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Homey the Clown
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Audio Dramas With Full Cast
I just finished all of the "We're Alive" episodes, including ""Lockdown" and "Goldrush". I really enjoyed the series, mainly because of the full cast. I found it was way more entertaining than just a single narrator.

Please recommend other series similar to this one that has a full cast. I like apocalyptical type stories, whether it be zombies, or whatever. Mainly something with action.

I prefer a series mainly because I can get through a 12 hour story in about 3 days.

I just started "The Apocalypse Crusade", but it doesn't have a full cast.


Green Chili Tiger
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I like apocalyptical type stories, whether it be zombies, or whatever. Mainly something with action.


Marvel's Wolverine: The Long Night was pretty good


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The world war Z audiobook has a full cast I believe. It’s fantastic but short


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Kafka
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Old Time Radio Drama -- Sort of like very short audio books

The following is a USA Today article from a couple of years ago. For anyone interested in learning about Old Time Radio it's not a bad place to start.

The web’s best kept secret? Free classic radio dramas
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If you’re looking to fill up your smartphone, tablet or laptop with great content, there’s a lot more than just music, videos, ebooks, and games. Without costing a dime, there are many tens of thousands of “old time radio” shows – from the golden age of radio – available for streaming or downloading.

You might be asking yourself “Why would a future-looking technology journalist want to fill up his phone with radio dramas popularized in the ‘40s and ‘50s?” Yes, I see the irony. But you’d be pleasantly surprised at how entertaining these are – and they’ve kept me sane while commuting in a car or resting my eyes on a plane. Or, in many instances, I'm playing a game on my phone or tablet while listening to these shows at the same time.

These bite-sized old-time radio (“OTR”) shows are typically 20- to 40-minutes in length. We’re not talking audiobooks here, which are typically narrated by one person, but rather, these are well-acted radio plays, often with music and sound effects. Because you're using your imagination to "see" the characters, environments and actions, these shows feel wonderfully intimate and personal.


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I just finished all of the "We're Alive" episodes, including ""Lockdown" and "Goldrush". I really enjoyed the series, mainly because of the full cast. I found it was way more entertaining than just a single narrator.


I was just thinking about this exact same thing. I followed We're Alive thru Lockdown.

I'd love to find more similar ones.


Homey the Clown
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I'd love to find more similar ones.


There doesnt seem to be many out there like it, that i can find, at least.


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Jcorye1
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Please recommend other series similar to this one that has a full cast. I like apocalyptical type stories, whether it be zombies, or whatever. Mainly something with action.



American Gods has the full staff, and I guess you could say it has some apocalyptical items in it.


Homey the Clown
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American Gods


After reading a summary, I believe I will give this one a listen once I'm done with Apocalypse Crusade.

It looks to be about 20 hours. I typically like them to be a little longer (if they are entertaining), but I'll give it a shot.


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Treasure Island was pretty good


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Homey the Clown
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So, I finished "American Gods" a week or so ago. It was definitely different. I felt like it spent most of the book leading up to something that never really happened. Sort of like that one friend who always tells you a long arse story but never gets to the end point.

I believe I'm going to be starting the "Home" series by A. American. There is 11 books that were released from 2012 to 2018. A coworker recommended it to me. I will try to report back during and after the series (if I can make it through 11 books).


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Sneaky__Sally
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Audiodramas of shakespeare - audible has a ton I think


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DaleGribble
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I freaking love old radio shows. The Great Gildersleeve, Lux Radio Theater, The Phil Harris/Alice Faye show, Martin and Lewis, etc.

There are literally thousands and thousands of hours of programming out there. It's like stepping back in time. So glad to see that people are listening to these shows.


Homey the Clown
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I don't know why, but
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Audiodramas of shakespeare
and
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old radio shows
do not sound interesting to me at all.


Kafka
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old radio shows
do not sound interesting to me at all
Do you like The Twilight Zone?



Dimension X

Dimension X ran on NBC 1950-1. The show was later retooled as X Minus 1 in 1955-8. They dramatized stories from the pulp SF "golden age" of the 1940s by writers like Bradbury, Asimov, Heinlein etc.

While there are plenty of rocketmen and space travel stories, the most interesting episodes IMHO are those that prefigure the classic "The Twilight Zone" situation -- ordinary people caught up in fantastic situations. Stephen King once commented that Richard Matheson took horror out of the gothic mansion and let it happen anywhere, even the minimart down the street. That's what these shows helped do for SF -- although Twilight Zone would get the credit. I wonder how often Rod Serling listened to them.

Dimension X

"Kaleidoscope" - Bradbury

"To The Future" - Bradbury

"Mars Is Heaven" - Bradbury

"Dwellers In Silence" - Bradbury

"Dr. Grimshaw's Sanitorium"- I can't believe they got away with this ending in 1950.

X Minus 1



"Zero Hour" - Bradbury (notice a pattern here?). The ending is a masterpiece.

"The Last Martian" - Fredric Brown. This was later filmed as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents starring Steve McQueen. IMHO this radio version is superior.

"Hostess" - Asimov

"The Cold Equations"

"Venus Is A Man's World" - not all that great an episode, but a fascinatingly prescient satire on feminism (from 1957!)

X Minus 1 also did two stories by a very young, little-known writer named Philip K Dick, "Colony" and "The Defenders". They're nothing special, although "The Defenders" is not a bad cold war allegory -- apparently a frequently-used device in SF of this period, at least judging by these two series.

Do you like Alfred Hitchcock Presents?

Suspense is essentially the radio version of AHP (Hitchcock himself directed the pilot). Suspense ran for 20 years (over 900 episodes!) and produced numerous classics such as Lucille Fletcher's "Sorry, Wrong Number" (which Orson Welles called "the greatest radio play ever written) and "The Hitch Hiker" (starring Welles, later filmed for Twilight Zone).

Fletcher also wrote a brilliant "spooky old house" chiller, "Fugue In C Minor" (starring Vincent Price), which unfortunately was never filmed. Too bad, as it seems to be crying out for visuals.


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Kafka
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7 part radio dramatization of Les Miserables done by Orson Welles in 1937.

Les Miserables (YT) -- listen online

Les Miserables (Internet Archive) -- free download

Wikipedia
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Les Misérables is a seven-part radio series broadcast July 23 – September 3, 1937 (Fridays at 10 p.m. ET), on the Mutual Network. Orson Welles adapted Victor Hugo's novel, directed the series and starred as Jean Valjean. The 22-year-old Welles developed the idea of telling stories with first-person narration on the series, which was his first job as a writer-director for radio.

Marking the radio debut of the Mercury Theatre, Welles's Les Misérables was described by biographer Simon Callow as "one of his earliest, finest and most serious achievements on radio".

The production costarred Martin Gabel as Javert, Alice Frost as Fantine, and Virginia Nicolson, Welles's first wife, as the adult Cosette. The supporting cast included Ray Collins*, Agnes Moorehead*, Everett Sloane*, Betty Garde, Hiram Sherman, Frank Readick, Richard Widmark, Richard Wilson* and William Alland*.
*Later worked with Welles on Citizen Kane

22 year old Orson Welles at the time of Les Miserables.



Kafka
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Wikipedia
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The Mercury Theatre on the Air is a radio series of live radio dramas created by Orson Welles. The weekly hour-long show presented classic literary works performed by Welles's celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann.

The show made headlines with its "The War of the Worlds" broadcast on October 30, one of the most famous broadcasts in the history of radio due to the panic it allegedly caused
Aside from the War Of The Worlds, notable episodes include Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness (the story Welles went to Hollywood intending to film; it was later done as Apocalypse Now), Julius Caesar (which Welles staged on Broadway, resetting it to modern-day Fascist Italy) and The Magnificent Ambersons (which would be Welles' second film)

Hear/DL episodes here






Homey the Clown
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I'll be honest, I'm not sure what the heck you just posted, but none of it makes me want to listen to whatever it is

Just wanted to provide an update for the A. American Survivalist series. I'm currently on book 6 already. Dick Fontaine is the best narrator I've listened to so far. I'm enjoying this series very much.

Would recommend.


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VanRIch
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What did you think of it? My brother-in-law played Michael. I listened to it years ago and loved it.


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