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The Chatty Awards nominations are here!!!

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The Chatty Awards nominations are here!!!

Live listens nominations;

Mary D Brooks and Steven L Sears 
Steven L Sears
T J Scott
Anthony SharpeJohn Alsedek of Suspense
Sherri’s Playhouse presents; Never Again¬†¬†

Sherri’s Playhouse presents Mabel of the Anzacs by Mary D. Brooks

Nathan Page   
Tom Konkle
Robert Trebor
Adrienne Wilkinson

Downloads nominations;

Nathan Page

John Alsedek  of Suspense

Anthony Sharpe

Dr. Colleen Darnell

Brice Bexter

Elizabeth Gracen

Tom Konkle

Brooks Wachtel

Eric Paul Erickson

 

Last time;

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back author; Wulf Moon, we had a great time, talking about writing, inspiration and helping other writers on their way to being published;  http://tobtr.com/11509969

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes actor/writer/director;Eric Paul Erickson, we had a super fun time talking about writing, acting and directing his first film, his first film child.  We talked about how he got into show business, his inspirations and other fun things, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11512967

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author Brad R Torgersen, we chatted about writing and how he started writing and how this book came about; http://tobtr.com/11515703

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes Award-winning Japanese-American filmmaker, Anita Sugimura Holsapple who was a military brat, who decided to do a documentary to show what PTSD does to our veterans and their families, we talked about her important and very touching film.  Please listen to this important chat; http://tobtr.com/11528223

Chatting With Sherri we welcome back award nominated author and playwright; Robin Alexander, we talked about the new direction she was going into in her writing and the radio play she created for Sherri’s Playhouse; tobtr.com/11528227

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back podcaster;  Jennifer Aldrich; author, performer, and fan of all things in the Phryne Fisher-verse, she has a new podcast about the fans of Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries and what they do and how they really feel about the show, and how it creates friendships. We also talk about her trip to Melbourne to take part in the filming of the movie, how she feels about the Ms Fisher Modern Mysteries and the movie that is due out next year; http://tobtr.com/11537413

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author Rachel Anne Cox and I had so much fun, talking about books, and writing and Miss Fisher, (We are both fans) we chatted about her new book and what inspired it; http://tobtr.com/11541745
Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; Brian Trent we had a great chat about writing, his new book and writing; http://tobtr.com/11541475

 

 

Next Time…

Chatting With Sherri welcomes Hugo nominated editor; Bryan Thomas Schmidt  on 10/22/19 at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11544389

 

 

Movie Review;

Downtown Abbey movie https://rismovieblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/downtown-abbey-movie/   

Fan Fiction; 

Generations by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries; https://archiveofourown.org/works/20606039 Chapter 4,Countess Fisher, Guy and Isabelle arrive.

Book Reviews; 

Out on a LimbOut on a Limb by Shirley MacLaine
It’s funny, I have read this book so many times that my copy is dogeared, not by folding down the edge ( I was taught never to do that,) but by being read over and over. I still find it fascinating. I had no idea that some of the people were composites, I always wondered what happened to David. He sort of disappeared in the mountains in the end. I just hoped he made it home alright, I found out later that he was actually several people, so I guess he did.

I know the focus of the book was Shirley and Gerry, (I later found out who he was too, and it was two different men. (at different times.) ) but I found the interaction with Bella Abzug and David much more compelling. And because I was very interested in my own spiritual search when I was in my early twenties, it was my go to book about trance channeling, and other pursuit of spiritual understanding. I was actually in college at the time and my adviser found me reading it a bit worrying, but since I was completely devoted to my education, she put it down to youthful pursuits. Hehehehe.

Well it has been years and I found the romance part a bit difficult to get through. I would have to push myself to read it. Not because of any judgmental feelings but I just wasn’t that interested in that part. (I have had my own life experiences now, so I am not as transfixed as I was when I was a much more innocent 23 year old.) I found some the theories still hold up. And others do not. I still find both David and Bella much more important relationships for Shirley and something that I still learn from. I think that my need to read the book was because of what she had in those friendships and how they were guides (David) and supportive (Bella) to her pursuits and needs. And that is why I gave the book 5 stars. It is the most beautiful part and the part that stands the test of time.

Southern Attraction- The College YearsSouthern Attraction- The College Years by Tracy Kauffman
Southern Attraction-The College Years continues the journey with Heather Brandon and her amazing boyfriend Jake as they go off to college. Heather struggles with insecurities of her past while trying to find a peaceful life. She had dealt with enough heartache to last a lifetime, including losing her parents, and surviving a tornado that ripped apart her new home. She wants Jake to settle down so they can enjoy their life together. Now all she wants to do is live a life of happiness and not worry about the man she loves.

I received the book from the author for an honest review.

The story is very good, the relationship between Jake and Heather showed that you can overcome the obstacles when you believe in each other. PTSD is very real, important and the sufferer’s torment about past happenings, very traumatic. It is also an honest portrayal. It is with knowledge about both the people who suffer from it and those who live with the people who suffer from it and what they go through. It is an important issue that needs to be understood by the public.

I do have to admit that this was a hard book for me to read, the characters were so distant. I know that angst is compelling but there should be some relief, some comic moments. Humor is always a good way for people to survive torment. It is why there is always humor in a thriller, the audience can only take so much. It would make so much easier for the reader.

I do recommend the book, it is a well done depiction of people who love each other, finding their way.

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Miss Fisher Con, Chatting With Sherri, reviews…

I had a lot of fun Chatting with¬† Jennifer Aldrich of Adventuresses’ Club of the Americas from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries! We talked about the Miss Fisher Con, her exciting trip to Melbourne to take be a part of Miss Fisher; Crypt of Tears and her thoughts on the spin-off. Listen in;

I also wrote a blog about the spin-off called Ms. Fisher Modern Mysteries;

Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries invades the US!!! My review of the new series some thoughts on the project; https://wp.me/p2MXCg-82

And we had these super guests;

I welcomed back the charming John Alsedek of Suspense, we talked about classic movies, classic radio and inspiration. It was such a fun interview, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11305519

 

 

I had so much fun chatting  with author Sarah Read, we had a good time talking about books, reading, writing and inspiration, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11295017

 

 

 

I was so excited to chat with respected and very prolific voice actor Joe Ochman!  We talked about all the shows he has done, how he got into the business, the difference between voice acting and regular acting. And the fun he is having doing fan conventions, listen in;    http://tobtr.com/11295027

 

I have known Award winning composer, producer; David Raiklen, for a while but the first time I got to meet up with him face to face was this year at Comic Con.  I was so excited he decided to join me on my show, we talked about how he got into composing, composing for film and what it was like being mentored by Oscar winner John Williams and Pulitzer Prize winner Mel Powel. Fascinating chat, listen in;  http://tobtr.com/11288515

I had such a great time chatting with the multi-talented Julie Sharpe! We talked about her show, touring, the dancers in the show, her husband Anthony Sharpe and what he has coming up and they’re up coming exciting travels, listen in ;¬†

 

 

I was happy to welcome back author; Mitzi Szereto, we talked about her new anthology and how her other books are doing including the really popular Teddy books; http://tobtr.com/11275175

 

 

 

I was super excited to chat with the talented award-winning artist Jeff Sturgeon! We talked art, how he got into illustration and fan conventions.  We had so much fun, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11275381  

Also here is the preview link for his Kickstarter campaign for the anthology The Last Cities of Earth. please take a look at the story, graphics the authors involved and our VERY cool rewards. We launch this Friday May 3rd at noon, help us make this thing happen !

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/182358062/2089733445…

Coming up on Chatting With Sherri;

 

Chatting With Sherri chats with author; Alex Shvartsman on 5/02/19 at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11308251

 

 

 

Sherri’s Playhouse;

Coming soon, part two of Mabel of the Anzacs, adapted by Mary for the radio theater from her new novel,¬†¬†Mabel of the Anzacs! The confrontation you have been waiting for! Two women – one, a fiery teenager, the other a cantankerous octogenarian – find their mutual antipathy blossoms into an unlikely friendship. Together the two women forge a close bond that will change their lives forever. It’s a friendship for the ages!

Our cast interview for Mabel of the Anzacs, Part 2 was on last night!¬† We had so much fun.¬† No spoilers to Sunday’s show but definitely¬†worth listening to; http://tobtr.com/11288533

 

Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot, #15)Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

This is another one of those times when the episodes with David Suchet are so strong in my mind, that I think I have read the book, but I didn’t. I was reading a biography of Agatha Christie and when they were speaking of certain plot points in Cards On The Table, I realized that, A. they changed the plot for the TV show and B. I never read it.

I really enjoyed it on several levels. First it was fun to meet the four sleuths in their introductions. The four sleuths in the novel, whom I have enjoyed for many years but it was interesting to read the way she described them for the very first time. And the characters of the four suspects which were pretty much the same, except that they weren’t…I am being circumspect because I don’t want to give too much away, but there are more killings in this book then in the TV show and one of the killings was done in a way I really didn’t expect at all.

Excellent book, I really highly recommend it. It is a lot of fun to watch the other sleuths as opposed to Poirot. As he uses misdirection and psychology to catch the killer.

The Mousetrap and Other PlaysThe Mousetrap and Other Plays by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had only read one of the Agatha Christie plays that she had adapted¬†for the stage and that was because I was in it; Murder on the Nile. I was so excited to be in the play and I had the script of just that play, so I had no idea how many of her plays she herself had adapted. The first thing I noticed when I read it, and I was stunned by it, is that she took out Hercule Poirot. She replaced him with Canon Pennyfather from the novel; At Bertram’s Hotel. Because the Cannon was a rather dithering old man very different from the one in the play I was very startled by this, but they were her characters so I figured she could do what she wanted. This play is not in this edition that is why I felt I could talk about it a bit more since I am not giving away anything in the plot so no spoilers here.

This is book is a masterclass on adaption, she gets all the important information in these plays but it is subtly changed to be more suitable for stage. And there are changes, a lot of them, so hold on to your hats if you read the novels.

The three plays I liked best were;  (which is the book; Five Little Pigs.) All the plays in this collection are excellent but these are the plays and novels that touched me most.

The Hollow has the least changes, and my favorites are still Midge and Edward, I am sorry but the rest are really hard for me to really relate to, I just love these two. They are adorable. The detective in it is Inspector Colquohoun with the help of Sergeant Penny who take over the duties of the famous Belgian sleuth they replaced. The mystery is well done, but it is changed so it will take place in one or two rooms. Excellent construction and she somehow gets all the really tense bits in despite the very confined area because of it being on the stage.

The second one is Go Back To Murder, The daughter of Caroline and Amyas is Carla, like the novel not Lucy like the film. It follows the line of the novel except in the play she aided by Justin Fogg (who I find utterly adorable), son of the lawyer who led Caroline Crale’s defense. This play is pretty much the same, but I just love the relationship between Justin and Carla, it is lovely to watch it develop. It is part of Christie’s brilliance I believe that she can create a believable relationship so quickly. They are at odds in the beginning and totally a unit by the end of the play. Again the staging is fascinating, all of Christie’s ideas to use the lighting in order to show the different locations and how the actors should look in the past and in the future. Brilliantly crafted, I can see why she enjoyed writing plays so much, she was really wonderful at it.

And last but not least is Towards Zero, she actually takes out my favorite character, I was disappointed by that but it is a really wonderful play. Again it is pretty much the same plot this time with the same detective, Inspector Battle, the same as the book really but I really just enjoyed the artistry of the transfer to stage she used. Still catching the killer once again in a confined area of the stage. Rather brilliantly managed.

If you’re a playwright and novelist this is the book for you, to learn to adapt your work. If you’re an actor or just appreciate a wonderful play its fascinating. If your Christie fan it is worth it, just to see the changes and the things she does not change. A little bit for everyone!

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Articles, plays, The Chatty run up and interviews; a rather busy week

I have a new article in Flapper Press published by the wonderful generous Elizabeth Gracen about my parents romance;   https://www.flapperpress.com/blog/a-stolen-letter-led-to-a-lifetime-together

Sherri’s Playhouse is really busy right now;

 

Our new play this week is called Never Again! I am so excited to have this adaption¬†of¬†RM Alexander‚Äės short story from her amazing book series!!

Failure isn’t an option…

Ken Shepherd’s witness is murdered, leaving him to want more than just to arrest the criminals and walk away. A career change to the Witness Security Program gives the opportunity to help people who made bad decisions find a second chance. But will high expectations lead to happiness or is death lurking around the corner?

Chatting With Sherri welcomed the Cast of Sherri’s Playhouse’s production of the radio play Never Again, we had a blast, it was a party, listen in; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2018/11/12/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-the-cast-of-never-again

Sherri’s Playhouse presents; Never Again on 11/14/2018 at 7pm pt; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2018/11/15/sherris-playhouse-presents-never-again

 

What’s happening on Sherri’s Playhouse! https://www.patreon.com/posts/whats-happening-22620331?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare

It’s Chatty Award time, we have had an amazing amount of downloads from a diverse bunch of listeners.¬† I am so excited!!! It is completely due to my great guests, here are the people who are in the running;

Hudson Leick
Chris York 
Steven Sears 
Chris Lemmon 
Mary Brooks  
Gregg Oppenheimer
A Thief’s¬†Tale¬†
Miss Fisher producers 
Chris York and Adam-Michael James
Anthony and Julie Sharpe 
Travis Mcmahon
Ruby Rees 
Brooks Wachtel
Zoes Promise 
Also I have had some great stats for shows that are not eligible for the Chatty but definitely deserves a special mention;
Nathan Page  (This is a two-year old show but people love to listen to the always entertaining Mr. Page.)
The plays I wrote are not eligible for obvious reasons but they are doing super!
Mishpucha 
Joe Kronus

What do you think? 

We are coming to the end of the year so if you have a favorite interview to listen to, please listen to it, recommend it on Itunes and tell your friends to listen to it too so you can add to the download count;   http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back Julie Sharpe, we had a super time, we always do, she is charming funny and totally original.  We had a blast, listen in; 

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back photographer; Ian L. Sitren, who is utterly charming, sincere and funny.  We had a great time, listen in; 

 

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back author and playwright; Gregg Oppenheimer. We had a lot of fun talking about his Dad, how the play went and how it was to have his first play seen and then heard by so many people, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11026153

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed award-winning writer, Shaene M. Siders, listen to this talented, highly intelligent and witty talk about the things she loves;   http://tobtr.com/11045125

 

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back John Alsedek  of  Suspense; John and I had a great time, talking classic radio drama, the work ethic of an independent editor, working the shows with the writers and how the classic radio shows influenced him, listen in;   http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2018/11/01/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-john-alsedek-and-dana-perry-haye-of-suspense

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed award-winning author Eileen Mueller for the first time, we had a great time talking literature, writing  and how it is such a small world in New Zealand, how I should come there, listen in;

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed award-winning author David Hair, we had a lovely time as he sat overlooking a glorious garden in New Zealand and chatting about writing, traveling and the importance of history, fascinating, listen in ;

 

Support Sherri Rabinowitz on @patreon. https://patreon.com/rithebard?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=creatorshare2

 

What J.K. Rowling’s universe means to me;¬† ¬†https://rismovieblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/what-j-k-rowlings-universe-means-to-me/

 

 

 

 

Miss Fisher movie is being shot as we speak!!! https://rismovieblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/07/miss-fisher-movie-is-being-shot-as-we-speak/ 

 

Time Passes by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries https://archiveofourown.org/works/16514432¬†

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Books, radio plays and Chatting With Sherri!

My annual special sale on all of my kindle books at only .99 cents! This is only for a short time, get them while they are hot;   http://authorpage.com/users/%23%3CBook::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy:0x007fbf48e74348%3E/booklist

 Join me on my quest to bring creative artists to a wider public audience. To help creative artists with their charity work.  And to help bring actors and playwrights to a wider audience.  Join me by supporting me on @patreon. There are new benefits and new benefit tiers! Also exclusive content just for members by celebrity guests.  Check it out!!!  #OnPatreon https://patreon.com/rithebard?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=creatorshare2

This week on Chatting With Sherri;

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back Hudson Leik on Aug 9th at 8pm;  http://tobtr.com/10911375

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back publisher and writer; John Goodwin at 11am pacific time on 8/7/18 http://tobtr.com/10916561

 

 

Great shows last month on Chatting With Sherri;

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back John Alsedek  of Suspense, we had a great time chatting about his new season.  And all the work and inspiration that went into each of the episodes of Suspense! Listen in;   http://tobtr.com/10888679

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed  photographer; Michael Strider about his work as photographer and his passion project; the LifeAfter Project!  We chatted about how he became a photographer and how he started to take pics of rock stars.  Also how his special charity came about;  http://tobtr.com/10880265   

His charity auction is;   https://www.charitybuzz.com/support/lifeafterproject

 

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed actress, singer and presenter; Kate Lister! We had such a great time. 
We talked about working as an artist. Her path to becoming a successful performer and how she is expanding her work as a producer. Listen in; http://tobtr.com/10894431

 

 

 

We are now in the midst of rehearsing for an amazing radio play; THE THIEF’S TALE  by Lee Murray. Adapted for audio production by Dan Rabarts. I can’t wait for you to see it next month.

 I still have two amazing radio plays coming up and could use some heavy lifting.  No pay but a lot of exposure and you get to meet people from all over via our rehearsals.  We rehearse on Skype and perform on my Blogtalk platform. It is a lot of fun and we get to act in some truly amazing plays.  We do the radio plays live, it’s a high wire act like live TV back in the day, so if you want to do something completely different, get in touch with me.

 

 

 

 

 

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Great price for my books and amazing guests!

My annual special sale on all of my kindle books at only .99 cents! This is only for a short time, get them while they are hot;   http://authorpage.com/users/%23%3CBook::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy:0x007fbf48e74348%3E/booklist

Barnes and Noble had Different Is Beautiful : A love note to the children of the world! by Sherri Rabinowitz and Anja Gruber (Illustrator) on a pop up ad and it was on the top, Wow! https://t.co/d52RZz9Bil !

Coming up next week on my show;

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back John Alsedek and Dana Perry-Haye of Suspense on 7/24/18 at 11am pt  http://tobtr.com/10888679

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri chats with photographer; Michael Strider about the LifeAfter Project on 7/22/18 at 11am pt; http://tobtr.com/10880265  His charity auction is;   https://www.charitybuzz.com/support/lifeafterproject

 

 

 

This month I got to chat with really great people;

Chatting With Sherri chatted with the talented author; Nicholas Diak , we talked about his books, how he came to be a writer and what he enjoys about being creating his books;  

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri chatted with Hend Salah  about her book; Dig Two Graves, we had a really great time.  We talked about creating, reading and the writing process and we had a lovely time doing it; http://tobtr.com/10871193

 

 

 Chatting With Sherri we chatted with author Eric Flint, we talked about his

books, Dragon Con and how creativity is an important part of his life; http://tobtr.com/10868747

Chatting With Sherri chatted with my great friend¬†playwright and author Mary D Brooks.¬† We talked about her new book and her new play.¬† Mary is so excited about both and I can’t wait for you to hear about it;

 

 

My friend and fellow writer Lee Murray, she is a multi-award winning writer and advocate for writers in every genre’  joined me to chat about her work and to just enjoy ourselves;  http://tobtr.com/10853439  

 

 

I had the opportunity to chat about one of my all time favorite shows that I still watch every day; I Love Lucy! Author and playwright; Gregg Oppenheimer will joined me to talk about his dad who is the creator-producer-head writer Jess Oppenheimer!  We talked about how his dad helped create such an iconic show. We also chatted about his new play all about Lucy called; “I Love Lucy: A funny thing happened on the way to the sitcom the performances are done but we will get to hear the radio play in October;The performance will be broadcast nationwide on public radio (and stream online)  ; http://tobtr.com/10853435

I was so excited welcome Ruby Rees from Miss Fisher Mysteries to the show!¬† We will be talking about Jane from Miss Fisher and all she learned and how she felt about the production. ¬†It is a recorded interview because she right now she is at the Miss Fisher Con. ¬†It is a great interview and I can‚Äôt wait for you to hear it.¬†http://tobtr.com/10848045¬† ¬†¬†She is producing a wonderful new movie called¬†‚ÄėWomen By The Sea‚Äô A FULLY FEMALE production.¬†¬† And you can help here;¬†https://igg.me/at/WBTSfilm/x

Ruby Rees; Jane Ross in Miss Fisher, author and playwright; Mary D Brooks,¬†Gregg Oppenheimer the son of ‚ÄúI Love Lucy‚ÄĚ creator-producer-head writer Jess Oppenheimer and the producers of Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries; Fiona Eagger¬†&¬†Deb Cox: Tweets earned¬†10,490 impressions over the last¬†week.

The Bridesmaids ~ Inside the Privileged World of Grace Kelly and Six Intimate FriendsThe Bridesmaids ~ Inside the Privileged World of Grace Kelly and Six Intimate Friends by Judith Balaban Quine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is second time I read this book, (sort of trend because of moving and finding books as I slowly unpack.) I was in my twenties the first time I read it and rather innocent. I was more interested in the glamour and the movie stars then in the real lives.

Now as I mature women I read it very differently. With life experience I actually took in thing I don’t think my younger self could have even understood. Some of the lessons I learned from this book was very much needed. It made me feel more understanding and better about my own up and downs and my losses.

Grace was a beautiful, accomplished, very intelligent woman, she had a full life that contributed a lot in several ways. As much I enjoyed her many and varied accomplishments I really learned from her mistakes. It was a lot to take in.

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Laughs, Luck...and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular Sitcom of All Time (with Laughs, Luck…and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular Sitcom of All Time by Jess Oppenheimer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I interviewed Gregg Oppenheimer for my show Chatting With Sherri. It was a charming chat about his dad Jess Oppenheimer and Gregg’s play about Lucy called; “I Love Lucy; A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Sitcom.” So as research I began to read this book.

I truly enjoyed it because it was full of information not just about I Love Lucy, which I love but radio shows with Jack Benny, Fanny Brice, Fred Astaire and ultimately Lucille Ball. It was about the life story of Jess Oppenheimer and his memories of the period of Live Radio which was like catnip to me.

In case you can’t tell I loved this book and in it are recording from My Favorite Wife and I Love Lucy that you can’t hear anywhere else. Definitely worth a read ūüôā

By the way, the play I mentioned is also going to be a radio show, isn’t that cool? I can hardly wait!

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Aghatha Christie : Evil Under The SunAghatha Christie : Evil Under The Sun by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hi, the way it is put into the system, they put the author’s name wrong and I just wanted to let you know, I know her name is; Agatha Christie ūüôā (But this is the edition I own, so I left it under here.)

This is the third time I have read the novel. It’s been a while and I am a very visual person. I see books as I read them. And Agatha Christie is excellent at painting a picture with her words. Maybe that is why her work translates so easily to film.

I have seen both the Peter Ustinov and David Suchet versions of the story. It’s funny what sticks in your mind, some things from the films completely wipe out what happens in the novel. For instance the summing up, it was completely different in both films from the novel. Where they take place, who he talks to and what he says in the novel is completely different, though the puzzle is of course is the same. I love a good movie and though they were both very different from what she wrote I enjoyed them both. You just don’t realize how your mind juggles things till you re-read it again later.

I don’t want to give away any of the plot but it is a fun “who done it,” with amazing characters. Like all her books, my favorite part in the book that does not happen at all in the movie is very small but important. It will not affect the mystery but it tells you how both Poirot thinks and his creator; He is helping Mrs. Gardener with a puzzle, putting the cut out pieces into place and that act in itself actually helped him figure out the puzzle of the crime. To me it says a lot.

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We are now in the midst of rehearsing for an amazing radio play;¬†THE THIEF‚ÄôS TALE¬†¬†by Lee Murray. Adapted for audio production by¬†Dan Rabarts. I can’t wait for you to see it next month.

 I still have two amazing radio plays coming up and could use some heavy lifting.  No pay but a lot of exposure and you get to meet people from all over via our rehearsals.  We rehearse on Skype and perform on my Blogtalk platform. It is a lot of fun and we get to act in some truly amazing plays.  We do the radio plays live, it’s a high wire act like live TV back in the day, so if you want to do something completely different, get in touch with me.

 

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