactly how to coax every nuance out of their characters, and the result is a thoroughly enjoyable radio play that amazes and amuses me each time I listen...which is quite often. No one does this sort of comedy like the Brits. If you are, like me, an Anglophile, of if you simply want to experience something delightful, this is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi: Solaris

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem
    • Narrated By Ron Cook, Joanne Froggatt
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Protagonist Kris Kelvin arrives at a scientific research station hovering above the surface of Solaris where research has been ongoing for years on the strange ocean life form. When Kris and his colleagues become more aggressive in trying to force contact with Solaris, the ocean's response is to experiment with the researchers' minds by confronting them with their most painful and repressed thoughts and memories through the materialization of complex human constructs.

    Thomas says: "Classy, intelligent sci-fi"
    "Classy, intelligent sci-fi"
    Overall

    It took me a couple of reads to get into this story when I first read it. Lem is not your average sci-fi hack. Even the movie with George Clooney was difficult to watch (mainly because it, like the written story, breaks many sci-fi rules). This audio play may be the best way to experience Solaris, and to understand what is going on. It is elegantly directed and performed. It's not for whizz-bang sci-fi fans. This isn't Asimov. But if you're ready for something different, this may surprise you. If you already know Lem, it will please you.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Midwich Cuckoos: Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By BBC Audiobooks
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy, Sarah Parish
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    This is a dynamic, modern dramatisation of a classic book by John Wyndham. Bill Nighy (Love Actually and many other films) and Sarah Parish (Cutting It) play Richard and Janet, a couple caught up in the goings-on of a sleepy English village in which all the children have golden eyes, blond hair, and a sinister talent for telepathy and telekinesis. (Wyndham's novel was filmed as Village of the Damned in 1960 and 1995.)

    Sarah says: "Quite good - except for the screaming"
    "First rate"
    Overall

    Very well done. Bill Nighy is his usual delightful self, and Clive Merrison also contributes a solid performance. This is, in many ways, one of Wyndham's more horrifying stories. As a longtime fan of Wyndham's work, I'm happy to say that the spirit of his novel comes through loud and clear. If you appreciate good, intelligent radio drama, this is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Harry Enfield, Billy Boyd, Andrew Sachs, and others
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    Dirk Gently has an unshakeable belief in the interconnectedness of all things, but his Holistic Detective Agency mainly succeeds in tracking down missing cats for old ladies. Then Dirk stumbles upon an old friend behaving bizarrely - and he's drawn into a four-billion-year-old mystery that must be solved if the human race is to avoid immediate extinction.

    Bradley says: "Amazingly Absurd"
    "First rate"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful rendering of Douglas Adams' novel. I'm listening to it in Enhanced Format, so the sound quality is quite good. The acting is first rate, as I've come to expect from BBC productions. I'm the proud owner of many Douglas Adams audio plays, including all the Hitchhiker's Guide radio plays, including Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential. I never get tired of them, thanks to the quality of the productions (and Douglas Adams' great work). This was evidently done with loving care, directed by the talented Dirk Maggs, the same guy who did the most recent incarnations of Hitchhiker. The comedic timing, the music, the voice characterizations are all spot on. Billy Boyd (Pippin from Lord of the Rings) and Andrew Sachs (Manuel from Fawlty Towers) are perfect. Olivia Coleman as Janice Pearce is brilliant. And Harry Enfield in the title role really nails it. If you're a Douglas Adams fan, you will love this. I also purchased the other Dirk Gently audio play, The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul. Another must-have. Thanks, Audible, for the Enhanced Format, by the way. I've re-downloaded many purchases I've made over the years in this format, free of charge. For the sake of balance, I wish I could come up with one negative comment to make. I just can't think of one. Bravo.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Paradise of Death

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Barry Letts
    • Narrated By Jon Pertwee, full cast
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Doctor Who: The Paradise of Death was the first Doctor Who drama made specifically for radio. Written for BBC Radio 2 by producer Barry Letts to celebrate the Doctor's 30th anniversary, it stars third Doctor Jon Pertwee, reunited with Sarah Jane and the Brigadier, in a dangerous return to Earth.

    Howard says: "Terrific Adventure!"
    "New Who"
    Overall

    This Who is a whole lot of fun. Excellent production values, direction, acting and writing. I like radio dramas that are made for the radio. I don't like tons and tons of narration. If you have to narrate, you're not doing it right. In fact, zero narration is best for me. That's one reason I heartily recommend this program. It's clever and funny stuff that is done with utter seriousness (the best way to do comedy). I can honestly say that Paradise of Death is my favorite Dr. Who experience. It's a permanent part of my iPod.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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