Radio Archives: Doc Savage – Python Island Review

Our good friends over at Radio Archives were kind enough to send a review copy of their latest audiobook Doc Savage: Python Island. An unabridged 8 CD set written by Will Murray, who expanded an 11 page outline for a Doc Savage novel that he found while visiting the widow of the legendary pulp creator of the Man of Bronze, Lester Dent. In 1980 at 28 years of age, the same age that Lester Dent who went under Kenneth Robeson as his nom de plume wrote the first Doc Savage tale for the pulps, Will was given permission to try and make a novel out of it by Norma Dent.
Will did just that and sent it to Bantam Books who liked it and decided to wait until they ran out of reprints of Dent’s original Doc tales…which only took 10 years to accomplish…in 1990 the book saw print and was paired with the Joe DeVito cover you can see posted below.

The Python Island Audiobook is superbly narrated and acted by Michael McConnohie and produced and directed by Roger Rittner. Please believe me when I say this:

This is what all radio plays and audiobooks should strive to sound like!

Doc Savage Python Isle – Audio Trailer by VicSage2005

How can you not love the cover for the audiobook by Joe Devito!

But I’m sure you are wondering about the story!

“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!”

I began listening to Python Isle at my computer…it just didn’t feel right so I popped out the CD and placed it in my Emerson “old time radio” replica CD/Record player and laid back in the floor and thrilled to the exploits of Doc Savage and his compatriots! I’m hard pressed to think of a better way to spend an evening as the sun starts to set, the room illuminated by the soft yellow glow of the radio dial as Michael McConnohie’s soothing voice reads Will Murray’s prose both mingling flawlessly together to transport me to a pulp world…that I sometimes wish I could do more than just visit.

Make sure to follow that link up above to visit the Radio Archives site, along with Doc Savage which you can purchase as a digital download, you can purchase many retro radio programs like Fibber McGee and Molly, Amos and Andy, Dragnet, The Lives of Harry Lime (with Orson Welles!), Suspense, and many, many more! You can also pick up reprints of the famous pulp characters like the Shadow, the Avenger, the Spider, the Phantom and of course the tales of the Man of Bronze himself. You’ll probably feel like I did when looking over all the merchandise…like a kid in a candy store!

You can pick up the 8 CD Audiobook from the site for a mere $25.98 or $17.98 for the digital download. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter as well since they let you listen to samples of the radio programs!

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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