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Too Dead to Swing

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Publisher's Summary

It's 1940, and musician Katy Green finds out how tough the road can be when she joins the Ultra Belles, a female swing band on tour in California. From the moment the band kicks off the set, you're caught in the rhythm of the music, and murder on the move.

Susan Egan heads a Broadway cast in this thrilling vintage mystery with swing songs performed by Ann Hampton Callaway. Based on the novel by Hannah Dobryn.

© and (P)2000 Audio-Playwrights

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    Nicola HartlepoolUnited Kingdom 10/07/2010
    Nicola HartlepoolUnited Kingdom 10/07/2010
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    "Excellent old style radio play"

    If like me you love old style murder mystery radio plays this is definitely for you.
    Filled with great characters, lots of murders and swing jazz playing in the background!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simon 16/04/2016
    Simon 16/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable story but expected more music !"

    Whilst the story is credible and has the usual murder mystery twists etc I have to say i was a little disappointed at the lack of music considering this was supposed to be a musical mystery. It took an hour and a half before the first song was played and only three songs featured throughout the drama. The narrator was cut in a forties style which worked well but she was a little monotonous and I found myself drifting away from the story at times. Still worth my 99p special offer credit though !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Francis Carpenter England 21/01/2015
    Francis Carpenter England 21/01/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Superb! "

    A compelling story with historical & cultural relevance. The characters are believable, the sound effects add to the atmosphere and the songs are outstandingly performed by Ann Hampton Callaway. Outstanding!

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  • Judith
    Long Beach, CA, USA
    22/03/03
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    "Too Dead to Swing"

    This book is more like an old time radio show with different players and great music. The plot was good like an old mystery series with a twist at the end.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • L. Stapleton
    Los Angeles
    12/09/03
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    "great performance"

    This was so much fun to listen to! A complete cast, sound effects and some great music. The story was good and the perfomance was alot of fun. A nice change from other audio books.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsey
    SuttonUnited Kingdom
    06/08/04
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    "Wonderful"

    This was lovely to listen to. The narrators voice is really pleasant, the sound effects and song spots are great. I'd love to get more in this mystery series, intriguing, funny, and great music.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • angel
    01/04/06
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    "Excellent Entertainment"

    This one was a bit of a surprise, and a very pleasant one at that:
    The 1940s, a "girl band," a "girl detective," swing music, and murder! Excellent ensemble cast, reminiscent of old-time radio but with modern-time sound quality. This is one I'll listen to more than once! :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Bend, OR, USA
    27/03/06
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    "So Much Fun"

    This is a really fun listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • cdwise
    23/04/05
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    "fun"

    The plot was good, the actors worth listening to if you like 40s music there's some good music there as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kent Valandra
    Los Angeles, CA United States
    28/07/06
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    "Great Fun!"

    This is an entertaining presentation with a troup of actors and a band too. It's story takes place just before World War II and while the mystery is a little thin, the music and presentation style takes up the slack.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • melody333
    Banning, CA United States
    13/07/06
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    "What Fun!"

    This was such an enjoyable listen. The actors and the music were great. Especially liked that all the songs were replayed again after the book was finished. If you enjoy music of the 40's, the idea of an all-girl band, and murder mystery's, don't pass this one by - you will not be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    KAMIAH, ID, United States
    20/02/08
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    "Be aware"

    If you don't mind offcolor humor and poorly disguised inuendos as well as some up front dirty talk this is your book. I was disappointed. I tried to listen to it, but just couldn't bear the gutter thought that went into it; wish I had not bought it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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