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The story was good. Felt like it needed to be longer because I didn’t think this told that much story. It did seem to have the old radio feel and I greatly appreciated that. I listen to a lot of old radio stories and this really sounded and felt like an old time story. Was perfectly fitting for a sequel to the original radio narration. Other than wanting a little more action my only complaint is that this was too short and I wanted more of the story. Look forward to the next volume.
I love full production stories. Really wish more audible stories were. The sound and narration on this story was great. The two narrators did a good job and I hope they both do volume II soon.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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I received the audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.
Ten years after the events of the War of the Worlds, another cylinder is bought to London. The narrator and his wife, Laura go to London to discover why and if there would be another invasion by the Martins. The story is full of the original characters from H.G. Wells' book; and in a lot of ways is very much a retelling of the story just ten years later. This time, the Martians invasion is not to destroy humanity, whom they don't see as much of a problem; but the world's bacteria which destroyed the invading party originally.
I wasn't a fan of the added special effects and music of the audiobook until I realized that the audiobook was being read like the original radio play from 1938 that terrified the world. Harry Preston, the main narrator, with forward and epilogue narrated by Terry Thompson, has a nice, easy voice; reminiscent of the old radio programs and ably carries the narration of the book. Now I want to go listen to the original ..... I have the tapes/cd somewhere .....
When I saw the author asking for reviewers on Goodreads for this I was intrigued,albeit it's fair to say a little dubious. Anyone approaching The War of the Worlds with music and voice following Mr Wayne's wonderful musical is surely just setting themselves up for people like me to lambast them . . .
But this is not a musical, it's one of those rare things, a mostly straight up Audiobook heavily backed by sound effects and incidental music that really works. Previously I've very much thought that what normally tends to succeed is either full cast audio productions like Audible have been producing or straight ahead audiobooks. Some books do have a little music and / or sound but they often seem like afterthoughts.
Written very much in the style of a sci-fi classic Wilburson evokes the feel of H G Wells but has also made the music and effects an integral part of his production. I wouldn't say that the narration has the very best of voice acting but for want of a better word the voices are just so splendidly appropriate and carry the story well. I loved this but I know that when music and effects are so prominent some people are not so keen, check the audio sample, it demonstrates some of the louder background. If you're okay with that it's not always that prominent and if you enjoy this brief snippet you should be fine with the rest.
The story itself is told very much like the original and moves fast with the glorious naiveté of a classic sci-fi novella. If like me you still carry visions of Martian fighting machines striding across London I think you'll smile as you listen to this and how the Earth responds to another deadly threat from the red planet.
The chances of this working so well might not have been quite a million to one but the author is clearly a talented fellow and has beaten the odds to produce a little Martian diamond.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Really enjoyed the music, and the narrators made the characters seem very lifelike. I'm not familiar with the War of the Worlds, but enjoyed Day of the Martians as a standalone audiobook. Looking forward to the next one!
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