Reviewed By: thisoldcan
Review Date: 3/7/17 11:58 pm
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In the final story of this set, looking to escape Collinsport after her disastrous marriage to Andrew, Amy Jennings (Stephanie Ellyne) has travelled to Paris to visit Roger and Elizabeth. But when she arrives, she finds that neither are there, and she meets and befriends a local man named Didier. But is there more to Didier than meets the eye, and could he be linked to Roger and Elizabeth’s disappearance? Stephanie Ellyne always sounds wonderful as the grown-up Amy Jennings, sounding fantastic in 2015’s *Bloodlust*, and her strong performance continues here. I quite liked how well Ellyne was able to portray Amy’s flustered nature throughout the story. Penelope Faith’s script was rather fantastic, with the idea that Amy was imagining dark forces the entire time, rather than there being logical explanations for everything. It was a nice twist on the regular Dark Shadows audio format, and elevated this story a lot. Overall, the last story of Phantom Melodies was a delightful story that gave a new twist on an old format; compounded by an interesting script from writer Penelope Faith and a strong performance by Stephanie Ellyne, this was an enjoyable release.
Overall, Phantom Melodies is a solid release. The second and final stories in particular are quite good, and while I felt that the opening story was a little lackluster overall, the release as a whole was extremely enjoyable to hear. Waterhouse and Collins both gave fantastic performances in their respective stories, and writers Penelope Faith and Ian Atkins delivered some excellent scripts for their two stories. I also quite enjoyed the different narrative styles used in nearly every story, from the first and final stories’ more straight usage of a dramatized audio book reading, the second story’s use of letters as the means through which the story is told, to the third story’s use of a telephone call to move the story forward. Overall, this release felt like an enjoyable, varied release, that was interesting, exciting, and great, at times. Final Grade: 7.25 (average of four scores)