The Halloween Tree

Adapted for audio by Jerry Robbins , from the book by Ray Bradbury
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2.02 Hours 10/01/2008 audio theater
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On a Halloween night, eight boys are led on an incredible journey into the past by the mysterious “spirit” Moundshroud. Riding a dark autumn wind from ancient Egypt to the land of the Celtic druids, from Mexico to a cathedral in Paris, they will witness the haunting beginnings of the holiday called Halloween. Featuring the evocative prose and imagery of Ray Bradbury, the fine acting of the Colonial Radio Theatre players, and atmospheric music and sound effects, this story will send shivers of delight (and spine-chilling terror) through listeners young and old, long after the last candle has died in your jack-o’-lantern.

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Summary

Summary

On a Halloween night, eight boys are led on an incredible journey into the past by the mysterious “spirit” Moundshroud. Riding a dark autumn wind from ancient Egypt to the land of the Celtic druids, from Mexico to a cathedral in Paris, they will witness the haunting beginnings of the holiday called Halloween.

Featuring the evocative prose and imagery of Ray Bradbury, the fine acting of the Colonial Radio Theatre players, and atmospheric music and sound effects, this story will send shivers of delight (and spine-chilling terror) through listeners young and old, long after the last candle has died in your jack-o’-lantern.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Imaginatively cryptic…skillfully presented.” Los Angeles Times
“At last someone has written a book about Halloween that is tricky and scary, ghostly and windy, deathly and clammy.”  Boston Globe
“At last someone has written a book about Halloween that is tricky and scary, ghostly and windy, deathly and clammy…If you want to know what Halloween is, or if you simply want an eerie adventure, take this mystery-history trip. You couldn't have a better guide than Ray Bradbury.”  Boston Globe
“The voice talent for this production matches well with the predominant characters of young boys, and Jerry Robbins plays Moundshroud with a good eccentric and maniacal tone…A wealth of music complements the story and gives the listener a sense of plot progression.” Publishers Weekly
“A haunting, unforgettable night of trick-or-treating…Satisfyingly spooky.” Midwest Book Review
“The right mix of high spirits and subtle mystery to please both adults and children…the [listener] is carried along by its sheer exuberance.” Amazon.com
“[A] pure radio dramatic experience: a free-wheeling adventure that can in an instant convince us that we are flying with a kite, building Notre Dame, or visiting the catacombs where Mexican mummies pass eternity. What makes it work is the extravagant musical score…the elegance of Jeffrey Gage’s music.” Phil Nichols, Bradbury Media,England
“A fast-moving, eerie…tale set on Halloween night.” Booklist
“A spectacular guide to the nether regions.”  Kirkus Reviews
“An illuminating look into the origins of Halloween as well as an honest exploration of our own cultural view of death…Death may be our greatest mystery, but Bradbury is not afraid to look into its cold, impenetrable depths in search for meaning. The Halloween Tree illuminates the subject with a ghostly pumpkin candle whose light remained with me long after the tale was over, which is one sure mark of a good book.” SFFAudio.com

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 2.02
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English