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Summary

The original uncut Radio Broadcast.

On the evening of October 30th, 1938, Earth went to war with Mars. Martians invaded New Jersey!

Here, the famous panic broadcast that shook the world, starring Orson Welles.

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  • Alistair
  • KIRKWALL, United Kingdom
  • 21-04-18

A legendary broadcast which deserves praise!

This is the legendary radio broadcast of Halloween 1938. Orson Welles's dramatisation of The War Of The Worlds is extremely well staged. Written and performed in the style of emergency radio transmissions of the time - complete at first with musical interludes - they do a very good job of persuading you of the horrific monstrosity of the invading martians and the - in some cases - absolutely vile actions they commit.

The dramatisation may be dated now especially since it was recorded on equipment we would now consider practically ancient and as such the audio quality and in some cases the personal attitudes of the characters in the play would be considered extremely old fashioned depending on your point of view but I still highly recommend people listen to this version. It became famous for a reason after all!

Another aspect of the drama I wish to praise is the relocation of the main focus of the invasion. Clearly in an attempt to modernise the original story to 1930s eyes and ears and his American audience Welles and his team successfully managed to relocate the play to a small rural area in New Jersey.

Unlike future modernisations or Americanisations - such as the 1950s film version in my view - I feel that in this less than an hour long version Welles does a better job of getting to the heart and the core of the story through the somewhat less than subtle anti-imperial subtext the original book version had than a lot of other versions I've heard

Long story short: It's a piece of sci-fi history that's less than hour long. It deserves its place in the pantheon alongside the original novel and the surprisingly good Jeff Wayne version. It's more than worth your time and money. Give it a listen.

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This was not what I expected, so I was to impressed. I'm sure others enjoy this more than I did

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  • Pamela
  • 21-02-14

Still Creepy after all these Years!

What made the experience of listening to War of the Worlds (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

Since this is a radio broadcast it is meant to be listened to. Even though the sound effects are cheesy at best, and the recording is old, it still manages to creep you out. I can understand how there were reports of people panicking when they came into it without hearing the intro.

What did you like best about this story?

Orson Welles had an extremely distinctive voice, it was made for this venue. The story keeps very close to the original story. BTW, don't rely on the movie version of this story for the truth. Buy the HG Wells original story (Its free on Kindle). The story takes place at the turn of the 19th and 20th century in England but it is really good.

Which character – as performed by Orson Welles – was your favorite?

Professor Pierson who narrarates the story is compelling and the varying emotions in his voice, from skeptisim (sp) to outright horror, makes it more realistic.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither, it scared the hell out of me. I have a 90 minute commute to work and I listened to it at night during a rather bad storm. Add to the fact that hwy 67 has no streetlights and well, you get the picture.

Any additional comments?

My only complaint is that its a bad copy with a part of part 2 coming in during part 1 with a rather annoying screech to it. You need to get a better copy.

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  • Ken
  • 27-02-13

The classic that shook the world

I know i have a different review on a newer war of the worlds but this is the original. Orson welles is a brilliant man who knows how to put together a masterpeice

I listen to it at least once a week lying in bed just before i go to sleep and it never gets old. Based off a book, Orson Wells made a great science fiction novel become reality for the nation. something that as far as i know has yet to produce as much a nation wide reaction.

i highly recomend that everyone should listen to this peice of american classic entertainment, and remember the good ol day before "video killed the radio star" (buggles)

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 16-12-15

The Original

This was written and performed over the radio on Halloween Eve in 1938. This got Orson Welles career kick started. That alone makes it important. This adaptation of The War of the Worlds is brilliant. There is controversy over the panic that this caused or didn't cause. It seems up till than the show was not popular.

All my reviews are aimed at the modern listener. Something may have been great in the past, but not so in the present. This story and this production has stood the test of time. No, you will not be scared, but anyone with an imagination can see how it could have been very scary. This was a great way to update H.G. Wells story, just as the several movies that have been made since then. Probably every generation will get to see their own adaption of this great story.

It's less than a buck, and less than an hour of your time.
Check it out.

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  • Publicagent
  • 17-05-15

Blown Away

If you like the sample provided, you will like the whole thing. I was thoroughly impressed. The radio broadcast sounded so convincing I could see why it caused panic on the New Jersey roads. Orson Welles genius really shined through. Very creative and original. I wish more people did things like this today. Historical classic.

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  • Mark Mahar
  • 23-03-15

Great Romp in History

I was born in the earlier times before TV took off, listened to the Lone Ranger and The Shadow on the radio so I greatly appreciate the beauty of Audible books to transport my mind to another place.

Orson Welles classic retelling of the War of the Worlds seems preposterous today but then there were no verifiable communication like we have today. People believed that Martians came to this world and destroyed New Jersey and New York. The radio players couldn't believe their broadcast created hysteria. It sounded real, like they were switching between a dance party, an observatory, an investigative journalist, etc. In today's terms, how could people be so gullible?! But back then, how could they believe anything but?!

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  • L. E. Rogers
  • 27-09-18

I love it!

I had heard my uncle talking about this, but never listened until now. It is a wonderful story.

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 24-09-18

It has plenty of HG Wells(ian) goodness...

Wow! That was great... this is one of those stories/radio broadcasts that I've heard about and how it caused a panic (people forgot they were listening to a play), but never took the time to listen to... I found it and grabbed it, as the price was just right... and I thoroughly loved it... It has plenty of HG Wells(ian) goodness and was exactly what I expected! So if you like full cast audio dramas I recommend that you get this one...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-08-18

Fantastic!!!

Orson Wells was truly a genius. makes us all question where we get our information from and not just take it as gospel.

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  • John B. Watt Exp
  • 03-07-18

The Original

The orginal recording to get caught up in. Orson Wells voice commands attention, and confidently takes you along for the ride. Awesome.

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  • Sheila
  • 19-06-18

The War of the Worlds

Boy............. to listen instead of watching is the best ever! Your imagination is more powerful than the eyes.
Respectfully,
Sheila
6-19-2018