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Troy

Troy DALLAS, TX, United States Member Since 2012

I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.

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  • "Radio Classics from the Master"

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    Like it says in my bio, I looooooove the golden age of radio, and absolutely nobody defined that era quite like the great Orson Welles. The majority of these performances are from the Mercury Theater and the Campbell's Playhouse. The scripts are based on a variety of novels, historical figures, and such, and showcases what I consider to be not only Welles' finest hours, but also some of his forgotten treasures and even some of the performances that weren't quite up to snuff... which is still a lot of fun in most cases. From "The War of the Worlds" to "A Christmas Carol" to a portrayal of Abraham Lincoln and beyond, this is truly an eclectic mix, as one would expect from the Renaissance Man of Radio.

    Experienced listeners will already know what to expect, and odds are that if you're in this camp, you know a great deal of the material. Listeners who are new to these sorts of recordings may find that the age and recording / broadcast quality of some of these are, well, quite terrible by modern standards. Static and distortion are to be expected, but for those with ears to hear, these things may actually lend to the overall charm. Regardless of the quality of the recordings or of the scripts, the performances are a great cross-section not only of Welles, but of his fellow actors and actresses as well, Agnes Moorehead and Frank Readick to name but a couple. This is the stuff that began the empire of large scale entertainment, the stuff of legend.

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    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!"
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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.

  • 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 Adventures of Philip Marlowe: Old Time Radio - 105 Shows  by Raymond Chandler, Gene Levitt, Robert Mitchell, Mel Dinelli, Kathleen Hite, Parley Baer Narrated by Gerald Mohr, Jeff Corey, Howard McNear

    The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: Old Time Radio - 105 Shows

    • ORIGINAL (48 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler, Gene Levitt, Robert Mitchell, and others
    • Narrated By Gerald Mohr, Jeff Corey, Howard McNear
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    Philip Marlowe is a fictional private eye created by Raymond Chandler. Marlowe first appeared, under that name, in The Big Sleep, published in 1939. The Adventures of Philip Marlowe was a radio series featuring the Marlowe character. It first aired 17 June 1947 on NBC radio and moved to CBS radio a few months later. By 1949, it had the largest audience in radio. The CBS version ran for 114 episodes. While many fans of classic hard-boiled detective stories are familiar with Chandler's novels and short stories, few have heard these radio shows.

    Bob says: "Great well acted noir, with superior stories"
  • War of the Worlds (Dramatized)  by Orson Welles Narrated by Orson Welles

    War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (51 mins)
    • By Orson Welles
    • Narrated By Orson Welles
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    On the evening of October 30th, 1938, Earth went to war with Mars. Martians invaded New Jersey! Here is the famous panic-inducing broadcast that shook the world, starring Orson Welles.

    Ken says: "The classic that shook the world"
  • Cary Grant Radio Movies Collection  by Lux Radio Theatre, Screen Director's Playhouse Narrated by Cary Grant, Claudette Colbert, Shirley Temple

    Cary Grant Radio Movies Collection

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre, Screen Director's Playhouse
    • Narrated By Cary Grant, Claudette Colbert, Shirley Temple
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    In the history of movies, only Cary Grant has managed to combine charm, chaos, charisma and gothic good looks into such an unique screen personality. This collection of radio dramatizations features Grant and the classic films� original casts and directors.

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  • Alfred Hitchcock Radio Movies Collection  by Screen Guild Players, Academy Award Theatre, Screen Director's Playhouse, more Narrated by Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Mercedes McCambridge, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland, Ruth Roman, Robert Montgomery, Ida Lupino

    Alfred Hitchcock Radio Movies Collection

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs)
    • By Screen Guild Players, Academy Award Theatre, Screen Director's Playhouse, and others
    • Narrated By Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Mercedes McCambridge, and others
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    This collection of radio dramatizations from master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock features many of the classic films' original stars.

  • After the Thin Man: A One-Hour Lux Theater Episode Plus Special Commentary (






UNABRIDGED) by Dashiell Hammett Narrated by William Powell, Myrna Loy, Bill Mills

    After the Thin Man: A One-Hour Lux Theater Episode Plus Special Commentary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Powell, Myrna Loy, Bill Mills
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    After The Thin Man combines crime, kisses and cocktails in the second "Thin Man" adventure! Here is the classic "Lux Radio Theater" performance of the 1936 movie hit "After The Thin Man", recreated in 1940, as a 60 minute radio adaptation with the original film stars! This Audio Archive "Feature Presentation" delivers William Powell and Myrna Loy who reprise their original roles as newly retired detective Nick Charles, and his beautiful (and wealthy) bride Nora.

    Boii says: "Awesom"
  • 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.

  • The Life of Riley: Magnificent Mug  by Brecher Irving Narrated by William Bendix, Paula Winslow, Conrad Binyon, Sharon Douglas, John Brown

    The Life of Riley: Magnificent Mug

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Brecher Irving
    • Narrated By William Bendix, Paula Winslow, Conrad Binyon, and others
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    Family life in wartime America could be fun - if you had a sense of humor! Here's William Bendix as the clamorous-yet-caring father and "revoltin'" riveter Chester A. Riley, who always seemed to end up on the silly side of things! Through 16 digitally restored and remastered episodes from 1944, Riley cozies up to the boss, competes with the neighbors, and causes all manner of comic calamity.

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  • The Saint: Solves the Case  by Leslie Charteris Narrated by Vincent Price, Tom Conway, Denis Green

    The Saint: Solves the Case

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Leslie Charteris
    • Narrated By Vincent Price, Tom Conway, Denis Green
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    The Saint - the hero of 100 thrilling yarns of breathless adventure and mystery. The Robin Hood of modern crime, the 20th century's gayest buccaneer. Vincent Price, Tom Conway and Denis Green, in a rare never-before-available audition recording, star as the suave Simon Templar - poised in the presence of ladies, cool when confronted with danger. Well-known to both the criminals and the common man, his services are frequently sought, his involvement quickly detected, and his cases promptly solved.

  • Gunsmoke, Season 1  by PDQ Audioworks Narrated by William Conrad

    Gunsmoke, Season 1

    • ORIGINAL (31 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By PDQ Audioworks
    • Narrated By William Conrad
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    Everyone's favorite western, Gunsmoke, debuted June 26, 1952, on the CBS radio airwaves on starring William Conrad as Matt Dillon, and ran until June 18, 1961, making it the longest running dramatic series in radio history. This amazing audio collection contains 64 episodes from the first radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances.

    Russell Weber says: "Flawed, but good, collection of the classic series"
  • The Shop Around the Corner: Classic Movies on the Radio  by Screen Guild Theater Narrated by James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Frank Morgan

    The Shop Around the Corner: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Screen Guild Theater
    • Narrated By James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Frank Morgan
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    This radio dramatization of the classic movie features the original stars. It aired on September 29, 1940.

  • The Six Shooter: Gray Steel  by Frank Burt Narrated by James Stewart

    The Six Shooter: Gray Steel

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Frank Burt
    • Narrated By James Stewart
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    "The man in the saddle is angular and long legged…the gun in his holster is gray steel - its handle unmarked." Lean of figure and tanned of skin, his steely eyes gaze out over the violent frontier of the American West. He's a quiet man - but one not to be crossed. He's film legend James Stewart in his only continuing radio role as Britt Ponsett: The Six Shooter. Here are twenty tense, exciting episodes from the 1953-54 series - including the original audition!

  • The Count of Luxembourg (






UNABRIDGED) by Franz Lehár Narrated by Olga Viklandt, Alexandra Yakovenko, Alexey Konsovsky, Alexander Pronin, Irina Mushtakova, Nikolay Ruban, Grigory Yaron

    The Count of Luxembourg

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 36 mins)
    • By Franz Lehár
    • Narrated By Olga Viklandt, Alexandra Yakovenko, Alexey Konsovsky, and others
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    Pozhiloj russkij knjaz' Vasilij Vasil'evich, vljubljonnyj v krasavicu-primadonnu opery Anzhel' Did'e, predlagaet Rene sdelku: graf vremenno zhenitsja na Anzhel', zatem spustja 3 mesjaca razvoditsja, posle chego knjaz' poluchaet vozmozhnost' sam zhenit'sja na razvedennoj grafine Anzhel' fon Ljuksemburg. Za jeto knjaz' obeshhaet Rene polmilliona frankov, no stavit neskol'ko uslovij.

  • Boston Blackie: Outside The Law  by Jack Boyle Narrated by Chester Morris, Richard Kollmar, Jan Miner, Tony Barrett, Maurice Tarplin, Lesley Woods

    Boston Blackie: Outside The Law

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jack Boyle
    • Narrated By Chester Morris, Richard Kollmar, Jan Miner, and others
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    A friend to those who have no friends, an enemy to those who make him an enemy! From out of the darkened streets of radio's imagination comes the legendary criminal-turned-crime-fighter Boston Blackie! Starring Chester Morris, radio's first Blackie - and Richard Kollmar, who became Blackie's true radio voice - here are 12 great episodes of this beloved crime thriller! Join co-stars Jan Miner, Tony Barrett, Maurice Tarplin, and Lesley Woods in capers of diamonds and double-cross, of black markets and blood stains.

  • Joe Bev in the Jungle: A Joe Bev Cartoon Collection, Volume 6  by Joe Bevilacqua, Philip Proctor, Pedro Pablo Sacristán Narrated by Joe Bevilacqua, Philip Proctor, Lorie Kellogg

    Joe Bev in the Jungle: A Joe Bev Cartoon Collection, Volume 6

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Joe Bevilacqua, Philip Proctor, Pedro Pablo Sacristán
    • Narrated By Joe Bevilacqua, Philip Proctor, Lorie Kellogg
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    Award-winning radio producer and voice actor Joe Bevilacqua, a.k.a. Joe Bev, presents an hour of jungle adventure parodies.

  • Joe Bev in Outer Space: A Joe Bev Cartoon Collection, Volume 5  by Joe Bevilacqua, Carl Memling, Pedro Pablo Sacristán Narrated by Joe Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg

    Joe Bev in Outer Space: A Joe Bev Cartoon Collection, Volume 5

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Joe Bevilacqua, Carl Memling, Pedro Pablo Sacristán
    • Narrated By Joe Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg
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    Award-winning radio producer and voice actor Joe Bevilacqua, a.k.a. Joe Bev, presents an hour of sci-fi parodies.

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  • Classic Radio's Greatest Shows, Vol. 1  by Hollywood 360 Narrated by various performers

    Classic Radio's Greatest Shows, Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By various performers
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    This collection contains 12 of the greatest radio shows ever broadcast during the golden age of radio! You'll hear Freeman Gosden and Charlezas Correll as Amos and Andy, Howard Duff as Detective Sam Spade, Tom Conway as the immortal Sherlock Holmes, Jim and Marian Jordon as Fibber McGee and Molly, Willard Waterman as the Great Gildersleeve, Eve Arden as Connie Brooks of Our Miss Brooks, William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, Charles Laughton in a terrifying episode of Suspense, plus many more!

  • The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective, Vol. 1  by Hollywood 360 Narrated by Howard Duff, full cast

    The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective, Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By Howard Duff, full cast
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    Dashiell Hammett created the character Sam Spade for his crime story The Maltese Falcon. Spade was a hard-boiled detective with cold detachment, a keen eye for detail, and an unflinching determination to exact his own justice. For most people, Spade is most closely associated with actor Humphrey Bogart, who played him in the third and most famous film version of The Maltese Falcon. In 1946 one of radio's top producers, William Spier, brought Sam Spade to the airwaves in a radio show starring newcomer Howard Duff.

  • Dimension X: Adventures in Time & Space  by Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Kurt Vonnegut Narrated by Staats Cotsworth, Raymond Edward Johnson, Les Damon, Bill Lipton, Berry Kroeger, Jan Miner, Joan Alexander

    Dimension X: Adventures in Time & Space

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Staats Cotsworth, Raymond Edward Johnson, Les Damon, and others
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    "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door." A new crop of writers emerged from the dawning of the nuclear age, grappling with humankind's place in the universe. While imagining the wonders of space exploration and the rise of technological advancements, they questioned whether we were prepared to encounter aliens, or even control the machines and weapons we'd built ourselves.