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Joseph A. Ardine

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  • Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: A Radio Dramatization

  • By: Charles Dickens, Jerry Robbins (dramatization)
  • Narrated by: J. T. Turner, The Colonial Radio Players
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

The Colonial Radio Theatre pulls out all the stops in this magnificent production of the Charles Dickens classic Christmas story! This full cast dramatization features a powerful music score - from the magnificent, booming opening of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" to the frightening tones of "The Ghost of Christmas Future". It's a holiday treat both you and your family will enjoy for years to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • delightful! <br />

  • By moni24862 on 12-15-17

Entertaining Dickens' Radio Drama!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-17

The Colonial Radio Players deliver another quality performance with this production of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". The talented voice actors are backed by perfectly utilized sound effects and a musical score that ranges from hauntingly scary to wonderfully uplifting. A great choice for bedtime listening during the holiday season.

  • They Thirst

  • By: Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 19 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 712

It looked like another ordinary day in Los Angeles. Then night came...Evil as old as the centuries has descended upon the City of Angels - it comes as a kiss from the terrifying but seductive immortals. Slowly at first, then by the legions, the ravenous undead choke Los Angeles with bloodthirsty determination - and the hordes of monstrous victims steadily mount each night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better Then Zombies

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-30-15

Awesome narrator!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-17

Until "They Thirst", I had never heard an audio book by Ray Porter. Now that I have, let me say adamantly that I will be actively searching for more read by this man! His narration is among the best I've experienced; without any doubt, I'd recommend him above many others.

His natural reading voice is clear and strong. It is also filled with just enough emotion to maintain interest without drifting into melodrama. Mr. Porter truly excels at individual voices. When he is speaking as a specific character, each different person is easily identifiable. Each and every member of the cast has an unique voice; differing accents, tones, speech patterns, etc. He is a one man stage show!

Robert McCammon's vampire epic has always been one of my favorite horror novels. It's a close tie for me between "They Thirst" and "Salem's Lot" for my top "go to" blood sucker book. However, as enjoyable as it is, the enjoyment factor spikes when listening to Ray Porter's rendition! Add this to your collection without hesitation.

  • A Penny for Your Thoughts

  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas
  • By: George Clayton Johnson
  • Narrated by: David Eigenberg
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Gaining telepathic abilities when his coin lands on its edge, bank clerk Hector B. Poole learns about the difference between other people's plans and fantasies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked radio drama this series "The Twilight zone this is it. FIVE stares

  • By Andrew Wilson on 04-24-16

Enjoyable through and through...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-17

This radio adaptation of "A Penny for Your Thoughts" is among the best of the Twilight Zone Audible offerings. The jump to a radio medium from a TV one is seamlessly done. In this case, the lack of visuals only increases the listener's feeling of the confusion Mr. Hector Poole experiences from his newfound power. Allow me to once again mention the quality of these production values; excellent, as always. For the money, these are among the best Audible purchases around.

  • Time Enough at Last

  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas
  • By: Lynn Venable, Rod Serling
  • Narrated by: Stacy Keach, Tim Kazurinsky
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Experience one of television’s greatest science-fiction series, The Twilight Zone - fully dramatized for AUDIO! In this episode, a henpecked book lover finds himself blissfully alone with his books after a nuclear war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent attempt which falls just short of perfect...

  • By Joseph A. Ardine on 02-03-17

Decent attempt which falls just short of perfect...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-17

No offense to the excellent portrayal of Mr. Henry Beemis by Tim Kazurinsky, but he is not Burgess Meredith. My mind's eye had difficulty picturing a Beemis who didn't look like Meredith. I found myself missing Meredith's vocal style and inflection. Additionally, this is another Zone that suffers slightly from the lack of the final visual. However, like every other offering in this radio series, the production values are excellent. If you can take this adaptation at face value, and appreciate it for what it is, you will certainly enjoy it.

  • Steel

  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas
  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Lou Gossett Jr.
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

In the near future, boxing has been outlawed and is performed by mechanical robots. The manager of a robot desperately in need of repair does the unthinkable to win a bout.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twilight Zone classic style

  • By THoward on 06-14-16

Yet another Twilight Zone classic done well!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Lou Gossett Jr. recreates the role of Steel perfectly. He punctuates an overall weary voice with moments of dogmatic optimism on a level that makes the listeners feel abject pity and embarrassment for his character. The radio play version captures each nuance of Matheson's original treatment. It shows a man who is desperately afraid of becoming useless and obsolete; so much so that he is willing to risk his very own life to prove that change is not always the best option.

  • The Howling Man

  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas
  • By: C. B. Lovehill, Charles Beaumont
  • Narrated by: Stacy Keach, Fred Willard
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

During a walking trip of Central Europe following World War II, a man loses his way and winds up in a monastery where the monks believe they have imprisoned the Devil himself!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid adaptation...

  • By Joseph A. Ardine on 01-31-17

Solid adaptation...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-17

Per usual, production values are top notch. Good mix levels, nice sound effects, contains all the expected musical cues (wouldn't be Twilight Zone without them!). However, certain shows from this wonderful series truly benefit from the visuals, and sadly, this episode is one of them. Although fans of the television show will remember the actual special effects makeup were corny and cliche (especially this episode!), the ending scene had more power when viewed. Or maybe that's just because I saw it as a child, who knows? All in all, a good purchase.

  • Tales from Beyond the Pale: Junk Science

  • By: Brahm Revel
  • Narrated by: Larry Fessenden, Glenn McQuaid, Nick Damici, and others
  • Length: 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

"Junk Science", written and directed by Brahm Revel. Space can be a lonely place. For Pike and his computer, AL, friendship may mean the difference between life and death. Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid's award-winning Tales from Beyond the Pale, now entering its sixth year, has produced over 40 audio dramas from a wide array of today's leading genre writers and directors. Season three was produced by Larry Fessenden, Glenn McQuaid, and Jenn Wexler.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another decent entry...

  • By Joseph A. Ardine on 01-29-17

Another decent entry...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-17

Although this particular episode takes a while to get going, it's quite interesting when it finally does. The ending is emotional and reflective on the nature of friendship. Technically, the acting and production values are the same high quality as other Beyond the Pale offerings.

  • The Twilight Zone Companion, 2nd Edition

  • By: Marc Scott Zicree
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fave-- Glad It's Finally On Audio...

  • By Cully Hamner on 11-17-09

A great book for a great show!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-17

I have purchased Zicree's work on Twilight Zone many, many times. My first copy practically fell apart from reading, re-reading and constantly making notations in the margins. My second copy was loaned out and subsequently lost during college. My third copy was my constant companion while watching every episode on DVD. Now with a handicap that makes book reading difficult at best, my fourth copy is the Audible choice. That is the kindest praise I can bestow upon this book...it is one of the only books in my lifetime that I felt necessary to continually buy and re-buy since age 15. Rod Serling's creation (and each reincarnation of it) has been a big part of my life, and this book wonderfully captures the magic of those original episodes, as well as the man who made it possible.

Each Twilight Zone episode is covered in detail. You'll learn all the names, both behind and in front of the camera. The plots are given and often discussed. Serling's history is also given a great deal of attention. As a factual episode guide and history lesson, there isn't any better. But please note, it IS a fact book...despite the narrator's quality performance, one could consider it "dry", especially if you are unaware of the book's purpose. However, if you are a fan of the television show, looking for a great viewing companion, I believe you'll be satisfied. Definitely worth my Audible credit.

  • The Burglars' Club, Volume 1

  • By: Gareth Tilley, Henry A. Hering
  • Narrated by: The Colonial Radio Players
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The Burglars' Club is the most exclusive of exclusive Gentleman's Clubs in Victorian London. To pay their dues, members must steal something very valuable and hard to get, and present it to the club at the following meeting (They return it afterwards, of course, if possible). Full of comedy, suspense, and mystery. The award winning Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air brings these wonderful stories to life with a full cast, music score, and sound effects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Colonial Radio success!

  • By Joseph A. Ardine on 01-24-17

Another Colonial Radio success!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-17

The Burglars' Club is an unique and clever entry into the Colonial Radio Players collection. Not a comedy, not a drama; but, chock full of laughs and tension. Not really suspense nor horror; but, quite a few moments that will leave you scared and surprised. The stories contain mystery, adventure and whimsy. The writing seamlessly mixes gun play with moonlight dancing, witty verbal jousting matches with evil mad scientists. Never boring, the four tales each cover different plot territory, with the binding thread being membership within The Burglars Club. The club is populated by dashing rogues that steal and lie, while still maintaining their sense of honor, chivalry and charity. These stories are about gentlemen being gentlemen, and ladies being ladies of the Victorian times. Their mannerisms and characteristics are a welcome change from what passes for heroes today. I recommend this product highly, and personally am looking forward to purchasing the rest.

  • Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter: Enter the Nephilim, The Tower on Beltane Hill, Scarlet Bolt, and By Royal Command

  • A Radio Dramatization
  • By: Gareth Tilley
  • Narrated by: Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

In London, in the 1900s, the solutions to supernatural occurrences were investigated by a man who was famous for his dealings with the unknown, and the worlds of the dead....Jarrem Lee - ghost hunter.... Meet Jarrem Lee, ghost hunter (or as he prefers to call it, a psychical detective). With the help of college student Arthur Bennett, he embarks on a series of spine-tingling and exciting adventures in the world of the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lovely and scary

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-11-15

What a comeback!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-17

After the suspense filled, melancholy cliffhanger ending of the last volume, the opening comeback is a pleasant and unexpected solution. To prevent spoiling this wonderful show, I'll forego any plot details. I will venture to state though, that anyone who has been a Jarrem Lee fan through the first 3 collections will thoroughly enjoy the clever, entertaining resolution. It should be stressed however, if you haven't had the opportunity to listen to Ghost Hunter before, this would be a bad choice to start with. Don't get me wrong...each tale is terrific (as per usual), but new listeners may be lost or confused. At the very least, you'd be stuck with several questions as to what came before in earlier stories. I recommend this volume to any Jarrem Lee listener; and, for those who want to see what I am praising so highly, buy the first volume soon. If you like radio plays like me, you'll soon own them all.