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