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Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  49 reviews
With H.G. Wells’ other novels, The War of the Worlds was one of the first and greatest works of science fiction ever to be written. Even long before man had learned to fly, H.G. Wells wrote this story of the Martian attack on England. These unearthly creatures arrive in huge cylinders, from which they escape as soon as the metal is cool. The first falls near Woking and is regard ...more
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Wee Lassie
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, it's hard to go wrong with such an iconic story. Great music, really adds to the atmosphere of terror. My only issue was not a single person paused while running for their lives, to break out into song. I'm just saying, I was promised a musical 😉
I am not going to go into the ins and outs of the story, it is based on HG Wells and has been adapted into various films and shows.

I heard this for the first time while at primary school. One of the teachers brought in the vinyl record in and I absolutely fell in love with it. That would have been The Musical Version and I would have been 10 ish years old at the time. Since then I have listened and seen different versions of this and I have to be honest nothing has come close to the
S.J. Hollis
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC!!! Obviously nothing will ever shadow the original which will forever remain a work of perfection. But this new Audible version is just wonderful. It's balanced more towards being a play than a musical and has done away with all the singing. The music is still there however and has been adapted beautifully. The acting is spot on and I love the little nods to the original work such as Nathaniel's echoing "No" which made me want to break into a verse of Beth's "No, Nathaniel. Oh no, Nath ...more
Gavin Jefferson
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ridiculously good. More-so if you're a fan of the musical.
Kerran Olson
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was the first dramatisation I've listened to on audible, and I think it was a good one, as the music and sound effects added to the tension and drama in the story, and made it more of an experience. I will probably still read the original H.G. Wells book as well, but I do like how this production combines Wells story with Wayne's musical, and I did enjoy it
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I assumed I would enjoy this, but it was even better than I expected. Listened to an audio version read by David Tennant, who did an excellent job. (It was not the "Musical Drama" shown in the graphic.)
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The music is great and the entire production gives the story a theatrical feel as if you were watching it on stage. This one won't disappoint!
Elina Bergqvist
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Oh my God!
This is a fantastic book. This is my favorite book of the year, and at least top 5 of my all-time favorite book.
I didn't thought that I would like it, but I loved it.
The story was exciting. The voice actors was fantastic. The music and all around sound really made the story more intense.
Janna Wong
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars. I admit to never having read the actual novel by H.G. Wells, so experiencing the novel was new for me...and, man, was it wild! The story is well-known (even to me, who had never read the book or listened to the radio play) and it is extremely well-told by the excellent cast, led by Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, and Theo James. These great actor voices, along with many others in supporting roles, enriched the story and the listening experience immensely.

The score by Jeff Wa
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The War of the Worlds had been on my TBR for ages but I’ve just never picked it up. I decided to listen to the musical drama when I saw audible had a new version out with two of my favourite actors. Let’s just say I’m pretty glad that I listened to this. I just loved the music, it gave the story some extra urgency and some parts it freaked me out, especially as I was listening to it on the dark mornings and nights on the way to and from work! The story was also really different. The only experie ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since this is based off of the musical, it finds a very natural home as a radio drama. Imagine the musical, but with the story fleshed out, foley sounds and instrumental music added and that is what you get. The cast performs brilliantly in telling the story with the music and sound effects. The music itself is very recognizable to fans of the musical- there are classic themes such as the Eve of the War, Forever Autumn and the Spirit of Man woven throughout. There is a slight update/difference t ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I was torn when trying to score this audio book. I'll admit that I love the original musical version and have owned it on vinyl, cassette tape, CD and digital, but this re-imagining by Jeff Wayne felt very flat in comparison. Michael Sheen was very well cast and I enjoyed his performance, and Adrian Edmondson puts in a brief but fantastic appearance. The issue is that it felt like a 90 minute musical experience drawn out to fill 5 hours. I didn't mind too much that the music has been 'updated' a ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the Audible audiobook production that starred Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, and Theo James. Honestly this experience composed and directed by Jeff Wayne was exceptional. The combination with the music and the incredible acting was just next level. Insane!
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great dramatization. I must admit to being disappointed that they didn't SING any of the songs from Jeff Wayne's musical rendition, just played the instrumentals. Definitely an enjoyable listen, though, with nostalgia for fans.
Blue Turtle
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect! Just perfect. They absolutely NAILED this dramatised edition of the story.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the strangest and simultaneously coolest thing I’ve listened to on Audible. When they said ‘musical drama’ I was expecting a musical adaptation a la Mary Poppins, Singing in the Rain, or Annie. This is a musical in the sense that it has a composed score which occupies the entire performance. There are sections where everything else falls away and you’re left with a 3 minute piece of music. It’s very fun, but by the time it was over I was wishing there was 15% less music as it just added ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
War Of The Worlds is something that I have heard about many times, primarily Jeff Wayne's adaptation, but never actually experienced. I've said before that sci-fi tends to be more miss than hit for me so it's something that I've tended to bypass at every opportunity. Until one day when I was scrolling through Audible and got an advert for a new musical drama version featuring some big names such as Michael Sheen and Taron Egerton.

This new adaptation, exclusive to Audible, features th
A fantastic combination of the book and the original album based upon it.

I don't listen to audiobooks much, because I tend to drift and not give them the focus they deserve. In this case, however, I was captivated.
The subtitle 'Musical Drama' summarises this adaptation perfectly and every Voice Actor played their part superbly. I'm so glad that in this version we get to hear Carrie's journey, plus she is a much more level-headed protagonist than her husband...
Overall, I
Emily Wrayburn
This was fantastic.

I wouldn't call it an audio book by any means, but it's on GoodReads and I'm behind on my 2019 challenge so I'll take it.

I have loved Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds since I was about 12, and I wasn't quite sure how to feel about this version at first. But once I got used to the idea of the songs not being in it, I was pretty much into it. Michael Sheen does a great job as the Journalist, as does Anna-Marie Wayne as Carrie.

I liked that Carrie had a large role of her own!
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Sheen introduced this in DTT's podcast and it was simply marvelous!!!!
it's perfectly performed and the music was beyond anything imaginable.
P K Morris
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent adaption of the story. It keeps the well known and loved music cues from Jeff Wayne's album without the singing to give a fresh take on the tale. Well worth listening too.
Sophia's Thoughts
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a seriously creepy story that was excellently composed and narrated
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2019
That was easily one of the most entertaining audio books I've listened to so far. It was such a fun way to experience a familiar story and the voice cast and music were incredible.
Book Monitor
This was a great listen. It's the story of first Surrey, then London falling beneath the Martian invasion, of the chaos, the disbelief, the fight for survival. The ideas of man's place in the world confronted by something alien, the veneer of civilisation, the testing of faith and all the worries that the turn of the 20th Century brought to the fore in classic sci-fi, well married with a cleverly crafted soundscape based on the album Jeff Wayne released way back in the 1970's.
For me this book w
Bruce Baugh
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back in the 1970s, Jeff Wayne's musical version of The War Of The Worlds was a quirky delight. This new version is too, combining most of Wells' text with a lot of new music by Wayne to listen to between scenes and as atmosphere during some. Michael Sheen does a superb as the narrator, with a wider emotional range than Richard Burton did in the musical version - nobody hits certain tones quite like Burton, but Sheen is thoroughly engaging. So is the rest of the cast, with nary a dull performance ...more
Sharon Burgin
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I would have given it 5 stars if it had included more music and some of the songs.
Hannah Kaye
What an adventure! I have always loved the music but never read the book or watched a film about it, so while I knew the basics of the plot, this brought it to life in a way I had no idea I needed. I also loved finding out more about Carrie and her journey through the invasion. Perfection ❤
Brendan Lambourne
My favourite version of this story. Perfect
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fun! The story is slightly changed - which is good - so there are a few surprises. High production quality. I enjoyed all the music, however, it could have been better in a few places!
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Amazingly riveting musical theater of the mind.
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In 1866, (Herbert George) H. G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government scho ...more