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TURN-ONS AND TURN-OFFS IN CURRENT HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES : Excellent Good Fair Poor : AUDIOCASSETTES

June 10, 1986|BETTY LUKAS | Compiled by Terry Atkinson

"The Name of the Game Is Death." Ear Literature. Unlike most audiocassette novels, which have only one reader, this skillfully abridged four-tape version of the Dan J. Marlowe thriller offers us a full cast--plus sound effects and so-so music. Unfortunately, only Karl Ellis as anti-hero-on-the-lam Earl Drake delivers the steely dramatic goods with chilling accuracy and Bogart cool. You won't need to be a fan of crime fare to be hooked from the moment Earl and Bunny sidle out of that Phoenix bank with their bundle. The rest of the ride is pure escape. Information: (800) 828-8405.

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