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Rex Tanner and the Sword of Damocles

By: Olufemi Sowemimo
Narrated by: Keith Silverstein,Katie Leigh,Andrew S. Bates,Adam M. Drescher,Amy Robinson,Phil Lollar,Dave DeAndrea,Matilda Novak
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Publisher's summary

Selected for the 2015 HEAR Now Audio Fiction & Arts Festival.

Now enhanced with sound effects and music.

We meet Rex Tanner, race car driver, on a disastrous mission to save scientist Penelope Mulgrew in 1935. Rex effects their escape using the Omnidial, a mysterious device permanently grafted to his skin, which imbues Rex with temporary super powers...when it works.

Months later, Rex is approached with a new mission: American Olympians are turning up shriveled and weak, apparently drained of muscle. Rex, Penelope, and his pit man and sidekick Mikhail "Mick" Goldstein are asked to travel to the site of the Olympics to investigate. Though at first reluctant, upon learning that the British agency MI6 has been assigned to the same case, Rex enthusiastically accepts.

At a welcoming party, Rex and Penelope spy the scheming Chin Wu-Xian and henchman Baron Helmut von Krieger, who are apparently pressuring the party's host into participation in underhanded dealings. They also meet MI6's agent: Alexander Tanner, Rex's older, smarter, handsomer brother, with whom Rex shares a bitter, life-long sibling rivalry. Rex's bitterness is exacerbated when he discovers that his brother's new flame is Mariel Adele, Rex's first girlfriend.

The brothers put aside their rivalry when an attack occurs at the party and another American Olympian is discovered emaciated. After an unsuccessful attempt to apprehend the villains responsible, Rex concedes that perhaps the mission is too big for one man and that he may need to team up with his brother, rather than compete with him.

About the director:

Katie Leigh has voiced characters in many well-known and award winning animations over the years (My Little Pony, Adventures in Odyssey, Muppet Babies). Now Katie makes her directorial debut with this action-packed family adventure. Listen to Katie describe what it was like to direct for the first time in a bonus, behind-the-scenes interview included with the feature.

©2014 Olufemi S. Sowemimo (P)2015 Audiblescripts

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Production and Writing made this unlistenable

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better mixing, and better writing. It almost sounded like each part was recorded in a different area and then they did their best to mix it together and match the audio.

You ever download full cast audio drama podcasts?? It kind of sounds like that. It sounds a bit unpolished. I'm a huge fan of radio dramas but technical problems marred this for me.

Then there's the writing. I don't like a script being read to me. Read it to me in plain English or let the characters set the scene and describe the surroundings. It was tedious.

Would you ever listen to anything by Olufemi Sowemimo again?

Maybe,but I'm not sure. The mixing and production would have to be a bit better.

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

Well it's a full cast drama so you get the emotion and the sound effects that you wouldn't get.

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