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The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Dramatization | [Ray Bradbury]

The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Dramatization

The people of Earth are preparing for war - a war that could potentially destroy the planet. Explorers are sent to Mars to find a new place for humans to colonize. Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor, where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars... and then is conquered by it.
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The people of Earth are preparing for war - a war that could potentially destroy the planet. Explorers are sent to Mars to find a new place for humans to colonize. Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars... and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.

The Martian Chronicles is presented here as a full-cast audio production with an original music score and thousands of sound effects by the award winning Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air. It marks their fourth collaboration with one of the most celebrated fiction writers of our time: Ray Bradbury.

©1946 Ray Bradbury (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Dante Rio Rancho, NM, United States 12-04-11
    Dante Rio Rancho, NM, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful, Absolutley Wonderful"

    The Colonial Radio Players are a remarkable group that dramatizes various works and does it with such finesse. The Martian Chronicles is no exception; I have read this classic by Ray Bradbury many times but this dramatization makes the book come alive in a way that I have never experienced before. I highly recommend this or any other dramatization by The Colonial Radio Players. Especially at the price they are asking for such works. I promise, you will not be disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Scranton, PA, United States 06-10-11
    Michele Scranton, PA, United States 06-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Exciting Story"

    If you love Bradbury this is the audio book for you. This production is a professional production that surpasses anything from the golden age of radio.
    Sound effects, voices and script are right on! The best!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SHELDON Thornhill, ON, Canada 07-09-12
    SHELDON Thornhill, ON, Canada 07-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "At $2.95 you can't go wrong..."

    I've read the book many times. I found this performance very true to the book, and enjoyable. I listened to it almost straight through one evening while puttering about. It was easy to follow, and the performance was believable. Well worth the money.

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    Maliboo Los Angeles, CA 05-05-13
    Maliboo Los Angeles, CA 05-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Adaptation of the Revised Edition"

    This is a complete adaptation of the revised 1990's edition of The Martian Chronicles, which means that it does not include the story Way in the Middle of the Air, but adds The Wilderness and The Fire Balloons. Way in the Middle of the Air was removed from the 90's editions of the book most likely because it examines racial prejudice in America around the time the story was written (1950) and uses the "N" word. It was replaced with The Wilderness in the revised editions. The Fire Balloons was added to the British edition of The Martian Chronicles known as The Silver Locusts, and is also included in The Illustrated Man.

    This is an extremely faithful dramatization taken directly from the book. Its probably as faithful an adaptation as could possibly be performed, hence the long running time. The performances are very Bradbury-esque, meaning a little over the top but wonderfully alive.

    There are neat sound effects and some occasional music on the soundtrack. The Martian Chronicles itself is a very musical book, mentioning music in a number of its chapters, the music in this dramatization fits right in and compliments those parts of the stories.

    Altogether, this is a great buy and a perfect companion to the unabridged reading of the original edition narrated by Ray Bradbury that's also available on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Engineer1279 04-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "It isn't a terrible mash-up / conglomeration"
    What disappointed you about The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Dramatization?

    Nothing really disappointed me. But at the same time, it didn't captivate me or entertain me like the individual stories did. Having listened to many of these segments on X-Minus-1, suspense, etc. or having read the original short stories I was familiar with most of what went on. But tying them together into one story, was choppy and broken up. It just didn't captivate me, that's what disappointed me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    As with the previous comment, nothing. It simply was there; no aspect of the story was overly memorable or not. It would have been better as separate short stories.


    Which character – as performed by The Colonial Radio Players – was your favorite?

    None, nothing was that memorable


    What character would you cut from The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Dramatization?

    None, this question seems rather inappropriate for here. The author wrote what he wrote and I would not feel right telling him so-and-so should not have been in the book(s).


    Any additional comments?

    Like I said, it isn't bad; it also isn't great. I would set up bookmarks to mark the changes from one story to another and treat it as such. I series of short stories strung together. The pre-defined chapters are a good starting place to find the starts of the stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 02-05-14
    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "IT'S OK"

    I am not sure about the dramatization. I had so many questions on how things progressed and all. Very sad, though. Usual human stupidity and godism shown, humanity, mostly at it's worst. Some good. I hope the full book, which is longer and read out, not dramatized, will explain a lot of my questions this dramatization brought up in my mind. I have that one also, not listened to yet.

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    Ethan Yokohama, Japan 05-25-12
    Ethan Yokohama, Japan 05-25-12

    Book Listener & Radio Drama Enthusiast.

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    "a bit of a letdown"
    What would have made The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Dramatization better?

    The voice acting was very hit and miss.
    Some of the voice actors were appalling; unnatural.

    The stories themselves were hit and miss.
    Some were OK, others were cringe inducing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ray Bradbury again?

    I might give some of his other work a shot, but with hesitation
    as I am pretty turned off by some of the tripe in this particular collection of short stories.


    What didn’t you like about The Colonial Radio Players’s performance?

    Some of the characters were excrutiatingly over-acted.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Dramatization?

    Several of the short stories would have been cut entirely.
    The hot dog stand, the return to Earth, the rendezvous with the fat girl... tripe.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the sound effects were amusing, but I expect that of all sci-fi radio drama.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Handlowiec 09-28-13
    Handlowiec 09-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "New Listen to a Teenage about a good book"
    Would you try another book from Ray Bradbury and/or The Colonial Radio Players?

    My nephew told me he enjoyed the written book. So I thought I would try it for the ride to work. I like Sci-Fi but have to say this book is so badly written with terrible characters that it is so bad that it should be a -1 on the rating scale. I should have returned it, just TERRIBLE!


    What didn’t you like about The Colonial Radio Players’s performance?

    I have to say I like the play-like narration but the story is so bad I could not finish it.


    What character would you cut from The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Dramatization?

    Everyone!


    Any additional comments?

    YUK!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julia COLUMBUS, OH, United States 09-29-12
    Julia COLUMBUS, OH, United States 09-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Breathtakingly Bad"

    The acting sounded amateur, and the sound effects were so bad it was laughable. I was glad this one was short.

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    Taylor United States 01-23-12
    Taylor United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011

    Tell me a story :)

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    "What a mess!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I wouldn't know.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ray Bradbury again?

    I probably wouldn't


    What aspect of The Colonial Radio Players’s performance would you have changed?

    The whole thing didn't make any sense at all. It was a collection of short, non-interesting stories who had nothing in common except that it was all taking place on planet Mars. Half way through the story I was totally lost.


    What character would you cut from The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Dramatization?

    All of them!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Save yourself $2.95.

    1 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    "Not for me"
    Would you try another book written by Ray Bradbury or narrated by The Colonial Radio Players?

    I have read other Ray Bradbury books - Something Wicked This Way Comes was excellent, but I think the dramatisation just didn't work for me. There were also some really annoying sound effects.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It's an interesting concept and it was probably just that I wasn't in the mood for a more philosophical story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not sure if it was the narration - which was done by actors, or just that the characters bugged me! Probably unfair to say the narration was poor, but I didn't enjoy the story being done as a radio play.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yes I think I would be able to deal with the subject matter better if I could see it rather than hear it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure I read this story a long time ago and didn't get annoyed by it, so I think perhaps I just don't like dramatised versions.

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