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The Twilight Zone Companion, 2nd Edition | [Marc Scott Zicree]

The Twilight Zone Companion, 2nd Edition

The Twilight Zone Companion is the complete show-by-show guide to one of television's greatest series. Zicree's well-written account is fascinating reading for even the casual fan. Coverage of each episode includes a plot synopsis, Rod Serling's opening narration, behind-the-scenes stories from the original artists who created the series, and a complete list of cast and credits.
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Publisher's Summary

The Twilight Zone Companion is the complete show-by-show guide to one of television's greatest series. Zicree's well-written account is fascinating reading for even the casual fan. Coverage of each episode includes a plot synopsis, Rod Serling's opening narration, behind-the-scenes stories from the original artists who created the series, and a complete list of cast and credits.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©1989 Marc Scott Zicree; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A book that practically reads like a short story collection." (The Washington Post)
"In all ways, an admirable and engrossing volume." (Publishers Weekly)

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    "A Fave-- Glad It's Finally On Audio..."

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-25-12
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Loved it"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    WriterGirl Washington, D.C. 09-06-11
    WriterGirl Washington, D.C. 09-06-11 Member Since 2003

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    Where does The Twilight Zone Companion, 2nd Edition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Like the author, I favored the stories with Burgess Meredith. He was a brilliant actor in any genre.


    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a reading of a compendium so listeners shouldn't expect this to listen like other nonfiction works.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ric Carmen, ID, United States 08-19-14
    Ric Carmen, ID, United States 08-19-14
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    "A documentary."
    What would have made The Twilight Zone Companion, 2nd Edition better?

    Telling an actual story from start to finish would have been well received.


    Has The Twilight Zone Companion, 2nd Edition turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He read facts and no fiction.


    What character would you cut from The Twilight Zone Companion, 2nd Edition?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    It tells about some episodes but is not told as a story in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Surrey, BC, Canada 05-09-13
    Robert Surrey, BC, Canada 05-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A great primer a great series"

    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.

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    brian cincinnati, OH, United States 05-03-13
    brian cincinnati, OH, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    ""That's the signpost up ahead.""
    What made the experience of listening to The Twilight Zone Companion, 2nd Edition the most enjoyable?

    The anatrrtino is excellent.


    What other book might you compare The Twilight Zone Companion, 2nd Edition to and why?

    NOne that I can think up.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    He could imitate accnets very well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I felt bad when he talked about them filming Mighty Casey and the leading actor was dead.


    Any additional comments?

    The only issue I have is it tends to jump around from ep to ep.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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