Performed by a full cast including Leonard Nimoy, Brent Spiner, and Gates McFadden - this production also includes an interview with McFadden, better known as Beverly Crusher on The Next Generation.
You'll also want to hear an unabridged version of H.G. Wells' original novel.
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"With brilliantly appropriate casting, L.A. Theatre Works presents a reinterpretation of Orson Welles' radio adaptation of War of the Worlds....Fifty-nine years after its original broadcast, War of the Worlds still sends waves of fear through listeners as they hear reports of the destruction of modern life by aliens from Mars. Leonard Nimoy's Professor Pierson is rendered with grace and poignancy as the last man on earth. Brent Spiner is excellent in his role as the stranger in the latter half of the piece. With its heart-racing pace and fantastic sound effects, War of the Worlds reminds us how realistic radio drama can be." (AudioFile)
Not the very best audio book but more than passable.
Leonard Nimoy with his gravelly voice is excellent the rest just ok
"Not the Mercury Theater, but still fun"
Not as good as the orginal, but an enjoyable update of a classic. Gates McFadden as reporter Carla Phillips is an interesting twist. The recording also includes an interesting interview with McFadden.
"Active, good, and fun to hear"
Active, updated for modern times, and very good to hear.
Would recommend it for a good listening at night with all lights shut and dark... you get the idea..
If I've never heard the original, then I'd rate this much higher. As it is, the original gives a more realistic fealing and I'm spoiled to it's effect.
"Another Excellent Dramazation"
It was nice to hear the late Leonard Nimoy. The stand out to me was Gates McFadden, she did a wonderful job. Brent Spinner was also good and did some military characters. John De Lancie got the crew together. Will Wheaton's name was mentioned, but I did not recognize his voice. This is a must for Star Trek Fans, but you still need to get the original with Orson Wells, it is still the best.
When "War of the Worlds" first was on the air, most of America was in a state of panic, thinking the end of the world was here. This classic program is done with some of the biggest names in science fiction. I would recomend it to my friends because they can enjoy a masterpeice and be able to use there imagination once more.
I liked how well the cast worked together, playing off each others emotions.
well there is already several films on this, i dont think i need to worry about that
If you want to have a throw back to the good classic radio days, this is where you should start. Old radio shows is the start to the home entertainment industry in my opinion, and as such take time to see how your parents or grandparents where able to enjoy there weekday night.
This is one of my favorite full-cast purchases - it really captures the feel of the original radio broadcast.
The first time I heard Leonard Nimoy's voice I nearly wept. He is flawless.
When the professor is alone, writing his journal, fearing that he has seen the end of the world as he knows it, the narrative and Nimoy's voice are heart-wrenching.
I shed tears a few times, and the tension was palpable.
"Great Radio Play Done By Star Trek Cast"
This is the radio play done famously by Orson Wells - no printer version existed before.
Nemoy and Del Lancy do Alien Voices series too
"The Theatre of the Mind"
John DeLancie (Star Trek TNG, MLP FiM) brings together his Star Trek costars for a revival performance of the classic radio drama originally performed by Orson Wells and the Mercury Theatre Company. The cast includes Leonard Nimoy (rest his soul) and Gates McFadden, and is a must for introducing new generations to what's known as the Theatre of the Mind.
"short but wonderful"
Absolutely loved hearing this done by the voices it was done by. I had always heard about this but this was the first time hearing it. I can only imagine what it sounded like when it was originally broadcast.
Big stars doing an old radio show. voices could have been done better. all in all not too bad
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