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War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

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Publisher's Summary

Join actors from television's Star Trek as they recreate this classic radio thriller. The breathless pace and convincing details make it clear why the 1938 broadcast caused a nationwide panic. You may panic too...as horrifying life forms emerge from a strange object in a New Jersey farmer's field. War of the Worlds is truly the mother of all space invasions, offering a rare combination of thrills, chills, and great literature.

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.
(P)1994 L.A. Theatre Works, All Rights Reserved

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Very good

Not the very best audio book but more than passable.

Leonard Nimoy with his gravelly voice is excellent the rest just ok

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  • Anandasubra
  • 30-04-2004

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..

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  • Nick
  • 10-10-2004

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.

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  • Mr. Miint
  • 01-11-2004

Original Bias

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.

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  • Ken
  • 18-06-2012

Classic

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how well the cast worked together, playing off each others emotions.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

well there is already several films on this, i dont think i need to worry about that

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 14-04-2016

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.

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  • R.Sue Williams
  • 08-03-2020

Star Trek, War of the Worlds & old radio,Awesome !

Love this..Enjoyed every minute.. Have always enjoyed science fiction and am a Star Trek fan so having cast do this made it extra special..Have Orison Wells radio show of the same...Just love this kind of stuff, historical old radio theme, and Star Trek doesn't get any better..

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  • M. Frisby
  • 08-01-2020

Great take on a classic.

Really enjoyed the remake of the original.
it actually brought out a few different perspectives which I thought were excellent.
the voices and sound were very complimentary and carried the story.

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  • Danelle Anderson
  • 22-02-2019

Yes I'm a Trekkie

I'm a fan of War Of The Worlds - and an even bigger one when you have the cast of Star Trek acting it out!
I'll be listening to this again sometime soon!

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  • Arthur
  • 14-01-2019

A nice remake of a classic broadcast

As someone who has listened to the original broadcast many times, this was a nice remake. As I listened I couldn't help but realize the incredible talent of Orson Welles and his little band theater performers. While this remake was good, I doubt they would have caused the panic of the original.

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  • Mark
  • 28-10-2018

Star Trek does War of the worlds

I the cast here. All actors are superb. Dwight Shultz is utterly awesome. Gates Mc Fadden did a great job as the reporter. I totally fell in love with this adaptation.