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A solid adaptation of the two Agent 13 novels from the mid-1980a, done in style befitting the classic era of radio drama in the 1930s. It captures the pulp-inspired atmosphere of the Flint Dille-David Marconi novels.
Would you listen to Agent 13 and the Invisible Empire: Part I again? Why?
I'd listen to CRT's production of Agent 13 again due to the excellent writing and dialogue. This is a many layered story masquerading as a pulp tale. Allusions to literary works, famous lines from movies and radio, and other pop culture from the 1930s all exist in this radio show.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked the story because it's full of everything a pulp tale contains. Biblical references, G-men, lost races, diabolical scientists, talismans and can do characters facing the forces of evil.
Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?
Agent 13 of course, but followed close by Jack Spade. Combined all the radio actor performances demand a listener listen more than once. If you're a fan of old time radio then your ears are in for a treat.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No I didn't have an extreme reaction, but I did enjoy some chuckles over dialogue. It's not every day a group can pull off a comedic adventure pulp tale. The fine line between camp and action, once crossed, usually loses integrity in both genres. CRT pulls it off and I'm not surprised.
Any additional comments?
Everything the Colonial Radio Theater does is genuine. I think that's why Mr. Bradbury took a chance, and we all enjoyed the benefit. CRT's production of Agent 13 captures that same quality. Relistenability equals a 5 out of 5 and I'm looking forward to part two.