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Dick Barton - Special Agent! (Radio Crimes) Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 Jun 2009


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (4 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408426102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408426104
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on 6 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Thoroughly enjoyable, I bought this as a present for my Husband, it brought back many happy evenings spent in front of the radio (that thing invented before TV). It has lost none of the tense excitement that it had when it was first heard. A very involved plot.
The speech is much faster than we remembered or possibly our ears are getting old, but you soon get used to it again. As it is a radio broadcast there are repeat beginning and end music and credits for each episode which can get a bit annoying as all you really want is the story.
Be aware that this set of CD's has been re-released as "Dick Barton Radio Crimes" On the whole a very entertaining listening experience and my Husband can't wait for the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. C. McGinlay VINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Having recently listened to the Australasian Radio remount of the second Dick Barton radio serial, "Dick Barton and the Paris Adventure (Radio Collection)", I felt compelled to seek out his debut story. As with "The Paris Adventure", this double CD is a re-recording (very few episodes of the original BBC series, which ran from 1946 to 1951, survive), though this time it's the BBC's own 1972 remake, broadcast as part of the corporation's golden jubilee celebrations.

Several members of the original cast reprise their roles, including Noël Johnson as Dick Barton, John Mann as Snowey White, William Fox as Colonel Gardiner, Margaret Robertson as Jean Hunter and Alex McCrindle as Jock Anderson. Inevitably, the actors' advanced ages are detectable at times, especially in the case of Noël Johnson and John Mann, though Margaret Robertson is surprisingly sprightly as Jean, and William Fox as Colonel Gardiner sometimes sounds younger than his subordinate Captain Barton.

As the story opens, we are introduced to Dick and Snowey, former wartime comrades reminiscing about old times while enjoying a round of golf. During the adventure they make the acquaintance of the Colonel, Jean and Jock Anderson, though Jock doesn't enter the fray until quite late in the day.

This remount is abridged to half the running time of the original 1946 version, "The Secret Weapon", which would have run to 20 x 12-minute episodes. However, there's still time for Dick and his chums to get into (and, of course, out of) plenty of hair-raising scrapes, involving giant spiders, deadly rats, land mines and death by the secret weapon itself - a decidedly fantastical aspect of the narrative.

I can't help wishing I could hear the bits that were omitted from this ten-episode remake, but even so this release is something rather special.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Janet Lewis on 13 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this CD for my husband's 69th birthday, and for him it was pure nostalgia. He turned off the lights and fire, and recreated the conditions of the 1940s, and he was nine years old again - and believing every word of it. Magical.

In the pre-television days, imagination was everything, and enjoyment so much more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Like many listeners I was far too young to have heard the Dick Barton Series when it was originally broadcast.

Like many I chanced on the series and found that it was not the dated, stiff upper lip boring old tripe that I had imagined it to be but rather rather good, old fashioned cliff hanging fun. All have to do is suspend you beliefs and bask in the wonderful retelling of these fabulous tales.

Most recordings have been lost BUT they were recast and rebroadcast for the colonies (South Africa and Australia) and wonder of wonders have been rediscovered and released as CD sets they are terrific entertainment and I can wholeheartedly recommend them.
Dick Barton and the Smash and Grab Raiders (BBC Audio)
Dick Barton and the Li-Chang Adventure (Radio Collection)
Dick Barton and the Cabatolin Diamonds
Dick Barton and the Paris Adventure

SO we come to this edition the first of the series, It is really great to hear the origins and the first story in the fabulous Dick Barton Series.

This is a really cracking tale and gallops along rather like the theme tune. Cliffhangers come up every 3rd portion and the baddies are wonderful the ploy sublime....
but....

This is not the original.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
This tape belongs to the time when people were glued to the radio rather than the T.V. Dick Barton, Jock and Snowey get involved in exciting adventures which are told in a series of cliff-hanging stories - each one of which leaves you wanting to hear how it works out! Nostalgic, certainly, but I enjoyed the good, clean thrills and spills of this 'special agent'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. C. Willis on 27 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the recording. It took me back to my childhood and the music at the end of each episode keeping you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. It might not appeal to the under 30s but I enjoyed it immensely.
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