• Orson Welles: The Ultimate Collection

  • By: Orson Welles
  • Narrated by: Orson Welles
  • Length: 60 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 07-11-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: ABN
  • 3.7 (113 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If you are a lover of old-time radio and a fan of Orson Welles, you won't want to miss this treasure chest of legendary Orson Welles radio broadcasts! With his flair for the sensational and innovative, Welles captured audiences' attention with his 1930s CBS weekly drama series The Mercury Theatre on the Air, later renamed The Campbell Playhouse, which featured hour-long dramatizations of classic books. His 1938 production, The War of the Worlds (an H. G. Wells adaptation) was especially memorable, as were many other productions, each featuring talented voices and actors.
Tune into the master of entertainment and enjoy this collection of original Orson Welles recordings, including more than 16 hours of radio drama! Content:

Campbell Playhouse - A Christmas Carol - December 23, 1938
Campbell Playhouse - A Christmas Carol - December 24, 1939
Campbell Playhouse - Ah, Wilderness - September 17, 1939
Campbell Playhouse - Algiers - October 8, 1939
Campbell Playhouse - Arrowsmith - February 3, 1939
Campbell Playhouse - Beau Geste - March 17, 1939
Campbell Playhouse - Counselor-at-Law - January 6, 1939
Campbell Playhouse - Craig's Wife - March 10, 1940
Campbell Playhouse - Dinner at Eight - February 18, 1940
Campbell Playhouse - Dodsworth - November 26, 1939
Campbell Playhouse - Escape - October 15, 1939
Campbell Playhouse - Huckleberry Finn - March 17, 1940
Campbell Playhouse - I Lost My Girlish Laughter - January 27, 1939
Campbell Playhouse - It Happened One Night - January 28, 1940
and many more!

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By Scott on 07-03-14

Here is my review for what is worth.

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Hi here is my review of this collection of old time radio show. The first thing you need to know is that this is a collection of the old time radio shows and it’s the actual radio show not a reproduction or enhanced in any way so you hear all the static, crackle, pops and etc. This is how radio use to sound back in the 30s. So if you are looking for something that sounds clear without defects this is not for you. <br/><br/>One thing that is missing is a list of all the shows that you get so I did a Google search and this is what I have came up with, they are not in order that Audible has them in.<br/><br/>I hope that this helps.<br/> <br/> http://www.amazon.com/Orson-Welles-The-Ultimate-Collection/dp/B004CAWM1Y<br/><br/>Campbell Playhouse - A Christmas Carol - December 23, 1938<br/>Campbell Playhouse - A Christmas Carol - December 24, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Ah, Wilderness - September 17, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Algiers - October 8, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Arrowsmith - February 3, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Beau Geste - March 17, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Counselor-at-Law - January 6, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Craig’s Wife - March 10, 1940<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Dinner At Eight - February 18, 1940<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Dodsworth - November 26, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Escape - October 15, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Huckleberry Finn - March 17, 1940<br/>Campbell Playhouse - I Lost My Girlish Laughter - January 27, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - It Happened One Night - January 28, 1940<br/>Campbell Playhouse - June Moon - March 24, 1940<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Liliom - October 22, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Lost Horizon - December 3, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Mr. Deeds Goes to Town - February 11, 1940<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Mutiny On the Bounty - January 13, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Only Angels Have Wings - February 25, 1940<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Our Town - May 12, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Peter Ibbetson - September 10, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Private Lives - April 21, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Rabble In Arms - March 3, 1940<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Rebecca - December 9, 1938<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Showboat - March 31, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - The Bad Man - May 19, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - The Citadel - January 21, 1940<br/>Campbell Playhouse - The Count of Monte Cristo - October 1, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - The Garden of Allah - November 19, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - The Glass Key - March 10, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - The Green Goddess - February 10, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - The Hurricane - November 5, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - The Magnificent Ambersons - October 29, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - November 12, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - The Patriot - April 14, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Theodora Goes Wild - January 14, 1940<br/>Campbell Playhouse - There’s Always a Woman - December 17, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Things We Have - May 26, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Vanity Fair - January 7, 1940<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Venessa - December 10, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Victoria Regina - June 2, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - What Every Woman Knows - September 24, 1939<br/>Campbell Playhouse - Wickford Point - May 5, 1939<br/>H.G. Wells Meets Orson Welles - October 28, 1940<br/>Les Miserables - Episode 1 - The Bishop - July 23, 1937<br/>Les Miserables - Episode 2 - Javert - July 30, 1937<br/>Les Miserables - Episode 3 - The Trial - August 6, 1937<br/>Les Miserables - Episode 4 - Cosette - August 13, 1937<br/>Les Miserables - Episode 5 - The Grave - August 20, 1937<br/>Les Miserables - Episode 6 - The Barricade August 27, 1937<br/>Les Miserables - Episode 7 - Conclusion - September 3, 1937<br/>Mercury Theatre - A Tale of Two Cities - July 25, 1938<br/>Mercury Theatre - Abraham Lincoln - August 15, 1938<br/>Mercury Theatre - Around the World In 80 Days - October 23, 1938<br/>Mercury Theatre - Dracula - July 11, 1938<br/>Mercury Theatre - Heart of Darkness - Life With Father - November 6, 1938<br/>Mercury Theatre - Hell On Ice - October 9, 1938<br/>Mercury Theatre - Seventeen - October 16, 1938<br/>Mercury Theatre - The 39 Steps - August 1, 1938<br/>Mercury Theatre - The Affairs of Anatol - August 22, 1938<br/>Mercury Theatre - The Count of Monte Cristo - August 29, 1938<br/>Mercury Theatre - The Immortal Sherlock Holmes - September 25, 1938<br/>Mercury Theatre - The Man Who Was Thursday - September 5, 1938<br/>Mercury Theatre - The Pickwick Papers - November 20, 1938<br/>Mercury Theatre - The War of the Worlds - October 30, 1938<br/>Mercury Theatre - Three Short Stories - I’m a Fool, The Open Window, and My Little Boy - August 8, 1938<br/>Mercury Theatre - Treasure Island - July 18, 1938<br/>Rehearsals - Julius Caesar - September 11, 1938<br/>Rehearsals - The 39 Steps - August 1, 1938<br/>

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By Great Tutu Kona on 04-16-13

It's a time capsule! I love it!

I just purchased this collection of stories, and I am so thrilled, I can't stand it. Listening to Orson Welle's radio programs is astonishing. I had forgotten what listening to radio was like. In the 1940s and early 50s, I used to listen to the radio all the time as a kid. We didn't have TV until 1953, and then it was mostly test patterns with about 4 hours of programming.
But listening to the radio--that was the THING! As I listened to it today, I am amazed at all the special effects that went into the program: the music, the sound effects, the crowd in the background, how wonderful is that? My imagination came to life again. So far I have listened to about ten of the episodes -- the first one, the Christmas Carol is a little gritty, so I moved on. I can go back an listen to it later, Algiers was a great listen, with Paulette Goddard in the lead role. What a young voice she had.

I listen on my iPod late at night after I get in bed. The stories are short enough that I can listen to an entire episode before falling asleep. The actors and actresses are great, too. I'll admit, it's a little hard to hear with the static and all, but that's not in all the programs. And if I remember right, listening over the radio in the 1940s was the same. Reception wasn't that good then, either. So, it's like going back in time for me. I'm delighted.

I have found a new genre now which I hope to mine and get more of the stories that I used to listen to as a kid. Do you remember "Let's Pretend"? It was a Saturday morning series of fairy tales. Ooh, I hope I can find it.

As for the story listings, I googled the book name and found a site that had all the episodes listed in order. So now, I can pick and choose, and I'll be able to go back and listen to my favorites again and again.

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By Highlight on 11-04-17

GREAT OLD TIME 1930’s Orson Welles

Spoilt for choice in this bumper packed 60 hour Full Ultimate Collection of Welles radio work, which started in the USA in the 1930’s. With old broads like Hedda Hopper, there is bitching aplenty the way only the Americans know how. This is a wide range of work from thrillers to comedies and plenty for everyone. On some of these shows the sound is not too great and advise using some headphones. Could have done with having titles included but seeing as there are none, you have no idea what you are listening to until Orson introduces the shows and says which actors are playing.
Still a great bargain for only one credit and will keep me happy for a long time.

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By Kathy on 04-20-13

Dreadful sound quality

Yes I know it's a very old radio programme but you should be able to make out the words.

Lasted about 10 minutes.

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