"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" From 1930-1954, the wealthy Lamont Cranston was one of the best-known characters on radio, using his mystical powers to fight crime. The only person who knew The Shadow's true identity was his "friend and companion, the lovely Margot Lane". Through the years, The Shadow was portrayed by Frank Readick, Orson Welles, Bill Johnstone, Bret Morrison, and others. As listeners were reminded at the end of every episode, "The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay! The Shadow knows!"
"As one of the basic prototypes of what has come to be called Pop Art, the Shadow is unique and irreplaceable, a legend in his own time. A classic character who looms slouch hat and shoulders above all others of his kind, he is an inevitable as a guilty conscience, an unseen power that awakens within all of us our most deep-rooted fears of mortal retribution. There has never been a force quite like him." (Jim Harmon, The Great Radio Heroes)
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
The sound quality is really poor. I suspect it is the age of the original recordings and someone with superb skills to remaster would be needed.
The story is short, enjoyable and as all Shadow tales, the bad people lose.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Orson Welles?
Yes. I just wish all had today's sound quality.
Was Aboard the Steamship Amazon worth the listening time?
Hmmm. I won't likely listen again because the background sound is too strong to really enjoy the story. Headphones are required.