Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America/ BBC Radio 2001
CD ISBN 0792735900 $29.95 Two CDs
It's 1928. San Francisco PIs Sam Spade and Miles Archer are engaged by a young lady to shadow a man she alleges has kidnapped her sister. Not true--and Archer is soon the late Archer, leaving Sam to seek both his killer and the titular statue. This dramatization is heavily influenced by the movie version of Hammett's novel. The actor who reads Sam Spade closely follows Humphrey Bogart's style. The Sidney Greenstreet role is delivered as a carbon copy of Greenstreet's speech pattern. The roles played by Peter Lorre and Mary Astor escape this mimicry. All in all, this is an entertaining performance that makes one want to see the movie again. R.E.K. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 05/ JAN 06]
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