- Audio CD
- Publisher: Orion (19 Jun. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752898760
- ISBN-13: 978-0752898766
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.1 x 12.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,494,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dan Dare: Voyage to Venus: Pilot of the Future: Voyage to Venus Pt. 1 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Absolutely brilliant ... you get the feeling that they must have had a very good time recording the story. (BFKBOOKS.COM)
"The play's pitch... is good tempered and amusing. A minor joy, albeit a consciously retro one." (DEATHRAY)
Post-modern... but it all adds to the flavour of the legendary rip-roaring adventures. (SFX)
The first Dan Dare story to be created especially for audio CD - with full cast and sound effects.See all Product description
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This 'Movie for you Ears' to borrow a phrase from Frank Zappa is the next best thing.
Nothing can compare to the brilliance of the story and artwork of the comic/reprint books. They are the finest comic creation IMHO and British nay English to boot. So what we are left with is the story and the performance of the actors and the actual production itself.
I must admit I was expecting the worst and hoping for the best and I can say I am pleasantly surprised. It is a faithful retelling of the story. The story thunders along at a cracking pace with no awkward nor boring pauses, As to the actors once you get past the Dan Dare not sounding like Dan Dare surprise surprise, the actors do their job (or should that be jobs?) well. Rupert Degas portrays Digby, Sir Hubert,Sondar, The Mekon, Hank, Pierre, Volatar, The President of the Southern Hemisphere and Uncle Tom Cobbley and all.
(O.K. so I lied about the last two but you get my drift?)
This means that Degas is talking to himself in several scenes and in some more than once! To say I did not realize nor suspect this tells you that Rupert Degas is a terrific vocal actor.
Well narrated by Christian Rodska who moves the scenes along Tom Goodman Hill is an adequate Dan Dare all stiff upper lip despite being born in Manchester I seem to recall. The only failing here for me is Kate O'Sullivan's Prof Peabody who I had imagined to not have a refined 'English Gel's public school voice' and the voice seemed too 'old' for me. Nor the Lara Croft type figure I had imagined her to be at all.
The Treen voices seemed a little too high pitched alien which took a little getting used to. The Therons however sounded spot on as the tale unfolded. To my ear sounding like the clear speech of Native Americans to a tee which gave them a real authentic authority and nobility which fits in well with the respect for nature and the environment beliefs. Full marks for the producer Peter Rinne?
Is it any good?
Would I pay full price for it? (No but then again neither would you dear Amazon reader) Can it match the sheer supremacy of the comic? No but then nothing could.
Will you enjoy it if you haven't read the comic/book Yes.
Will you enjoy it if you have read the book YES? Recommended.
Radio Luxembourg were the first to dramatise Dan Dare, but those recordings apparently no longer exist so there's no possibility of them surfacing on DVD.
Then in 1990 the BBC produced a 4-part dramatisation of "Voyage to Venus", which was an attempt to make Dan Dare more realistic and slightly updated. It was faithful to the comic, but the 'mission logs' and update made it feel cold.
And now we have this from Orion... When I looked at the cover it said 'read by' and I thought, uh-oh. But then I started listening to it.
Okay, it doesn't have the same production standards of the BBC or Big Finish (or even Noise Monster) but it does feel like a retro production, and that is a big plus. The small cast make up for it was pitch-perfect performances and create just the right atmosphere. There are no concessions to modern slang or military jargon: everything is as it was originally written in 1950.
If I have one complaint it's the Treen voices. In the BBC version they were pitched too high for me: they weren't how I imagined them to sound. Here they sound mechanical... bit weird for reptiles.
Finally, as a fan of classic "Doctor Who" it is so easy to see where Terry Nation got his ideas for that very first Dalek story. In that you have a planet with two races at war: one peaceful and handsome, the other ugly and warlike. The Treen are the emotionless scientific geniuses that would become the Daleks, while the Therons, blonde, tall and peaceful would become the Thals.
And did the Mekon become Davros in "Genesis of the Daleks"?
For the production I give it a full 5 stars - for not doing part 2, nil points!
When I asked Orion when Part 2 would be coming out, they said the take up for Part 1
was so small,that they will not be making a Part 2.
WHY DON'T THEY TELL YOU THAT BEFORE YOU WAST YOUR MONEY ON HALF A STORY!!