War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

  • by H.G. Wells, adapted by Howard Koch
  • Narrated by Leonard Nimoy, Gates McFadden, a full cast
  • 1 hrs and 2 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

Join actors from television's Star Trek as they recreate this classic radio thriller. The breathless pace and convincing details make it clear why the 1938 broadcast caused a nationwide panic. You may panic too...as horrifying life forms emerge from a strange object in a New Jersey farmer's field. War of the Worlds is truly the mother of all space invasions, offering a rare combination of thrills, chills, and great literature.Performed by a full cast including Leonard Nimoy, Brent Spiner, and Gates McFadden - this production also includes an interview with McFadden, better known as Beverly Crusher on The Next Generation.


What the Critics Say

"With brilliantly appropriate casting, L.A. Theatre Works presents a reinterpretation of Orson Welles' radio adaptation of War of the Worlds....Fifty-nine years after its original broadcast, War of the Worlds still sends waves of fear through listeners as they hear reports of the destruction of modern life by aliens from Mars. Leonard Nimoy's Professor Pierson is rendered with grace and poignancy as the last man on earth. Brent Spiner is excellent in his role as the stranger in the latter half of the piece. With its heart-racing pace and fantastic sound effects, War of the Worlds reminds us how realistic radio drama can be." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Not Impressed

I was little disappointed. I thought Orson Wells original radio program was what I purchased. It was ok lisening to but nothing like the original. This is why I'm rating it lower then probably deserves.
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- rstampa

Not the Mercury Theater, but still fun

Not as good as the orginal, but an enjoyable update of a classic. Gates McFadden as reporter Carla Phillips is an interesting twist. The recording also includes an interesting interview with McFadden.
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- Nick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2002
  • Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works