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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.

(P)1994 L.A. Theatre Works, All Rights Reserved

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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  • Nick
  • 2004-10-10

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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  • Anandasubra
  • 2004-04-30

Active, good, and fun to hear

Active, updated for modern times, and very good to hear.
Would recommend it for a good listening at night with all lights shut and dark... you get the idea..

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  • Ken
  • 2012-06-18

Classic

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

When "War of the Worlds" first was on the air, most of America was in a state of panic, thinking the end of the world was here. This classic program is done with some of the biggest names in science fiction. I would recomend it to my friends because they can enjoy a masterpeice and be able to use there imagination once more.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how well the cast worked together, playing off each others emotions.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

well there is already several films on this, i dont think i need to worry about that

Any additional comments?

If you want to have a throw back to the good classic radio days, this is where you should start. Old radio shows is the start to the home entertainment industry in my opinion, and as such take time to see how your parents or grandparents where able to enjoy there weekday night.

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  • Mr. Miint
  • 2004-11-01

Original Bias

If I've never heard the original, then I'd rate this much higher. As it is, the original gives a more realistic fealing and I'm spoiled to it's effect.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2016-04-14

Another Excellent Dramazation

It was nice to hear the late Leonard Nimoy. The stand out to me was Gates McFadden, she did a wonderful job. Brent Spinner was also good and did some military characters. John De Lancie got the crew together. Will Wheaton's name was mentioned, but I did not recognize his voice. This is a must for Star Trek Fans, but you still need to get the original with Orson Wells, it is still the best.

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  • wolvesfeather
  • 2022-05-18

Awesome

We've always enjoyed the War of the Worlds, but there is something amazing about hearing this group of people narrate it.

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  • couchalot
  • 2022-04-01

A new take on War of The Worlds

Extremely enjoyable! To be honest, I will listen to anything with Leonard Nimoy in it. However the sound craft was beautifully done, giving it that radio feel. As someone who loves radio, both old and new, this was authentic. It’s short- as was the original broadcast- but faithful to the original short story. Having all the other familiar Star Trek voices sprinkled throughout made me smile- but let’s be honest- you’re going to listen so you can hear Leonard Nimoy just like me.

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  • Anand
  • 2022-03-29

Wonderful adaptation of a classic

This is an improvement on the original radio play by Orson Welles.
Good quality. And more engaging way of storytelling.
This was my first audible book

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  • WinstonSmith6079
  • 2022-01-03

Excellent remake of the Orson Welles 1938 classic!

If you liked the original, you'll likely greatly appreciate this associated audio work too. Excellent!

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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 2021-07-22

A fun listen!

I've listened to the original broadcast and have seen all the movies, but this has to be my personal favorite! Narrated by a full cast of Star Trek actors! They did a fantastic job of making this sound like an old radio broadcast. I enjoyed every minute!