What a treat it was to listen to a Paul Temple story on this audio cd. I can remember listening to him as a teenager - this version read by Anthony Head was exhilarating.
News of Paul Temple is an exciting adventure mystery with crashes, explosions, poisonings, shootings, death by fire and by drowning which are just some of the dangers the intrepid hero Paul Temple faces as he brings down the most sophisticated espionage ring in Europe.
The original Paul Temple -- which my parents enjoyed as teenagers -- was a full cast production in the glory days of radio before television was widely available. This audio book is read and narrated by a single actor -- which might seem like a bit of a disappointment, until you actually listen to it.
Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Spooks, and many other roles) demonstrates utter mastery of one person narration. After about five minutes, you forget that you're listening to Anthony Head doing all of the characters with different voices, including the most perfect Dutch accent that I've ever heard from a non-Dutch speaker. Alongside Cockney, Scots and the inevitable Austrian-German, he gives us a range of characters (men and women) whose voices are instantly memorable.
This is a wonderful achievement, and the whole thing is carried off without any sound effects or music except for the opening and closing titles.
As a script, News of Paul Temple is a jolly good example of Durbridge's classic genre, and pretty much perfect in its own terms. With Anthony Head's reading, it is elevated to something quite brilliant.
For a little nostalgia, or just for a stomping 1930s style thriller, this is highly recommended.