The Saint - the hero of 100 thrilling yarns of breathless adventure and mystery. The Robin Hood of modern crime, the 20th century's gayest buccaneer.
Vincent Price, Tom Conway and Denis Green, in a rare never-before-available audition recording, star as the suave Simon Templar - poised in the presence of ladies, cool when confronted with danger. Well-known to both the criminals and the common man, his services are frequently sought, his involvement quickly detected, and his cases promptly solved.
In 20 digitally restored and remastered episodes, The Saint keeps company with corpses, amnesiacs, publishers, gamblers, and a monkey. He endeavors to discover secret formulas, recover stolen jewels, prevent poisonings, and otherwise preserve justice on behalf of blondes, boxers, buried girls, brides, and a baby boy!
Episodes Include: "The Case of the Blonde Who Lost Her Head" 11-13-49; "Reflection on Murder" 08-13-50; "The Chiseling Chimpanzee" 12-10-50; "Simon Minds the Baby" 12-17-50; "Ladies Never Lie - Much" 01-07-51; "The Carnival Murder" 02-04-51; "The Bride Who Lost Her Groom" 02-11-51; "Next of Kin" 02-18-51; "The Big Swindle" 02-25-51; "The Birds and Bees of East Orange" 03-18-51; "Formula for Death" 03-25-51; "Simon Carries the Ivy" 04-01-51; "The Ghosts Who Came to Dinner" 04-08-51; "The Lady Who Leaned" 04-22-51; "Fishes Gotta Eat" 04-29-51; "The Girl With the Lower Berth" 06-03-51; "Peter the Great" 06-24-51; "Death of a Cowboy" 07-01-51; "No, My Darling Daughter" 07-15-51; "The Miracle Tea Party" (1940 Audition)
Vincent Price is an extremely good audio performer. I was thrilled at his reading of a fairly pedestrian horror story in a different collection, and started looking for other things he has read. I was fooled by the picture into thinking that these are all Vincent Price as the Saint in these very clean recordings of the weekly half hour radio show (I assume they are from the 40's and 50's originally). These radio plays do not all feature Price in the lead, however. About 2/3 to 3/4 of the way through, the lead changes to Tom Conway. He's quite good too (though I don't think he's quite as good as Price) but at the same time the quality of the writing seems to me to experience a drop in quality. Maybe the writing was never all that good to start with, and the excellence of Price (who plays the role lightheartedly and gets a lot of really great humor out of it) caused me to not notice it, but for whatever reason it bugged me after they made the change to Conway because it wasn't as much fun to listen to anymore. It's still worth buying and I recommend it but I just wanted to be sure that everyone notices that all the radio plays are not featuring Price in the lead role, despite the cover picture.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes I would. Specially if they like Vincent Price.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked all the great little mysterys on this audio.
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
Vincent Price was great. I'm so used to him playing a bad guy, it is a change of pace to hear him play a good guy. He does a good job to.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
If I had ten hours to spare. Which I didn't.
Any additional comments?
Great audio, I hope they realise more Saint audios.
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What would have made The Saint better?
I think if the information available before purchase had made it clear that it was a collection of short (very short) radio shows, with quite a lot of signature tune at the beginning and end of each, this would have helped. I was expecting something that ran on throughout.
If you’ve listened to books by Leslie Charteris before, how does this one compare?
I haven't listened to books by Leslie Charteris before.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
I'm not sure really how to answer this question, as I only listened to about 15% of it.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It does have a lovely period quality, and I think if someone had edited down the play-out and play-in music it would be fine.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
the plots keep you guessing. most episodes are well played out. the last episode with Dennis green a real bonus.