Monday, August 1, 2011

Doc Savage and Python Isle

I've always loved radio dramas, whether it was stumbling across them on the radio as a child, or listening to podcasts while teaching my boys to sleep in their own beds, or watching the excellent "Ham Radio" episode of Frasier. I was also delightfully frightened by the ghostly snakes in the Doc Savage movie.

So I eagerly accepted the chance to review a brand new Doc Savage audiobook called Python Isle:

For over 80 years, the name Doc Savage has meant thrills and excitement to millions of readers worldwide. Now, for the very first time, the legendary Man of Bronze comes to vivid life in "Python Isle", the first audiobook adventure from Radio Archives. In "Python Isle", a long-lost pioneer flyer returns to civilization accompanied by an exotic woman who speaks in a lost tongue. From his towering skyscraper headquarters in New York, through a dangerous Zeppelin journey to Cape Town, climaxing on a serpent-haunted island in the forbidden reaches of the Indian Ocean, Doc Savage and his iron comrades race to untangle a weird puzzle so deep that the only clues can be found in the Bible! Written by Will Murray and produced and directed by Roger Rittner - the same team that created "The Adventures of Doc Savage" radio series - "Python Isle" features dramatic narration by Michael McConnohie, cover art by Joe DeVito, and two exclusive audio interviews with Will Murray on the history of Doc Savage and the discovery of Doc Savage creator Lester Dent's long lost manuscripts. "Python Isle", an 8 audio CD set, is the first in a new pulp fiction audiobook series from Radio Archives.
I enjoyed the production as much as I'd hoped, but the bigger surprise was that my six year old son, who's grown up with video games, loved listening to it, too. If you like radio dramas, I highly recommend Python Isle.


  1. Also if you search "Old Time Radio" in itunes for podcasts there are a bunch of themed channels like SciFi and Adventures that replay the original shows from the 30's - 60's and every once in a very great while a 70s sci fi radio drama.

  2. Do you read much pulp sci fi from that time period? I am completely addicted to it! Some of my latest additions : After too many books at the beach I have really started to focus on the work of Bertram Chandler.

    thanks for bloggin so much
    - j

  3. No, I like the covers, but not the text very much (other than Chandler).