In this thrilling radio drama, Batman has been crippled by his fiercest foe ever: Bane, a villain of superhuman strength, cunning and evil.
Gotham City is reeling from the shocking news that Batman is confined to a wheelchair. Who will now protect the innocent from the dangerous inmates of Arkham Asylum, whom Bane has released?
A new hero - Azrael - takes up the mantle of the Bat. But Azrael is a more brutal Batman than Bruce Wayne, and far more eager to punish the guilty than to protect the innocent. Will he destroy Gotham City in order to save it?
On audio for the first time, this fantastic full-cast adventure stars Bob Sessions, Michael Gough, Peter Marinker, and Kerry Shale, and it comes from the renowned producer Dirk Maggs, of Superman and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio fame.
This stunning audio production was first aired on BBC Radio 1, and its cliffhanging, all-action adventure can now be heard uninterrupted and remastered - complete with dazzling sound effects and specially composed orchestral music.
©1993 D.C. Comics (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
I read this story in the original comic book format many years ago and though I don't remember it too well, I did remember that I loved it.
But I did not love this radio play version at all.
It was noisy with way too many sound effects. There were over the top childish voices that sounded like a cartoon adaptation for small children. And most of the time I had no idea what was going on and which character I was listening to.
I could only listen to 1 hour of this 3 hour story and I had to return it for a refund.
Very disappointed. I was looking forward to recapturing a fond memory.
Perhaps, depending on the story.
I can't think of any way. This is a beautiful piece of work, I just... didn't love it.
Not that I know of, though I thought they all did a wonderful job. This is especially true of the gentleman who voiced the Joker. Those are massive clown-shoes to fill, and he did so wonderfully.
"The Dark Knight meets his match"
If you read DC comics you'll know how long some storylines can be. This one actually took place in 3 stages, spanning a lot of comics, and would take ages to get through in any form, so obviously here it's abridged. Elements from it were also adapted into the Dark Knight Rises, but the story was very different. Here it stays closer to the comics as Robin and the brainwashed assassin turned Batman replacement Azrael play almost as big a part as Batman and Bane, and many other characters appear, with part one featuring a mass breakout from Arkham Asylum and a lot of chaos.
The story has been turned into a radio play very well, with great voice acting and sound production and Azrael sounds very intimidating!
I've listened to this a few times now, and it's still great, I even got my Batman fan friend the CD version. It's different enough from the Knightfall of the comics and the Dark Knight Rises to be worth getting even if you're familiar with both, and as a stand alone Batman programme it's one of the best, for a fan it's a must have, but even if you're just casually looking for action, it's a lot of fun with a gripping and epic story.
"Fantastic radio drama"
Batman is a great radio drama. The action is non stop. Well worth listening to.
"A sterling rendition of a comic book classic"
Knightfall is the story of when Bane "beat the Batman", and is performed wonderfully by a cast of actors - Kerry Shale is on point doing some of his wonderful over-the-top voices and Michael Gough needs a mention as he reprises the role of Alfred from his stint in the Burton era of Batman films with his characteristic gentlemanly tones. Unfortunately for this production, the comic book it was based on was fairly uneven in terms of pacing and by the third act the story begins to outstay its welcome by dragging out various subplots (Bruce Wayne's rehabilitation, for example). I could also see those not familiar with the source material getting confused as to what exactly is supposed to be happening at various points. If you fancy something a bit different or you're a die-hard Bat-fan, I'd recommend. Otherwise, proceed with caution.
"Not my Batman"
Good story brilliantly performed but let down with a poor script. Not always sure what is actually happening and who is in each scene or when that scene ends. Batman seems uneasily stuck between Adam West and something darker, needs to be one or the other. Too cartoony for my liking.
"Brings back a childhood"
A great radio series originally, saw it was on Audible and thought I'd listen again. Forgot what a great performance and story this was. It won't disappoint!
Knightfall is one of the classic Batman stories and this BBC Radio production is a very good adaptation, well acted, and generally very good.
And the blooper reel at the end is hilarious.
Having initially downloaded the mono version of this audiobook, I was disappointed with the lack of effects detailed within the story synopsis, however taking the opportunity to download the audio enhanced version, the quality of sound effects and stereophonic reproduction, really added to the fantastic story and characterisation. I am new to the world of audiobooks and Batman: Knightfall is an excellent example of the medium. The story benefits from a number of interesting and engaging characters, who all add to the drama of the story. The sound effects only enhance the audible experience and never compromise character input. All in all this is an excellent story complimented with a superb soundtrack, which remains fresh and entertaining even after numerous listenings.
one of my favorite story's. Brilliantly acted out, gripping and entertaining. makes me want to read it all again........
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