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  • Moonfleet: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J. Meade Falkner
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, David Ault, Rob Cattrell, and others
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Orphaned John Trenchard grows up in the village of Moonfleet with his aunt, entranced by the local legend of the ghostly Blackbeard, who rises each winter night to search for his lost diamond. While conducting his own hunt for the treasure, John is trapped in the church crypt and discovers the true secret of the village: smuggling.

    Mike says: "Smuggling is best kept secret!"
    "Smuggling is best kept secret!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Moonfleet the most enjoyable?

    CRT's overall production and talented actors capture both character and story. And within a short time you as the listener are totally hooked. This is one fine production.


    What other book might you compare Moonfleet to and why?

    I'd compare this production to Kidnapped and Treasure Island from Robert Louis Stevenson or Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans. King Solomon's Mines by Rider Haggard the tales of the Scarecrow/Dr. Syn from Russell Thorndyke come to mind also. Each of these fine works are also available from the Colonial Radio Theater in one form or another. Fine listening and well worth the money.


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

    Listening to Jerry Robbins and the Colonial Radio Theater is top notch. I've listened to a dozen or more radio productions from CRT and I've never heard a bad show. A few shows are available from their website for free just to try.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Value is in the eye of the beholder.


    Any additional comments?

    None

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  • Agent 13 and the Invisible Empire: Part I

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deniz Cordell, Flint Dille, David Marconi
    • Narrated By Tom Berry, J. T. Turner, Jerry Robbins, and others
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    As a child, you were abducted from your home by an organization known only as "The Brotherhood". Your past was taken from you. Your name, erased. The Brotherhood trained you in the arts of power and deception, and you seemed destined to become one of their finest operatives. Then you learned the truth. The Brotherhood planned not to guide mankind along the paths of enlightenment, but instead to remake the world in their own image. So you fled, and swore to stop them by any means necessary.

    Mike says: "Attention Please! Agent 13 code breakers..."
    "Attention Please! Agent 13 code breakers..."
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    Would you listen to Agent 13 and the Invisible Empire: Part I again? Why?

    I'd listen to CRT's production of Agent 13 again due to the excellent writing and dialogue. This is a many layered story masquerading as a pulp tale. Allusions to literary works, famous lines from movies and radio, and other pop culture from the 1930s all exist in this radio show.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the story because it's full of everything a pulp tale contains. Biblical references, G-men, lost races, diabolical scientists, talismans and can do characters facing the forces of evil.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Agent 13 of course, but followed close by Jack Spade. Combined all the radio actor performances demand a listener listen more than once. If you're a fan of old time radio then your ears are in for a treat.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No I didn't have an extreme reaction, but I did enjoy some chuckles over dialogue. It's not every day a group can pull off a comedic adventure pulp tale. The fine line between camp and action, once crossed, usually loses integrity in both genres. CRT pulls it off and I'm not surprised.


    Any additional comments?

    Everything the Colonial Radio Theater does is genuine. I think that's why Mr. Bradbury took a chance, and we all enjoyed the benefit. CRT's production of Agent 13 captures that same quality. Relistenability equals a 5 out of 5 and I'm looking forward to part two.

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  • Ticonderoga: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jerry Robbins
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, J.T. Turner, Joseph Zamparelli, and others
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Ticonderoga tells the story of Captain William Taylor and his Mohawk scout Degadawidah who are charged to escort Captain Carlton Campbell of the 42nd Highlanders through the dangerous lands of the Huron to Fort Edward, where the British are making plans to march on the French held Ticonderoga. On the journey they meet young orphan Adam Cobbs who receives a baptism by fire in the harsh and bloody wilderness of New York State. Ticonderoga is a musket blasting adventure on the epic scale that The Colonial Radio Theatre has become known for.

    jimbuck1 says: "The start of my love for audio books started here."
    "The French and Indian War comes alive!"
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    If you could sum up Ticonderoga in three words, what would they be?

    Lock, Stock, and Barrel. Ticonderoga is a perfect introduction to the French & Indian War.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ticonderoga?

    One of the most memorable moments in Ticonderoga is when the boy Adam realizes what is in the well, and how it effects his life. And how lucky he is to be in the company of men who understand. Brilliantly done CRT.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Captain William Taylor performed by Jerry Robbins is my favorite. I can most identify with the character's leadership and how he handles situations and men. I'm a former military man and Mr. Robbins did a thorough and realistic job of portraying his character.


    If you could rename Ticonderoga, what would you call it?

    Woods Dark and Furious.


    Any additional comments?

    This CRT production has a high replay factor. Excellent for long trips, either in the car or on foot.

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  • The War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By M. J. Elliott, H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By David Ault, Fred Robbins, J. T. Turner, and others
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    With a full cast and thousands of sound effects, the award-winning Colonial Radio Theatre is proud to present this faithful adaptation of the greatest science fiction novel of all kind, The War of the Worlds. A capsule crashes to Earth in the heart of Victorian England, its planet of origin: Mars. What no-one can foresee is that this is only the beginning of a massive invasion that will see humanity tested as never before.

    Mark says: "Better than the movie."
    "Best Adaptation!"
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    If you could sum up The War of the Worlds in three words, what would they be?

    High caliber adaptation!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The War of the Worlds?

    One of the most memorable moments in CRT's adaptation of of H.G. Wells War of the Worlds is the initial landing of the Martian cylinder. The peripheral comings and goings of all strata in British society coming to have a look. And then, getting to see something.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene in this CRT production is hearing the heat ray and seeing it my imagination. The fight between the Martian war machine and HMS Thunderchild was excellent too!


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

    The moment that captured my emotions was the chat between Pearson and the soldier of Artillery. Listening and understanding the hopelessness of the soldier's point of view, his reality and plans for the future, and knowing they'll really come to nothing.

    Wells's writing and intent shine through CRT's production. I've never heard a better example of the famous author's work before.


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  • Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter - The Suicides at Sevens Hall, The Fear of Knowing, The Call of the Dead and The Sacrifice: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Gareth Tilley
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (12)
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    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In London, in the 1900s, the solutions to supernatural occurrences were investigated by a man who was famous for his dealings with the unknown and the worlds of the dead: Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter, (or as he prefers to call it, a psychical detective). With the help of college student Arthur Bennett, he embarks on a series of spine-tingling and exciting adventures in the world of the dead.

    Mike says: "Last of a great series!"
    "Last of a great series!"
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    Would you listen to Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter - The Suicides at Sevens Hall, The Fear of Knowing, The Call of the Dead and The Sacrifice again? Why?

    I would listen to Jarrem Lee Volume Six again because the stories capture a sub genre hardly seen in horror audio. The occult detective. That's the magic of Jarrem Lee. Relistenability. If that's even a word. Plus a listener is treated to occult stories set in a time which never has gone out of style. Victorian England.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter - The Suicides at Sevens Hall, The Fear of Knowing, The Call of the Dead and The Sacrifice?

    The fear of knowing episode was dark. More dark than I've heard previously on this series. And as a result, the episode never leaves you after you've listened to it. Suicides was a great adaptation of a Flaxman Low story. And I've read them all. Call of the dead and sacrifice were both parts of the same story and a solid one.


    What about Jerry Robbins and The Colonial Radio Players ’s performance did you like?

    I like Jerry Robbins and CRT because they pay attention to detail. Listeners are listening. Lee and Bennett are established characters. Actors and writers don't experiment. I don't think Mr. Robbins nor CRT would do so with Sherlock Holmes either.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No I didn't want to listen to volume six all in one sitting. I knew this was the last of the series and I wanted to stretch it out. Make it last. And I enjoyed examining each episode as a result.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done to Jerry Robbins and the CRT team of players! I'll miss Jarrem Lee, but I'll keep an eye out for other excellent work from the Colonial Radio Theater!

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  • Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter - The Tollington Hall Case, The Ancient Burial Barrow, Lord Wentworth's Statue and Professor Taylor's Final Experiment: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Gareth Tilly
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Meet Jarrem Lee, Ghost Hunter (or as he prefers to call it, a psychical detective). With the help of college student Arthur Bennett, he embarks on a series of spine tingling and exciting adventures in the world of the dead. Episode 1: "The Tollington Hall case" - Sir Frederick Carmichael asks Lee to visit Tollington Hall, where a ghost haunts the attic each night. Episode 2: "The Ancient Burial Barrow" - A demon is trying to escape from a grave discovered during an archaeological dig. Episode 03: "Lord Wentworths Statue" - A collector becomes obsessed with a strange statue that becomes more life-like each day.

    Susan says: "Abominable accents too distracting"
    "Neophyte Ghost Hunters start here!"
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    What did you love best about Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter - The Tollington Hall Case, The Ancient Burial Barrow, Lord Wentworth's Statue and Professor Taylor's Final Experiment?

    Tollington Hall case sets the scene for the rest of the series, introducing characters, methods, and menaces. Brilliant! Ancient Burial Barrow is my favorite. Nothing in the episode is ever scene by Lee and Bennett, only experienced. This is the most subtle way to frighten. Lord Wentworth's statue is pure occult detective at the turn of the century. The episode is delightfully filled with occult references. The final episode is Professor Taylor's Final Experiment. It's a combo of science and occult both H.G. Wells, Thomas Edison, and Jules Verne would've loved. Volume 1 stands alone.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Having listened to a lot of old time radio, I expected to know all the answers and what CRT pulled off with Jarrem Lee had me ready to buy the next volume!


    Have you listened to any of Jerry Robbins and The Colonial Radio Players ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked, Captain Blood, Ticonderoga, Jeeves & Wooster. Jarrem Lee establishes the line for Jerry Robbins and CRT in their occult detective shows.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yup; and again.


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  • Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Gareth Tilley
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Meet Jarrem Lee, Ghost Hunter (or as he prefers to call it, a psychical detective). With the help of college student Arthur Bennett, he embarks on a series of spine tingling and exciting adventures in the world of the dead. Includes four exciting audio episodes.

    Mike says: "Textbook Ghost Hunter!"
    "Textbook Ghost Hunter!"
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    Would you listen to Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter again? Why?

    I listen often because of the production values CRT uses for each show. Gareth Tilley writes well and researches well also. Each ghost hunter episode is filled with off handed references to literature's occult detectives. This makes listening fun for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Overall Jarrem Lee volume 2 is textbook ghost hunter. All of your standard occult tropes are there as well. Different mythologies are used also to propel the story.


    Have you listened to any of Jerry Robbins and The Colonial Radio Players ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listening to many CRT productions and each Jarrem Lee tale is a solid performance. They compare easily to the father brown productions. I don't think Jarrem Lee would do well as a full scale CRT production like Ticonderoga. The material is more episodic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The pentacle won't hold! This is a great tag line for Jarrem Lee. Often he and Bennett have to think of something quickly to stop the forces of darkness from closing in.


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  • Captain Blood: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rafael Sabatini, Jerry Robbins
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (30)
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    (25)
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    (25)

    Dr. Peter Blood is arrested and sentenced to hang for treating a wounded rebel. Instead of death, he is sent to Barbados as a slave. When the Spanish attack the port city of Bridgetown, he and his fellow slaves capture the Spanish ship and set out to sea, where he becomes the notorious pirate, Captain Blood. With battles on sea and on land, daring escapes, sword duels to the death, a touch of romance, and a magnificent score by Jeffrey Gage, Captain Blood is a swashbuckling adventure on a very grand scale!

    larry says: "Wonderful"
    "Masterpiece of adventure!"
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    Where does Captain Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    CRT's production of Captain Blood is outstanding! I'm getting spoiled by this radio company's attention to detail and a willingness to dramatize the entire story. I've never encountered this before in a commercial product.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sea engagements, the detail of history, and CRT's excellent performances. I felt like one of Peter Blood's crew.


    Which character – as performed by Jerry Robbins and The Colonial Radio Players – was your favorite?

    Jeremy Pitt, Captain Blood's conscience. Delicate yet strong like a foil. Not like a cutlass.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Cast off for Port Royal! CRT's production and Warner Brothers have already sheared away a main cable for quality, so I think both are safe.


    Any additional comments?

    Jerry and CRT keep them coming!

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  • Merian C. Cooper's King Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joe DeVito, Brad Strickland
    • Narrated By David Baker, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (7)

    A hulking freighter waits at a darkened pier. Aboard, filmmaker Carl Denham prepares for a strange voyage to a distant island, an island where he hopes to make the most exciting movie of all time. What waits at the end of the journey is Kong.

    Mike says: "Breakers Ahead!"
    "Breakers Ahead!"
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    What disappointed you about Merian C. Cooper's King Kong?

    I expected a dramatization direct from the Lovelace novel. Instead, the audio book is something of a book and narration.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland ? Why or why not?

    Brad Strickland no worries. He's taken the helm for John Bellaire's delightful series of children's books. I don't know about Joe DeVito.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Baker and the Full Cast Family ’s performances?

    No thanks.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The story from Merian Cooper is by far better than this. Read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

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  • Jarrem Lee: Ghost Hunter: The Whitechapel Vampire, The Tragic Revenge of Charles Maynard, The Waxing of the Moon, The Last Stand

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Gareth Tilley
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Meet Jarrem Lee, Ghost Hunter (or as he prefers to call it, a psychical detective). With the help of college student Arthur Bennett, he embarks on a series of spine tingling and exciting adventures in the world of the dead.

    Mike says: "A vampire of a different color?"
    "A vampire of a different color?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Jarrem Lee: Ghost Hunter the most enjoyable?

    The Jarrem Lee stories are pure ear candy. My favorite tale in this volume is the Waxing of the moon, due to the nebulous nature of the creature.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jarrem Lee: Ghost Hunter?

    I realized the best part of Jarrem Lee overall is the character's flexibility. And story flexibility, pulling new ideas from old themes.


    Have you listened to any of Jerry Robbins and The Colonial Radio Players ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Volume 3 is a solid entry into the Jarrem Lee series and it holds its own. Gareth Tilly's writing and Jerry Robbins and the CRT are top notch in whatever they do.


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

    I appreciated the Waxing of the Moon is similar to Doyle's the Red Headed League, in overall scope to the Jarrem Lee character.


    Any additional comments?

    None

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