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Dick Barton - Special Agent! (Radio Crimes) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Edward Mason
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4 Jun 2009 Radio Crimes
This is the very first adventure of radio legend and national hero Special Agent Dick Barton. Captain Richard Barton, late of the Commandos, made his radio debut on the Light Program in 1946 and quickly went on to become Britain's most popular hero. For years the nation tuned in to hear the famous signature tune, "Devil's Gallop", herald another cliff-hanging adventure for the smooth, crime-busting Barton and his friends Snowey and Jock. In 1972, as part of the BBC's Golden Jubilee celebrations, the team came together once more to re-record the very first adventure. The episodes were not stored in the BBC Archives but, thanks to private tapes, these 'lost' recordings can be heard once more. And here they are, in this fast-moving story about a stolen secret weapon, complete with dark caves, deadly spiders, lifts with no floors and - most intriguingly - a tall and mysterious man in a black Homburg...This title is guaranteed to have Barton fans, old and new, on the edge of their seats.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (4 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408426102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408426104
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.3 out of 5 stars
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Maggie
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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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good nostalgic adventure 18 Jun 2001
By A Customer
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Dick Barton - Special Agent 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure nostalgia from the 1940s 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars childhood memories 6 Dec 2009
By P. Bird
Format:Audio CD
takes me back to my childhood days, the streets would empty every night it was on, we would run into the house, lay on the carpet in front of the radio,and be carried away for a short time to another world, magic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Read ON..... 1, 2 3 Hit 'em Snowey! 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.
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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....

This is not the original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dick Barton saves the day... again 18 Jun 2011
By R. C. McGinlay VINE VOICE
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 NoŽl 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 NoŽl 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Get him Snowy
Immediate flash back to 6.45 pm each weekday evening by our radio in the '40s and the Omnibus edition each Saturday morning. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Arsenal Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Quickly despatched even though ordered at Christmas time, and arrived in plenty of time to wrap and give as a gift. Receiver was very pleased with the plot
Published 17 months ago by 12345!
4.0 out of 5 stars A proper story!
The first Dick Barton story, re-recorded in 1972 with actors Noel Johnson as Dick, John Mann as Snowey and Alex McCrindle as Jock. Read more
Published on 2 May 2012 by P. J. Salisbury
4.0 out of 5 stars nostagic
took me back to my youth when we listened on the wireless.still seems as exciting or is that just age.DICK BARTON SPECIAL AGENT FIRST BROADCAST
Published on 14 April 2011 by Mr. R. A. Varley
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific 1972 recreation
This is a terrifically enjoyable 1972 recreation of the very first Dick Barton adventure ('Dick Barton and The Secret Weapon' from 1946). Read more
Published on 6 April 2011 by Chappers
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old radio
My husband, who was a child when this was aired, told me of how everything stopped when the introdution music played, and he would wait eagerly for each episode. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2010 by Irela
5.0 out of 5 stars PennyG
I gave this to my brother for his 69th birthday. He used to listen to Dick Barton when we were young. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2010 by Mrs. Penelope Gordon
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