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The original uncut Radio Broadcast.

On the evening of October 30th, 1938, Earth went to war with Mars. Martians invaded New Jersey!

Here is the famous panic-inducing broadcast that shook the world, starring Orson Welles.

©2012 ABN (P)2011 ABN

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The Original

This was written and performed over the radio on Halloween Eve in 1938. This got Orson Welles career kick started. That alone makes it important. This adaptation of The War of the Worlds is brilliant. There is controversy over the panic that this caused or didn't cause. It seems up till than the show was not popular.

All my reviews are aimed at the modern listener. Something may have been great in the past, but not so in the present. This story and this production has stood the test of time. No, you will not be scared, but anyone with an imagination can see how it could have been very scary. This was a great way to update H.G. Wells story, just as the several movies that have been made since then. Probably every generation will get to see their own adaption of this great story.

It's less than a buck, and less than an hour of your time.
Check it out.

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Great Romp in History

I was born in the earlier times before TV took off, listened to the Lone Ranger and The Shadow on the radio so I greatly appreciate the beauty of Audible books to transport my mind to another place.

Orson Welles classic retelling of the War of the Worlds seems preposterous today but then there were no verifiable communication like we have today. People believed that Martians came to this world and destroyed New Jersey and New York. The radio players couldn't believe their broadcast created hysteria. It sounded real, like they were switching between a dance party, an observatory, an investigative journalist, etc. In today's terms, how could people be so gullible?! But back then, how could they believe anything but?!

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  • Pamela
  • St. Louis, Mo, United States
  • 02-21-14

Still Creepy after all these Years!

What made the experience of listening to War of the Worlds (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

Since this is a radio broadcast it is meant to be listened to. Even though the sound effects are cheesy at best, and the recording is old, it still manages to creep you out. I can understand how there were reports of people panicking when they came into it without hearing the intro.

What did you like best about this story?

Orson Welles had an extremely distinctive voice, it was made for this venue. The story keeps very close to the original story. BTW, don't rely on the movie version of this story for the truth. Buy the HG Wells original story (Its free on Kindle). The story takes place at the turn of the 19th and 20th century in England but it is really good.

Which character – as performed by Orson Welles – was your favorite?

Professor Pierson who narrarates the story is compelling and the varying emotions in his voice, from skeptisim (sp) to outright horror, makes it more realistic.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither, it scared the hell out of me. I have a 90 minute commute to work and I listened to it at night during a rather bad storm. Add to the fact that hwy 67 has no streetlights and well, you get the picture.

Any additional comments?

My only complaint is that its a bad copy with a part of part 2 coming in during part 1 with a rather annoying screech to it. You need to get a better copy.

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The classic that shook the world

I know i have a different review on a newer war of the worlds but this is the original. Orson welles is a brilliant man who knows how to put together a masterpeice

I listen to it at least once a week lying in bed just before i go to sleep and it never gets old. Based off a book, Orson Wells made a great science fiction novel become reality for the nation. something that as far as i know has yet to produce as much a nation wide reaction.

i highly recomend that everyone should listen to this peice of american classic entertainment, and remember the good ol day before "video killed the radio star" (buggles)

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Blown Away

If you like the sample provided, you will like the whole thing. I was thoroughly impressed. The radio broadcast sounded so convincing I could see why it caused panic on the New Jersey roads. Orson Welles genius really shined through. Very creative and original. I wish more people did things like this today. Historical classic.

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Good old fashioned entertainment

Yes, the quality is garbled and exactly what you'd expect from the 1930s but that is where the charm comes from I think.

overall very well written, produced and acted.

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  • Carrie
  • Dahlonega, GA, United States
  • 03-28-18

I would have been terrified!

Had this aired and I didn’t know it was a dramatization, I could see the public freaking out! It was wonderful listening to this after hearing so much about it. Everyone should listen to it, pretend you’re back in that time, and put yourself in the story.

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Classic story

I got this one so I could listen to a bit of history and a fictional story that caused some people to get scared.

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not impressed.

if that scared people then, that doesn't say much for their intelligence. no wonder they vote as they do in that region.

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Brilliant!

TL;DR: It's old and it's short, but it's still fun to listen to. Plus its cheap, so just pick it up. I had always wanted to hear the original dramatized broadcast of this wonderful work of literature, and never thought to see if there was a recording still available for purchase. Productions of this nature are steadfast icons of an era long past, but never forgotten. If you've never heard it, but always been interested to hear how an old radio theater broadcast sounds, I suggest you buy it. You will not be disappointed, provided you retain two pertinent points of focus: 1) This production is nearly 80 years old. It was recorded on equipment we would consider relic or antique, the personalities/ideologies presented are from a just post-WWII mindset, and the story contents themselves place the emphasis firmly on the "speculative" part of "speculative fiction". This would no longer be considered what some might feel to be a possible future occurrence, if not in concept then at least in action. 2) This is not the entirety of the original masterpiece by H.G. Wells, but merely a snippet. I would hope that would go without saying, due to the recording running just shy of one hour in length (not all of which is actually reading of the story) as well as the clear labeling of this title as a "dramatization". Enjoy it for what it was, is, and continues to be: a fun and historic work of art! You need not love theater to appreciate it, nor concentrate unduly to understand it. Just listen with an open mind, and let it take you away. Just buy it; you won't regret it. And if you do, it was just two dollars.

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  • wiser2865
  • 08-28-16

No thanks

This was not what I expected, so I was to impressed. I'm sure others enjoy this more than I did

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