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  • Our Miss Brooks: The Ultimate Collection - Over 180 Shows

  • By: Al Lewis
  • Narrated by: Eve Arden, Gale Gordon
  • Length: 79 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Our Miss Brooks was a hit on radio from the outset; within eight months of its launch as a regular series, the show landed several honors, including four for Eve Arden, who won polls in four individual publications of the time. Arden had actually been the third choice to play the title role. Harry Ackerman, at the time CBS's West Coast director of programming, wanted Shirley Booth for the part.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laughter is such a great thing!

  • By Kathi on 04-06-18

Great collection

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Incredible price for such a large collection, includes pilot with Shirley Booth (Hazel) playing the lead role. The entire cast Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Richard Crenna (Rambo films), Jeff Chandler (1st Phillip Boynton), Robert Rockwell (2nd Phillip Boynton), Jane Morgan, & Gloria McMillan work incredibly together. A couple of shows have less than perfect sound but most of the collection is very high quality, & is a great value.

  • Wyllis Cooper's Quiet, Please!

  • By: Wyllis Cooper
  • Narrated by: Ernest Chappell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

That sound you hear? It's your own heart - pounding with excitement as you enter the imaginative world of radio suspense-master Wyllis Cooper in Quiet, Please! These unique and compelling journeys into the macabre are hosted by Ernest Chappell.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Some are good, but many are just preachy!

  • By Bob on 07-13-17

Some are good, but many are just preachy!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

I listened to a few of these that weren't in this collection & those have been good. This collection is really not very entertaining. This is one of the very few that I wish I hadn't wasted a credit on!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • On Tyranny

  • Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the 20th century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important read/listen

  • By Kathryn on 04-17-17

This book is a must for anyone that claims to love America!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

The author does a great job at showing the direct lessons that we can take to learn from past mistakes. He also goes through what to look out for in regards to internet news versus traditional print news. If we don't want to fall into a 1930's nationalist country this book helps.

Main Points:
1/ Historical points you may not be aware of.
2/ What you can do to help.
3/ We are living in a time that could set the future of our country and democracy.

This is as close as it gets to a "How To" manual to deal with these disturbing times.

  • Happy Halloween

  • By: Radio Spirits
  • Narrated by: Boris Karloff, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

An orange glow peeks through the window on a crisp October night. Is it a jack-o'-lantern? Or, is it the radio dial? It's both! This collection of radio's happiest Halloween moments is replete with good old-fashioned haunted houses, costume parties, cemeteries, tricks and treats. Have fun with favorites like Jack Benny, Hal Peary, William Bendix, Ozzie & Harriet, Lucille Ball, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, and Boris Karloff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Halloween OTR

  • By Bob on 10-08-16

Great Halloween OTR

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

These shows sound amazing and offer a large mixture of Halloween themed comedies. If you are a fan of 40's humor and some music you will enjoy this collection.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Whistler - More Than 500 Radio Shows!, Volume 3

  • By: J. Donald Wilson
  • Narrated by: Bill Forman
  • Length: 42 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The Whistler was a radio mystery anthology that debuted on CBS Radio on May 16, 1942. The show was heard only on the West Coast and had Signal Oil as the main sponsor. There were attempts to broadcast the show on the East Coast, one in July to September 1946 and the other in March 1947 to September 1948, with Campbell Soup and Household Finance as the suggested sponsors. The show centered on a character called The Whistler, the mysterious narrator of various murder stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A few were hard to hear but still great value

  • By Bob on 09-27-16

A few were hard to hear but still great value

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

Reviewed: 09-27-16

The second volume was better clearer and larger but I still loved this volume. I wish volume one was available.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years

  • By: Edward Gross, Mark A. Altman, Seth MacFarlane - foreword
  • Narrated by: Helen Litchfield, Alex Hyde-White, Jason Olazabal, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

The original Star Trek series debuted in 1966 and has spawned five TV series spin-offs and a dozen feature films, with an upcoming one from Paramount arriving in 2016. The Fifty-Year Mission is a no-holds-barred oral history of five decades of Star Trek, told by the people who were there. Hear from the hundreds of television and film executives, programmers, writers, creators, and cast as they unveil the oftentimes shocking story of Star Trek's ongoing 50-year mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I've ever heard on making pop culture

  • By Chris Smith on 07-13-16

I have loved "Star Trek" since it first premiered!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-16

I watched this with my father when this first premiered in the 60's and I became a diehard fan in the 70's when watching the reruns. I have seen every film when it premiered in the theater and used to see them multiple times in the theater. I thought I was going to love this book but it was unbelievably boring, I could not listen to anymore.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Toward Yesterday

  • By: Paul Antony Jones
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself 25 years in the past? For the nine billion people living in the year 2042 it's no longer a question...it's a reality. When a seemingly simple experiment goes disastrously wrong, James Baston finds himself stranded in the past alongside the rest of mankind. Here the old are young once more, the dead live again, and civilization is in chaos.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can you check the time for me?

  • By Matthew on 04-14-16

Lots of twists and a great overall story

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

Amazing science fiction, nice time travel element that is different from most. I love all the twists and turns. I hope that this is the first of many more in this series!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Whistler, Volume 1

  • By: J. Donald Wilson
  • Narrated by: Bill Forman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

The Whistler, Volume 1 contains haunting stories of fate, dramas of crime, deception, and manipulation building to a sudden and shocking denouement, and through it all, the sardonic, mocking laughter of The Whistler! One of radio's most memorable thriller anthologies, the Whistler's stories revolve around ordinary people, pushed by the pressures of daily life into taking drastic action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great OTR Transfer

  • By Bob on 04-12-16

Great OTR Transfer

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

20 episodes of "The Whistler" and they are crystal clear, the old "Signal Oil" commercials are attached. Good relaxing mysteries. Radio Archives does a great job!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hammer Chillers

  • By: Stephen Gallagher, Mark Morris, Robin Ince, and others
  • Narrated by: Miles Jupp, Tony Gardner, Con O'Neill, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Six full-cast contemporary tales of terror from horror legends Hammer Films: terror underwater in a helicopter crash simulator in Stephen Gallagher's 'The Box'... a neighbourhood clean-up campaign stirs up an ancient evil in 'The Fixation' by Mark Morris... the hate-filled words of an internet troll come to life in 'Sticks and Stones' by Robin Ince... a broken-down St Petersburg lift holds unimaginable terrors in Christopher Fowler's 'The Devil in the Darkness'... bingo, knitting and murder in 1970s suburbia in 'Spanish Ladies' by Paul Magrs... and myths and mosters on a Greek party island in 'Don't Go There,' by Stephen Volk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great British Horror

  • By Bob on 04-10-16

Great British Horror

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

Reviewed: 04-10-16

I saw someone gave these only one star, I don't know why because if you love British horror you should love this. These are not for kids!! But are several stories from the supernatural to 70's slasher. I hope they put out another collection.

  • Suspense: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • By: Joseph Kearns
  • Narrated by: Joseph Kearns
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

A well-done adaptation of the famous Victorian thriller.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Love Suspense but this only part one

  • By Bob on 04-10-16

Love Suspense but this only part one

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-16

Does not have both parts. Love Suspense but this only part one worthless without the ending episode.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful