The Martian Chronicles

  • by Ray Bradbury, Richard Kurti, Bev Doyle
  • Narrated by Derek Jacobi, Hayley Atwell, Anna Madeley, John Altman
  • 1 hrs and 10 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Derek Jacobi and Hayley Atwell lead an all-star cast in The Martian Chronicles, a thrilling new dramatisation reimagining Ray Bradbury’s timeless fable of doomed Martian colonisation.
When the first expedition to Mars mysteriously disappears, Earth sends a second to find out what happened. But the real mission is classified. And only Captain Wilder knows the truth. Spender, an anthropologist on Wilder’s crew, attempts to prevent the colonisation that she believes will eradicate the last of an ancient people living on Mars. But to what lengths will she go?
As the honourable but duty-bound Captain Wilder tracks the now rogue Spender into the Martian mountains, the future of this ancient planet is at stake. Meanwhile, Earth itself teeters on the brink of its own global catastrophe as the very survival of humanity hangs in the balance....
This audio release also includes a special behind-the-scenes mini documentary with interviews from the stars, plus six special teasers examining the Martian culture!


What the Critics Say

"Derek Jacobi turns in a subtle, nuanced but incredibly powerful performance as Captain Wilder." (The Radio Times)
"Boasting an impressive cast, pacey direction and phenomenally atmospheric sound design, it’s certainly a polished production." (SFX Magazine)


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Customer Reviews

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great cast and an excellent performance, keep the me glued the whole time reading it
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- B. Harrell

Could have used a bit more hashing out

What made the experience of listening to The Martian Chronicles the most enjoyable?

I'm a Jacobi and Atwell fan, so having them in the same radio drama was idyllic.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It needed to be a bit longer, I think. However, I've never read the book, so I'm not sure what might have been left out, but I suspect is was definitely abridged. Very few of Bradbury's books can be narrated in under an hour.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

They were fabulous. Jacobi always excels in every narration I've heard him perform, and it was a delight to hear Hayley Atwell put so much enthusiasm and passion into her role.

Any additional comments?

Going off one of Hayley Atwell's comments at the end, I'm pretty sure Spender is supposed to be a male character, but in this drama, Hayley plays the character. So there may be some "gender-bending" if you will. I'm not adverse to it, so it didn't bother me, but it might bother fans of the original text.

Overall, I found this to be a superb radio drama.

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- Sparkling Angel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2016
  • Publisher: Andrews UK Limited