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ESK

ESK Moscow, Russia Member Since 2011

There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin

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  • ""That was no Martian, it's Hall..."

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    It's a masterful radio dramatization dating back to 1938. The radio play allegedly "stirred terror through the U.S." and "terrified the nation". The broadcast started with the introduction by Orson Welles: "We know now that in the early years of the twentieth century this world was being watched closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own." The broadcast went on followed by a weather report and interviews that were meant to make the dramatization sound realistic. Then there was a special news bulletin announcing that an object about 30 yards wide had fallen on a farm at Grovers Mill.
    What the news reporter saw next he described as "the most terrifying thing" he had ever witnessed...
    I was hooked by this true-to-life radio adaptation. The way the Martian invasion and its aftermath were reported, and the enactment of one of the few survivors were brilliant.

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    The War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Mercury Theatre on the Air
    • Narrated By Orson Welles
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    One of the most memorable programs in broadcast history, the Halloween Eve 1938 broadcast of The War of the Worlds set off a nationwide panic that's almost unimaginable today. Presented by the Mercury Theatre on the Air and its creatve genius, Orson Welles, the drama based on H.G. Wells' classic novel tells the story of a Martian invasion of Earth.

    Sandy says: "Classic"
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    Orson Welles, William Johnstone, Bret Morrison, Agnes Moorehead, Margot Stevenson, Marjorie Andersen, Grace Matthews

    The Shadow: Knight of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Orson Welles, William Johnstone, Bret Morrison, and others
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    Radio Spirits is very pleased to present radio's greatest crime fighter, The Shadow, in this new collection of 18 digitally restored and remastered episodes selected from the classic series. Featuring Orson Welles, William Johnstone and Bret Morrison each in the title role, this set also includes the first release of two newly discovered and previously lost episodes starring Orson Welles as Lamont Cranston and The Shadow - "The Old People" and "The Vocie of the Trumpet".

    Ken says: "amazing"
  • A Sam Spade Audio Double-Feature Starring Howard Duff, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Bill Mills, Howard Duff
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    This Audio Archive presentation of The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective, contains two complete, 30 minute,Sam Spade radio shows. Each episode is introduced by old radio aficionado and collector Bill Mills, who shares interesting behind-the-scenes anecdotes and informative facts about the program and its stars.

  • The Shadow: Radio Treasures  by Fran Striker Narrated by Orson Welles, Margot Stevenson, Agnes Moorehead, Bill Johnstone, Bret Morrison, Marjorie Anderson, Grace Matthews

    The Shadow: Radio Treasures

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fran Striker
    • Narrated By Orson Welles, Margot Stevenson, Agnes Moorehead, and others
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    Radio listeners first heard the sinister laugh of The Shadow on July 31, 1930. This 80th anniversary treasury includes two never-before-released shows starring Orson Welles and Margot Stevenson - "Revenge on the Shadow" and "The Hospital Murders" - from previously lost transcription records. This 9-hour digitally restored and remastered collection also includes the premiere broadcast of the 1937 radio revival.

  • Suspense: Tales Well Calculated  by Blake Edwards, Antony Ellis, E. Jack Neuman, Gil Doud, Morton Fine, David Friedkin Narrated by Dana Andrews, Richard Widmark, Joseph Cotton, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead, Joan Crawford, Dennis Day

    Suspense: Tales Well Calculated

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Blake Edwards, Antony Ellis, E. Jack Neuman, and others
    • Narrated By Dana Andrews, Richard Widmark, Joseph Cotton, and others
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    Radio Spirits is pleased to present 20 classic episodes of Suspense, one of radio's longest running and best mystery anthology series. This collection features programs from the early 1950's as produced and directed by Elliott Lewis.

  • Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Dozen (Dramatized)  by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Orson Welles

    Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Dozen (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Orson Welles
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    Here are 12 acclaimed, exciting, fully dramatized performances of Conan Doyle classics. It's elementary that any Conan Doyle fan will want this splendid set of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, 12 timeless tales performed as radio theater and linked by violin-music interludes.

    R. Compton says: "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would be proud"
  • Science Fiction Radio: Atom Age Adventures  by Isaac Asimov Narrated by Ernest Chappell

    Science Fiction Radio: Atom Age Adventures

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Ernest Chappell
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    From the late 1940's through the 1950's, in a world where space travel and nuclear annihilation were no longer merely the stuff of fantasy, science fiction began to achieve a new popularity. And, the work of noted genre writers began to be adapted in movies and radio programs. Based (however implausibly) on science, these radio broadcasts reflected the depths of the nation's fears, and the boundlessness of its imagination.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "A Wonderful Collection"
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  • Garrison Keillor in Conversation with Roger Rosenblatt at the 92nd Street Y (






ABRIDGED) by Garrison Keillor Narrated by Roger Rosenblatt

    Garrison Keillor in Conversation with Roger Rosenblatt at the 92nd Street Y

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Roger Rosenblatt
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    A Grammy and Peabody winner, Garrison Keillor is the author of more than 15 books and is the creator, host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac, heard on public radio stations across the country. Keillor's new novel is Pontoon.

  • Inner Sanctum Mysteries: Oldtime Radio Shows  by Radio Revival Narrated by Old Time Radio

    Inner Sanctum Mysteries: Oldtime Radio Shows

    • ORIGINAL (66 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Radio Revival
    • Narrated By Old Time Radio
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    This is an collection of Inner Sanctum Mysteries, an oldtime radio show from the 1940s and 1950s. If you love a good horror story, you'll love these. You get all these (and many others plus more of the same genre):

    • Homicidal Maniac
    • The Tell-Tale Heart
    • Song of the Slasher
    • Murder Comes to Life
    • Death on the Highway
    • The Scream
    • Island of Death
    • Man From Yesterday
    • Color Blind Formula
    • Desert Death

    Gonzalo says: "Worth the listen if you know what you're getting."
  • Brave New World (Dramatized)  by Aldous Huxley Narrated by Aldous Huxley

    Brave New World (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Aldous Huxley
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    The CBS Radio Workshop was an experimental series of productions, subtitled "radio's distinguished series to man's imagination" that ran between 27 January 1956 and 22 September 1957. The premiere production was Brave New World, narrated by Huxley himself, with a complicated sound-effects score that evidently took a long time to construct, and comprised a ticking metronome, tom-tom beats, bubbling water, an air hose, a cow's moo, an oscillator, and three kinds of wine glasses clicking together.

  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: Wayward Matters  by Jack Johnstone Narrated by Bob Bailey, John Dehner, Stacy Harris, Frank Nelson, Alan Reed, Virginia Gregg, Joe Kearns

    Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: Wayward Matters

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jack Johnstone
    • Narrated By Bob Bailey, John Dehner, Stacy Harris, and others
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    Johnny has a way with the ladies, but will his last date be with death? For free trips and a fat fee, Johnny Dollar descends into cases of missing money and missing men. But, what can he do when the bodies are walled up, washed up, and fallen down? When the jewels and the paintings are fake? And, when everything from trucks to trout to widows are on the loose? He'd better bring his gun.

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  • Orson Welles: The Ultimate Collection  by Orson Welles Narrated by Orson Welles

    Orson Welles: The Ultimate Collection

    • ORIGINAL (60 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Orson Welles
    • Narrated By Orson Welles
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    If you are a lover of old-time radio and a fan of Orson Welles, you won't want to miss this treasure chest of legendary Orson Welles radio broadcasts! With his flair for the sensational and innovative, Welles captured audiences' attention with his 1930s CBS weekly drama series The Mercury Theatre on the Air, later renamed The Campbell Playhouse, which featured hour-long dramatizations of classic books. His 1938 production, The War of the Worlds (an H. G. Wells adaptation) was especially memorable, as were many other productions, each featuring talented voices and actors.

    Novie says: "It's a time capsule! I love it!"
  • The Best of Mercury Theater with Orson Welles: The Golden Age of Radio, Old Time Radio Shows and Serials  by PDQ Audioworks Narrated by Orson Welles

    The Best of Mercury Theater with Orson Welles: The Golden Age of Radio, Old Time Radio Shows and Serials

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By PDQ Audioworks
    • Narrated By Orson Welles
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    Twelve of the best episodes from the original broadcasts of the Mercury Theater, featuring Orson Welles. Includes the original broadcast of War of the Worlds. Digitally re-mastered from the recordings of live, on -air performances by Orson Welles and the cast of the Mercury Theater.

  • Jack Benny: Tall Tales  by John Tackaberry, George Balzar, Milt Josefsburg, Sam Perrin Narrated by Jack Benny, Mary Livingston, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Eddie

    Jack Benny: Tall Tales

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Tackaberry, George Balzar, Milt Josefsburg, and others
    • Narrated By Jack Benny, Mary Livingston, Phil Harris, and others
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    Jack Benny was a fearless combat pilot, a brilliant-but-troubled surgeon, the terror of the high seas, and the hero of every conceivable caper. There was nothing Jack Benny couldn't do, or hadn't done. To hear him tell it, anyway. The classic Benny persona fit hilariously into hundreds of ridiculous roles, from rough-and-ready adventurers to athletic heroes to romantic lovers and back again. Here's a collection of some of Jack's most fabulous guises! Includes eight digitally restored and remastered episodes.

  • Isaac Asimov Radio Dramas  by Isaac Asimov

    Isaac Asimov Radio Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
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    This collection features three classic, dramatized Isaac Asimov stories: "Pebble in the Sky", "Nightfall", and "Hostess".

    Barbara says: "Ahead of the Times"
  • Our Miss Brooks, Vol. 1  by Hollywood 360, CBS Radio Narrated by Eve Arden, Gale Gordon

    Our Miss Brooks, Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360, CBS Radio
    • Narrated By Eve Arden, Gale Gordon
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    Our Miss Brooks was a highly popular radio sitcom that was eventually adapted for both television and film. It starred Hollywood film and New York stage veteran Eve Arden, who specialized in playing the wisecracking friend. She often did it better than anyone else, receiving an Oscar nomination for the 1945 film Mildred Pierce. Since her skill with the wicked one-liner was beginning to lead to typecasting, Arden signed on for the lead in radio's Our Miss Brooks to find a new image.

  • Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Vol. 1  by Hollywood 360 Narrated by Dick Powell, full cast

    Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By Dick Powell, full cast
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    Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC Radio in 1949, starring film actor and crooner Dick Powell. Powell had recently played Philip Marlowe in the popular RKO film Murder, My Sweet and jumped at the chance to play a suave detective on the radio. Diamond was a lighthearted, New York - based private eye who enjoyed ribbing the cops and singing songs to his millionaire girlfriend, Helen Asher.

  • Green Hornet: Sting of Justice  by Fran Striker, Dan Beattie Narrated by Al Hodge, Raymond Toyo, Lenore Allman

    Green Hornet: Sting of Justice

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Fran Striker, Dan Beattie
    • Narrated By Al Hodge, Raymond Toyo, Lenore Allman
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    Britt Reid, like all great crime fighters, hid his identity - behind an alter-ego. As the Green Hornet, he was often a suspect in the very crimes he ultimately solved. He buzzed into homes across the country, promoting law and order, while staying just one step ahead of the law himself! Join him and his faithful sidekick Kato as they "hunt the biggest of all game, public enemies who try to destroy our America" in 20 nail-biting adventures - many of which are available here to the public for the first time since their original broadcast.

  • The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Stuttering Ghosts & Other Mysteries  by Arthur Conan Doyle, Anthony Boucher, Denis Green, Leonard Lee, Edith Meiser Narrated by Tom Conway, Nigel Bruce, Peggy Webber, Gale Gordon, Jay Novello, Gavin Gordon, Frederick Worlock

    The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Stuttering Ghosts & Other Mysteries

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Anthony Boucher, Denis Green, and others
    • Narrated By Tom Conway, Nigel Bruce, Peggy Webber, and others
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    Dr. Watson, that excellent host and incomparable storyteller, awaits us in his familiar study to relate another of his adventures with Sherlock Holmes. From the fog-shrouded streets of Victorian London come 16 intriguing episodes, starring Tom Conway as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Watson, in scripts by mystery legends Denis Green, Anthony Boucher, and more!

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  • Our Miss Brooks: Boynton Blues  by Al Lewis, Joe Quillan Narrated by Eve Arden, Jeff Chandler, Mary Jane Croft, Gale Gordon, Richard Crenna, Jane Morgan

    Our Miss Brooks: Boynton Blues

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Al Lewis, Joe Quillan
    • Narrated By Eve Arden, Jeff Chandler, Mary Jane Croft, and others
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    These 20 digitally restored and re-mastered episodes co-star Gale Gordon as the blustery, autocratic Osgood Conklin; Richard Crenna as the ever-exuberant Walter Denton; and, Jane Morgan as absent-minded landlady Mrs. Davis.

  • The Adventures of Philip Marlowe  by Raymond Chandler, Mel Dinelli, Gene Levitt, Bob Mitchell Narrated by Van Heflin, Gerald Mohr

    The Adventures of Philip Marlowe

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler, Mel Dinelli, Gene Levitt, and others
    • Narrated By Van Heflin, Gerald Mohr
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    Van Heflin and Gerald Mohr each play the title role in these electric episodes, cracking wise with the of angry glee of a take-charge operative who careens, cajoles, shoves, shouts, and sometime shoots his way to a solution in his quest for a stolen object, a missing person, or a killer needing to be found. Includes two Van Heflin episodes never before available to the public since their original broadcast. Includes 20 digitally restored and re-mastered episodes.

  • Barrie Craig: Confidential Investigator  by Jon Roeburt, Lou Vittes Narrated by Ralph Bell, Parker Fennelly

    Barrie Craig: Confidential Investigator

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jon Roeburt, Lou Vittes
    • Narrated By Ralph Bell, Parker Fennelly
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    Prowling the dirty, crime-ridden byways of a city in the midst of violent post-war change, he kept a wry sense about the frailties of human life. Ralph Bell co-stars as Lt. Travis Rogers, and Parker Fennelly supplies his trademark Vermont wit as Craig's elevator operator, Jake, in ten digitally restored and re-mastered episodes of bookies, broads, masquerades, and murders!