Friday, January 14, 2011

Reviews from the 86th Floor: The Adventures of Doc Savage (Radio Archives)

Radio Archives
ISBN 978-1610815000

This attractive package collects the 1985 NPR radio program that adapted two classic Doc Savage adventures: Fear Cay and The Thousand-Headed Man. If you enjoy the classic radio shows of the past, then you'll definitely get a kick out of this: the bonus is that since it's a relatively new production, the sound quality is far superior to the old shows. Everything is in digital stereo and the acting is superb. Doc *sounds* like Doc and all of his aides are played to perfection. The adaptations are spot-on, too. The classic bits are included and the pacing is well-done, with the expected cliffhanger endings for each chapter.

Honestly, there's no real complain I have about this package -- everything, from the Bob Larkin cover image of Doc & Pat -- to the "making-of" audio documentary that's included is extremely well done and exciting. As a bonus, you also get Two additional "bonus" radio dramas: a Philip Marlowe adventure entitled "The August Lion" and a Michael Shayne drama titled "A Problem in Murder."

I simply cannot recommend this enough to Doc Savage fans or fans of old-time radio. I give it my highest rating.

5 out of 5 stars!