Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Dramatization

  • by Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by The Colonial Radio Players
  • 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

The people of Earth are preparing for war - a war that could potentially destroy the planet. Explorers are sent to Mars to find a new place for humans to colonize. Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars... and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.
The Martian Chronicles is presented here as a full-cast audio production with an original music score and thousands of sound effects by the award winning Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air. It marks their fourth collaboration with one of the most celebrated fiction writers of our time: Ray Bradbury.

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THE REASON FOR LIFE IS LIFE

IF YOU CAN'T HAVE REALITY, A DREAM IS JUST AS GOOD
I have read the hardback a couple of times and listen to the book a couple of times. I have to say, I truly got more out of it this way. When reading, I always loved the expedition stories and the telephone story. Rock Hudson and Bernadette Peters played in the TV mini series. I always had trouble with the metaphysical parts of the stories and did not truly understand the time traveler until this performance. I am a literate type person and I always have problems with beings without bodies, etc... This performance made all that more understandable to me. I got so much more out of it performed then in reading and listening to a reading. I highly recommend this performance.

Bradbury has written a lot of great books, including Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man and others, but this has always been my favorite. The wonder of traveling to a different planet and not only our reaction, but their reaction to our visit (invasion). I love it even more now.
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- Jim "The Impatient" "My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books."

Adaptation of the Revised Edition

This is a complete adaptation of the revised 1990's edition of The Martian Chronicles, which means that it does not include the story Way in the Middle of the Air, but adds The Wilderness and The Fire Balloons. Way in the Middle of the Air was removed from the 90's editions of the book most likely because it examines racial prejudice in America around the time the story was written (1950) and uses the "N" word. It was replaced with The Wilderness in the revised editions. The Fire Balloons was added to the British edition of The Martian Chronicles known as The Silver Locusts, and is also included in The Illustrated Man.

This is an extremely faithful dramatization taken directly from the book. Its probably as faithful an adaptation as could possibly be performed, hence the long running time. The performances are very Bradbury-esque, meaning a little over the top but wonderfully alive.

There are neat sound effects and some occasional music on the soundtrack. The Martian Chronicles itself is a very musical book, mentioning music in a number of its chapters, the music in this dramatization fits right in and compliments those parts of the stories.

Altogether, this is a great buy and a perfect companion to the unabridged reading of the original edition narrated by Ray Bradbury that's also available on Audible.
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- Maliboo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2011
  • Publisher: The Colonial Radio Theatre on Brilliance Audio