In the rigid theocracy of Salem, Massachusetts, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town. In the ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor, The Crucible mirrors the anti-Communist hysteria in the 1950s.
"Getting through American Literature"
Today we understand that our world is infinitely richer than was ever previously guessed. Yet it is so ravaged by human activity that half its species could be gone by the end of the century. These two contrasting truths - unexpected magnificence and underestimated peril - have become compellingly clear during the past two decades of research on biological diversity. In his dazzlingly intelligent book, Wilson describes the treasures of the natural world we are about to lose forever and how we can save them.
"A scientifically-grounded case for the environment"
Walt Whitman's celebrated poetry collection, read by Ed Begley.
"It is NOT unabridged."
If you loved Dave Barry's Greatest Hits, you'll love hearing him explain the stark reality of modern relationships. Find out how to get along with your mother-in-law - your best bet is drugs, and the meaning of dating - going out with a potential mate and doing a lot of fun things that the two of you will never do again if you actually get married.
Mark Kurlansky, winner of the James Beard Award for Excellence in Food Writing, leads us on a mouthwatering culinary tour around the world and through history and culture from the fifth century B.C. to the present day. This wonderful collection contains essays by Plato on the art of cooking, Pablo Neruda on french fries, and many other writers on the passions of cuisine.
"Better on Paper?"
A computer programmer grows to realize that under the stainless-steel exterior of the world's most advanced computer is the complex soul of a jealous woman who has fallen madly in love with him.
"Good buildup, great ending."
Experience one of television’s greatest science-fiction series, The Twilight Zone™ - fully dramatized for AUDIO! Featuring a full cast, music and sound effects, and today’s biggest celebrities in modern radio dramatizations. The Man in the Bottle: What if a genie granted your heart's desire? Is it possible to wish your way to happiness, or is the hidden price more than anyone can pay?
"A great "genie wishes" episode."
A lonely Vernon, whose mother has recently died, finds himself befriended by the least likely of duos - the neighborhood outcasts that used to be the subject of his and his buddies' ridicule in this 1994 Newbery Honor Book.
It is the winter of 1879, and Dodge city has lost its snap. Thirty-one-year-old Wyatt Earp, assistant city marshal, loads his wife and all they own into a wagon, and goes with two of his brothers and their women to Tombstone, Arizona, land of the silver mines. There Earp becomes deputy sheriff, meeting up with the likes of Doc Holliday, Clay Allison and Bat Masterson as well as finding the love of his life, showgirl Josie Marcus.
"My least favorite Parker novel"
This epic of the booming 20's captures the relentless culture of American business. A classic novel about conformity in small town America - celebrated for its comic tone, statire, and vivid dialogue. L.A. Theatre Works, then a fledgling radio theatre company, completed Babbitt in 1989. This production was so well received that L.A. Theatre Works has since become the world's premiere radio theatre company.
"A nice change of pace"
A humorous and poignant story that follows a fictional major league baseball team through a summer season when the team comes together after one of the players is diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease.
In this outrageous new comedy, playwright Mamet skewers everything from sexuality to the justice system to world peace. In a world where nothing is as it seems, prepare to be offended!
"A funny play but a rather forgetable work"
Stacy Keach stars in this shocking tale of a Polk Street dentist and his wife in 1899 San Francisco. Frank Norris’ powerful insights into the depths of the human soul make this a story of compelling narrative force. This seminal novel about murder, obsession and the destructive effects of greed features an all-star cast including Stacy Keach, Edward Asner, Ed Begley Jr., Bud Cort, Hector Elizondo, Teri Garr, Katherine Helmond, Helen Hunt, Amy Irving, Carol Kane, Marsha Mason, Richard Masur, Judge Reinhold, and more.
"Melodrama from old San Francisco"
In More of the 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said, Ross and Kathryn Petras continue their connoisseur's compendium of awkward utterances, slips of the tongue, doubletalk, and just plain stupid statements from politicians, celebrities, sports figures, social leaders and average joes.
"Interesting but too much, too fast"
Dick Powell is Richard Diamond, private detective, the quick-witted, lighthearted detective. Quite possibly radio's first singing detective, Diamond was always quick with a quip or a sarcastic response. He sang his way through over 150 fast-paced adventures, most of which were written by Blake Edwards before the start of his successful career as a film director.
Listen in as Ed Begley Jr. brings to life a collection of stories that will delight children of all ages.
A street corner salesman cleverly eludes Death. But if he lives, a little girl must die in his place. Only the salesman's greatest pitch can save her.
"Don't read the summary. Amazing Ed Begley. Jr."
Macon and Bess are two mail-order brides, lured to the West of the 1860s by the promise of new beginnings through marriage to men they've never met. While waiting for their respective husbands-to-be, one bubbling with optimism, the other mousy and plain, the two women become instant best friends. As Abundance follows the two women through their friendship and adventures for the next 25 years, this Western epic unearths the dark underside of American mythology.
"great performance wasted on a poorly written story"
What do fast-talking New York octogenarians Abe and Mabel do when their lifelong grocery store, Pepperstein Produce, is driven out of business by Wonder Food? They embark on the ultimate road trip with a 19-year-old stoner, Wisdom, to Los Angeles to become actors.
A prospector, threatened with death by a native conjuror for violating African land, feels himself stalked in the late night deserted streets of Manhattan by giant jungle beasts.
"Flaws outweigh the fear."