©1989 Marc Scott Zicree; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"A book that practically reads like a short story collection." (The Washington Post)
"In all ways, an admirable and engrossing volume." (Publishers Weekly)
I got this book for Christmas when I was a kid, and have read it many times. I'm glad that I can now listen to it while working or traveling. My only quibble is with the reader, Tom Weiner. He's done a fine job on other books I've listened to, but here he has an unfortunate tendency to do a REALLY bad impression of Rod Serling's distinctive clipped vocal delivery whenever Serling's quoted. Also, I was annoyed that he mispronounces the last name of noted TZ writer Earl Hamner, Jr.'s last name (a surname I share, incidentally) as "Hammer."
Aside from these two minor annoyances, though, this is well worth the download.
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Being a big fan of Serling and the original TV show, I absolutely loved listening to this title and hearing about every single episode. Just can't wait til Fourth of July weekend so that I could watch the next Twilight Zone marathon and tell everyone about all the fact I learned from the companion book.
This book ranks very high among the books I have listened to so far because it covers the impressions of the writers and actors who actually worked on the show rather than some 3rd party commentator. The author covered all of the stories to include the ones that were not included in the syndication.
Like the author, I favored the stories with Burgess Meredith. He was a brilliant actor in any genre.
The accents were pretty good and his Rod Sterling impressions brought the humor that should have been there. There was also tragedy and bewilderment, well portrayed by the narrator.
I did want to listen to the entire book in one sitting. I kept going back over the parts I wanted to hear over again.
This is a reading of a compendium so listeners shouldn't expect this to listen like other nonfiction works.
This is a great primer on the excellent TV series. Zicree does go into good detail about the production of every episode and the TV show in general (including spoilers). A good book for someone who has seen the run of the series and wants more information. The guide format worked great for a anthology show like Twilight Zone but I did notice myself zooming out more than I would have a straight linear format. Stay tuned to the end of the audiobook with a rather funny interview with the great actor/TZ regular Burgess Meredith who does not suffer Zicree's dumb/non-topical questions.
The anatrrtino is excellent.
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He could imitate accnets very well.
I felt bad when he talked about them filming Mighty Casey and the leading actor was dead.
The only issue I have is it tends to jump around from ep to ep.
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