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Dick Barton and the Cabatolin Diamonds Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook

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  • Audio CD: 4 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; abridged edition edition (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408468107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408468104
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jun. 2011
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One word. Brilliant!
This CD set dazzled me. I was amazed at just how good the episodes were.
Let me explain further.
I'd heard of Dick Barton but had never actually heard the series being far too young to listen to the original series when they were first transmitted.

This set of episodes fairly rattles along at a brisk pace and not a moment is wasted by the full dramatic cast on the writer Geoffrey Webb's story.

The series was written for radio and lasts a full 4 hours over 4 CDs.
Each CD has 4 episodes of the show split in to 3 parts and each one ends with a brilliant cliff hanger where the listener is asking themselves will Dick and his cohorts escape this time?
I can only imagine the tension and expectation of the original listeners when each exciting episode came to its shattering close. Of course Dick does and how he escapes is often a wonderful piece of writing and plot. I say original but this is not quite the case for the series has an interesting history.
The original series although never transmitted live was not saved by the BBC think of the original Dr Who and Patrick Trough ton's reign for examples of short sightedness. The series rights were bought under licence by an Australian company and then a South African one and rerecorded. (Don't worry about the accents they are all stiff British upper lips and the North African baddies and residents sound authentic.) The series were left secure in vaults to be rediscovered and about 340 of the original 360 survive so more releases should be on their way. I for one would love to hear more.
Now back to the CD set. I must I admit I was expecting to be amused at how twee the series was but I was really pleasantly delighted with how much I enjoyed them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aremess VINE VOICE on 27 April 2011
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My wife and I like audio books (especially when travelling by car). We recently bought and listened to 'Dick Barton - Special Agent' and, although we'd only heard of Dick Barton before, we'd never listened to one of his tales. We enjoyed it so much that, when 'Dick Barton and the Cabatolin Diamonds' was made available, we immediately obtained a copy.

OK one has to accept, this was re-recorded in 1949 for transmission overseas as the original recordings were lost, so the quality is not that of a modern recording, having said that, the quality of the reproduction is excellent.

As to the storyline, if one accepts that the production is from the 40's and not the second decade of the 21st century and that, to an extent, is dated, I still feel that the listener will still enjoy this story.

This recording is from Spring 1949 - Dick's plans for a mediteranean cruise are cancelled to foil a gang of international diamond smugglers. Can Dick thwart the evil Henri De Flambeau before it's too late????

Can I recommend this - Yes, especially for fans of radio thrillers of yesteryear
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Yes, Dick Barton, 1949 hero, acts in a 1949 style. That means that everything is solved by shouting, over-acting, and punching people. If you have ever seen any of the 1930s/1940s "Republic Studios" adventure serials (e.g. King of the Rocket Men, Flash Gordon, Buck Rodgers, etc.), then you know what I mean. Each episode is 15 minutes, and ends in a cliff-hanger. Usually Dick or one or more of his sidekicks are in a chamber filling with water, acid, bullets, etc. as the narrator challenges you to last until next episode. The resolution of each crisis seems a bit too convenient, but at the end, you find out why. I guessed the major plot secret quite early on. You probably will too, but perhaps 1940s audiences were a little more naiive, and didn't see it coming.

You've got everything here - bombs, suspicious packages, almost daily kidnappings, people being knocked out by punching villains and heroes, and a 6-part quest for the bad guy's secret HQ. I won't spoil the plot, but who else could offer you such corny French accents *and* throw in some trained fighting apes (as shown on the box cover) too! This story which lasts over 20 episodes on 4 CDs begins where the previous one left off, and ends where the next one will begin - much as early Dr. Who stories consciously introduced the setup for the following week's new adventure in the last part of the previous one. For good measure, try Dick Barton and the Paris Adventure (Radio Collection). I know I did.

Because of when it was made, the style of acting would not work as a new drama today - people wouldn't buy into it.
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The first thing to strike me is the audio quality of the CD's. The listener should note that this is one of the original episodes that have been digitized; the quality of the reproduction of the original tapes is good but has some limitations. It is not always easy to hear what is going on, it may be necessary to tone down or adjust the Treble and Bass. The first time round most people listened to this on a mono radio. The poor audio is not the fault of the CD but the original recordings.

Secondly, the story is very retro compared to radio crime thrillers of today, the language is positively 1940's where almost all radio actors had to have the BBC `Received Pronunciation', as such the lead characters do not ooze too much testosterone in their voices. The `tough' lead characters do not sound tough at all but instead they remind me mildly of the Smurffs.

It made me chuckle at first but then became irritating.

Of course there is also the class divide of character accents, the good guys, Dick Barton and his chums from the `Officer Class' all had the typical upper class BBC accents. His assistants such as Snowy White and Jock Anderson are working class; their accents are so bad that I will say that one of them sounds just like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins.

Wait till you hear the French accent of the villain, a cross between the Herr Otto Flick and Rene Artois in `Allo Allo' a sitcom from the 1980's! As to political correctness, there is none, just listen to how he describes the Frenchman and also references to the semi helpless female lead.

As to the story, it is the search for diamonds that takes you on a helter skelter tour of the world.
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