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brenty

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  • "Classic found footage radio"

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    Before Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity there was the Mercury Theatre production of War of the Worlds.

    Never mind being startled and scared by things that go bump in the night after watching a horror movie; this broadcast (and others like it) inspired actual widespread panic in those who missed the part at the beginning about it being a work of fiction. Seriously.

    Accept no substitutions. Listen to this classic radio drama and then check out the Radiolab show about it (Google is your friend). You'll be glad you did.

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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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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised)

    "Great dramatization, but read the book first!"

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    I read The Lord of the Rings twice as a teenager, and watched the movies more than once. When I found this dramatization I thought it would be nice to experience the story again, but in a new way. I was a bit sceptical as I read the reviews, but decided to buy it anyway. And I'm glad I did! I spent most of yesterday with my headphones on, and the story made my Saturday cleaning and laundry quite enjoyable this week.

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks and wasn't sure if I'd enjoy a dramatization, but I really did. My boyfriend listened to the beginning of the story with me and was annoyed with how the story wasn't exactly as it is in the book, but I didn't mind. It's a very short version of the story, and they do skip a lot of things that are hard to fit in the "story-told-by-dialogue-and-sounds" style of a dramatization, and for the same reason you miss a lot of details because you can't see anything and no one is explaining what's going on in the action-sequences (but the result of the action is mentioned after by the characters). I still enjoyed it as I could imagine everything based on my memory of the story from the book. I think they did a great job making this, and the narrators/cast are really good.

    DON'T buy this if you want the whole book and the whole detailed story, because then you will be disappointed (there are audiobooks available...). Buy this book if you love the story and want to experience it again, but don't mind if it's a short version or that Tom Bombadil is still missing. I loved it, and have already bought Two Towers:-)

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  • "Fun-fun-fun"

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    This audio book is a trip down memory lane. The sounds make one tingle. Professionally done. The script, the music, the voices, and the sound effects fit together perfectly. Hope there will be a Vol 2! This program definitely is something we will listen to over and over again. Great listening.

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    Vincent Price Presents, Volume One: Four Radio Dramatizations

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By M. J. Elliott
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
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    Included in this volume: "The Tinglers": Dr. Chapin and his crew search for a primitive tribe with ties to the elusive creature that is spawned from fear with a grip like iron. "Fade Away": Private Eye Frank Wood is investigating the mysterious break-ins at the home of a wealthy old man named Jack Leonard. "Canus": a young boy must survive a bizarre rite of passage. "Road Rage": An advertising executive involved in a little fender-bender must suffer through a nightmare....

    Michele says: "Fun-fun-fun"

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    Vincent says: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
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    The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (Dramatised)

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    • By J. R. R Tolkien
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    The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King (Dramatised)

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Secondary Phase (Dramatised)

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Quandary Phase (Dramatized)

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Quintessential Phase (Dramatized)

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    Joseph Norton says: "The adventure continues!"
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised)

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    Erin says: "Dramitization"
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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

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    Thomas says: "Difficult to listen to in the car!"
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    Vincent says: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
  • The Hobbit (Dramatized) (






ABRIDGED) by J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by An Ensemble Cast

    The Hobbit (Dramatized)

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    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
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    Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage, and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    Brianna says: "Many years of enjoyment"
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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Secondary Phase (Dramatised) (






UNABRIDGED) by Douglas Adams Narrated by Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan, Stephen Moore

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Secondary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
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    A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll.

    Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.

    Craig says: "Possible Reason For Some Low Ratings"
  • The Foundation Trilogy (Dramatized)  by Isaac Asimov, Maurice Denham, Prunella Scales Narrated by Geoffrey Beevers, Lee Montague, Julian Glover, Dinsdale Landon, Angela Pleasence

    The Foundation Trilogy (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov, Maurice Denham, Prunella Scales
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Beevers, Lee Montague, Julian Glover, and others
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    The opening episode begins on Trantor, capital of the Galactic Empire, with the meeting of Seldon and Dornick, their trial, and their exile to Terminus. The action then jumps forward 50 years, to the first Seldon Crisis, where the repercussions of the recent independence of the Four Kingdoms of the Periphery are being felt on Terminus, and are handled by the first Mayor, Salvor Hardin....

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  • The Hobbit (Dramatised)  by J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by uncredited

    The Hobbit (Dramatised)

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    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1968 and it continues to delight today. Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest, and a dramatic climax.

    Mary says: "Takes a little getting used to"
  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (Dramatised)  by J. R. R Tolkien Narrated by Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens

    The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. R. R Tolkien
    • Narrated By Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens
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    A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the second book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "The quality continues."
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  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King (Dramatised)  by J. R. R Tolkien Narrated by Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens

    The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By J. R. R Tolkien
    • Narrated By Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens
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    A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the third book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

    hannah says: "Fantastic climax to the trilogy"
  • Brave New World (Dramatized)  by Aldous Huxley Narrated by Aldous Huxley

    Brave New World (Dramatized)

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    • 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.

  • Two: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas  by Montgomery Pittman Narrated by Don Johnson

    Two: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas

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    Two opposing survivors of a world war learn to put aside their differences and start a new and better world together.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Tertiary Phase (Dramatized)  by Douglas Adams Narrated by Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Full Cast

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Tertiary Phase (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Full Cast
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    Joseph Norton says: "The adventure continues!"
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    Audio Adventures in Time & Space, Collection One: Republica, Cyberhunt, Eleven Day Empire

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    • By Mark Gatiss, Martin Peterson, Lawrence Miles
    • Narrated By Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred
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    A Cyber War rages throughout the galaxy. The Earth-aligned worlds are fighting for survival against the cold, emotionless might of the Cyber Bloc - an alliance of planets whose inhabitants have undergone cybernetic conversion in the name of racial superiority.

  • Sometime Never  by Scott Harrison Narrated by Simon Jones, Rosalyn Landor

    Sometime Never

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    • By Scott Harrison
    • Narrated By Simon Jones, Rosalyn Landor
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    Sometime Never tells the story of a chance meeting between Nancy Timperley and the mysterious David Voland, at the site of a past tragedy. Just why is Nancy there, and what does David know of her past and the tragic events of so many years ago?

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    Pebble in the Sky (Dramatized)

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    • By Isaac Asimov
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    One moment Joseph Schwartz is a happily retired tailor in 1949 Chicago. The next he's a helpless stranger on Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire. Earth, he soon learns, is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other 200 million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it's the original home of man. And Earth is poor, with great areas of radioactivity ruining much of its soil - so poor that everyone is sentenced to death at the age of sixty. Joseph Schwartz is sixty-two.

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    2012: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas

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    Two brothers argue about yet another end of the worldprediction only to discover that this time it's for real - but not quite asexpected.

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    Two opposing survivors of a world war learn to put aside their differences and start a new and better world together.

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    Two children of divorcing parents escape through a magical portal in their pool, into a peaceful world for children.