Rock Star Rising is narrated by Rod Taylor, star of The Time Machine and Hitchcock's The Birds.
Russ Tamblyn and George Chakiris are re-united for the first time since West Side Story to perform with Robert Culp I SPY, James Darren, Guns of Navarone, and Kevin McCarthy Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Computer programmer Alan Bartlet takes his girlfriend to Las Vegas. There he meets Medusa, the beautiful backup singer for the late rock star Shane and starts a secret relationship with her. Medusa hints that Shane might still be alive.
In flashback, we see Shane's rise to fame aided by his success crazy agent, Carl Jessup. With the problems of fame and excess, Shane has to face a terrible choice.
In the present, Alan enlists the aid of his girlfriend's gangster brother Reynaldo, and goes on a haunting quest, obsessed with Medusa and Shane's mysterious disappearance. He juggles both of the women in his life to get to the truth of the music business' biggest mystery, Is Shane alive?
If you like romantic thrillers such as Sea of Love, Body Heat, and Vertigo, you will be enthralled with this story of obsession, true love, and redemption. The performances, effects, and music will sweep you up into a vortex of mystery and suspense.
Beautifully done! - Gary Hawfitch - Coon Rapids, Minnesota
'Rock Star Rising' is a twisted, tangled web of events played out by a handful of multi-leveled, intertwined characters. The story is well written, beautifully told and convincingly enacted centering on the heights of a successful rock star.
A beautiful blending of drama and melodrama are used to develop both the story and the characters. The audio presentation is top-notch entertainment, particularly when you consider that all acting is accomplished solely through vocal artistry. The actors do a fantastic job of inviting the listener into their world and moving you effortlessly through the story.
I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. It is wonderful from start to finish and my congratulations go out to all involved. It's a winner on all levels.
It's like listening to a movie. - Michael Meisberger - Locust Grove, Virginia
This is the first audio book that I have listened to that sounds like I was listening to a movie. The story flows very well and the sound effects are strategically (and perfectly) placed throughout the story. The numerous different readers really keep you actively listening to the story. This audio book is very well done.
This is a top notch production. - Troy Sweezy - Las Vegas, Nevada
This is a top notch production. I am usually not all that interested in audio books. Most of them sound like a couple of people sitting around in someone's living room reading a book and doing a bunch of bad impersonations. But all I can say is 'Wow'. This is an awesome piece of work.
The story line left me riveted to the very end when we discovered the truth so even had I just read the book I would have been happy. Listening to it was a whole different story though. The voices are really good.
The general sound recording is very good too. 3.6 hours may seem like a long time to commit to an audio book but this one kept moving right along with no unnecessary story line. Bottom line- I highly recommend this audio book.
Your are there! - Diana Winn - Sparks, Nevada
I'm one of the gang screaming at the cemetery; I'm with the crowd at Elvis' Vegas concert; I'm at the ocean in Hawaii!--all while I'm washing dishes, ironing shirts.
What great fun listening to the voices of my favorite actors from the past. In fact, I remember Robert Culp and Rod Taylor together in 'Sunday in New York' and here they are together again--not to mention Russ Tamblyn and George Chakiris from 'West Side Story'!
Rod Taylor inspired at narrator - Betty Dravis - San Jose, Ca.
I was dazzled by the masterful sound effects; they were so well-placed at just the right pitch and volume that they merged smoothly into the narration at the perfect moment, lasting just the right length of time.
There are too many powerful scenes for me to comment on each one, but I'm certain listeners will agree that this book would make a hit movie.
There's no way I can describe what it felt like to be lured into the story by the inspired narration of Rod Taylor from THE BIRDS and GIANT, to name a few of his hit movies. Well, when you hear his still-strong, sexy voice you would never know it's been decades since he wowed us on the big screen.
Russ Tamblyn of WEST SIDE STORY plays the part of the hero Alan Bartlet. James Darren THE TIME TUNNEL played the part of the central rock star, Shane.
The fabulous Robert Culp I SPY played the part of Shane's manipulative manager. And George Chakiris played Reynaldo. The other actors with smaller parts, including the ever-popular Kevin McCarthy, did excellent jobs.
The story asks the burning question: IS SHANE ALIVE? I guarantee you will have the time of your life learning the answer. You're in for a big surprise ... More than one, actually.