When they were first broadcast on radio, Earthsearch and Earthsearch II generated a flood of fan letters to Radio Times. Now at last their superb sound is available, digitally remastered for the first time. Also included is an introduction from James Follett, first broadcast as part of BBC7's "Men, Martians, and Machines".
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I loved this series when it first came out, later I bought the tapes, but as someone mentioned, they were edited down. This version is complete with James doing a little intro. Dispite the story sometimes being a bit too child like it has just captivated me again for the past two days. And the price... Did I mention that its over ?60 on CD at amazon? Its a bargain here!
I got this on the strength of a friend having raved about the series 20 years or so ago. Its episodic format is reminiscent of Doctor Who but the story line is good and the whole concept of the story was sound. Some aspects have been covered in other stories by Bova and Asimov but this is a different spin. If you like radio drama, Blake's Seven or Doctor Who you will probably like this.
Simply great fun!! Well written and extremely well dramatised and read by a fine company. It`s what`s good radio - plays and audiobooks are about. I simply loved this from start to finish - I wish I heard the original radio broadcasts, and as thus, this is a good advertisement.. Anyway, sound effects etc and the quality of 'vocal' drama is well represented here - an absolute triumph - how I wish there was more!!!
Well, I say that, I actually chose it as my free sign-up title ! However, it was this title that actually made me sign up in the first place. Very difficult to get easily, and I especially wanted this radio production.
It's what I'd hoped it would be. Genuinely chilling and absorbing, the cliff-hangers are very well-timed and although it is a little dated, it was still very enjoyable. I'm not a sci-fi fan at all, but I'd heard so many good things about this that I had to get it. And I'm very pleased I did.
The only possible negative point is that the different characters have differing voice levels, which can make you mess about with the volume level for ages. The intro especially, is much louder than the rest of the programme.
Initially it sounds very dated, a bit wooden in fact, but stick with it as the adventure unfolds and the characters develop. Great fun and lots of cliff-hangers.
I'd not encountered Earthsearch before - I think I'm a few years too young to have noticed it on its first orbit.
It's not as polished as Hitchhikers nor of the calibre of Doctor Who but it is worth some attention. I particularly enjoyed the performances on the main actors who convey the drama and narrative in a powerful way.
The FX are basic but they certainly don't detract.
If you're a fan of the BBC Radio 'Lord of the Rings' then you're in the a treat as most of the cast for Earthsearch featured in LOTR.
Thoroughly enjoyable and I would love James Follett to write a third series - I'd love to know how they're all getting along.
I remember the original broadcast on BBC but as the way of things I missed a lot of episodes.
I have really enjoyed reliving the series. A dated format but has the advantage of full production values (a full cast of actors) and the wonderful BBC sound effect department.
I will be listening to it again soon.
Earthsearch is good value. In two parts (10 episodes per part)there is around 10 hours of solid, made for radio sci-fi goodness here. The bad news first.... it is a little dated stylistically (the characters are a little less "shades of grey" than in 2009), but this is no real major problem as once you settle in to it you all but forget that it is 30 years old.
This is one of those stories that has the bonus of being even more enjoyable upon the second listening. The basic concept is simple enough in its approach and it works well. The characters are quirky, yet grounded enough with believable personal characteristics that you are easily able to identify with their dilemmas, motivations and somewhat odd circumstances. There are some good twists throughout, and the episodic format gives a nice climax at the end of each half hour. I can definately recommend this full cast sci-fi audiobook. Thanks Audible.co.uk for giving this great production a new audience. I rate this classic BBC Radio Drama as a solid 4 and a half to 5 stars.
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