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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 2,564
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,397
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,383

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

A really enjoyable book/drama

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

Reviewed: 31-03-19

This was a great listen. It's the story of first Surrey, then London falling beneath the Martian invasion, of the chaos, the disbelief, the fight for survival. The ideas of man's place in the world confronted by something alien, the veneer of civilisation, the testing of faith and all the worries that the turn of the 20th Century brought to the fore in classic sci-fi, well married with a cleverly crafted soundscape based on the album Jeff Wayne released way back in the 1970's.
For me this book was like a serialised radio play more than a book, but it comes alive with the actors really conveying the emotion and drama of the tale. A 5 star listen.

  • Guarded Prognosis

  • By: Richard L. Mabry MD
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

When Dr. Caden Taggart saw the two men sitting in his waiting room, he didn’t think they were patients. He was right, and when they introduced themselves as agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency, things started to get bad. Then Caden felt as though someone had gut-punched him when his father, Dr. Henry Taggart, told him he probably had carcinoma of the pancreas. When he talked about his son assisting with his suicide, Caden wondered how he could talk him out of that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trust No-one

  • By Ms. J. E. H. Davis on 19-04-19

Good Narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-19

I enjoyed some aspects of this story,however I found Caden to be ridiculously naive and I didn't feel that there was any justification for this, after all he is a Doctor. For instance his lack of questioning or basic security when the DEA turn up, and ultimately this story with its trust in God and interwoven tale of family worries and relationships was not really my cup of tea. It was quite an old fashioned sort of book and could have been written decades ago when the world was a different sort of place. I found it difficult to connect with the characters, who seemed fictional- which I know they are but I am struggling to put into words the disconnect I felt with them
I enjoyed the narration and felt it was a good performance.
Others have really enjoyed this book, so I expect it is me who is out of step so if it sounds like your sort of thing give it a go.