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The quality of these recordings is very good and stands the test of time. Originally broadcast in USA in the 1950's, it's a window on a previous generation. The adverts are as insightful as the programmes themselves, for instance when a broadcast scheduled for the same time the following day is for a concert of classical music. Would that happen now? Perhaps not! And this is in an era with little or no television to compete with CBS! The acting is competent and linking music is tolerable: many broadcasts of this period have some pretty irritating musical noise between scenes, but that's not the case here. You'll notice that there are a huge number of episodes on offer in this compilation, and I have to admit that I've not got past the half way mark. A bit of a plot spoiler here: all the plots are the same! Baddy has gun, baddy shoots an unattractive somebody else. Marlow comes along, shoots baddy dead. End of story. There's a lot of gratuitous shooting, in fact it's omnipresent, and it does tire after a while. Great for my insomnia though, and you don't have rewind when you wake later, because as I say, all the plots are virtally identical! Harmless good fun, not to be taken seriously.
I never thought I could get addicted to an audio drama, but Philip Marlowe is hard to resist. He's charming, witty, the cast is fantastic and the stories short and entertaining. The only drawback I've noticed, and also mentioned in another review, is the questionable audio quality. Some episodes are outright shocking in their poor quality (hissing/popping, muddled voices, low volume); details that are easily addressed with modern software. I've heard cleaner versions from digital library downloads and streaming sites. Still, it's rather nice to have available without needing Internet. I'd definitely recommend this.
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Some episodes were harder to hear and understand because of the low audio quality. Assumed they would be a little more consistent.
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