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The War of the Worlds [Orson Welles]


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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pegasus
  • ASIN: B000BGUV1G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The War Of The Worlds - Original Broadcast - Various Artists

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By chunniemonster on 5 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Bearing in mind that this is a 1938 original radio broadcast, the poor sound quality adds to the authenticity of the piece. In order to fully appreciate how this broadcast caused a nationwide panic, it helps if you can imagine that the year is 1938 and you are listening to the radio in a time when the radio was the main source of home entertainment. It has to be said that the overall broadcast is amazing, the news reports, interviews, and eyewitness accounts are so well created that it is hard to believe that they are completely ficticious. It really is no wonder it caused such a panic, particularly for listeners who tuned in mid-way through the broadcast.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Podbery on 15 Aug. 2011
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This is wonderful. My family are fans of the story and Jeff Waynes musical version so we were interested in hearing the orginal broadcast. Best listened to in a quite room without distractions to get full effects. Wonderful orginal quality, you can imagine what it must have been like to hear this and understand the panic it caused.
As long as you remember that this is the orginal then you won't be disapointed, also works as a listening book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Egee on 26 July 2009
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Listening to this i can really see that people thought it was for real back in the USA! Well worth a listen and adding to your collection assuming you like War of the Worlds and H G Wells stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jokeroom on 24 Sept. 2012
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I don't know whether anyone has ever tried to clean up the sound of this broadcast, and I haven't heard the Pickwick release of this disc (easily findable on Amazon) but here the sound is acceptable at best. However, the worst aspect of this CD release is no indexing. It's just one long 57 minute 34 second track. It's definately worth a listen, but unless you do it in one stretch you're going to have problems!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By loopyloo on 12 July 2011
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what a fabulous story. the origanal radio broadcast! i felt like i was there and like many people in the past it seemed so real, although i think you need a really good imagination. if, like me you like your scifi stuff, be it movies, stories etc, i think you'll love it, for me 10 out of 10. good listening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. R. Hewitt on 5 Feb. 2011
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never listened to this before, so life like, you can understand how people turning on the radio mid transmission panicked thinking the earth was being invaded. i reccommend this recording, excellent
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 17 Mar. 2010
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This is brilliant and scary. I was riveted. I can see how it scared a nation. Anne
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Gerrard-longworth on 23 Nov. 2012
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The production standards compared to those of today stand up pretty well - definitely worth a listen for HG fans.
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