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Robert Heinlein Radio Dramas | [Robert Heinlein]

Robert Heinlein Radio Dramas

This collection features four classic, dramatized Robert Heinlein stories: "Universe", "Requiem", "The Green Hills of Earth", and "The Roads Must Roll".
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Publisher's Summary

This collection features four classic, dramatized Robert Heinlein stories:

Universe

Humans occupy the lower decks of a space ark; mutants control the upper decks. But is there life beyond? Based on a story by Robert Heinlein, this episode of Dimension X originally aired on August 2, 1951.

Requiem

A dying tycoon wants to live out his final days on the Moon. Based on a story by Robert Heinlein, this episode of Dimension X originally aired on September 22, 1951.

The Green Hills of Earth

Based on Robert Heinlein's classic story of "Noisy" Rhysling, a blind space-traveling singer who longs to return to Earth, this episode of X Minus One originally aired on July 7, 1955.

The Roads Must Roll

Engineers create conveyor-belt-like roads, the only way to keep the congested future moving. But now a strike is shutting it all down. Based on a story by Robert Heinlein, this episode of X Minus One originally aired on January 4, 1956.

Featuring "adventures in time and space told in future tense", Dimension X aired over NBC from April 8, 1950, through September 29, 1951. The series adapted stories by the modern masters of science fiction, including Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon, and many others.

X Minus One premiered in April 1955 on NBC and ran until January 1958. Like its predecessor series, Dimension X, X Minus One featured stories by the greatest names in modern science fiction: Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Robert Bloch, and many more.

Want to hear more episodes of X Minus One and Dimension X? Click here.

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What the Critics Say

"The landmark series was Dimension X, which was broadcast by NBC....It was the first radio series to treat science fiction in an adult way." (Mike Ashley, Transformations: The History of the Science-Fiction Magazine 1950 to 1970)

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    Chris midvale, UT, United States 08-21-07
    Chris midvale, UT, United States 08-21-07 Member Since 2002

    Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.

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    "Heinlein at his Best"

    These Stories have appeared in several anthologies (green hills of earth and revolt in 2100). The Radio Dramas are the Best way to get the feeling of Heinlein's short works. The story of "the Green Hills of Earth" and "Requiem" are quite touching. I would recommend any of Heinlein's radio Dramas to anyone Young or Old. A great ride into the Grand Master's Mind.

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    Stephen Los Angeles, CA, USA 07-25-09
    Stephen Los Angeles, CA, USA 07-25-09
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    "A great way to experience Heinlein's short stories"

    Honestly, I'd never heard a radio drama before hearing this. I doubt many young people have. But it was really fun hearing classic Heinlein stories acted out with actors, music, and sound effects. Now that people have iPods and can listen to this stuff in their car, while exercising, or while pretending to work, there's no reason the radio drama shouldn't be rediscovered.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David S. Hawkins Newport Beach, CA 01-27-13
    David S. Hawkins Newport Beach, CA 01-27-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Radio Drama's Beat Audio Books!"

    I have read all these stories, but because they were produced with influence of the author, but with dramatic license, the stories came alive! Since driving and texting, or watching videos is not viable, I don't understand why more radio drama doesn't exist. This is enjoyable and such a great set of stories by the Grand Master.

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    Patrice 07-11-14
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    "Good take on old favorites."
    Where does Robert Heinlein Radio Dramas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


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    This version of Green Hills of Earth made me smile. We finally get to hear the music, even if it sounds like an old prospector singing to his jackass.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It has four separate stories. I like some time between them.


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    Timo Arlington, MA, United States 01-27-12
    Timo Arlington, MA, United States 01-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Slightly disappointing"

    I'm a big fan of Heinlein, but this production really didn't do his work justice. Obviously any radio production has to shorten and eliminate things but I just felt that the stories had become flattened to the point where they were little more than pulp. I also think that the quality of the production is very poor. Yes, they were all obviously produced a long, long time ago (I'm guessing 50s or 60s) but it should have been possible to clean the audio up so that it's more easily understandable.

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