Retail pak Live Oak Media 2001
CS ISBN 0874997518 $15.95 One cassettes
Hurd's whimsical tale of a short-order cook and the kidnapping of his favorite opera singer comes vividly to life in this fine example of a masterfully crafted production. Narration, music, and sound effects blend seamlessly and provide a delightful listening experience. John Beach is earnest as Ralph, menacing as the crook Big Al, and exotic as Eduardo. He lingers over the repeated phrase--"Or was it?"--inviting participation and heightening the suspense. The accompanying music is as dark and haunting as the story's opening words, and the posters on the diner's walls mandate CARMEN as the operatic accompaniment. Creaking piers, clanging gangplanks, and exploding flares are all perfectly placed. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC/ JAN 02]
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