The Thing Read-Along Record Book

Yes, it’s here, folks!  My super-secret audio project has finally been released.  As you can see by the title of this post, it is an original read-along record book of John Carpenter’s The Thing.

Long story short, I love those old record books that were popular in the 1970s and 80s, but they were always made primarily for kid’s movies, TV shows, and comic books.  But that means a lot of great films that came out during that time period never got the full record book treatment.

So, along with some of my geeky friends, I decided to correct this oversight, and am now working on read-along record books for the films that never got them in the first place.  My first choice was John Carpenter’s classic 1982 cult hit, The Thing.

This is also an opportunity to announce my new podcast, The Space Monkey X Audio Workshop, hosted over at spacemonkeyx.net.  You can read more about The Thing record book and the new podcast over there.

Here’s a direct link to The Thing podcast episode.  Don’t forget to download the PDF record book, too!

Or if you’d prefer to the get the audio and the record book in once place, just hit Play on the YouTube video below.

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2 comments

  1. Michael Page says:

    You sir are a genius! An absolute GENIUS! I’m old enough to have had a few of the “Read Along” books/records, and I definitely remember having the Star Wars Trilogy, along with a few Disney titles (can’t remember which, but I might have had some for Looney Tunes as well). I think those books/records helped me to be able to quote Star Wars with zero problems of getting the quote wrong. lol

    This was done extremely well and has a professional look to it. The voice actors chosen did a remarkable job in trying to sound like the actors in the movie, and the pacing didn’t feel shortened in any spots (even though I knew what parts were cut, since I’ve seen “The Thing” a hundred times at least). I like the added dialog, as it added just a little more to the story without having that “Added by a fanboy” type of ridiculousness.

    Whatever gave you the idea to do something so unique for an item that only us old folks would fawn over? Well, I did see ones on Ebay that used a CD (so they still use the idea), but that isn’t the same. I will watch your site like a hawk and can’t wait to see what comes next. It’s going to be hard to beat the quality that “The Thing” gave us, but who knows. 🙂

    • SpaceMonkeyX says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Michael! I’m an old-timer myself who used to listen to read-along record books as a youngster, and they had a huge impact on me. When I got a record player a couple of years ago, I immediately ran to my parents’ house and was happy to find they’d kept all of my Superman, Batman, Star Wars, and Gremlins records intact. Since then I’ve become a little obsessed with collecting them, amassing somewhere around 100 titles thanks to eBay, thrift stores, and garage sales. I even run a podcast called When You Hear This Sound that highlights some of my collection (just scroll through some of my posts on here and you’ll find links to the episodes).

      Yes, I did have to trim the story down, but that was also pretty typical on the actual record books, too. When you have to fit two hours into 20 minutes, you have to sacrifice some of the less important subplots and stick to the bones of the story. Still, I tried my best not to cut anything that was too vital.

      I don’t know if the next one will live up to The Thing, but I’m definitely going to try. I have a short list of films in mind and hope to get started on one soon. I’m going to have a larger pool of actors to choose from next time, so hopefully it’ll be even better.

      Thanks for listening and feel free to subscribe to The Space Monkey X Audio Workshop podcast over at spacemonkeyx.net or just search for “Space Monkey X” on iTunes.