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Lizski

lizski

PARK CITY, UT, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Dragnet: Old Time Radio - 379 Episodes

    • ORIGINAL (137 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Frank Burt, James E. Moser, John Robinson
    • Narrated By Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Ben Alexander, and others
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in media history. The series gave millions of audience members a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real-life police work.

    Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals, and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media.

    Lizski says: "The Grandfather of Law and Order"
    "The Grandfather of Law and Order"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Dragnet: Old Time Radio - 380 Episodes the most enjoyable?

    The entire experience of a radio show, combined with the culture of the 40s and 50s is absolutely fantastic (although there I times when I keep thinking how much faster cases could have been solved with DNA evidence and other modern forensics!).


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dragnet is the grandfather of ever cop show that has ever been on tv - to say it is a classic is an understatement.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I watched Dragnet on tv ages ago, and while the tv show was good fun, all the sound effects and 'atmosphere' of a radio show make the radio show superior.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I like the tribute at the end of each episode to a fallen police officer - officers that were killed in the line of duty 50+ years ago are memorialized again.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a fair amount of variability in sound/audio quality (which is why I only gave the performance 4 stars - the actual performance is great, but the occasional audio issues made me downgrade it), but it generally doesn't take away from the listening experience.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hetaera: Daughter of the Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J.A. Coffey
    • Narrated By Sherill Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    She was the original Cinderella....Doricha is twelve when her father is murdered by a roving band of Greeks. Betrayed by a jealous priestess and sold into slavery, headstrong Dori loses her most valuable possession-her freedom. She hopes that one day she can truly be free, but not even Aesop, her mentor, can protect her. The harsh world of classical Greece has little use for the minds of women, and she finds her body traded to another owner, who transports her to a new life of luxury and political turmoil in the faraway deserts of Egypt. All she has to do is be beautiful, all she has to do is love him, and she will be kept safe.

    Lizski says: "Meh."
    "Meh."
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    I bought this because of good reviews on Amazon. I kept listening to this thinking, "People liked it. It's got to get better at some point." For me, it didn't. I found the characters one-dimensional, and there was a lot of "telling" (i.e. this happened to me, and then this happened to me and then this happened to me) and not so much "showing" (developing characters through dialogue and interactions). The main character also remained wildly naive in her actions, in spite of her continuously telling the audience how she had grown.

    The narrator didn't help things. The character is supposed to transform throughout the story, and yet the narrator voices the heroine with a girlish voice for the entire story. And for the men's voices, the narrator simply tries to deepen her voice, which just ends up sounding farcical.

    Bottom line, it killed many hours of commute time. But I was really hoping for historical fiction and not a fairy tale; the book didn't come through for me. I don't think I'll be looking for anything more by this author because it was just too superficial a story. It's too bad, because the idea had promise, and so many parts of the story really could have been interesting if they had been developed.

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