Narrator: The Radio Repertory Company of America
Published by Radio Repertory Company of America on 22 August 2001
Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Humor, Modern Detective
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A tongue-in-cheek private detective with all the answers...and all the problems! This hilarious sleuth show combines the best of old-time radio acting with modern sound effects, music recording and editing. From his search for a lady's husband (whom he thinks is better off lost) to a crook with a sweettooth and a sour personality, Garson Krebs faces each case with a wit that is guaranteed to bring you laughs! A detective comedy adventure with real film noir feel.
Produced by Radio Repertory Company of America
This audiobook has 8 episodes of Detective Garson Krebs being witty and solving cases. Portrait of a Lady, Case of the Missing Husband, The Diva, The Lottery, The Prime Ministers’s Daughter, The Device, Club of Fear, Man with a past.
Oh, my! This such a fun collection of stories. Garson Krebs talks like he just stepped out of Bogart detective movie and yet there are references to modern movies and such sprinkled throughout this audiobook. I loved the noir feel of it while also having contemporary characters, such as ladies who have jobs and commit crime and don’t necessarily want to be called dame or toots. Krebs half the time uses his detective skills and the other half of the time stumbles over clues and nefarious bad guys. I really liked his character.
The humor is very much tongue in cheek. The slightly adult humor that comes up here and there was quite funny and well placed. Short sentences, like ‘love of an equine nature’ pop up and then fade right back into the background as Krebs tries to refocus on the case at hand. There’s some punny humor and some slap stick as well – basically a mix of different jokes to please a wide audience. This is a book I will listen to more than once just so I can catch all of these little jokes. Also, I need to subject my spouse to this book on some road trip.
The Diva was one of my favorites because it was like a corrupted fairy tale. Think of Phantom of the Opera meets a lonely, egotistical knight in questionable armor. Hahaha! Each story had some element that I wasn’t expecting that made the story entertaining. The writing is clever and I was constantly chuckling over this joke or that clever turn of phrase.
The Narration: I have always enjoyed RRCA’s narration and sound effects. However, with this one I did notice that the sound effects were sometimes just a tad loud making it so that I really had to focus on the characters to catch what they were saying. While I couldn’t find a listing of the narrators for this book, I can say that all the characters in the stories were distinct. I expect there were at least 5 different people voicing these characters. Whoever did Garson Krebs has that character down to a T. He was totally believable as a noir detective trapped in the 21st century.
This review first appeared on DabOfDarkness.com