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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Value is in the eye of the beholder.
Lock, Stock, and Barrel. Ticonderoga is a perfect introduction to the French & Indian War.
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.
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.
Woods Dark and Furious.
This CRT production has a high replay factor. Excellent for long trips, either in the car or on foot.
High caliber adaptation!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked, Captain Blood, Ticonderoga, Jeeves & Wooster. Jarrem Lee establishes the line for Jerry Robbins and CRT in their occult detective shows.
Yup; and again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The sea engagements, the detail of history, and CRT's excellent performances. I felt like one of Peter Blood's crew.
Jeremy Pitt, Captain Blood's conscience. Delicate yet strong like a foil. Not like a cutlass.
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.
Jerry and CRT keep them coming!
I expected a dramatization direct from the Lovelace novel. Instead, the audio book is something of a book and narration.
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.
Disappointment. The story from Merian Cooper is by far better than this. Read the book.
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.
I realized the best part of Jarrem Lee overall is the character's flexibility. And story flexibility, pulling new ideas from old themes.
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.
I appreciated the Waxing of the Moon is similar to Doyle's the Red Headed League, in overall scope to the Jarrem Lee character.
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