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Publisher's Summary

Radio Spirits is very pleased to present radio's greatest crime fighter, The Shadow, in this new collection of 18 digitally restored and remastered episodes selected from the classic series. Featuring Orson Welles, William Johnstone and Bret Morrison each in the title role, this set also includes the first release of two newly discovered and previously lost episodes starring Orson Welles as Lamont Cranston and The Shadow - "The Old People" and "The Vocie of the Trumpet".
(P)2008 Conde Nast Publications. TM Advance Magazine Publishers Inc.

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What made the experience of listening to The Shadow the most enjoyable?

Being able to close your eyes, use your imagination and let your mind create all the special effects is amazing.

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

How the shadow is able to outsmart everyone is amazing, but you know in the end he will live

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Larry
  • Lawton, OK, United States
  • 07-17-13


What made the experience of listening to The Shadow the most enjoyable?

The incredible writing of the plots and scripts along with the amazing voice actors made this an awsome listening experience, can't wait to hear more!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lamont Cranston/The Shadow is an amazingly well concieved character.

What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator adds a real flow to the show along with the included historical advertisements, a real classic mystery flavor ebs throughout each episode, he adds more than a real sense of story, and he has a natural way in which his tidbits of narration further the action without over taking the acting. Great narration!

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

Each episode made me want to hear another.

Any additional comments?

Awsome collection, I am glad I purchased it even thought I already owned a few of the episodes in single format, well worth it for the new content alone!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Shadow without Orson Welles

They were good, but I definitely like The Shadow much more with Orson Welles doing the part.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Cliff
  • madison, MS, United States
  • 02-03-14

More fun with the Shadow.

This is a great walk down memory lane. Sure the stories are pretty thin and the characters are two dimensional, but hey it's the SHADOW! No one better voiced the shadow than Orson Welles. This is like a really fun time capsule. I love listening to these when I have to drive at night. These are fun stories with all the comercials incuded which is a nice touch. If you like the old Shadow serials you will definitely enjoy this one.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • miriam
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 04-22-13

back in time

What made the experience of listening to The Shadow the most enjoyable?

the authenic voices with the greate narration

What other book might you compare The Shadow to and why?

none at the moment

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i enjoyed even the comercial that came in with the Shadow.....It took me to a time, where there were no tv just the radio made my imagination soar.......

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fun for historical context, but very dated

The plot and character development are at the level of Scooby Doo and Inspector Gadget; there are many better-written modern stories out there. However, you can feel the innocence of the age in the writing (which comes with a solid dose of that age's sexism, unfortunately). What my wife and I found almost as interesting as the stories was that these recordings include the original radio advertisements, which is fascinating for anyone interested in media culture.

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Not as good as I remember. It may have worked in days of radio but it does not work now. Do a prieview before you buy.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful