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  • Selected Shorts

  • Baseball!
  • By: John Updike, T.C. Boyle
  • Narrated by: Jack Davidson, Fritz Weaver
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The readings are recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gem

  • By Hal on 10-24-11

Love the stories, not the format

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-16

If you could sum up Selected Shorts in three words, what would they be?

baseball, live, endearing

What did you like best about this story?

Loved the readings! Baseball fans will laugh and tear up at the nostalgic look back at these stores. Remember, some of these were contemporary for the period this was recorded. My how some things have changed. And, how some things have not.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I loved the live performances. The audience interaction/reactions are a welcome part of each story. I did not like all the wasted intro/lead-in time. Just read the stories. Edit out the other.

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  • Great Radio Horror

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe, Arch Oboler, Guy de Maupassant, and others
  • Narrated by: Boris Karloff, Maurice Tarplin, Paul McGrath, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

The screams...the grisly sound effects...the rumbling organ music. Sounds in the dark come strange, mysterious, and terrifying in 21 episodes of such classic series as Lights Out, Inner Sanctum, Suspense, and many more. Spine-chilling tales by Edgar Allan Poe, Guy de Maupassant, Arch Oboler, Robert A. Arthur, David Kogan, and Alonzo Deen Cole dabble in dark realms. Boris Karloff, Maurice Tarplin, Paul McGrath, and Bernard Lenrow deliver pulse-pounding performances.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good for nostalgia, I suppose.

  • By Davidinark on 06-07-16

Good for nostalgia, I suppose.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-16

Any additional comments?

This is old time radio melodrama at its best and its worst. Tedious, overacting from the VERY old days of radio. I'm sure this scared the pants off people 50-60 years ago. I barely got through half. On the upside, if you are looking for a trip back to a time when horror was simplistic and radio took the time to go full-on production, then it is worth a listen... when it is half-price.

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