Experience one of television's greatest science fiction series: The Twilight Zone.
This collection of episodes is fully dramatized for audio and features a full cast, music, sound effects, and performances by some of today's biggest celebrities.
"Night Call", starring Mariette Hartley: An elderly, invalid woman begins receiving strange, anonymous phone calls on a stormy night - phone calls that, she finds out, are routed directly through the Twilight Zone.
"Long Live Walter Jameson", starring Lou Diamond Phillips: Professor Walter Jameson is an excellent history teacher who talks about the past as if he had lived it. His soon-to-be father-in-law suspects the worst.
"The Lateness of the Hour", starring Jane Seymour and James Keach: A young woman, bored with the precise, faultless routine of her family's life, persuades her father to dismantle their robot servants.
"The 30-Fathom Grave", starring Blair Underwood: When a naval destroyer picks up a signal from a ship that sank 20 years ago, a crewman is haunted by a strange memory buried at the bottom of the sea.
"The Man in the Bottle", starring Ed Begley, Jr.: An impoverished pawnbroker is granted four wishes by a genie in a bottle. The problem isn't just that his wishes end up not being what he expected - it's what they did end up being.
"Night of the Meek", starring Chris McDonald: Henry Corwin, a down-at-the-heels department store Santa, dispenses Christmas cheer to a mission house with the help of a sack that will produce whatever one asks for.
©1960 Rod Serling (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
This has six stories:
Night Call by Richard Matheson
Long Live Walter Jamieson by Charles Beaumont
The rest were written by Rod Serling and are titled, The lateness of The Hour, The Thirty Fathom Grave, The Man In The Bottle, and Night of the Meek.
My Favorite was the first story, written by Matheson, who Stephen King mentions as one of his favorite writers. The story is great and the actors do a fantastic job of building up the suspense. I was nervous during the whole story. The Lateness of the Hour was really good and the rest were good. Night of the Meek is the story in which Art Carney played the lead on the TV show. He is not in this production of course.
The production which was mastered by Dennis Etchison is fantastic and will take you back. Everything is professionally done and really adds to the atmosphere. I am planning on listening to all the volumes. Etchison also does a Fangoria series that is very well done. I will be listening to all of those also.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
Even before I found sci-fi in books, I discovered some of the wonder of it on TV in The Twilight Zone. TTZ was already in reruns even when I was a kid, but I would watch every chance I got and I loved the show. The episodes on Volume 1 are all original Serling dramas that have been rescripted for radio vs. TV. Some have sort of been updated, most are fairly true to the 50's and 60's. Although I remember a couple of these stories from the show, none of the ones on Volume 1 were among my favorites. However, I didn't realize the radio remake was being done and that these episodes were available on Audible until Volume 1 was offered on the Daily Deal so I am really happy I picked this up. Now that I know, I will go look for the volumes that might have some of my old favorites. (Best episode of all time for me was The Lonely with Jean Marsh - my brother had bad dreams for weeks after that one!)
If you loved the old TV show, you'll enjoy this - just the old TTZ music (doo doo dah, doo doo dah) brought back the anticipation I used to feel when the show started. If you never watched the TV show, you still might enjoy these dramas because the performances are really good, but you won't really understand why some of us still miss the master of delicious creepiness, Rod Serling.
Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."
When I grew up in the Midwest, television was analog broadcast only, in VHF and UHF. There were five stations that had mostly clear pictures except during thunderstorms, and each signed off every night with a color test pattern and a high pitched whine. Saturday nights on one of the independents - Channel 11 maybe? - were the best. That's when it showed black and white reruns of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" followed by "The Twilight Zone" before a special late 1 am sign off. Seeing the outline of Sir Alfred was always a thrill, although the stories weren't always great. "The Twilight Zone" never disappointed, though, from the eerie music to the cigarette-smoking Rod Serling.
The Audible plays in "The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas Volume I" are modern reimaginings of the actual shows I watched so many years ago. The scripts are fairly close to the original television broadcasts, but have sound effects and additional dialog that's needed to set the scene by audio only. There are also a few modern references sprinkled in that explain older technology - Richard Matheson's "Night Call" (1961), adeptly narrated by Marriette Hartley, wouldn't have worked without explaining telephone land lines.
These radio plays were made with the cooperation of the late Carol Serling, Rod Serling's wife, but Rod Serling's voice wasn't used as narrator. Instead, Stacy Keach, Jr. narrated. That was a nice complement to Rod Serling's "The Lateness of the Hour" (original, 1960) starring Jane Seymour and her then-husband, James Keach, Stacy Keach's brother.
I really enjoyed Blair Underwood in Serling's "The Thirty Fathom Grave" (original 1963). Christopher McDonald did fine in the famous Christmas Eve tale, "The Night of the Meek", but for me, Art Carney will always be the department store Santa with grime on the fur trim of his worn suit, carrying a bottle in one hand and dragging a forlornly empty bag in the other.
These radio plays were a scary good listen.
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Avid listener on my daily commute!
There is nothing really intellectually stimulating about most of these tales, but holy cow, they sure are fun, and kept me entertained on the road many a dark and stormy night during my commute home these past couple of weeks. The six stories are early-sixties era plays mostly written by Rod Serling and updated for radio, and many of these actors are well known to a contemporary audience. I didn't recognize a single one of these selections from the original television show (which was already on reruns when I was a kid, but which I loved), and some of them, most notably The Lateness of the Hour, have O. Henryesque plot twists I did NOT see coming. All actors give excellent performances and the sound effects are terrific, with faultless editing. Highly recommended for any fans of the original TV version--you'll thrill at the opening theme music, and to Stacy Keach's goosebumps-inducing, spot-on Serling imitations during the introduction and conclusion of each play.
I plan to buy the next volume as soon as possible; I'm glad there are more available!
No one over 50 can help but smile when the intro music starts. One is either old enough to remember the radio version or the TV version. The show stayed strong to the end, There are still some episodes I think about frequently even now that I am much over 50. The Audio Version stayed true to the original and it was a joy to bring back memories.
Highly recommend to even younger people who love the nuance of a subtle mystery.
This brought back a lot of memories. Pretty authentic to the original. Music , sound effects and narration were excellent. Loved that you could listen to a 30 minute episode, terrific for a commute. Take a trip back to the twilight zone!
I absolutely would recommend this book to a friend. As someone who listens to most of her audio books at work these radio dramas were perfect. They were about 20 mins or less and because they were so short they weren't overly complicated. Still incredibly thrilling though!
I always enjoy the sound of Jane Seymour's voice and was not at all disappointed with Lawrence Fishburne or Lou Diamond Phillips.
My only critique is that they make the plays just a little bit longer. Just a little more character development would have gone a long way.
Great Great Great Radio Drama. Right up my alley!
I love books, writing, writers....these are my favorite things. I never have to stop learning! Have a lot to learn still.
This brought back to me being a very small child and the end of something special. Radio acting is still alive and well. I can't wait to get the next volumes. Everyone was wonderful.
This cast has true story-telling talent! Long love radio broadcasting and long live The Twilight Zone. I will listen to this again and again to enjoy all the creative nuances created with voice and sound. Best Audible purchase ever and destined to be a gem for generations of my family. This will be a great archive item to teach my "techie" grandchildren about the magic of focused listening and share the memories of the family gathered around the radio with my parents. Please offer more like this!
from start to finish with great care and attention to detail. just splendid to listen to.
"Excellent & creepy."
Excellent - first story with the telephone which rings in the night is suitably creepy Twilight Zone material.
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