Golden Apples of the Sun: 2 Hours of Dramatized Ray Bradbury Stories

golden apples

In 1953, Ray Brad­bury pub­lished The Gold­en Apples of the Sun, an anthol­o­gy of 22 short sto­ries. The title (if it sounds famil­iar) takes inspi­ra­tion from the final stan­za of W. B. Yeats’ 1899 poem “The Song of Wan­der­ing Aen­gus”:

Though I am old with wan­der­ing
Through hol­low lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dap­pled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done
The sil­ver apples of the moon,
The gold­en apples of the sun.

Some year lat­er, in 1991, the BBC dra­ma­tized eight sto­ries from Brad­bury’s col­lec­tion. Adapt­ed by Lawrence Gilbert, the sto­ries were per­formed by a full cast and aired on the radio. The audio, run­ning almost two hours, can be streamed below thanks to It’s oth­er­wise housed in our col­lec­tion of 550 Free Audio Books. Enjoy.

Below we have some oth­er radio drama­ti­za­tions of sci-fi/dystopi­an clas­sics.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Aldous Hux­ley Reads Dra­ma­tized Ver­sion of Brave New World

Free: Isaac Asimov’s Epic Foun­da­tion Tril­o­gy Dra­ma­tized in Clas­sic Audio

Revis­it Orson Welles’ Icon­ic ‘War of the Worlds’ Broad­cast

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