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

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  388 ratings  ·  73 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 ...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 😉 ...more
Stephen Robert Collins
After BBC 1 this week finished the worst version of the H. G's War of the Worlds it stunk this is refreshing to see it as popular as it ever was. FOREVER AUTUMN when your not here ❤️ ...more
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 sound of Ric
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. ...more
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 ...more
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.) ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jeff Wayne's 1978 version of The War of The Worlds remains an amazing production. Part rock opera, part concept album and part spoken word drama. He brought these discordant elements together to create a thing of wonder. 40yrs later, Jeff and Audible try to recapture lightning in a bottle by expanding the production. Sadly it's a massive disappointment. Not including or re-recording the songs is where this goes wrong. Without the songs, the music loses context in relation to the story. I underst ...more
Lewis Simpson
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

As perfect an adaptation as you’ll ever get. The thrills, fears and themes of the book are perfectly transposed here, and it’s so much fun to hear how the music from the album is used to accompany the story rather than the other way around.
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-com
Nice. It's too bad I can not give this an additional half of a star.
It is nearly a tradition for me to listen to the original Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds every autumn. I was aware that it had been recently remade with contemporary performers (i.e. Liam Neeson and Joss Stone) and that's what I thought I was going to listen to.
It wasn't. It's yet another edition. It has the same music but it is lacking the actual songs of the original musical. However, it makes up for that with additional p
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! ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this it is a cracking mix of the musical version (though it features none of the actual songs) and the more detailed story of the book. It's hard you think of anything that I didn't like. I did like the fact that Carrie was given some chapters to narrate giving her story a voice rather than just being assumed!
Overall is your have loved the Jeff Wayne version as I have and enjoy the original book then this version is well worth a listen.
Elina Bergqvist
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, adult
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 Wayne can be a
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
This was such an outstanding performance of a great book that I listened to the entire thing in one sitting. This is one of the rare reviews where the audio performance did impact my star rating - as it should have. This story, while a classic, would not be half as good without the enhancements to the atmosphere and depth of feeling that the narration, sound effects, and score add. I have never listened to an audiobook that has brought the story so palpably to life. A must listen for any audiboo ...more
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. ...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!
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect! Just perfect. They absolutely NAILED this dramatised edition of the story.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This audible dramatisation of The War of the Worlds is based on the musical version by Jeff Wayne. Released in 1978, it was Wayne's debut album and, quite frankly, it's awesome. It's a retelling of H.G. Wells' classic science fiction novel in the form of a rock opera. It's all prog rock and strings. Basically, totally epic. For the audiobook, the music of Jeff Wayne is mixed together with the narrative of Wells' original novel. It pads out Wayne's original concept with more narration and charact ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The following review was originally published for the Orkney News online newspaper in 2018. Link here.

Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

If the name Jeff Wayne is at all familiar to you it is most likely for one reason and one reason alone. The classic 1978 ‘rock opera’ adaptation of H.G Wells’s universal science fiction masterpiece The War Of the Worlds. The idea at face value seems almost mad. War of the Worlds with 1970s style ‘concept a
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
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 really enjoyed this ada
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first time I heard the story all the way through was read by David Tennant, at first I did think this was going to be a different story to that. There were of course some differences but all in all was the same story. It was a great rendition, the addition of music to enhance the mood really did add to the atmosphere of the piece. The noises of the ‘alien’s’ in this were very spooky and added to the dread each time they were about to do something.

The story itself is a great read for any sci-
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!
I grew up listening to Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds, and this is a fantastic interpretation of it. I’m really not sure how faithful either adaptation is to the original book, but I love it all the same.

A great atmospheric October read (never mind that I read it in November).
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. ...more
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