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This is the legendary radio broadcast of Halloween 1938. Orson Welles's dramatisation of The War Of The Worlds is extremely well staged. Written and performed in the style of emergency radio transmissions of the time - complete at first with musical interludes - they do a very good job of persuading you of the horrific monstrosity of the invading martians and the - in some cases - absolutely vile actions they commit.
The dramatisation may be dated now especially since it was recorded on equipment we would now consider practically ancient and as such the audio quality and in some cases the personal attitudes of the characters in the play would be considered extremely old fashioned depending on your point of view but I still highly recommend people listen to this version. It became famous for a reason after all!
Another aspect of the drama I wish to praise is the relocation of the main focus of the invasion. Clearly in an attempt to modernise the original story to 1930s eyes and ears and his American audience Welles and his team successfully managed to relocate the play to a small rural area in New Jersey.
Unlike future modernisations or Americanisations - such as the 1950s film version in my view - I feel that in this less than an hour long version Welles does a better job of getting to the heart and the core of the story through the somewhat less than subtle anti-imperial subtext the original book version had than a lot of other versions I've heard
Long story short: It's a piece of sci-fi history that's less than hour long. It deserves its place in the pantheon alongside the original novel and the surprisingly good Jeff Wayne version. It's more than worth your time and money. Give it a listen.
This was not what I expected, so I was to impressed. I'm sure others enjoy this more than I did
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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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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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