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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic tale well told,
This review is from: The Lost World (Classic Radio Sci-Fi) (Audio CD)One of my boyhood favourite stories.
I've suffered through some of the most appalling TV and film adaptations only to find this being the most truthful presentation with, to my mind the most faithful acting characterisations, especially so with the great Professor Challenger.
Great radio. The BBC at it's best.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost World - Lost For Superlatives!,
This review is from: The Lost World (Classic Radio Sci-Fi) (Audio CD)This is another of those wonderful BBC Radio 4 - full cast dramatization series produced by the BBC with a Sci Fi Theme.
(I will list some of the others later)
The story is one of those `Ripping Yarns' types but although set in 1907 really has dated very well. Like many of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books they date well being well written, dammed good action tales and original.
The adaptation by Peggy Wells and Brian Campbell is simply stunning again first broadcast in February 1975 it has not dated one iota - a really great radio play.
A journalist Edward Malone is besotted with a girl called Gladys- yes I groaned too but Gladys refuses to let him propose unless he was just like one of those fantastic explorers who do wonderful things.
Now rather than drowning his sorrows in the nearest bawdy House or Opium Den as some would have. ( Conan Doyle created the most famous opium fiend in English Literature - Sherlock Holmes remember?) he thinks actions speak louder than words.
Spurred on or should that be `spurned' on he seeks out the wonderful character Professor Challenger- a tall, thick mountain of a man with beard that you could hide a badger in (to borrow Ben Elton's phrase) a grizzly bear of a man with a temper to match!
Throw into the equation Lord John Roxton an experienced big game hunter and a steady rock of a man and you have a team to match any obstacle .
The trio are joined by Professor Sumerlee, a doubting Thomas of a figure, that counter balances balances Challenger well.
The good news is that unlike other adaptations no female is tagged along that falls and hurts her ankle which slows and `syrups' the plot like treacle on a cold day.
And yet the action is not all monsters and shoot them out type of fish in a barrel scenario.
The play follows the book well.
It is divided into 3 parts and the first sets the scene without the characters leaving London and reaching the `Lost World' of the title.
Now don't suppose this negates the enjoyment of the drama it does not but really `feels' like a good read- albeit for the ears.
It really is a movie for your ears to borrow a phrase from Frank Zappa.
The cast are excellent.
Gerald Flood portrays the jaded yet experienced Big Game Hunter/tracker well to the hilt.
Kevin McHugh is good too in the key role Edward Malone but these two are well matched by Francis De Wolfe as Professor Challenger and the wonderful counter of Carleton Hobbs portrayal of Sumerlee, as the unbelieving, slightly cynical, `show me the money' yet converted by the Damascus road evidence set before his very eyes, Even I wanted to slap him at times his acting in the role is that good.
The action is excellent. The story zips along and the sound effects are great,
The pterodactyls actually sound convincing!! I would imagine many children listening would duck too (Not to say I did mind!)
The technical stuff- the Play is split over 3 CDs each containing one of three episodes of an hour each so absolutely fabulous for the car.
The BBC logo is often a good indicator that a CD of a dramatisation of a book will be good - a gold standard or kite mark of quality if you like and this adaptation is no exception to the rule.
I have listened to the following and be royally entertained.
The Kraken Wakes (Classic Radio Sci-Fi)
The Midwich Cuckoos (BBC Classic Radio Sci-Fi)
The Day of the Triffids (Classic Radio Sci-Fi)
The Chrysalids & Survival: Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised)Chocky (Classic Radio Sci-Fi)
Now whilst I have listen to and enjoyed those others and have either sold or am selling them on Amazon I will not be doing so with this adaptation.
This is a play to be listened to and enjoyed again - praise indeed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited sequel - did not disappoint.,
Roll on number 3!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best radio drama available,
This review is from: The Lost World (Classic Radio Sci-Fi) (Audio CD)This dramatisation is fantastic. I listen to a great deal of radio drama and this is one of the favourites in my collection. It's true to the book and the characterisations are really brought to life by the actors. It is brilliantly atmospheric when it needs to be and also doesn't take itself too seriously.
The story is a cracker and it deserves to made into a blockbuster film rather the lame 1960's effort I have seen and the very poor made for TV mini-series. However, what I really would like to stress in this review is that although the production team had a great story to work with they have more than done it justice.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! Amazing reader.,
This review is from: The Lost World (Puffin Classics) (Audio Cassette)This is one of the best read audiobooks that i have heard. Nathaniel Parker makes the book live!. He narrates all the voices of the persons in the book in such a way that you belive that it is a full cast. He is a amazing performer.
The box contains 2 audiocasetes in good recording quality.
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Crichton is an artist with words and worlds,
That is where the parallel ends. The book comes up with excellent theories and speculation. The characters vary differently than you would guess under stress. And there is a cliffhanger about every five pages with does not give you much time to get your breath. The descriptions of the environment give you enough details to get a good mental picture of what is going on. He does not over describe things to the point that you fall asleep listing to irrelevant details.
This story is full of thrills; great questions and holds your attention to the end.
Strange beasts are turning up on the shores of South America. Meanwhile other people independently realize that there must have been another location where dinosaurs were raised called "Site B".
Does "Site B" really exist and if so what will they find there?
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money,
This review is from: The Lost World (Classic Radio Sci-Fi) (Audio CD)This is a good audio book a gripping story one of the best a good buy you will not be disappointed.The acting is good and sound effects.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars extraordinarily well rendered,
This review is from: The Lost World: Complete & Unabridged (Audio Cassette)It doesn't matter if you have seen the BBC adaptation or not - this unabridged reading of Sir A. C. Doyle's original by Welsh actor Matthew Rhys is a true tour-de-force.
Subtle where it needs to be so. Dettached narrator where the text asks him to be so. Complete incarnation of the personages when it becomes necessary.
Here flourishes/blossoms an actor that in the visual media I would have rated as not much above average.
Here he is superb and takes us easily into an unbelievable world.
Kudos to him & above all to Sir Arthur.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best adaptation-ever.,
This review is from: The Lost World (Classic Radio Sci-Fi) (Audio CD)This is by far the best adaptation of this story I know of. Without exception the various attempts that have been made, including one broadcast in January 2011 have tinkered mercilessly with it. The BBC tv adaptation a few years back was a real turkey (very apt as it was shown at christmas).
If you have any regard for this story, whether in film, TV or radio form, you won't find a version closer to the book. On three discs, the chapter headings are even from the book. Broadcast in 1975, with Francis De Wolff, who makes a great Challenger, Carleton Hobbs as Summerlee, and Gerald Harper as Roxton. I heard it when originally broadcast and was pleased to find it again.
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The Lost World (Classic Radio Sci-Fi) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Audio CD - 14 Aug 2008)
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