Fat Cats is an audio production of exceptional quality. A multi-layered production in both story and sound, Fat Cats is recorded with a Neumann ku8li binaural microphone. This technique produces "3-D" sound. With head phones on, the sound swallows you up, enveloping you in a way no other medium can match.
I have experienced a few of these 3-D recordings before, and this is the first one I found where the story makes good use of the technique. Bill Raymond plays a painter, Willie, who fantasizes about being a detective. Willie floats in and out of the adventures of his hero, the hard boiled detective Short Top Detroit. He is hired to paint the house of Lucas Trust, a billionaire who's girlfriend is a prominent wet T-shirt model, Christie Adair. This could be a recipe for cheap thrills, but the story is in ZBS' good hands. Playing against stereotypes, Christie is intelligent and sees the irony of her profession. Willie varies his time between reading cheap detective novels and listening to recordings of Abbie Hoffman. Lucas is involved in murder.
Willie tries to put the pieces together while his hero Short Top Detroit teaches him the art of sleuthing. Slowly, the lines between the two characters begin to blur.