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Batman, Knightfall (BBC Audio) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Dirk Maggs
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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5 Mar 2007 BBC Audio
In this thrilling radio drama, Batman has been crippled by his fiercest foe ever: Bane, a villain of superhuman strength, cunning and evil. '...Dirk Maggs, who wrote and produced, threw everything into the pot and stirred vigorously. The result was richly textured, highly flavoursome, original and wonderfully energetic ...' "Daily Telegraph." Gotham City is reeling from the shocking news that Batman is confined to a wheelchair. Who will now protect the innocent from the dangerous inmates of Arkham Asylum, whom Bane has released? A new hero - Azrael - takes up the mantle of the Bat. But Azrael is a more brutal Batman than Bruce Wayne, and far more eager to punish the guilty than to protect the innocent. Will he destroy Gotham City in order to save it? On CD for the first time, this fantastic full-cast adventure stars Bob Sessions, Michael Gough, Peter Marinker and Kerry Shale, and it comes from the renowned producer Dirk Maggs, of "Superman" and The Hitchhiker's "Guide to the Galaxy" radio fame. This stunning audio production was first aired on BBC Radio 1, and its cliffhanging,all-action adventure can now be heard uninterrupted and remastered - complete with dazzling sound effects and specially composed orchestral music. This CD edition also includes a bonus out-takes reel, never heard before.

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (5 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563510994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563510994
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Still the Best after all these Years 8 Mar 2009
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So happy that I bought this. The quality of the audio is perfect. Characters are brilliantly portrayed by a talented cast. Here we have a Batman that speaks clearly but still manages to be the caped crusader that we all know and love ( Mr Bale should take some notes here, especially to save his voice- it cant be good to talk like that at all). Listening to it now brings back some happy memories, of me sitting on my bed with an old cassette radio, and me with a pair of really big head phones on ( sonys, cant seem to find them any where these days, shame) the volume turned up far too loud. Wasnt long after that I started to get into Batman and the DC universe of comics. So you could say that Batman: Knightfall got me into comics in a major way. This is a must for all Batman fans, if you liked the films- and i mean the first few, then u will love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great! 19 April 2007
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Millions of years ago, there once was a radio show called the Trial of Superman (or Superman on Trial - I can't quite remember which title) where the Radio Times advertised it by using a comic strip layout. Being a young boy at the time, I made damn sure that it was recorded off the radio late at night, taking up a couple of 90 minute tapes and enjoying every second of it.

The same people who made that also made this, a radio serial that hooks you from the start with a chase sequence and a Batman that doesn't use a gruff tone when speaking (a la Christian Bale or Michael Keaton). Overall, dialogue is spoken supurbly, with the absurdity of the media in place (one reporter cheerfully saying that ONLY 15 people were injured and two were killed in a riot) and using Michael Gough as Alfred adds to the dryness of the humour. The listener, though, must pay attention - especially with the multitude of characters in this. Sound effects and music are also very good (enhanced for the CD) with great sounds for fight scenes and a nice, throaty growl for the Batmobile. The script is also very good, moving at a cracking pace throughout locations.

This is a great achievement - a radio serial that flows very well when listened to in a complete edition. Besides, listening to Batman hanging a villian up by his feet 100 feet from the ground and having a (for him)cheerful one-sided conversation at the same time - within the first twenty seconds of it starting - is worth it alone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Batman: Knightfall (BBC Audio) 13 Mar 2009
By Jay B.
Format:Audio CD
A cleverly done audio play, Batman: Knightfall is quite thrilling to listen to, perfectly capturing the mood and overall feel of the comic book it's based on. It only fails (if it fails at all) in the character of Batman himself, as it reflects the more lighter-hearted almost Adam West style caped crusader, which is odd given the dark and gothic atmosphere of the rest of the play.

The voice of Batman, performed by Bob Sessions, comes off as a slightly 1950's Saturday Matinee all action hero as opposed to the darker, gravelly tones of say; Kevin Conroy's take on the character in Batman the Animated Series (broadcast on TV around about the same time as this Audio Play) or Christian Bale's current and rather brilliant portral of the Dark Knight. This, though and the fact that it doesn't dig as deep into the soul of the characters as it could have done, never detracts from the fun of the thing. It can not fail to please the ardent Bat-fan or those who just love a good old fashioned hero yarn that has that special 'bite' of cool.
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Batman: Knightfall was one of those major comic events that was truly unforgettable. A huge turning-point in the Caped Crusader's life, it showcased Bruce Wayne being expertly and feasibly broken, both physically and mentally, by a fascinating new villain called Bane. Story-wise, it's a timeless classic and a masterpiece. Plus, it's one of the biggest crossover events in the history of DC Comics, as well as all of superhero fiction itself.

Of course, this was all in 1993. The fact that people still revere the epic to this day is testament to its greatness. But what I didn't know was that it was SO great, that it actually spawned a daily radio-drama that combined all parts of the saga (Knighfall, Knightquest and KnightsEnd) into one mammoth series.

The Knightfall audioplay debuted on BBC Radio 1 in 1994 on `The Mark Goodier Show', and was masterminded by Dirk Maggs (who produced radio plays like Superman: Doomsday and Beyond, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). Even when it was released shortly after on audio cassette in 1994, its existence still eluded me, and it was only recently that I saw this 3-disc CD. Naturally intrigued, I purchased it.

The whole Knightfall saga lasted a year. It's the biggest Batman story ever created. So the first thing that came to my mind was, "How did Dirk Maggs manage to condense the whole crossover into approximately three hours of radio drama?" Maggs clearly had his work cut-out for him yet he was somehow able to put together an absolutely intense, action-packed production that will have all listeners absolutely hooked from start to finish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good BBC Adaption Of A Excellent Graphic Novel
Batman Knightfall.
Disc 1: ~80 min.
Disc 2: ~60 min.
Disc 3: ~80 min.
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Published 3 months ago by Timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant interpretation
I love this audio version of Knightfall almost as much as the original comic book original. A full cast, excellent music and loads of atmosphere. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Wild Bill
2.0 out of 5 stars Great production, poor CD release
As a child, Batman Knightfall was one of the greatest experiences of my young life: a superb 2-tape set of an amazing production. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2012 by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman:Knightfall CD
I was always the huge Batman fan eversince I was seven years old but, I still love it. I used to have this on tape but, my dog chewed up the first tape with side one and side two... Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by andrew tonkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great production of great story
Great story choice to dramatise for radio and BBC did it perfectly.
After all this time it's still fresh and the voice acting superb although I found
Azrael a bit... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by TG
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonically Charged!
This is a cracking story and brilliantly brought to live. The vocals are great - even Batman once you get used to it. Read more
Published on 3 April 2010 by The Outsider
5.0 out of 5 stars Best audiobook ever
I first heard this on Radio 1 a long time ago and remember being transfixed to the 15 minute episodes each day. I then bought it on tape which I wore out playing it so much. Read more
Published on 8 April 2009 by Simon J. Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Dramatisation
This is a fantastic adaption of a comic storyline, which was my favourite comic story for a long time. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2007 by N. P. J. Garland
5.0 out of 5 stars Bat-tastic
I had this on cassette when it came out in the 90s. On CD it is a billion times easier to listen to, and the power of the story and the acting just shine through. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2007 by Iain McClumpha
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