This review is from: Dick Barton and the Case of Conrad Ruda (Radio Collection) (Audio CD)
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This is a gem that was first broadcast in the UK on 26 January 1948. The story gets off to a quick start, when a criminal protection racket plot comes to light. As you'd expect with a 1940s thriller, the story races along a good pace, from one mystery, cliff-hanger and thrill to the next. It's an intricate plot though, and one that takes every minute of the four hours to tell.
The dialogue is quick-fire and in the clipped English voices of the period. Quite a few stereotypical posh and villainous voices are among the cast, some of which may sound a bit over the top to today's listeners. The opinions of the protagonists are also sometimes a bit jarring and inevitably dated. Nevertheless, it is a thing of its time, and I can't complain about that.
The set comes in a decent fold-out CD case, with each CD in its own section. The accompanying leaflet is informative and in-depth (for a change) and tells the full story of how these recordings, once thought lost, were safe and well in an Australian archive. Of the original 360 episodes, 340 have been found.
I listen to lots of audio books, but this one shines brighter than most. In my view, it's better than the Sexton Blake recordings (some of which I have reviewed here on Amazon). It's got a rattling good plot, plenty of action and suspense, and dishes up everything you'd expect of a Dick Barton tale.