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Burgess, Leonard and Ray: There Will Come Soft Rains

By Widge - posted 01.09.13 @ 7:38 am

Burgess Meredith Reads Ray Bradbury

You might recall we've previously posted a Russian animated short film based on Ray Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains." Now, though, we get Burgess Meredith giving a reading of the story from the Burgess Meredith Reads Ray Bradbury album from 1962. (The B-side was "Marionettes, Inc.")

The story was collected in The Martian Chronicles and has been adapted and recorded multiple times. And because we can, here's Leonard Nimoy giving his interpretation of it. This was released in 1975.

Both albums are quite out of print and the readings, oddly, have never been collected or re-issued. Not even as an MP3 bundle. Therefore, if you want them, then *cough* Google is your friend.

Martian Chronicles is available from Amazon in paperback.

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Widgett Walls is Need Coffee's Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. He is the author of the novel Mystics on the Road to Vanishing Point, and two collections of short stories, Magnificent Desolation and Something Else: The Complete First Season. He is also co-author of the children's book There's a Zombie in My Treehouse! All of those books are available in paperback or for the Kindle from Amazon. He is also the narrator and publisher of the first unabridged recording of Seneca's letters, available here. He is active on both Twitter and Facebook. (If you befriend him on Facebook, do say you came via Need Coffee.) He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He hardly ever sleeps.

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A Lone Voice in the Wilderness

    Nice selection. This short reminds me of a good and supremely dark Tom & Jerry cartoon, or a twisted Rube Goldberg invention.

    Comment by Montag — January 10, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

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