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War of the Worlds (Dramatized) | [H.G. Wells, adapted by Howard Koch]

War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

Join actors from television's Star Trek - including Leonard Nimoy, Brent Spiner, and Gates McFadden - as they recreate this classic radio thriller. The breathless pace and convincing details make it clear why the 1938 broadcast caused a nationwide panic. You may panic too...
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Publisher's Summary

Join actors from television's Star Trek as they recreate this classic radio thriller. The breathless pace and convincing details make it clear why the 1938 broadcast caused a nationwide panic. You may panic too...as horrifying life forms emerge from a strange object in a New Jersey farmer's field. War of the Worlds is truly the mother of all space invasions, offering a rare combination of thrills, chills, and great literature.

Performed by a full cast including Leonard Nimoy, Brent Spiner, and Gates McFadden - this production also includes an interview with McFadden, better known as Beverly Crusher on The Next Generation.

You'll also want to hear an unabridged version of H.G. Wells' original novel.

(P)1994 L.A. Theatre Works, All Rights Reserved

What the Critics Say

"With brilliantly appropriate casting, L.A. Theatre Works presents a reinterpretation of Orson Welles' radio adaptation of War of the Worlds....Fifty-nine years after its original broadcast, War of the Worlds still sends waves of fear through listeners as they hear reports of the destruction of modern life by aliens from Mars. Leonard Nimoy's Professor Pierson is rendered with grace and poignancy as the last man on earth. Brent Spiner is excellent in his role as the stranger in the latter half of the piece. With its heart-racing pace and fantastic sound effects, War of the Worlds reminds us how realistic radio drama can be." (AudioFile)

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    Nick Oneonta, NY, USA 10-10-04
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    "Not the Mercury Theater, but still fun"

    Not as good as the orginal, but an enjoyable update of a classic. Gates McFadden as reporter Carla Phillips is an interesting twist. The recording also includes an interesting interview with McFadden.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anandasubra CHENNAI, TN, United States 04-30-04
    Anandasubra CHENNAI, TN, United States 04-30-04 Member Since 2009
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    "Active, good, and fun to hear"

    Active, updated for modern times, and very good to hear.
    Would recommend it for a good listening at night with all lights shut and dark... you get the idea..

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    M. Davis MI 11-01-04
    M. Davis MI 11-01-04 Member Since 2002

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    "Original Bias"

    If I've never heard the original, then I'd rate this much higher. As it is, the original gives a more realistic fealing and I'm spoiled to it's effect.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ken calgary, AB, Canada 06-18-12
    Ken calgary, AB, Canada 06-18-12 Member Since 2011

    I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    When "War of the Worlds" first was on the air, most of America was in a state of panic, thinking the end of the world was here. This classic program is done with some of the biggest names in science fiction. I would recomend it to my friends because they can enjoy a masterpeice and be able to use there imagination once more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how well the cast worked together, playing off each others emotions.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    well there is already several films on this, i dont think i need to worry about that


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to have a throw back to the good classic radio days, this is where you should start. Old radio shows is the start to the home entertainment industry in my opinion, and as such take time to see how your parents or grandparents where able to enjoy there weekday night.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert United States 12-06-03
    Robert United States 12-06-03 Listener Since 2003
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    "Not Impressed"

    I was little disappointed. I thought Orson Wells original radio program was what I purchased. It was ok lisening to but nothing like the original. This is why I'm rating it lower then probably deserves.

    8 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    William Monson, MA, USA 03-21-04
    William Monson, MA, USA 03-21-04
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    "war of the worlds"

    Almost ordered, what I assumed would be the original broadcast, then read the customer review. I'll think a bit more about this NEW production before ordering.

    0 of 26 people found this review helpful
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