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  • gilwilson 10:14 PM on June 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 60s pop culture, April Singley, , , , , , Brent Askari, Carrington Macduffie, Christopher Price, , , Dennis St. Pierre, , Elizabeth Knowelden, Gary Guzzo, Harlan Baker, honey west, Kristina Balbo, Lance Roger Axt, Michael Howard, , Phil Wells, Tom Pakuski, william dufris   

    “Honey West: Murder on Mars” Adapted for audio by Elaine Lee from the Moonstone Comics mini-series by Elaine Lee and Ronn Sutton 

    “Honey West: Murder on Mars”
    Adapted for audio by Elaine Lee from the Moonstone Comics mini-series by Elaine Lee and Ronn Sutton
    Featuring the vocal talents of: Carrington Macduffie, William Dufris, Tom Pakuski, Gary Guzzo, Kristina Balbo, Dennis St. Pierre, Brent Askari, Harlan Baker, Lance Roger Axt, April Singley, Michael Howard, Elizabeth Knowelden, Phil Wells and Christopher Price
    Published by The AudioComics Company
    Total Length: 1:18:56

    Everyday I’m amazed at how synchronicity is at work choosing the audiobooks I’ll be listening to. This time around it was another odd series of events that led me to hearing this really fun audiobook. I was checking out the extra channels my cable provider had added that I never bother with, I rarely watch television and when I do it’s very limited, basically if it’s not sci-fi or horror I’m not interested, I’ll stick to my books. This time though, I found a station called MeTV, they broadcast old programs from the 60s and 70s and I was watching “The Twilight Zone” and the next show up was “Honey West.” I was curious and it turned out to be a fun mystery program featuring one of the first female private detectives in books and television. I was mildly entertained for the half hour.

    Jump ahead a couple of weeks and I’m visiting my local comic books store and see that Moonstone comics are publishing Honey West comics. I’m a huge fan of comics and after being entertained by the TV show I had to check out a couple of issues. These all add up to some really nice comics. Not long after reading the comics, I get the chance to hear and review this audiobook which is based on a storyline in the comics, and with the title “Murder on Mars,” I’m totally intrigued and jumped into it. Besides, synchronicity is pointing me this way.

    The AudioComics Company have released this full-cast audio drama based on the comics and based on this short story, I hope they do more. The case was excellent, giving the story that complete Honey West of the 60s feel. The characters are all perfectly performed and it almost sounds as if you are listening to an old radio show. Great acting, realistic sound effects and the music! The music segues really added an extra oomph! to this performance. They were old jazzy lounge music bits that fit in with the portrayed time and setting of this performance. All of this together makes for a very entertaining production that you should really get for your collection now.

    The story is perfect for the time period as well, as it takes place on the set of a science-fiction “B” movie set where everyone is a suspect, and the only way Honey can solve this crime is by putting herself undercover and in the middle of the performance.

    Honey West is called in by a mysterious source to solve the murder of a famous actress on the set of a sci-fi film called “Amazons on Mars.” The actress died of what appears to be an allergic reaction to insect bites, but the mystery person hiring Honey thinks otherwise and once she arrives on set, so does Honey. An aging teen idol, an understudy who wants to be the star a jealous agent and a down on his luck director all fit perfectly into the suspects list, it’s up to Honey to found out the true killer.

    In what would be the perfect “B” movie itself, with robots, aliens and murder on a Hollywood set, “Honey West; Murder on Mars” is a fun audio drama.

     

     
  • gilwilson 9:40 PM on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , general zod, , krypton, , , , , the last days of krypton, william dufris   

    “The Last Days of Krypton” by Kevin J. Anderson 

    “The Last Days of Krypton”
    by Kevin J. Anderson
    Read by William Dufris
    Produced by Tantor Media, 2007
    Approx 15.5 hours

    I have only recently become a fan of DC comics, “Make Mine Marvel” was my slogan, but after tackling audiobook novelizations of DC heroes I’ve received a more in depth knowledge of what makes up the DC Universe.   The only problem is that after almost a century of heroes it’s hard to keep continuity.  There have been many stories, for example, told of the destruction of Superman’s home planet, Krypton.  Did the sun go supernova, did something strike the planet,did the planet implode?  An answer to each of these questions has appeard as a bit of an explanation throughout the run of Superman comics and if someone were to read all the comics from the beginning they may get a bit confused.  There are other questions I’ve had such as where did Supergirl come from, some versions she’s the cousin of Superman other’s she’s an angel.  Well if Krypton was destroyed how did she survive?   Remember the Superman movies with Christopher Reeve?   How did General Zod and his two assistants come to be trapped in the neutral zone? Then there’s Brainiac, what’s his story?

    Kevin J. Anderson has tried to sum up all these problems and write a history of Kal-el’s (Superman’s) home planet, Krypton in the days just before the little baby that would become Superman was blasted off toward Earth.  Kevin is not a stranger to taking an established piece of work and adding to it, he has teamed up with Brian Herbert, son of Frank Herbert, to add stories to the “Dune” universe of novels.  Having read and appreciated the work he has done in that realm I knew this would be a good book.    The interesting aspect of this novel is that it is really not a superhero story but rather a piece of science-fiction with some superhero potential added to push the story along.  This story not only explores the destruction of Krypton but also reveals the politics of this planet that just wanted to stay alone in the universe.

    The reader, William Dufris, did an adequate job of reading the book, but there were times when some of the characters seemed parodies in the vocal changes.  It’s like Dufris wanted to turn this into a superhero story from with similar vocalizations to the ’60s “Batman” tv series.  There was no campiness to the writing but some of the dialogue was read that way.  But it was not enough to keep me from enjoying the fun sci-fi story from Kevin J. Anderson.

    The novel explores how Jor-el (Superman’s father) discovers the planet and its sun is dying, and through the xenophobic politics of the elders is constantly sent packing when he is trying to save the planet.  Soon alien forces invade some friendly some not so friendly and change the way the council works but it is too late and soon Commissioner Zod takes over and is determined to rule Krypton.  In doing so, Zod, sacrifices many lives needlessly and puts the planet at risk, it is up to Jor-el and Zor-el (Jor-el’s brother) to save Krypton.  Are their efforts to late?

    This story is full of adventure, excitement, passion and glory and is a perfect read for comic book and science fiction lovers alike.

    “The Last Days of Krypton”
    by Kevin J. Anderson
    Read by William Dufris
    Produced by Tantor Media, 2007
    Approx 15.5 hours

    I have only recently become a fan of DC comics, “Make Mine Marvel” was my slogan, but after tackling audiobook novelizations of DC heroes I’ve received a more in depth knowledge of what makes up the DC Universe.   The only problem is that after almost a century of heroes it’s hard to keep continuity.  There have been many stories, for example, told of the destruction of Superman’s home planet, Krypton.  Did the sun go supernova, did something strike the planet,did the planet implode?  An answer to each of these questions has appeard as a bit of an explanation throughout the run of Superman comics and if someone were to read all the comics from the beginning they may get a bit confused.  There are other questions I’ve had such as where did Supergirl come from, some versions she’s the cousin of Superman other’s she’s an angel.  Well if Krypton was destroyed how did she survive?   Remember the Superman movies with Christopher Reeve?   How did General Zod and his two assistants come to be trapped in the neutral zone? Then there’s Brainiac, what’s his story?

    Kevin J. Anderson has tried to sum up all these problems and write a history of Kal-el’s (Superman’s) home planet, Krypton in the days just before the little baby that would become Superman was blasted off toward Earth.  Kevin is not a stranger to taking an established piece of work and adding to it, he has teamed up with Brian Herbert, son of Frank Herbert, to add stories to the “Dune” universe of novels.  Having read and appreciated the work he has done in that realm I knew this would be a good book.    The interesting aspect of this novel is that it is really not a superhero story but rather a piece of science-fiction with some superhero potential added to push the story along.  This story not only explores the destruction of Krypton but also reveals the politics of this planet that just wanted to stay alone in the universe.

    The reader, William Dufris, did an adequate job of reading the book, but there were times when some of the characters seemed parodies in the vocal changes.  It’s like Dufris wanted to turn this into a superhero story from with similar vocalizations to the ’60s “Batman” tv series.  There was no campiness to the writing but some of the dialogue was read that way.  But it was not enough to keep me from enjoying the fun sci-fi story from Kevin J. Anderson.

    The novel explores how Jor-el (Superman’s father) discovers the planet and its sun is dying, and through the xenophobic politics of the elders is constantly sent packing when he is trying to save the planet.  Soon alien forces invade some friendly some not so friendly and change the way the council works but it is too late and soon Commissioner Zod takes over and is determined to rule Krypton.  In doing so, Zod, sacrifices many lives needlessly and puts the planet at risk, it is up to Jor-el and Zor-el (Jor-el’s brother) to save Krypton.  Are their efforts to late?

    This story is full of adventure, excitement, passion and glory and is a perfect read for comic book and science fiction lovers alike.

     
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