Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Audio dramas

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!!
If that's rung any memory bells for you, then you might enjoy some new audio dramas we've added to the collection. Like those thrilling radio shows of yesteryear, these titles feature of cast of talented actors whose vocal abilities bring to life a thrilling story.
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett is the classic American noir story first published in 1929. Eighty years later, Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh and Edward Herrmann come together to dramatize the story of tough-guy P.I. Sam Spade, the treacherous beauty Brigid O'Shaughnessy and the shadowy Casper Gutman.
The New Adventures of Mikey Spillane's Mike Hammer: "oil and water" and "dangerous days" features Stacy Keach as the hardboiled detective Mike Hammer, a role he played for years on television. Supported by a full cast, Keach brings the dark streets of New York City alive in two new stories written especially for this audio format.
Sweeney Todd and the string of pearls is a three-act audio melodrama based on the 1846 serialized novel that was the inspiration for various stage portrayals of the demon barber of Fleet Street. Writer and Director Yuri Rasovsky, working with the Hollywood Theater of the Ear, recreate the fascinating story with a few traditional songs thrown in for color.

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