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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Another Excellent Dramazation

It was nice to hear the late Leonard Nimoy. The stand out to me was Gates McFadden, she did a wonderful job. Brent Spinner was also good and did some military characters. John De Lancie got the crew together. Will Wheaton's name was mentioned, but I did not recognize his voice. This is a must for Star Trek Fans, but you still need to get the original with Orson Wells, it is still the best.

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  • Nick
  • Oneonta, NY, USA
  • 10-10-04

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.

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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..

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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.

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Classic

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.

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A good play

I loved it! the star trek cast especially Gates and Lenard. You thought you were really at the locations they were playing

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Flights of fantasy for your mind

With the cast Star Trek This speaking to you during this reading. Is mesmerizing tail.

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Star Trek through the War of the Worlds

You get to listen too various Star Trek Alum bring their acting chops to the Warthr Worlds radio dramatization.

Though not as good as the original radio dramatization, it's still a fun jaunt into radio drama and a live production featuring a cast of people, those who enjoy Star Trek in any facet, will enjoy listening too.

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Halloween perfecction!

Where does War of the Worlds (Dramatized) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favorite full-cast purchases - it really captures the feel of the original radio broadcast.

What was one of the most memorable moments of War of the Worlds (Dramatized)?

The first time I heard Leonard Nimoy's voice I nearly wept. He is flawless.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the professor is alone, writing his journal, fearing that he has seen the end of the world as he knows it, the narrative and Nimoy's voice are heart-wrenching.

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

I shed tears a few times, and the tension was palpable.

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Great Radio Play Done By Star Trek Cast

Would you consider the audio edition of War of the Worlds (Dramatized) to be better than the print version?

This is the radio play done famously by Orson Wells - no printer version existed before.

What other book might you compare War of the Worlds (Dramatized) to and why?

Nemoy and Del Lancy do Alien Voices series too

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Grover's Mill

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-15-16

Very good

Not the very best audio book but more than passable.

Leonard Nimoy with his gravelly voice is excellent the rest just ok