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Join actors from Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation as they recreate this classic radio thriller. The breathless pace and convincing details make it clear while the 1938 broadcast of an "eyewitness report" of an invasion from Mars caused a nationwide panic in 1938. Originally performed by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre of the Air, War of the World's is trul ...more
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Published July 23rd 2007 by LA Theatre Works (first published 1938)
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Amber
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the audiobook I listened to which is an adaptation of War of the worlds by H.G. Wells with Leonard Nimoy and more in it. It was a pretty good audiobook. Be sure to find this audiobook at your local library and wherever books are sold.
Wendy
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure this really counts as a book since it's an audio drama (like the Orson Welles radio play) but it was adapted from a book and I got it from the library!

It was cool hearing all the Star Trek peeps doing the voices in it. Strangely enough I found Brent Spiner to be the weak link! Gates McFadden seems to be doing a Katharine Hepburn imitation almost. And I couldn't tell you who Wil Wheaton played. But Nimoy was good.
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Whitney
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
very enjoyable way to listen to this classic story. :)
Ana Gutierrez
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: listening-to
This was a wonderful, 60+ minutes of some of my favorite Trek actors doing what they do best, acting!

It was a little bitter sweet listening to Leonard Nimoy but he was marvoulus and Brent Spiner was spectacularly creepy when he gave voice to the crazy survivor, he voices other characters as well but he does meglomania really well.

Gates McFadden's role as the news correspondent was a nice break from the all male cast. She did an excellent job, sort of reminded me of an Audrea Hepburn performance
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Scott
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
A recreation of the classic War of the Worlds broadcast told by the legends of Star Trek.
Not a book but I wanted to record it here so I did not forget that I had a chance to enjoy this wonderful audio.

The classic tale made all the better by better technology and better acting than the original.
Bekah
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have always wondered what the radio presentation of War of the Worlds had been like. Now I know, and it is marvelous. The only thing keeping this from being five stars is a lack of build-up and tension. Had this truly been live, with more gaps for news and music and the like, I would have felt more anxious or panicked as the original audience would have. I can understand why it was condensed, but it still took away from the story slightly.
Becky
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amazing how long ago this was written in serial form. This was a remake of the radio show that terrorized many in 1938 with Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre radio performance on Halloween. What was touching about this, was that Leonard Nemoy was part of the performance. ...more
Stephanie Ricker
I am biased, I admit; this includes so many of my favorite people. Having Star Trek actors narrate an audio theatre production of The War of the Worlds? I was guaranteed to like this. Everyone did a great job of bringing the original Orson Welles' radio drama to life, and I particularly got a kick out of hearing Leonard Nimoy's voice again. ...more
Eric
Oct 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Great cast. Good story.
Lorena Olaya
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting
Lacy
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bl-classics
This was really fun to listen to! They did great making it feel real enough that it was actually creepy to listen to.
Jay
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lots of fun here. :)
Grace S.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Alums of Star Trek. Reading H.G. Wells. For NPR.

Living in a nerd's paradise!

That was a whole lot of fun. I'd been hearing for years not to judge War of the Worlds by the Tom Cruise movie (which I saw and abhorred), and now I understand why.

I mean, the short answer is "Because the original is way better."

L.A. Theatre Works put way more love and attention into that 45-minute broadcast than I felt in the whole movie. Probably because of all that extra crud they put in the movie so that it lasted
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Klara B.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, drama, theatre, radio
3,5
The first two thirds of the one-hour broadcast were presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, which suggested an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress. Compounding the issue was the fact that the Mercury Theatre on the Air was a sustaining show (it ran without commercial breaks), adding to the program's realism.
The last third of the program is a monologue and dialogue. Welles returns as Professor Pierson, describing the aftermath of the attacks. The story ends,
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Agustín López
Una novela visionaria para su época, mostrándonos por primera vez no solo cómo sería una invasión alienígena (marciana en aquel entonces) a nuestro planeta, sino que también reflejando a la perfección el cómo no tendríamos oportunidad alguna contra ellos.
H. G. Wells demuestra mediante su prosa en primera persona a la humanidad sumida en la más profunda de sus angustias y calamidades, hambrienta por sobrevivir a una guerra que no pidió, y que tampoco podrá ganar por sus propios méritos

3/5. Es una
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Aura Bishop
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Revisiting a classic

Revisiting this classic in pursuit of studying radio drama, what most impresses me about this script now is not it's then-novel approach to a broadcast reenactment, but how the story of The War of the Worlds was so smartly adapted and condensed to fit the format while still maintaining the primary essence of the story and making it blend in with its contemporary time. Similarly, presenting the story as a broadcast in the first half and as a narrative in the second half while
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Mayda
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This production lacks nothing in its retelling. The fast-paced dialogue may not keep you on the edge of your seat (we all know how it’s going to end), but the listener will still get caught up in the excitement of the minute-by-minute reporting of the invasion from Mars. It goes without saying that the acting in this drama is superb, and along with the music and sound effects, this rendition is quite entertaining.
Pashi
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Leonard Nimoy (RIP), of course, steals the show with a fantastic performance and Armin, Dwight, and Gates are fantastic reporters, but I wish this had been longer. It didn't feel rushed per se, but I think it would have benefited from a longer time frame and the introduction of more characters. Otherwise, it was a neat little production for Star Trek fans and general sci-fi fans alike. Nimoy was the best though - got dang that man could act. ...more
Janette Mcmahon
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book simply was made to be listened to, instead of read. Wonderful recording. Put yourself in the time period it was performed in, be transported back to when radio was your entertainment and news source, and only then can you understand the terror this production produced. In today's world make it a Chinese, North Korean, or Russian invasion versus Martians... ...more
Onionboy
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it
The recording quality and special effects were excellent. That acting was quite good. But the scipt itself felt like it was written by a jr high school drama club. I assume that was from the original material, not the fault of this rendition. It is only 1 hour long, so you've got nothing to lose by giving it a try. I wish the story were more fully developed; the end seemed rushed. ...more
Amy Softa
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
This was a fun quick listen that my husband and I borrowed for a recent trip. It is quite short, only an hour, but what made it particularly fun for us was that it was performed by actors from the Star Trek franchise. They did a wonderful job of capturing the feel of an old-time radio broadcast performance. It was well worth the listen it is just a shame it was so short.
Erica
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
This was a quick and fun listen! I think it weird that many people heard this on the radio and thought it was real. But things were different then and they didn't have famous Star Trek actors playing the parts so even though you're listening and maybe with your eyes closed, you picture Spock, Data, Dr Crusher and Wesley as the event unfolds.. ...more
Joanna Taylor Stone
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I would listen to Leonard Nimoy read the menu at a pizza shop, so this was a no brainer for me. But it was great to accompany a treadmill run today and also got me interested in radio dramas. So good, more stuff to add to my TBR list.
Joe
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Although this is well-performed, including by the late great Leonard Nimoy, it is a dramatisation - for those looking for the full text, this is not it. ...more
Andrey Calderon
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John
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A sci-if classic beautifully reproduced by actors who many consider to be the best in modern sci-fi.
Rachel
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, audio, la-biblioteca
What's not to love about War of the Worlds being narrated by the cast of Star Trek! Great fun. ...more
Gordon McLeod
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Such a huge difference between this radio production and what I think of as a "traditional" audiobook. Love the cast and all the sound effects. ...more
Laura
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellently done production! I really enjoyed listening to it and was impressed by how well everyone did.
Dan
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What's not to love when Star Trek & TNG actors recreate the radio drama of War of the Worlds?! This full cast recording with full sound effects was great fun and only about an hour long. ...more
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