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The War of the Worlds Radio/TV Program

The War of the Worlds: Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised)

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Publisher's Summary

When a Martian spacecraft lands on Woking Common, mankind is terrorised by aliens in tall, armoured capsules which stalk the countryside on three legs. The machines wreak havoc on London and the Southern Counties, and survivors are driven underground. Scientist John Nicholson (Paul Daneman) tells how he was plunged into a paralysing nightmare of stark terror, savage madness and utter destruction. Martin Jarvis, Peter Sallis, and Anthony Jackson also feature in this thrilling six-part dramatisation of HG Wells' book, first broadcast on Radio 4 in 1967.

© and (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Ian Kershaw 15/02/2007
    Ian Kershaw 15/02/2007 Member Since 2005
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    "Fantastic"

    I first listened to this dramatised version of The War Of The Worlds when I was a young lad, my dad recorded it on a very old spool tape recorder. I kept it for years, listening to it when I was aloud to, until the tape recorder broke. To listen to it again just brings back memories. Its the best version available. Thanks Audible, I'm now going to wear my ipod out.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    David LondonUnited Kingdom 23/02/2007
    David LondonUnited Kingdom 23/02/2007
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    "An excellent listen"

    This is a muscular and violent production as radio dramas go and its all the scarier and more vivid for it. The production values are strong and the cast is excellent. I'd give it 4.5 if I could, the only downsides being the slightly melodramatic opening titles and the outdated female character. That said, its still a treat.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Southend-on-Sea, Essex, United Kingdom 29/12/2008
    Peter Southend-on-Sea, Essex, United Kingdom 29/12/2008
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    "A BBC Classic"

    I first read the book when I was about 12 and had the attention span of a bored chimp. But the book gripped me in a way that got me told off many times for reading in bed when I should have been sleeping. This audio rendition from the BBC managed to do exactly the same. I switched on my ipod and didn't switch it off until I had listened to all 6 episodes. The actors were excellent in their reading of the script and although not the original time setting the play relayed the fear and excitement that I felt when I originally read the book. The only criticism I have is of the rather over melodramatic title sequences that I felt could have been edited out, this aside I would recommend that any fan of H.C.Wells or indeed War of the Worlds in its many different forms download this without hesitation, they will not be dissapointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    danny Heaton Norris, United Kingdom 19/09/2011
    danny Heaton Norris, United Kingdom 19/09/2011 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome"

    Loved it and the sound effects mixed with the claustrophobia of it all just make this a great listen.....especially in the dark

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer UK 23/12/2012
    Amazon Customer UK 23/12/2012 Member Since 2014
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    "War of the Worlds"

    I might be a little biased as this is one of my favourite stories. It's a great adaptation, I much prefer it to the Orson Welles (although the idea was very interesting, this is just easier to follow and far more gripping in terms of sitting back and relaxing with some entertainment). I listened to a chapter a night before bed and it certainly gave me chills. Some great acting and the sound effects are marvellous.



    I felt very involved in the plot, wanted to scream at certain characters. I've listened to it over about three times.



    It's great whether or not you know the original or any of the other versions. The story follow a good plot at a great, easy pace and is never dull.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael A 26/10/2016
    Michael A 26/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Scary"

    Very scary like the movie and it is a case of what if. Happy nightmares.

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    BarbicanBoy 21/08/2016
    BarbicanBoy 21/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great vintage radio"

    A very interesting look back to a classic BBC radio production. I really enjoyed this in the 6 original episodes.

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    ReadingWild 06/02/2015
    ReadingWild 06/02/2015 Member Since 2016

    Audio books have been an incredible discovery

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    "A bit of creepy fun"

    Another interpretation of a rather over dense book, truer than many other retelling said but slightly over wordy, having the cast describe what's happening is a bit old hat but it despite some minor very minor flaws a good way to spend a couple of hours

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    Paul Nottingham, United Kingdom 25/11/2013
    Paul Nottingham, United Kingdom 25/11/2013
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    "Entertaining and obsessed with alcohol throughout!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The War of the Worlds?

    Fantastic, but hasn't aged particularly well in the old sound effect departments, made me laugh so much but all in a good way. Great to listen to whilst I'm at work! I noticed how at every opportunity there is an obsession with alcohol!... and they say there is a problem with alcohol consumption nowadays! How times have changed. At one point he drinks 2 stiff brandys before going for a drive hahaaaaaa!

    Over all I loved it and I've listened to it 4 times already, even the kids were entertained by the 60s style analogue sound effects! All in all, a wonderful story that I have fascinated over since I first became aware of it.


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    janesell Isle of Man 14/04/2013
    janesell Isle of Man 14/04/2013
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    "I'm in love with this story. Just love it."

    Seen all the films, and I just love this audio story off it. I get right into it, makes me shudder the story and the way it is told is really good I it is one off my favourites I love listening too. Wish there was more off these to get.

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    "Needs editing"

    This was clearly a serial, which is not the issue. The problem is that the producers left in all the lead in and credits for each installment, which becomes extremely annoying by the end of the recording.

    The sounds effects were also a over the top for my taste.

    I've heard other recordings of this story that I enjoyed more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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