The War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

  • by Orson Welles
  • Narrated by Orson Welles
  • 0 hrs and 57 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

The original uncut Radio Broadcast.
On the evening of October 30th, 1938, Earth went to war with Mars. Martians invaded New Jersey!
Here is the famous panic-inducing broadcast that shook the world, starring Orson Welles.

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The Original

This was written and performed over the radio on Halloween Eve in 1938. This got Orson Welles career kick started. That alone makes it important. This adaptation of The War of the Worlds is brilliant. There is controversy over the panic that this caused or didn't cause. It seems up till than the show was not popular.

All my reviews are aimed at the modern listener. Something may have been great in the past, but not so in the present. This story and this production has stood the test of time. No, you will not be scared, but anyone with an imagination can see how it could have been very scary. This was a great way to update H.G. Wells story, just as the several movies that have been made since then. Probably every generation will get to see their own adaption of this great story.

It's less than a buck, and less than an hour of your time.
Check it out.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Great Romp in History

I was born in the earlier times before TV took off, listened to the Lone Ranger and The Shadow on the radio so I greatly appreciate the beauty of Audible books to transport my mind to another place.

Orson Welles classic retelling of the War of the Worlds seems preposterous today but then there were no verifiable communication like we have today. People believed that Martians came to this world and destroyed New Jersey and New York. The radio players couldn't believe their broadcast created hysteria. It sounded real, like they were switching between a dance party, an observatory, an investigative journalist, etc. In today's terms, how could people be so gullible?! But back then, how could they believe anything but?!
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- Mark Mahar

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-13-2012
  • Publisher: ABN