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H.G Wells, War of the Worlds

Audiobook, narrated by haron Plummer

Google Play Audiobook

Another audio book for 4p.
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The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author Herbert George Wells, first serialized in 1897 by Pearson's Magazine in the UK and by Cosmopolitan magazine in the US. The novel's first appearance in hardcover was in 1898 from publisher William Heinemann of London. Written between 1895 and 1897,it is one of the earliest stories to detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race.The novel is the first-person narrative of both an unnamed protagonist in Surrey and of his younger brother in London as southern England is invaded by Martians. The novel is one of the most commented-on works in the science fiction canon.
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Hope its better then the god awful tv series
Thank god for jeff wayne
tasker27/11/2019 21:07

Hope its better then the god awful tv series Thank god for jeff wayne


I think the 'musical' version by Wayne is exceptional. The reason many people prefer it is because we get to visualise things ourselves & we live in a world of music (it has been that way since before we left the trees) so it resonates more closely with us.

We listened to it at school when we were around 9 years old (still in the infants) & it was terrifying on a dark, dreary afternoon. It almost felt real. Parents would probably complain about their kids being scared nowadays.
baked_bean_face27/11/2019 22:06

I'd like to get the original reading that was aired on the radio which …I'd like to get the original reading that was aired on the radio which scared people back in the day as they thought it was real


It’s on YouTube, and it’s a really great way to spend an hour!

Link, assuming it’s allowed -
tasker27/11/2019 21:07

Hope its better then the god awful tv series Thank god for jeff wayne


The BBC always mess up book adaptations these days by clumsily twisting plots to fit in with their PC objectives. However their co-production with HBO "His Dark Materials" seems to be a masterpiece in spite of their attempts to ruin it. Check it out.
Edited by: "ZapGod" 27th Nov 2019
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Hope its better then the god awful tv series
Thank god for jeff wayne
Apparently the narrator is quite robot like, according to the reviews, but for 4p I'm sure I'll survive.
There's another audio book on Google play that's reduced to £0.07 which has war of the worlds and the time machine
tasker27/11/2019 21:07

Hope its better then the god awful tv series Thank god for jeff wayne


I think the 'musical' version by Wayne is exceptional. The reason many people prefer it is because we get to visualise things ourselves & we live in a world of music (it has been that way since before we left the trees) so it resonates more closely with us.

We listened to it at school when we were around 9 years old (still in the infants) & it was terrifying on a dark, dreary afternoon. It almost felt real. Parents would probably complain about their kids being scared nowadays.
GothBoy27/11/2019 21:37

I think the 'musical' version by Wayne is exceptional. The reason many …I think the 'musical' version by Wayne is exceptional. The reason many people prefer it is because we get to visualise things ourselves & we live in a world of music (it has been that way since before we left the trees) so it resonates more closely with us. We listened to it at school when we were around 9 years old (still in the infants) & it was terrifying on a dark, dreary afternoon. It almost felt real. Parents would probably complain about their kids being scared nowadays.


saw the live show 5 times before he decided to ruin it and replace the wonderful mr burton
Still an amazing experience
And forever autumn is just a classic
tasker27/11/2019 21:07

Hope its better then the god awful tv series Thank god for jeff wayne


Oh I completely disagree!

When she first said those immortal words, "no one would have believed", it was jarring for it not to be Richard Burton. However, I think the show has been a wonderful re-imagining of the story and the effects have been astounding. I've been listening to the Wayne musical version since it was released and it will always be a classic but I do like the BBC TV show!
tasker27/11/2019 21:07

Hope its better then the god awful tv series Thank god for jeff wayne


The BBC always mess up book adaptations these days by clumsily twisting plots to fit in with their PC objectives. However their co-production with HBO "His Dark Materials" seems to be a masterpiece in spite of their attempts to ruin it. Check it out.
Edited by: "ZapGod" 27th Nov 2019
I'd like to get the original reading that was aired on the radio which scared people back in the day as they thought it was real
I think you can listen to this free on librivox... I think I've listened to it... save 4p
baked_bean_face27/11/2019 22:06

I'd like to get the original reading that was aired on the radio which …I'd like to get the original reading that was aired on the radio which scared people back in the day as they thought it was real


It’s on YouTube, and it’s a really great way to spend an hour!

Link, assuming it’s allowed -
ComminutedOrange27/11/2019 22:40

It’s on YouTube, and it’s a really great way to spend an hour!Link, ass …It’s on YouTube, and it’s a really great way to spend an hour!Link, assuming it’s allowed - [Video]


Thank you, that is brill!
tasker27/11/2019 21:47

saw the live show 5 times before he decided to ruin it and replace the …saw the live show 5 times before he decided to ruin it and replace the wonderful mr burtonStill an amazing experience And forever autumn is just a classic


First tour in 2006 was the best though with Justin Hayward and Chris Thompson in the cast.
they should have gone for Anthony Hopkins or Connery or cheaper then Brian blessed
I would like Audiable's Dramatised version of Jeff Waynes musical version of War of the worlds, but dont want to subscribe. Would rather purchase it, if it ever came on a good deal.
tasker27/11/2019 21:07

Hope its better then the god awful tv series Thank god for jeff wayne


Actually I quite like the current BBC TV version, maybe it's because I'm from Liverpool and enjoy seeing all the local locations it's been filmed at around my superb city
Seems a poor adaption to me and I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to scifi. The effects are very good and the atmosphere is generally good but its so slow paced and has out of sequence parts of the story which I personally dislike. The romance seems un-necessary. I'd like a adaption very close to the book I actually think that would work really well. I'm still enjoying it a bit I must admit. I don't actually have a tv license so actually visit my mothers who lives nearby to watch it so can't really complain as it hasn't cost me anything but I would have been annoyed if I had bought a tv license. I'd rate the production 5/10 not terrible but not great either. I think they made some poor choices how they would adapt the story to the screen which haven't worked that well but generally production quality is good.
tasker27/11/2019 21:07

Hope its better then the god awful tv series Thank god for jeff wayne


'Get off your horse and drink your milk'
It's currently free on BBC sounds app. It's good narration too.
I’m still a huge fan of the 1950’s film, for the age of it the effects are fantastic, I like the approach on the spaceships, I know tripods are accurate to the original story but as I grew up on the 50’s one first that became my fave design of thee spaceships (I didn’t even know about the whole laser tripods thing until later on) so every time I see WOTW with Tripods I can’t get into it, although it’s supposed to be that way.

and Jeff Wayne’s musical, yes I know back to tripods, but I can imagine it how I want listening to it, the original 70’s release though for me not the updated one, again personal preference even though I was born in the 80’s you’d think i’d Like the newer ones but nope.


does anyone remember a dance remix in the 80’s? I used to like that too as a kid haha.

Independence day is a nice modern day tribute to it I think, OTT fun
ComminutedOrange27/11/2019 22:40

It’s on YouTube, and it’s a really great way to spend an hour!Link, ass …It’s on YouTube, and it’s a really great way to spend an hour!Link, assuming it’s allowed - [Video]


That is a terrible version.

Save your 4 pence and listen to Jeff Wayne's version

Edited by: "yadiyada" 28th Nov 2019
The bbc cannot do scifi except Red Dwarf, they should have made more instead of 6 at a time.
They always have to gloss things over like with DW, the stupid music, the actors, female Doctor (How stupid) and you never see around the Tardis. Plenty of money to waste.

"The Tripods" was good but they never completed the 3rd book, they are probably on Youtube.
Blake 7, only about 2 good actors in it and the special effects.

"Time Slip", I think that was bbc, all destroyed like DW, only 1 Color and the other episodes are B/W, copies were found in Australia.

I also prefer the original WOTW movie, the Time Machine and The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951

QuaterMass and the Pit should be due for a remake.
mikeypr27/11/2019 23:39

I would like Audiable's Dramatised version of Jeff Waynes musical version …I would like Audiable's Dramatised version of Jeff Waynes musical version of War of the worlds, but dont want to subscribe. Would rather purchase it, if it ever came on a good deal.


Subscribe for the free trial and you get to keep the audio books you get with the tokens, even when you’re no longer subscribed. The audible version is excellent!
SleepyChris27/11/2019 22:13

I think you can listen to this free on librivox... I think I've listened …I think you can listen to this free on librivox... I think I've listened to it... save 4p

Librivox version is good.
GothBoy27/11/2019 21:37

I think the 'musical' version by Wayne is exceptional. The reason many …I think the 'musical' version by Wayne is exceptional. The reason many people prefer it is because we get to visualise things ourselves & we live in a world of music (it has been that way since before we left the trees) so it resonates more closely with us. We listened to it at school when we were around 9 years old (still in the infants) & it was terrifying on a dark, dreary afternoon. It almost felt real. Parents would probably complain about their kids being scared nowadays.


My all time favourite album.
Yes your probably right. I mean how dare teachers teach kids anything that isn't fluffy and Rosey.
jshoughton28/11/2019 07:59

Subscribe for the free trial and you get to keep the audio books you get …Subscribe for the free trial and you get to keep the audio books you get with the tokens, even when you’re no longer subscribed. The audible version is excellent!


That’s good to know. Think I’ll give it a go. Always worry about cancelling, but with Amazon I guess I’d need not worry.

Once I have it it it easy listen to when out and about. Don’t want to be tied to the pc.

Ty.
tasker27/11/2019 21:07

Hope its better then the god awful tv series Thank god for jeff wayne


39151322-0p1dx.jpgDoesn't sound that scary though.
mike.oliverhU928/11/2019 00:27

It's currently free on BBC sounds app. It's good narration too.


When I finally joined the 21st century, earlier this year, and bought a Kindle, War of the Worlds was the first book I got.

I'm currently midway through the BBC Sounds reading, which is very good. And free, yes, yes, after paying for the licence fee.

I am unsure about venturing to episode 2 of the TV program.
This is just read not narrated and it sounds like the lady on your sat nav giving directions. I think it’s fair to say this is a classic case of you get what you pay for!
GothBoy27/11/2019 21:37

I think the 'musical' version by Wayne is exceptional. The reason many …I think the 'musical' version by Wayne is exceptional. The reason many people prefer it is because we get to visualise things ourselves & we live in a world of music (it has been that way since before we left the trees) so it resonates more closely with us. We listened to it at school when we were around 9 years old (still in the infants) & it was terrifying on a dark, dreary afternoon. It almost felt real. Parents would probably complain about their kids being scared nowadays.


I wish they'd made a serial adaptation of it, and left out the time jumps and Downton forbidden love elements...
"Free" on Spotify if you have it, although it's a different narrator.
This and other audio books are free on Spotify
sowotsdis27/11/2019 23:38

they should have gone for Anthony Hopkins or Connery or cheaper then Brian …they should have gone for Anthony Hopkins or Connery or cheaper then Brian blessed


Little known but Jeff Wayne also did a musical version of Spartacus, with Anthony Hopkins as the narrator.
Guest6928/11/2019 11:07

Little known but Jeff Wayne also did a musical version of Spartacus, with …Little known but Jeff Wayne also did a musical version of Spartacus, with Anthony Hopkins as the narrator.


No, I was the narrator.
As Ken Bruce mentioned on his Radio 2 show Richard Burtons narration includes the line "The horses bits were covered with foam".
PaulandPam28/11/2019 00:08

Actually I quite like the current BBC TV version, maybe it's because I'm …Actually I quite like the current BBC TV version, maybe it's because I'm from Liverpool and enjoy seeing all the local locations it's been filmed at around my superb city


Oh was it filmed in Liverpool? I wondered. Yes, lovely scenes.

I really enjoyed the new BBC version too, I liked the new elements they were able to bring to the story.
Geezus, that audio book narration is some of the worst I've ever heard though. Not even worth 4p!
God she is DULL
Tried it, sorry good deal but the Narrator, where is the soul the passion?
She sounds like she is the voice in a lift "lift going up"
baked_bean_face:
I'd like to get the original reading that was aired on the radio which scared people back in the day as they thought it was real

That's available here...

archive.org/det…mp3

That's not the original story though, Orson Welles adapted it to be based in the US from the London area of HG Wells' book of 1897, which the classic 1953 US film then in turn used for their adaptation. What the BBC thought they were playing at when they adapted it is beyond me, change for change's sake and needlessly different to the original book.
ZapGod27/11/2019 21:56

The BBC always mess up book adaptations these days by clumsily twisting …The BBC always mess up book adaptations these days by clumsily twisting plots to fit in with their PC objectives. However their co-production with HBO "His Dark Materials" seems to be a masterpiece in spite of their attempts to ruin it. Check it out.


Came to the comments to see if anyone was whinging about the BBC being "PC". Wasn't disappointed.
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