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Summary

The War Of The Worlds Alien Invasion Continues In This Sci-Fi Audio Book Sequel – Includes Original Music And Action!

The terror of the coming of the Martians has become a distant memory, a bad dream that has faded with time. It is now 1913 and the cosy, suburban life of the writer from H G Wells' iconic 'The War Of The Worlds' descends again into a Martian nightmare. A cylinder from the previous invasion has been unearthed in Wales, intact and completely sealed from the Earth's atmosphere, then transported to London for no apparent reason. It is unclear whether there are Martians still alive inside it after more than a decade. 

The situation worsens. Ogilvy the astronomer reveals that in three months, the Martians are set to invade in vast numbers, just before Christmas. Having learned hard lessons about deadly bacteria, the Martians are set on the conquest of our planet. 

On a hunch, the writer takes his wife with him to Mount Tryfan in Wales where they make a surprising discovery, but is it significant? With no realistic defence against Martian tripods and heat rays, the government has no choice and adopts the writer's plan. But time is short, too short. Only a single hope now stands in the way of the Martian onslaught and The Day of the Martians... 

©2015, 2016, 2017 FORDE (P)2015, 2016, 2017 FORDE

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A Little Diamond From Mars!

When I saw the author asking for reviewers on Goodreads for this I was intrigued,albeit it's fair to say a little dubious. Anyone approaching The War of the Worlds with music and voice following Mr Wayne's wonderful musical is surely just setting themselves up for people like me to lambast them . . .

But this is not a musical, it's one of those rare things, a mostly straight up Audiobook heavily backed by sound effects and incidental music that really works. Previously I've very much thought that what normally tends to succeed is either full cast audio productions like Audible have been producing or straight ahead audiobooks. Some books do have a little music and / or sound but they often seem like afterthoughts.

Written very much in the style of a sci-fi classic Wilburson evokes the feel of H G Wells but has also made the music and effects an integral part of his production. I wouldn't say that the narration has the very best of voice acting but for want of a better word the voices are just so splendidly appropriate and carry the story well. I loved this but I know that when music and effects are so prominent some people are not so keen, check the audio sample, it demonstrates some of the louder background. If you're okay with that it's not always that prominent and if you enjoy this brief snippet you should be fine with the rest.

The story itself is told very much like the original and moves fast with the glorious naiveté of a classic sci-fi novella. If like me you still carry visions of Martian fighting machines striding across London I think you'll smile as you listen to this and how the Earth responds to another deadly threat from the red planet.

The chances of this working so well might not have been quite a million to one but the author is clearly a talented fellow and has beaten the odds to produce a little Martian diamond.

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Very Enjoyable

Really enjoyed the music, and the narrators made the characters seem very lifelike. I'm not familiar with the War of the Worlds, but enjoyed Day of the Martians as a standalone audiobook. Looking forward to the next one!

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100%

It's my second time of reading it audio is like a radio play i give it 100% all round

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Decent story overpowered by music

I enjoyed the writing style and the story itself. The narrator is good and I appreciated the approach taken to the audio recording, to make it more dramatic, atmospheric and pacey, whereby the music is an integral element of the performance. It's an approach I struggled with as I found the music and sound effects distracting, and detracted from the narration, with the result being, 3 activities competing for my attention. It's personal preference as I know from other reviews that this approach works for many.

We are parachuted into the story somewhat, with the characters talking about a Martian cylinder that's been found in Wales - dialogue and narrative presuming a level of background knowledge from the reader. Reflecting on the HG Wells story, thia one does have a feel of continuation from there and certainly feels atmospheric in the same vein. I feel it could have been longer, with more backstory provided to add some depth and context of what's happening in the world since the invasion. So I'd say it's worth dusting off a copy of HG Wells, War of the Worlds to help position and get the most from this story, prior to embarking on it.


This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/ narrator/ publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom.

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A very stylish experience indeed

During the War of the Worlds all Martians were defeated by Earth's microbes - or were they? Ten years later humanity must once again prepare for a fight, complete with improved heat-rays, eccentric inventors, no-nonsense military chaps, and a protagonist very era-appropriately bemused by his wife's competence under duress (there is also a comet-cameo). Borrowing the manners and pacing of another era, the book's textflow and narration beautifully complement each other. With spot-on sound design and expressive, scene-appropriate music, listening to this book makes for a very stylish experience indeed!

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A Wonderful and Exciting Experience.

Every aspect of this story was gripping. It got better and more exciting as the plot began to unfold. Superb ending.

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 21-05-18

They're coming back

The story was good. Felt like it needed to be longer because I didn’t think this told that much story. It did seem to have the old radio feel and I greatly appreciated that. I listen to a lot of old radio stories and this really sounded and felt like an old time story. Was perfectly fitting for a sequel to the original radio narration. Other than wanting a little more action my only complaint is that this was too short and I wanted more of the story. Look forward to the next volume.
I love full production stories. Really wish more audible stories were. The sound and narration on this story was great. The two narrators did a good job and I hope they both do volume II soon.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Zoe
  • 12-05-18

Volume 1

The story is told like the original and moves fast with the glorious style of a classic sci-fi novella

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  • Alex Garrett
  • 22-06-18

Fun times!

really enjoyed this book loved the theatrics. would recommend this series to everybody who loves War of the Worlds who love alien invasions. Terry and Harry definitely did this book justice.

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  • Edward
  • 21-06-18

the martian's are back

this is like a great listen on a old radio show, I loved the story and presentation.

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  • Kelly Kenrick
  • 25-05-18

Reminiscent of H.G. Wells

I received the audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

Ten years after the events of the War of the Worlds, another cylinder is bought to London. The narrator and his wife, Laura go to London to discover why and if there would be another invasion by the Martins. The story is full of the original characters from H.G. Wells' book; and in a lot of ways is very much a retelling of the story just ten years later. This time, the Martians invasion is not to destroy humanity, whom they don't see as much of a problem; but the world's bacteria which destroyed the invading party originally.

I wasn't a fan of the added special effects and music of the audiobook until I realized that the audiobook was being read like the original radio play from 1938 that terrified the world. Harry Preston, the main narrator, with forward and epilogue narrated by Terry Thompson, has a nice, easy voice; reminiscent of the old radio programs and ably carries the narration of the book. Now I want to go listen to the original ..... I have the tapes/cd somewhere .....

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  • Lynda Engler
  • 16-05-18

Nostalgic for old radio shows

When I was a teenager in the late 70s and early 80s, a local radio station in NYC brought back old-time radio dramas for a while, late at night, and I thought it was fun to listen to them, imaging myself living in the 40s or 50s, listening to radio before TV took over the world (and later the internet!) This is one of those dramas. The narrators, the background music, the sound effects, all made me nostalgic for those "simpler times" of my youth.
This is not your typical audiobook. The overly-dramatic story and the implausible notions in this type of SF are true classic scifi. It was wonderful reading a book that took place in 1913, that also felt like it was written in that era. The author did a fantastic job with the "feel" of this story.
I look forward to Volume 2!

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  • D. Backshall
  • 09-05-18

This presentation was not for me

I realize I'm in the minority here, but I did not enjoy The Day of the Martians: The Martian Diaries. I cannot give this more than 2.5 stars, rounded to 3 simply for the Herculean effort put into the production.

I just today finished listening to The Day of the Martians: The Martian Diaries, which was offered as a sequel to The War of the Worlds, written in tribute to H.G. Wells's groundbreaking novel. Since this was an audiobook presentation, I first found and listened to Simon Vance's narration of The War of the Worlds, so I could approach the sequel with the original fresh in my mind. This was a mistake, as the two did not mesh at all.

I feel like the author missed the point of The War of the Worlds, with its speculative philosophy and allusions to British imperialism in the mid-late 1800s, and instead wrote a piece of fan fiction that merely included the world and characters of H.G. Wells's novel. This sequel contained mostly dialogue and adventure, rather than the didactic description, Wellsian introspection, and characters representing different ideologies.

As well the writing style was much more informal, and lacked the Victorian era pompousness and richness of the original. The descriptions, and especially the dialogue, sounded too contemporary, generously using contractions and sentences ending with prepositions. I especially missed the era-specific colloquialisms, like skedaddle.

And finally, while many enjoyed the addition of music and sound effects, I found they detracted from the presentation. Especially troublesome were the cheesy, 1980's electric guitar solos and psychedelic sound effects. If we are supposed to be in 1913, none of the electronica in the background could exist, and suspension of disbelief became impossible for me.

But please do not allow my personal dislike of this presentation to deter you. If you go in free of expectations and would love a chance to hear more Martian colonialism efforts similar to The War of the Worlds, this may be just the audio presentation for you.

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  • norman
  • 07-05-18

They’re Back

This story could have been a sequel written by H G Wells. The style was very similar. The story was good and so was the narration. I liked the sound effects, but think the background music could have been toned down at times. Overall, a worthwhile listen.

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  • Mark Schultz
  • 09-04-18

I loved the story and the acting!

This audio book was much more fun than I expected! I loved it! The story kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire tale. The narration and the sound effects were top notch. I felt like I was witnessing these events myself.
As the sequel to such a famous story, it was handled quite well and felt so organic to the original story.
I give The Day of the Martians 5 STARS! I loved it and so will you!
I am very happy to report that there are two more stories coming: “The Lake on the Moon” and “Gateway to Mars”. Thank you, Mr. Wilburson.