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  • Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: H. G. Wells, Jeff Wayne
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Theo James, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 772

One of the world’s most recognisable sci-fi stories, H. G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds established numerous conventions for the genre, including the threat of an invasive extraterrestrial species, space travel and intergalactic conflict, inspiring directors, gamers, producers and writers alike with its sobering story of struggle and survival. Marrying the suspense, drama and urgency of Wells’ original novel with Jeff Wayne’s rousing and flamboyant score, Audible’s new and exclusive dramatisation uses action, narration, original music and evocative sound design to immerse listeners in a world that’s as thrilling as it is desolate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Interpretation of Jeff Wayne's Classic!

  • By Simon on 29-11-18

No one would have believed...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Having been introduced to the Jeff Wayne musical version of The War of the Worlds by my dad from a young age, I have always in my head wondered how well it would have been if it was an actual story, as opposed to just a musical version, and this definitely hits the nail on the head.

Michael Sheen's voice is so relaxing to listen to as George/the Journalist, and I honestly think that he deserves to take his place as one of three amazing voice artists to have played the role.

I enjoyed the little diversions from the original musical version, regarding certain parts of the story and I must say, even though I knew how it would end, it still manages to keep me on edge throughout.

Sound design and music both work together tremendously, so much so that I found myself closing my eyes at certain moments and imagining the scenes playing out in front of me.

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  • The War of the Worlds

  • BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: H G Wells
  • Narrated by: Blake Ritson, Samuel James, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of HG Wells' famous story of the brutal Martian invasion of Earth. When strange explosions are observed on the surface of Mars, excitement spreads among the scientific community. Surrey astronomer Ogilvy invites his friend Robert to the observatory to witness the turbulence on the red planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A slow descent into madness

  • By Nigel on 05-05-17

No one would have believed...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-17

That this audiophile could be so good. I will admit, I was expecting it to be a word for word read through of the original source material, but was utterly pleased at the great performance that was presented.

The sound effects went well with the story, and the pace was perfect. I would definitely recommend this for anyone who wants a different take on the classic story.

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