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.
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.
I would like to listen to future Volumes, but not Volume 1 again because I had seen all the episodes on television years ago.
The performances were excellent.
Made me nostalgic.
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!
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
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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I loved the cast, characters and the storyline. I loved watching this show as a kid and I absolutely love listening to the radio dramas now as an adult. I highly recommend The Twilight Radio Dramas
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!
As a fan of the t.v. Show in my youth, I found this visit to the Twilight Zone, via audio drama, to be great fun.
I want more! I what great memories of sitting around with my parents watching the show! Loved this!
I always liked the twilight zone TV shows and I was surprised and pleased at how faithfully the radio versions exceeded my expectations in quality and performance.
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.
from start to finish with great care and attention to detail. just splendid to listen to.
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