The Price of Fear (Classic BBC Radio Horror) Audio CD – Audiobook, 7 Oct 2010
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As it started I was instantly reminded of what a fantastic voice Vincent Price had and was gripped from the off. I won't spoil any of the stories but I would say that of the four, Speciality of the House was my personal favourite.
I did notice a small note on the back of the case that said "The sound quality of these episodes reflects the age of the source material" and had mentally braced myself for a melody of hisses and pops and crackles to accompany the words, so was pleasantly surprised to find the sound nice and clear. I'm admittedly no audiophile and was only listening on my car's CD player, but all four episodes sounded wonderfully clear to me.
I only wish there was more than four episodes, or failing that further volumes in this series. Highly recommended.
The atmosphere here is that of late Hammer, the Pan books of ghost stories which I devoured as a teenager, and, to be honest, Shiver and Shake comic! This brand of imaginative horror is very much found in the work of Neil Gaiman and even Alan Moore. I love the way that Price includes himself in the narrative, and delivers his grisly stories with gentlemanly relish! Highly recommended as a midwinter horror treat.
The plots in each play flow well with a nice twist at the end at each tale. As other reviewers have mentioned I wish they had made more of them. Vincent Price is superb - his soft silkey voice is as sinister as ever. Like Christopher Lee he is one of those actors with a very distinct and interesting voice. So why not dim the lights, pour yourself a drink and enjoy some scary tales with one of the masters of horror.
It is a two CD pack in a case which opens out on a second hinge complete with an inlay card detailing the cast and production crew and featuring some pictures of sun faded/yellowed newspaper clippings from the time of the original broadcasts.
There is a note on the back of the CD case making listeners aware that the quality of CD will be reflected by the date of the recording, this is exactly the sort of thing which would send alarm bells ringing for me as a customer browsing spoken word CDs. However, fear not because this is no reproduction of a scratchy record player recording like much of the classic radio or classic horror podcasts available online. I was impressed by the reproductions on each CD and could recommend this product for that reason alone.
The material is frankly brilliant though, if you are a fan of Vincent Price or classic radio horror features you are in for a treat and will wear the CD thin and probably repurchase it, if you are new to the idea you cant go wrong either. The pronounciation is fantastic, the upper class tones and misanthropic wit is as entertaining a delivery as could be hoped for.
The content includes four stories, two to each disc, all the stories play upon the audience believing that Price is recounting tales from his own life which make it sound like one of his screen performances.Read more ›
Price's greatest asset was his wonderfully evocative voice and it is that which makes this collection of four macabre audio tales so compelling.
By today's standards, the source material isn't particularly horrific and many of the shocks are rather telegraphed and predictable, but Price's masterful presentation succeeds in drawing the listener in and maintaining the interest throughout. Just close your eyes and you can easily picture Price recounting these tales whilst sitting in a high-winged armchair in a darkened room next to an open fire! Sound is clear enough but just basic mono - hardly surprising when you consider these recordings are almost 40 years old! The effects are limited to creaking doors clanking chains and such like, but serve their purpose adequately.
FWIW, my favourite tale from this collection has to be Speciality of the House, which maintains an effectively unsettling atmosphere throughout.
So, to summarise: today's horror aficionados, weaned on the likes of Saw or Hostel may well find this collection rather slow and tame, but to those of us who truly appreciate the legacy of the horror legend that was Vincent Price, this is an essential purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Part of the enjoyment of this collection is the nostalgia of listening to the unique voice of Vincent Price. I was intstantly tranported back to the 1970's. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2011 by Prof TBun
For modern and younger listeners these stories will probably not be scary. They will probably also not fully appreciate why this series stars the unmissable voice of Vincent Price. Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2010 by J. Lyne
The Price Of Fear is a BBC adaptation of four horror stories, narrated by Vincent Price. The collection is two discs, with each story lasting roughly 30 minutes. Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2010 by B. Wright
here are 4 wonderful creepy stories read for you by the vincent price! what more could you wish for . Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2010 by margesimpson
The sound quality is excellent and the plays sound as fresh and original as the day they were first broadcast in the early 70's
There are four stories in all (two on each... Read more
Oh my goodness what a perfectly horrible little gem this is! Vincent Price is a charming, almost seductive narrator and he draws you into these stories like a master story-teller... Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2010 by Love Books
The four half-hour stories on this two disc set were of variable quality. The first story was really quite gruesome and bloody, so could be said to be properly horror, but the... Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2010 by elmsyrup
I don't know about you, but I love the voice of Vincent Price. Here he is, on home ground, so to speak, introducing and acting in four thity minute radio dramatisations. Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2010 by Steve