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The Price of Fear (Classic BBC Radio Horror) Audio CD – Audiobook, 7 Oct 2010

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio (7 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140846702X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408467022
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 25.4 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 786,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had been looking for a new audiobook or similar to keep me company on the long drive to work and with Halloween approaching I felt that this might be appropriate. Sadly I didn't start to listen to it until a few days after Halloween, but that has done nothing to diminish it's impact!

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.
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These stories are great fun, a perfect reminder of what we lost when Vincent Price, a great actor whose voice is the sound equivalent of an After Eight melted into a pint of Guinness. These are quirky, gruesome, and sometimes quite sick stories of the macabre and the horrific. Like Price himself, they are haunted by an impish sense of fun, and enjoy not taking themselves too seriously. Out of the stories here, which are attractively presented with the original Radio Times entries and detail cast lists, perhaps the Ninth Removal is the story which shows its age the most.

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.
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I am a big fan of Vincent Price and was very excited when I heard that The Price Of Fear was being released on cd. There are four stories on this cd Cat's Cradle, Come As You Are, Speciality Of The House and The Ninth Removal. The plays were origionally broadcast in the 1970's and I was a little dubious as to what the sound quality would be like - I need not have worried BBC audio has done a superb job cleaning up and remastering the sound quality. In fact it sounds as good as if it had been recorded yesterday.

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.
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Indeed it is, I had to mention this as some listeners will no doubt recall the beginning of the Michael Jackson song Thriller the minute they hear the opening scenes of the sketches recorded on these two CDs.

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.
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I always was a big Vincent Price fan: I rate Witchfinder General as one of my all-time favourite movies and the mischievous fun Price injected into the classic camp/horror Dr Phibes movies was utterly irresistible.

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.
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