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Summary

Five seminal science fiction classics are brought vividly to life in these gripping BBC Radio dramatisations, with casts including Robert Glenister, William Gaunt, Carleton Hobbs and Joanne Froggatt.

Frankenstein (1994) is adapted from one of the first science fiction novels, Mary Shelley's tale of a scientist who tries to play God and creates a monster.

The Time Machine (2009) dramatises one of the first stories to feature time travel, HG Wells' thrilling tale of an inventor who discovers a dystopian future.

The Lost World (1975) is based on a classic fantasy adventure story by Arthur Conan Doyle, whose notion of dinosaurs roaming our world was the inspiration for Jurassic Park.

R.U.R. (1989) is a radio production of Karel Kapek's thought-provoking play which introduced the word robot to the English language.

Solaris (2007) dramatises Stanislaw Lem's pioneering ghost story set in space, both a suspenseful thriller and a philosophical meditation on guilt and the human condition.

Accompanying this collection is a bonus PDF file featuring extensive sleeve notes by Andrew Pixley. Duration: 10 hours approx.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Two great - Two fine - One really bad


Let’s start things off on a positive note. Solaris (2007) and The Time Machine (2009) are both enjoyable stories dramatised by the BBC. The others not so much.

Frankenstein (1994) is fine, but I’ve already heard the adaptation by Big Finish which is also available on Audible and is far superior (starring Arthur Darvill). Would have enjoyed this production more if I hadn’t heard anything to compare it against.

Same issue with The Lost World (1975). I’ve already got the BBC’s more recent production (2011) and it is much better. Starring David Robb

R.U.R., Rossum’s Universal Robots (1989). There is a good story hidden there, but it is terribly dated. Especially the portrayal of the lead female, Helena Glory. Was glad when it ended. Won’t be listening to it again. Ever.

Previously these five dramatisations were available separately so although I really enjoyed only two of them, for me at least, it still seems good value. Looking forward to reading other reviews of R.U.R.. Do others agree, is it really as bad as I thought it was?

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  • 31-10-19

Constant problem

Love all these stories so no problem there. But when you have multiple stories in one book why can’t the chapters be labelled. There is no way to tell where each one starts. Surely they can be named rather than just Chapter 1 etc.

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Good collection!

Overall, a good collection! I enjoyed Solaris a lot, followed by the Time Machine. Probably, my lea set favorite was Frankenstein. Here would be my breakdown: Frankenstein - Ok The Time Machine - Good The Lost World - Ok R.U.R - Good Solaris - Great

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Shame

Usually a great lover if the old BBC Sci fi radio dramas, unfortunately the stories here are not performed to greatest.

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Only listened to Frankenstein so far...

This great tale was not served well by the strange performances - at one point Frankenstein sounded like someone doing a bad impression of Prince Charles and the monster...well... Do you remember that episode of Blackadder with the actors in it - total luvvies..? Enough said. ‘Ah...daahhling...see how I place...the back of my hand....so very...very dramatically on .... my fore...head. And how I .... place gaps in the...sentences, but only....where no....gap should exist?’ Drama school nonsense. Looking forward to the other stories in the compilation tho!

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Great imaginative stories

Loved the stories and imaginative role play and strong characters. Great sound effects and quality of narrative.

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worth buying just for Solaris

shame they put Solaris on last as it's worth buying just for this great version of the classic. tale

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Great series of stories based on timeless classics

what a fab series. well dramatized. Great acting. timeless classics. I shall look for more in the series

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Great classics Condensed.

How could any one who likes these classics not enjoy this? It was great feeling nostalgic as these dramas covered some of my favourite classic sci-fi in a radio drama format. I had not even read RUR before, but I will after listening to these.

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Great

Can't complain with 5 stories in one purchase. Not too fussed on Frankenstein though but enjoyed the others. .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-08-18

CHAPTER LIST:

CHAPTERS 1-2 FRANKENSTEIN CHAPTERS 3-4 THE TIME MACHINE CHAPTERS 5-7 THE LOST WORLD CHAPTERS 8-9 R.U.R CHAPTERS 10-11 SOLARIS

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  • Jeremy M. Miller
  • 29-04-19

Disappointing

I began this collection with high hopes. I love radio drama of the 1940s and thereabout. Additionally, the ground-breaking science fiction of over a century is to be praised. Be this simply dated, and that the performers lacked an inspired belief that the stories were true, I found this to be of historical fascination but of minimal pleasure, escape, and even passing believability. Disappointing....

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