Dark and Bleak but love it!,
This review is from: War of the Worlds (Audio CD)
I suppose I didn't know what to expect from this audio book. I was half thinking it'd be some outdated storyline from way back in the day, which would seem corny and cliched.
How wrong was I! I should have known from the recent film that this would be a good book, but I thought maybe they'd used artistic licence. On the contrary, this book IS the inspiration for the film - it has so many elements and such depth that it transcends its time and comes almost as scary as it did in its day (we have Chuck Norris now... ;))
In terms of the CD's, the case wasn't ideal, but the gloomy voice of Sean Barrett really chimes with the storyline and the story breathes with a certain ethos. And the best thing is that, at 6 CD's (6.5 hours) the recording is completely unabridged.
Overall, I'd thoroughly recommend these CD to anyone seeking to 'cheat the classics' by the wonder of audio. This book is still inspiring due to its timeless characterisations, its plot and the thoughtful nature of its prose (e.g. the Artilleryman's rant).
So, well worth it & if you like this one, then try Bill Bailey's audio rendition of Moby Dick - it's equally Dark and Bleak, is not quite so clever, but still brings home the goods...