- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 1 hour and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: The Colonial Radio Theatre on Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 16, 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004GHA49U
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Perry Mason and the Case of the Velvet Claws: A Radio Dramatization Audiobook – Original recording
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Sound was great as was the voice talent. Story was interesting and well written. Since I'm a big Perry mason fan this really hit the spot!
I will be buying more of these as my library doesn't even have one in the entire public system!
I would rate this a very high 9.25 to 9.75 out of 10 stars! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for Perry Mason or old time radio fans!!
The Colonial Radio Theater that puts this out really know their business and you will be transported into Perry Mason's world and immersed in a thrilling case. It really is produced as well as those early radio shows...sfx and all. It was great fun and the kids got really enthused about it. I can't wait to get more.
Excellent quality production. Unabridged. For a Pittance. I highly recommend.
The major downfall of this cd set, I believe is just value. I would find it difficult to pay $9.99 for 90 minutes of entertainment. This would be better in a set.
In 1933, Erle Stanley Gardner published the first of his 80(!) Perry Mason stories - The Case of the Velvet Claws. Gardner got his start in the pulp magazine world, and the story definitely shows it, right down to Perry's secretary calling him "chief" at one point. It's much more reminiscent of the hardboiled detective stories of Dashiell Hammett than it is of the 1957-66 television show.
But what can I say? I am a big fan of Dashiell Hammett, and I found this to be an exciting and entertaining story. Yeah, it's not the TV Perry Mason, or even the Perry Mason of the later stories, so if you are expecting that you will be disappointed. If, on the other hand you like a good hardboiled detective story, then I think you will like this dramatization - I certainly did!
The Case of the Velvet Claws was one of the early Perry Mason novels by Erle Gardner written sometime in the early to mid 1930s, I believe. In this drama, Perry Mason is a defense attorney hijacked on his wedding night to defend Eva Belter, a woman accused of murdering her husband George, owner of the scandal-sheet "Spicy Bits" after he learns of her "relationship" with a politician. Some other characters emerge in plot twists - a nephew, a housekeeper, her daughter and so on - I don't want to give away the plot if you haven't ever seen the old film version on TCM or read the book. Suffice it to say, in true Perry Mason style, things aren't always as they appear to be. The story is pretty solid for the most part.
That said, my favorite part of listening to this 90-ish minute drama was actually sound effects, which really keeps things interesting and always gets me wondering about how they created the sounds. The vocals were pretty good except for the Eva character who seemed to be over enunciating and reading her lines too slowly. Otherwise I enjoyed this a lot.
As fun as it was listening to this, my favorite Perry will always be Raymond Burr in the late-60s TV show.