"Listen! Quiet! Everybody stand still for a minute. There's something. Can't you hear it?"
During an abnormal heatwave in March, the air becomes thick and dull. Nothing moves, and you can almost hear the silence. Something was bound to happen.
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This was an unbelievably well-executed and produced radio dramatization of a horrible story. It's a shame so much talent and work was wasted on such a stupid idea for a story. Giving it 3 stars is VERY generous.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is a great old recording. Very British 'stiff upper lip' characters. Good story
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Well, the story isn't particularly great but it is captivating in a sci-fi B movie kind of manner. The characters are a little cardboard but the setting and delivery appealed to me because they are reminiscent of the sci-fi I liked as a boy. For this reason I found The Slide somewhat nostalgic and comforting and have since listened to it twice. Definitely easy listening!
Enjoyed the storyline plus the dramatic acting, which all made for a good few hours of old style Sci Fi. Unfortunately I found the sound track between the start and end of each episode ear splitting and made me cringe. This is a fault with audible by including this type of thing in all of the audios of this era instead of editing these out.
All in all this is a good production and well worth a credit. I will be listening to this again in the future.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Yes if my friend is a fan of the Second Doctor and wanted to learn more of the genesis of Victor Pemberton's Fury From The Deep
Has The Slide (Dramatised) put you off other books in this genre?
Not at all
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
N/A : this is a radio play
Did The Slide (Dramatised) inspire you to do anything?
Mourn the loss of my childhood willingness to be easily frightened
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Mother nature has it in for bland Home Counties town in this Quatermass-esque tale of sentient mud oozing its unwelcome way through cracks in a new town's roads after an unlikely earthquake. Roger Delgado puts in a star performance as the scientist hero but is upstaged by Maurice Denham hamming it up us the local MP taken over by the evil dirty puddle.
I listened to this on the radio at the tender age of 9 every Sunday evening for seven weeks and was riveted to the set ,no doubt in the same way that my parents had been riveted to the TV ten years earlier when Nigel Kneale's seminal and similar serials were first broadcast.
However ,as an adult, the premise of a gestalt mud menace from below hypnotising humans and asphyxiating sparrows seems rather daft.
The following year Pemberton adapted the mud into seaweed and Victor Madden replaced Maurice Denham.
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