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Review: Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

Rating: 5 out of 5.


One of the world’s most recognizable sci-fi stories, H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds established numerous conventions for the genre, including the threat of an invasive extraterrestrial species, space travel and intergalactic conflict, inspiring directors, gamers, producers and writers alike with its sobering story of struggle and survival.

Marrying the suspense, drama and urgency of Wells’ original novel with Jeff Wayne’s rousing and flamboyant score, Audible’s new and exclusive dramatization uses action, narration, original music and evocative sound design to immerse listeners in a world that’s as thrilling as it is desolate.

Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds: The Musical Drama stars Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Adrian Edmondson, Theo James and Anna-Marie Wayne. – Goodreads


This was such an outstanding performance of a great book that I listened to the entire thing in one sitting. This is one of the rare reviews where the audio performance did impact my star rating – as it should have. This story, while a classic, would not be half as good without the enhancements to the atmosphere and depth of feeling that the narration, sound effects, and score add. I have never listened to an audiobook that has brought the story so palpably to life. A must listen for any audibook fan.