With Rod Taylor narrating and being performed by Russ Tamblyn, Robert Culp, James Darren, Kevin McCarthy, and Academy Award winner George Chakiris, the Audio-Book "Hard Rock Lovers" sets claim to the the title, "The largest production in Audio-Book History".
With it's film quality sound effects and music, and a supporting cast of 22 actors, the production is indeed packed with entertainment and production value.
Writer/Director Paul Kyriazi brought years of feature film work into play, as well as casting his boyhood heroes. "Maybe we created a new art form", he said. "By having older actors playing young parts. When you hear Russ Tamblyn speak, in his ever youthful voice, you mentally picture him how he looked in "West Side Story" or "The Haunting" as those images are so powerful. The same for the rest of the cast. You hear Robert Culp perform and you immediately imagine him as he was in "I SPY" or in "Bob and Ted and Carol and Alice".
The story has Russ Tamblyn in the role of Alan, as he becomes involved with a rock singer and pursues the long thought dead rock star, Shane with the aid of a Puerto Rican born gangster played by George Chakiris. This is the first teaming of Tamblyn and Chakiris since the two fought each other under the freeway in "West Side Story".
Another distinction of the production is all the veteran SciFi actors. Three of them (Taylor, McCarthy, and H.M. Wynant) have appeared in "The Twilight Zone". Robert Culp appeared in three "Outer Limits" episodes. James Darren starred in TV's "The Time Tunnel". Russ Tamblyn starred in "War of the Gargantuas". And of course Rod Taylor starred in the classic "The Time Machine".
The 3.6 hour drama is now available at Amazon.com.