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This reminds me of the movies of the 50s and 60s that I used to go to see when I was a kid. Only you listen to it instead. The action of the main characters is easy to follow the the Colonial Radio Players create their characters so you can tell who is who, making the plot easier to follow. I personally enjoyed the story and have always enjoyed the hero, Zorro and his fight with the evil police. They always portrayed these bad guys as fat, oily and roly poly turds in the movies and Zorro easily defeated them 6 at a time. It was a fun listen. I would give it 4 1/4 stars just for the sheer performance, but like all the Zorro stories, just a little hackneyed, so the story gets 3 1/2 stars.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
Much like with Zorro Rides Again (which I reviewed already, and the two stories take place back-to-back), this is 1940s style melodrama with all the pulp heroics and cliched villainy you could want from a Zorro story. These have all the charm of the old radio episodes or film serials, warts included... which is a selling point for me. I like my Zorro in the classic style.
If you're looking for intrigue ... better pass. If you're looking for good, old fashioned radio style fun ... you'll enjoy this.
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