London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) October 31, 2009 -- ACID BATH is at once a mixture of old and new. The story by Vaseleos Garson dates back to 1952 and is a sparkling treasure of a sci-fi adventure story so popular as a book among teenagers of that period: after all, we were all exploring space since the first space rocket (Germany) in 1942, the nights of watching for extraterrestrials so popular in the 1950s, the 1957 launching of the Russian rocket that placed Sputnik in the heavens, and the 1969 historic first moon walk. All of us were curious and hungry for the experience of studying space, wondering whether other planets supported life, or if there were other solar systems existed that supported advanced forms of life that were planning visits to the earth. ACID BATH is the story of one John who experiences aliens and the mysteries of encountering creatures who could communicate through strange voices contained in even stranger bodies.
In this reconstruction of Garson's story a company aptly named Fantastica has used all the elements of contemporary techniques to bring the story to life on an audio book format. Listening to this beautifully produced tale, narrated by Max Bollinger and enhanced by some exceptional music and sound effects and alien voice distortions so realistic they jolt the listener, is not unlike the infamous Orson Welles WAR OF THE WORLDS. It has just enough of the purity and naivetÃ© of early space sci-fi circa 1950s adventures to make it a collectors item, but it now stands alone as a very entertaining technically modernized version of a classic tale. ACID BATH works on every level - a welcome addition to the world of audio books!
By Grady Harp