This collection of classic short stories includes: "A Sound of Thunder", in which hunting enthusiasts get the chance of a lifetime: to travel back in time to bag a Tyrannosaurus Rex. "Dark They Were and Golden Eyed": Harry is resigned to living on Mars for a while, until a nuclear war on Earth strands the settlers forever. In "The Happiness Machine", an old man builds a machine meant to make all who enter it happy. But the most important person in his life is not amused! In "The Fox and the Forest", a couple flees from war in 2155 to 20th-century Mexico, a paradise compared to their world of disease bombs and widespread horror. In "Here There Be Tygers", prospectors from Earth travel to a world that knows their hearts' desires, but someone has dark desires and pays the ultimate price. In "Kaleidoscope", a routine space flight ends in an explosion, throwing the crew into space with only their space suits and radios.
In "The Man", a space crew lands on a planet to make first contact only to discover a prior visitor has stolen their thunder. In "Night Call, Collect", the lone survivor of a rocket crew on Mars has waited his lifetime to be rescued. Then, when he is 80, his phone rings! "The Screaming Woman": Margaret is playing by her house when she hears a woman scream for help from the ground! Will anyone believe her? "There Was an Old Woman": Old Aunt Tildy is shocked when a mortician comes to take her to the mortuary. In "The Veldt" a rich couple builds a virtual playroom for their spoiled children, complete with an African savannah and man-eating lions. You can even smell the lions' last meal. "The Wind": Where does the wind come from? Is it "born"? Intelligent? A terrified man seems to know all about it and who it's after. In "The Ravine" a strangler is murdering single women. Will the mysterious ravine be enough to save Lavinia and her friends?
Narrated by Bryce Chamberlain, Coleman Creel, Tim Eisenberg, Paul Frees, Ruth Hale, Max Golightly, Rachael Jacobs, Mike McDonough, Lynn McKinlay, Bruce Newbold,Max Robinson, Oscar Rowland, Morgan White,and Scott Wilkinson.
©1984 Brigham Young University Media Services; (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Ray Bradbury is a Grand Master of Science Fiction; this is a set of 13 of Bradbury's stories adapted to radio. The adaptations and the productions are great.
The selection of 13 stories are pretty diverse; some are hard-core sci-fi, other are more fantastic ("There was an Old Woman," "The Wind"), and some of them aren't necessarily sci-fi (or fantasy) at all ("The Screaming Woman," "The Ravine"). As is often the case with Ray Bradbury, the sci-fi/fantasy elements are often peripheral rather than key to the "real story," namely the psychological examination of the characters.
These were originally 13 28-minute radio shows, which makes for a few production "funnies." Each chapter is it's own radio show, with an opening intro section (which perhaps should have been edited out) and closing credits. Also, one or two of the stories (especially "The Happiness Machine") are clearly being stretched out to fill up 28 minutes.
I enjoyed "Bradbury 13" but didn't outright love it. (I could probably say the same about many of Ray Bradbury's works that I have read.)
I really like this Bradbury series, I have listened to it over and over and recognize some of the books the stories are taken from. I enjoy dramatized stories and own a number of old time radio stories, if only Bradbury had more like this I would buy them.
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
I'm a huge fan of those old radio plays from the 40's & 50's so at first I was a bit skeptical that they could re-create what is now an entirely lost artform. But I was blown away by how wonderful a job they did at reproducing that same atmosphere while listening.
As far as Bradbury's writing, they stuck to the original scripts extremely tightly, which was a relief. Any messing with a master's work would have been a mistake.
A great buy for a relatively cheap price.
Ray Bradbury has a mesmerizing way of storytelling this dramatization captures the story's essence brilliantly.
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