Roj Blake is on the run... He has a ship, but the ship has plans of its own. He has a crew, but who are his friends and who are his enemies?
Blake thought space meant freedom, but space is cold, cruel and steeped in blood. The power of the federation reaches further and deeper then Blake dared imagine...
Freedom is nowhere to be found.
©2007 B7 Media; (P)2009 Andrews UK Ltd under exclusive license from B7 Media
Let me start by saying that this audio play is NOT 1:55. The audio completes after about an hour, and then repeats from about 5 minutes in, so you get the odd length.
As for the play itself, an excellent piece of storytelling, and although it is set in the same 'reality' as Blake's 7 with the same characters, that is where the similarity with the original TV series ends.
If you are looking for a re-telling of the TV series with the original cast/stories then you will be sorely disappointed. If however you are looking for a great bit of sci-fi storytelling, with some great characters and sound effects then this is for you.
The story begins where the first audio play left off, and is better if listened to after hearing that one (otherwise it will get confusing as the characters are really introduced in the first play).
Once again a good story, and characters that you can actually believe in, and feel sympathy for (which makes a change from the one dimensional characters usually found in SciFi).
The story moves at a pace, and this has both a good and bad side. On the positive the story is continually moving forward, on the downside the speed doesn't do justice to the characters, nor the voice talents. I feel that this could have been broken down into 2 books, the pace could still have been maintained, and it would have given an opportunity to feel more for the characters.
The actors abilities do come through, and Colin Salmon is a distinctive voice, and plays the sardonic Avon well, and the cast make a great ensemble, and this is a true group work, and it comes across well.
It will be interesting to see how the story progresses, and whether the quality can be maintained. I do hope so.
Overall an excellent piece only marred by the Audibles poor transfer.
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