Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Journey #81 - The Goblins and the Gravedigger by Charles Dickens

Gabriel Grub, in the church graveyard, is seized upon by goblins, creatures seemingly more unpleasant than himself.

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This story was originally titled "The Goblins who stole a Sexton" and was extracted from Dickens' debut novel, The Pickwick Papers.

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular. They include Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, and A Christmas Carol.

B.J. Harrison is the host, and principle narrator, for the multiple award-winning Classic Tales Podcast.  The Classic Tales Podcast was awarded as one of iTunes’ Top Podcasts of 2007, and maintains a 5-star rating after over 600 reviews at iTunes.  Harrison has performed hundreds of character voices, including accents from Hungary, Russia, Ecuador, Italy, France, Arkansas, New York and many others. B.J. Harrison’s classic audiobooks are sold at Audible.com, and the iTunes Music Store. They are also available at his acclaimed website: www.thebestaudiobooks.com.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Journey #80 - Emily 501 by Tamara Hladik (Seeing Ear Theatre)

Sitaine Nuluhaya is an exo-archeologist and a linguist, sent on a mission in the Cygnus system to explore the ruins of an extinct culture. As a scholar of languages, she is delighted to discover an unknown, alien language, but this ancient tongue might not be as dead as she thinks…

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Seeing Ear Theater was an extension of the SCI-Fi Channel, and produced audio dramas between 1997 and 2001. Dozens of Science Fiction and Fantasy stories were produced by a dedicated and talented crew of multimedia artists, writers, actors and musicians and delivered “radio” drama via streaming audio. It managed to capture some of the top living SF writers of today, like Harlan Ellision, J. Michael Straczynski, Connie Willis, Neil Gaiman, and Kim Stanley Robinson. It also produced some classic stories, from the likes of Fredric Brown, Poul Anderson, and William Tenn.
Anne Bobby as Sitaine Nuluhaya
Alissa Hunnicutt as Computer
Rebecca Nice as Poetry Reader

Produced and Directed by George Zarr
Musical echoes performed by Bobby, Hunnicutt, and Nice
Sound Design by John Colucci

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Journey #79 - Double Feature: Sorry Wrong Number and The Diary of Saphronia Winters by Lucille Fletcher (Suspense)

The stories of two women isolated from the world and in danger.

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Suspense is a radio drama series broadcast on CBS Radio from 1942 through 1962.  One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and focused on suspense thriller-type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than 900 are still in existance.

Lucille Fletcher (March 28, 1912 – August 31, 2000) was an American screenwriter of film, radio and television. Her credits include The Hitch-Hiker, an original radio play written for Orson Welles and adapted for a notable episode of The Twilight Zone television series. Lucille Fletcher also wrote Sorry, Wrong Number, one of the most celebrated suspense plays in the history of American radio, which she adapted and expanded for the 1948 film noir classic of the same name.

Agnes  Moorehead (December 6, 1900 – April 30, 1974) was an American actress whose career of more than three decades included work in radio, stage, film and television. During the 1940s and 1950s, Moorehead was one of the most in demand actresses for radio dramas, especially on the CBS show Suspense. During the 946 episodes run of Suspense, Moorehead was cast in more episodes than any other actor or actress. Moorehead's most successful appearance on Suspense was in the legendary play Sorry, Wrong Number, written by Lucille Fletcher, broadcast on May 18, 1943.  She recreated the performance six times for Suspense and several times on other radio shows, always using her original, dog-eared script. She is now chiefly known for her role as Endora on the television series Bewitched.

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