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Dick Barton and the Li-Chang Adventure (Radio Collection) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Edward J. Mason , Douglas Kelly
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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5 April 2012 Radio Collection
Douglas Kelly stars as 'Dick Barton - Special Agent' in another thrilling adventure for radio's greatest hero. Heralded by an instantly memorable signature tune, the adventures of special agent Dick Barton and his friends Jock and Snowey, originally ran on the "BBC Light Programme" between 1946 and 1951. Set in an exciting world of criminal masterminds, espionage and adventure, the series was essential listening for an entire generation. Sadly very few of the BBC's original recordings still survive. However, in 1949 a number of early Barton tales were re-recorded for transmission overseas. Starring Douglas Kelly, these re-stagings found new audiences in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Over 300 of these 'international' recordings were rediscovered in the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2009 and allow listeners finally to relive the escapades of the great Dick Barton. Joe Crowther - an old army friend of Dick Barton - needs help to crack a gang of Oriental counterfeiters. Can Barton and his friends stop the evil Wu San and Max Latour from spreading the forged currency? Find out in this next exciting instalment of "Dick Barton" - Special Agent!

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 4 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445865157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445865157
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.3 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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"Either Anna must have fallen a victim to your manly charms or else she's playing some peculiar game all on her own."

A lurid Limehouse yarn filled with scorpions, planes dropping pound notes on remote farms in Yorkshire and deadly stage magic tricks like the bullet through heart illusion that isn't an illusion, The Li-Chang Adventure is easily one of the most enjoyable of the Dick Barton adventures, partially because by now even the writers are aware of how clichéd it is and are embracing the absurdity with the odd wink to the audience. Even Barton complains about the over-exotic nature of the case - "All we got to do is find Dr Fu Manchu and there we are" - while his loyal police detective cohort Inspector Burke thinks "The whole setup so far is more like a comedy thriller than a straightforward case." Mind you, it's a while before Burke gets in on this adventure, with Barton briefly having to work with a detective who shamefully doesn't worship the ground he walks on, though naturally - like all those lesser mortals who ignore Barton's advice - the pompous fool doesn't make it to the next episode. Along the way Barton's old comrade in arms from his Paris adventure Inspector Zero gets in on the action as the plot crosses the channel and a new mastermind emerges from the shadow of the villainous Chinese stage magician Li-Chang and who has elaborate plans of his own to dispose of our hero. But, as we all know, it's impossible to kill Dick Barton...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dick Barton and the Counterfeiters 13 May 2012
By R. C. McGinlay VINE VOICE
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This is another vintage re-enactment of a Dick Barton adventure, recorded by Australasian Radio in 1949 - and kept, unlike the BBC originals. The sound quality is remarkably good for its age, though there is a very noticeable scratch on the archive disc during the first few episodes. However, the instalments (19 of them in total across four CDs, each ending with an exciting cliffhanger) are a swift 12 minutes each, so the worst of the disturbance is soon out of the way.

Though this is called "The Li-Chang Adventure", a more appropriate title might have been "The Counterfeiters" or "The Forgers", because the sinister Oriental Li-Chang is allied to a French villain called Max Latour. The story is as much about Latour as is it about Li-Chang.

Their presence leads to some dodgy Chinese and French accents from the mostly Antipodean cast - though none of these are as bad as their attempts at the Yorkshire dialect! Maybe I'm just particularly sensitive to the latter, because I'm originally from t' North.

Despite such unfortunate enunciation, this adventure is surprisingly free of offensive regional and racial stereotypes. It is true that at one point Dick (Douglas Kelly) recites a line from the less PC version of the nursery rhyme "Ten Little Indians", but no one ever says that all Orientals look the same, and Dick has friends as well as enemies among the French and Chinese characters.

Due to the lengthy, serial nature of the story, which was intended to be heard one episode per day, it's probably best to listen to just one or two instalments at a time, otherwise the plot can become repetitive. For example, two consecutive cliffhangers feature attacks from the air.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very British heroics 2 Jun 2012
By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is another in the series of BBC re-recordings (from 1949) of earlier Dick Barton adventures for which the original tapes were lost. The originals were a huge hit in their day and, although they are products of their time, they are still fun to listen to.

The bad guy here is an evil "oriental" and the casual racism of the time comes through with phrases like "my little yellow friend here". In the second half of the story a second bad guy, French this time, is introduced. The accents are suitably laughable, with some of Li-Chang's henchmen turning into Bluebottle from the Goon Show when excited and one of the French characters veering into Welsh on occasion. Barton is always good value as a solid, upstanding and very British hero who is impossible to kill (although for plotline purposes he does seem to get knocked unconscious quite regularly).

The recording (4CDs) is good value, and with each episode lasting only around 12 minutes the next cliff-hanger is never far away, although some are very contrived. The recording quality is surprisingly good, although the first few episodes suffer from a persistent clicking, almost like a scratched vinyl record.

There is one point (no spoilers) where I suspect two episodes have been spliced into one, but I have no solid evidence beyond there being 19 episodes to the adventure (others have had 20) and a sudden "how did they get there?" feeling.

Overall, good escapist fun with a few minor niggles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this 23 July 2012
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I am far to young to have listened to Dick Barton on the radio, but I have always loved radio plays, ever since one night stuck at a ferry terminal when the ferry crew had gone on strike. Ended up listening to a sci fi play on BBC Radio in the car. I find I can get really lost in this form of entertainment and this goes for Dick Barton. Better still there was a voucher included that allowed me to down load the radio version of Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy inside the box. If you have never listed to radio drama, I say go ahead give it a go.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
Bought this as a gift. It went down a storm. Now gets listened to by the recipient in the house, in the car on long journeys, in the laptop. Very enjoyable.
Published 5 months ago by Josie
4.0 out of 5 stars Swift.
If only all drama had this brevity. Over time I'm coming to the conclusion that most of anything serialised really has to justify being longer than about fifteen minutes. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Stuart Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Another rip-roaring adventure with Dick Barton
Another classic adventure unearthed sees Barton up against Li-Chang and Max Latour. It's fun. There have been some suggestions of things being un-pc but you have to take the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by James Burnwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good plot
My wife and I enjoyed this as we had heard The Paris Adventure and we filled our journey down the M6 with an interest that did not detach from driving
Published 21 months ago by W. J. Bramley
4.0 out of 5 stars Money from Heaven
Dick is being his usual self; assertive, dramatic, fast thinking, leaving his pals in the dark as they never quite get there as quickly as Dick. Read more
Published 23 months ago by The Kinniburgh Kid
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is great if, like me, you're old and can remember sitting by the radio and listening to radio theatre. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2012 by Wilz
3.0 out of 5 stars Politically incorrect, but may be good as a nostalgic listen
Very old-fashioned, to the point that the lack of political correctness was fairly cringe making at times. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2012 by J. S. Hardman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
I must admit I did not really enjoy this vintage re-enactment of a Dick Barton adventure at first, mainly because I tried to listen to it in the car one episode after another,... Read more
Published on 13 July 2012 by B. Bello
3.0 out of 5 stars Crikey!! More perilous goings on for Special Agent Barton and chums
This "Dick Barton, Special Agent" radio recording, of a BBC "colonies" production, "Dick Barton and the Li-Chang Adventure", thoughtfully preserved by the Australian National Film... Read more
Published on 11 July 2012 by Steve Benner
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage thrills and spills
Yet another solid Dick Barton release, this one sees Dick and co on the trail of some dastardly counterfeiters. Read more
Published on 1 July 2012 by downkiddie
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