Friday, February 24, 2012

2012 Best Audio Drama Audie Award Nominations

The Audio Publisher's Association has selected their five finalists for the 2012 Audie Award for Best Audio Drama. Among the nominations are...

The Arthur Miller Collection by L.A. Theatre Works featuring Stacey Keach, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed O'Neill and Brian Cox.  

I, Claudius, by AudioGo/BBC Audio featuring Derek Jacobi, Tim McInnerny, and Harriet Walter.

We're Alive narrated by a full-cast

The Graduate by L.A. Theatre Works starring Kathleen Turner, Matthew Rhys, Bruce Davidson, John Getz, Jamison Jones, Devon Sorvari, and Linda Purl.

And the drama that is our selection for best full-cast audio drama in 2012...

The Mark of Zorro featuring Val Kilmer, Ruth Livier, Meshach Taylor, Armin Shimerman, Elizabeth Pena and a full-cast.

Friday, February 17, 2012

#128 Inspector Morse: Last Seen Wearing (BBC)

He's brash, ill-mannered and temperamental. He's Inspector Morse and he's on the case. John Shrapnel gives a solid performance as Morse in the BBC production of Colin Dexter's Last Seen Wearing. An enjoyable presentation from the opening line to the closing credits. This finely crafted feature is sure to keep a listener's engrossed in the story while trying to beat the inspector to the solution to the mystery.

Fifteen year old Valerie Taylor disappeared on her way to school nearly three years ago never to be seen or heard from since. Until one day a letter from Valerie arrives stating only that she is alive and well. With the case gone cold and the original detective assigned to investigate dead; Inspector Morse is tabbed to solve this baffling mystery.

From the BBC
Morse was beset by a nagging feeling. Most of his fanciful notions about the Taylor girl had evaporated and he had begun to suspect that further investigation into Valerie's disappearance would involve little more than sober and tedious routine. The statements before Inspector Morse appeared to confirm the bald, simple truth. After leaving home to return to school, teenage Valerie Taylor had completely vanished, and the trail had gone cold. Until two years, three months and two days after Valerie's disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence for the case.

John Shrapnel as Morse
Robert Glenister as Lewis

Dramatized by Guy Meredith and directed By Ned Chaillet.

It appears that none of the BBC full-cast radio drama productions of Inspector Morse are available at this time for purchase.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

# 127 Where Buzzards Fly (Louis L'Amour)

Another great western story from the mind of Louis L'Amour. This time Texas Ranger Chick Bowdrie is on the trail of unknown killers who've wiped out a band of notorious Mexican outlaws. It's high stakes adventure in this thrilling tale of law and order.

From Louis L'Amour:
Texas Ranger Chick Bowdrie tracks the killers of an infamous Mexican outlaw, Zaparo and fourteen of his desperadoes. With only the slightest clues to the ruthless ambush, Bowdrie is led to the K-Bar Ranch, and the beautiful girlfriend of the last living member of Zaparo's gang--only to find his prime suspect is a man closer to the Texas Rangers than he ever dreamed.

#126 The Sittaford Mystery (BBC)

From the mind of Agatha Cristie, the queen of crime fiction, comes The Sittaford Mystery. Inspector Narracott investigates the death of Captain Trevelyan after he's found lying on the floor of his bungalo. To make matters worse there is no phone in Sittaford and a snow storm has made travel impossible. Time is of the essence if the killer is to be found before he or she strikes again. Not one of Christies best stories but it is well produced by the BBC.

From the BBC:
A blizzard has hit England. In the tiny village of Sittaford, on the fringes of Dartmoor, a party of six is gathered in Sittaford House, home of Captain Trevelyan. He has rented the house out for the winter and is staying in a nearby village. As evening draws in, a seance is proposed. But it reveals more than they had anticipated - TREVELYAN DEAD, spells out the board. Slowly the table begins to rock again, spelling out the word M-U-R-D-E-R. Is it true? And who would kill a man who doesn't have an enemy in the world? John Moffatt and Stephen Tompkinson star in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic from the Queen of Crime.

#125 Three Act Tragedy - Hercule Poirot (BBC)

It's the incomparable Hercule Poirot in Three Act Tragedy another gem from the BBC featuring John Moffatt as the great Belgian detective. During a cocktail party being given by actor Sir Charles Cartwright an elderly clergyman drops dead after only having a sip of a dry martini. His death is believed to be from  natural causes and so Poirot dismisses the case. Unconvinced that the death was from natural causes Sir Cartwright along with his love interest the much younger Lady "Egg" Lytton Gore and his good friend Mr. Satterthwaite begin their own investigation. However, when it happens again at another party with the same guests in attendance it's feared a killer is indeed on the loose and Poirot joins the investigation. Listeners will find this Agatha Christie story a bit different than usual as Poirot is present only minimally in the first Act and he doesn't make a full investigative appearance until the second Act.

From the BBC:
Hercule Poirot, his amateur detective acquaintance Mr Satterthwaite, and the distinguished Harley Street nerve specialist Sir Bartholomew Strange are amongst the guests at a weekend party being given by the celebrated actor Sir Charles Cartwright at his clifftop house in Cornwall. On the first evening after their arrival there is a cocktail party - at which an elderly clergyman, who's only had a sip of dry martini, falls dead. Was it through natural causes - or murder?

# 124 The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (BBC)

The BBC brings you the Dorothy L. Sayers mystery The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. Amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey must solve the baffling case of General Fentiman's demise after he is found dead at the Bellona Club in London. Suspiciously his wealthy sister has also passed away on the very same day. Under the terms of her will, if she dies first, her fortune is to be generously divided among the General's heirs. BUT if he dies first, they are to get only a token inheritance with the rest the fortune going to another relative. It's up to Lord Peter to help resolve the legal battle between the heirs by discovering who died first.

From the BBC:
The elegant, intelligent amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey is one of detective literature's most popular creations. Ian Carmichael is the personification of Dorothy L. Sayers' charming investigator in this BBC Radio full-cast dramatization. The dignified calm of the Bellona Club is shattered when Lord Wimsey finds General Fentiman dead in his favorite chair. A straight forward death by natural causes? Perhaps, but why can no one remember seeing the general the day he died? And who is the mysterious Mr. Oliver? Lord Peter moves between London and Paris, salon and suburbs, to unfold the intriguing case.