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The Day of the Martians

The Martian Diaries, Volume 1
Series: The Martian Diaries Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

The Day of the Martians: The War of the Worlds Audio Drama Sequel. Martian Tripods Return To Earth In Volume 1 of The Martian Diaries.

When an unopened Martian cylinder is discovered in the mountains of Wales in 1913, the people of Britain brace themselves for another alien invasion from Mars. Soon, they learn the shocking news that the vengeance-seeking Martians and their invincible tripod fighting machines are once again destined for Earth. This time, they are armed with a doomsday weapon, able to destroy bacteria and ultimately end all life on our planet. With time and hope running out fast for H.G. Wells' original characters, what on Earth can they do to survive and escape a new Martian apocalypse? 

The Day of the Martians continues the iconic story of The War of the Worlds in a fast, compelling, and unmissable adventure, complete with original music. Expect the unexpected in this first volume of The Martian Diaries science fiction series. 

"This was more than an audiobook. This was, in many ways, a wonderfully executed tribute to H.G. Wells." (Readers Favorite)

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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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Killing time took on a whole new meaning.

Day of the Martians, is the first of a trilogy written as a sequel to The War of the Worlds, by H.G.Wells, and as such, utilizes the same observer of the happenings, a journalist, and includes individual persons first met in the original. Sent ten years after the Martian invaskkn, and in the months leading up to Christmas of 1913, the writer notes in a newspaper article that an unopened pod had been discovered in Wales and was being removed to the outskirts of London to be put on display and, fearful of what might be reoccurring, goes there with his wife, Laura. It is a cleverly contrived continuation by H.E.Wilbarson.

In addition to the actual narration by Harry Preston, this audio has an almost non stop background track of music, also by H.E.Wilbarson, and occasional sound effects, such as gunfire and train whistles. This varies in intensity with the music, often sounding too modern and inappropriate, sometimes swelling to engulf the narration. This is very distracting and fails to enhance the listening experience - in fact, it has the opposite effect, negating the admirable performance of Preston.

This is a daring experiment which almost works. It will be interesting to see what happens in the following insta!ments. My thanks to the rights holder of Day. Of the Martians, from whom I received a freely gifted complimentary copy, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Worth a listen if only for curiosities sake.

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Excellent Sequel

When I was younger, I routinely borrowed the cassette of 'War of the Worlds' from my school library (which I believe may have been a BBC dramatisation, but I could very well be incorrect) and listen to it in my bedroom with headphones on over a weekend, completely freaking myself out about an impending alien invasion. I loved that dramatisation, the narration and the music really drew me into the story.
This sequel to H.G. Wells classic does not disappoint. Drawing inspiration from that dramatisation, the music, narration and general production on this novella is excellent although the background music does occasionally drown out the narration so a little editing on volume would sort that out.
Looking forward to volume 2 coming out.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request via Audioboom and have voluntarily left this review.

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A must listen for any HG Wells fan!

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

H.E.Wilburson's sequel to The War of the Worlds is a must listen for any H.G. Wells fan. Set ten years after the first Martian attack, The Martian Diaries Vol 1 opens with the narrator from the previous book reading in the morning newspapers of a Martian cylinder has been discovered in the Welsh mountains; intact and unopened. Old terrors are reignited and the narrator is quickly reunited with Ogilvy the astronomer as they attempt to defend Earth against another impending Martian attack.

The Martian Diaries Vo1 1 is a fast-paced, intriguing story which emulates the style and voice of H.G. Wells. The dramatic narration was decent - though there were moments where I felt I would have preferred to be reading the story rather than listening to it. However, the sound effects and music as it's reminiscent of Jeff Wayne's Musical version of The War of the Worlds and gave it to listen to.

H.E.Wilburson takes the next logical leap in the understanding of the alien’s motives and methods so it truly does feel like a continuation of the world, rather than rehashing old ground. I particularly enjoyed how Laura is slightly broadened out and given more of a role than she had in H.G. Wells's book.

This is just a delight to listen to! Apparently, book 2 will be coming out and I’m in no doubt that I’m going to be listening to it.

Toni Morrison once said, “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” I think that’s exactly H.E. Wilburson's intention and one he has succeeded in.

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Outstanding!

What a superb follow up to the great and legendary War of the Worlds. H.E. Wilburson has done a fantastic job and should be truly proud of his achievement. The sound effects and music was superb. I could actually picture the ships off the Kent coast blasting and pounding the Martians into oblivion. At one point, I even heard myself speak aloud about the effort to thwart the Martian landing party had failed. I wholeheartedly recommend giving The Day of the Martians a listen. If you can, why not listen first to The War of the Worlds and then move on to this super and intelligent follow up. Well done, H.E. Wilburson. You have been brave and done something others would never dare to touch and in my eyes succeeded in bringing the story to a new generation.

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A Brave New World

The book follows the themes and style of the original War of the Worlds in a very credible fashion and although very short at just over two hours is a perfectly acceptable sequel to H G Wells classic Sci-Fi Tale

Harry Preston as Narrator turns in a fine performance as narrator with a variety of accents and character voices. He has a pleasant Grandfatherly tone that is very easy on the ear, I would have liked to hear a little more variety in his pace as his narration is perhaps a little too unvarying for the prose parts.

The production is I imagine largely inspired by the Jeff Wayne War of the Worlds LP read by Richard Burton. A very, very tough act to follow! and because of this I have to save the five stars for that production and drop a star for this one. The music is good but there is simply too much of it.(as other reviewers have pointed out) It plays over maybe 90-95 per cent of the narration. I can only recall a short scene near the beginning in a cafe where there wasn't music for a very few minutes. I actually appreciate the use of SFX and the work that has gone into them. But on this production I felt that at times the music didn't so much increase the emotion of a scene but because it was always there lessened the impact at the points where it would have been best used. However huge thumbs up for the work that had gone into it.

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  • 26-07-18

a modern day take on the origonal

did not know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it very much and would listen again

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Excellent

A very interesting story of the scientific fiction genre. The characters are created really well. really enjoyed the writing style and the story itself.

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

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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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  • 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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  • superstardrifter
  • 11-09-18

Not bad, but has a really odd soundtrack

The Day of the Martians is written as a sequel to H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. It takes place 10 years after the Martians came to Earth with their heat-rays and it follows a man (presumably the same narrator as War of the Worlds) and his wife, as they investigate a projectile that has come from Mars to Earth and landed in Wales. The Martians, it seems, are planning on coming back to (spoiler alert for a book published in 1898) try and kill the bacteria that killed them the first time they came so they can get on with that invading and killing everyone thing.

The idea certainly had merit, but I will admit that I didn’t really love this audiobook, and it’s for a couple of reasons.

First of all, while the general narration of this story is quite good, there is a constant musical soundtrack playing in the background of it, and it got really distracting, and really old fast. Some of it is the sort of music that you would hear on an ambient trance album, so, while I understand that this is more-or-less sci-fi, the fact that it takes place in 1913 made this more modern music feel out of place and took me out of the story. There are times that the story and the music try and mingle together too. One part specifically sets out a bit of dialog (and it’s important dialog, don’t get me wrong) and mixes it into the music in what sounded like a really weird 80’s rock music remix of these 2 lines of dialog. Really, really odd. That was the only time that happened, so I’m not sure what purpose it served.

That said though, there are some cool sound effects at times that try and bring you back into the story, and it works sometimes, but again, sometimes these are sometimes over the top and overused. If the music wasn’t constantly going in the background, I might have been more inclined to give the overuse of some of them a pass, but it all mixed together at points and again, became distracting.

The writing itself wasn’t bad, and it told the story pretty well, though it certainly wasn’t Wells. I don’t know if I fully believed that we were in the timeframe that we were supposed to be in all the time, but that honestly could be due to the psy-trance beat happening in the background.

The narrator did a good job, all told. This story is told in the first person and he tells it quite well from the narrator’s point of view. He has a good voice for this sort of production, I think. It was certainly a production, but I’m not sure that it benefited from the level of production it got, in the end.

So, it wasn’t the worst audiobook I’ve listened to, and it was only two hours long so I don’t feel like it was a waste of my time at all, but I didn’t love it. I would have liked it quite a lot more had it not had a BGM soundtrack from a 90s adventure game/goa trance/random choirboy singing/piano concerto/easy listening guitar playing in the background. It was so bizarre at times and distracting that I couldn’t really stay engrossed in the story.

But, so it goes. I’ll call this one a 50/50 – 2.5/5 stars.

Thanks to the author for the review copy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-08-18

Good book

I really like the storyline. It is written with the style of classic sci-fi which I really like. The narrator worked very will with the style of writing. I wish it would have been much longer with more detail.

The only thing I really did not like was the background music. Much too loud and almost made me stop listening to it.

Stay with it. Pretty good book!

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  • Prachi
  • 30-07-18

Sweet. Sweet.

A intruguing sci-fi work which is indeed very well written. the story keeps people glued to it as mystery unfolds. it simply gets more and more interesting. A must read.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 25-07-18

Sort of an Addendum to H.G. Wells

“The Day of the Martians”, authored by H.E. Wilburson and narrated by both Terry Thompson and Harry Preston, is a continuation of the events that occurred in H. J. Well’s “War of the Worlds”. Those who are familiar with the work of H. G. Wells, believed that all the aliens had been destroyed at the end of the book. However, this was not the case as a newly discovered alien cylinder was discovered a decade later. This short book takes listeners on this new journey. Not only this, but we learn that around the same time, an astronomer discovers an approaching invasion army and the planet has only a limited amount of time to come up with a plan to defeat it. The world is given only one chance and one hope to see if their plan is successful or not. Success means all the planet lives, and failure means humankind is destroyed. For me, the book has too many flaws to be a solid recommendation. If you enjoyed “War of the Worlds”, you may find this book interesting, yet I found it lacked much of what made the original story unique. I will say that based on other reviewers, I may be the minority in my thoughts and criticisms, so take this into consideration.

Let me get a few things out of the way up front in this review. Because I was reviewing the audiobook edition only, the sound effects and music often was found to be on top or over the actual narration. These elements need to be behind and are only there to augment or enhance the story, not replace it. In this book, both were front and center which made listening difficult and unenjoyable for me. I am not a person who wants no sound effects in my narrations, but I want them to be subtle and at times unnoticed until the book is completed. Only then do I remembered they were there and am amazed how they made the story great. Secondly, the book was very short at just over two hours of audio. Nearly half of the book’s total narration time could have been reduced had the sound effects been removed. So, be aware that this book is really a novella or addendum to the H. G. Well piece. Lastly, the writing is not on par with that of Mr. Wells. This is no surprise as the book appears to be the author’s first published audiobook work. If one goes into this book expecting that it is not like Well’s writing, you will more likely enjoy it.

What did I like about the book? There was some good build-up and aspects of suspense incorporated. Overall the climax at the end worked even though it felt a bit rushed and unfinished. The author did a good job of portraying the feeling of doom and dread due to the circumstances those involved faced; similar to Well’s book. Carrying the original H. G. Well story idea to the author’s work I thought was well thought out and executed. I liked aspects of the weapons, aliens, and some of the new characters, yet because of the poor mixing, I could not enjoy the book nor recommend the book to others. It may be quite different for those who read rather than listen to this book as they might better understand what is happening.

The narration was decent, and I did not make note of any audio artifacts such as breathing, page turns, or other background noise. This could be because of the excessively loud sound effects and included music. Did I mention how much I disliked the added effects? Maybe the author can provide two version of the book on Audible, one with effects and music while the other does not. Just a thought. The mixing was so poor that I found it hard to really focus in and listen to the narrators themselves.

For parents and younger readers, I do not recall the use of any vulgar language or subject matter that would be sexual or crude in nature. The book, if the audio mixing was corrected, would be safe for younger readers if they were interested in a short add-on to the H. G. Well story. The book contains some violence, but nothing that is out of character for a piece of science fiction.

In summary, if you can get past every possible descriptive element in the story having an attached sound effect (rain, walking, train, etc.), and that these are so in your face that it is hard to hear the story’s narration, you may enjoy this book. I have to give the author credit for being willing to take on such a grandiose task of adding to a historic piece of well-known fiction. Yet, do the many flaws with the audiobook, I there were too many issues for me to recommend the book, but I may have a quite different review if provided a non-dramatized edition.

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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!