Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds — H. G. Wells

Wooohooo….   finally, an audiobook gets to make an appearance on Kindleworm, whatever next?

If you go to Audible you get a 30 day free trial and you’re allowed to keep the audiobook you chose.   I chose this because i remember the original Jeff Wayne double album from years gone by; yeah, real vinyl played on a record player and all that — showing my age here.   Anyway, i got this because i thought it was like a super extended full story version of that.

It’s a bit of an annoyance as you can only listen to it using the “Audible App”, but you can still listen to your audio book after you cancel your free trial membership as long as you keep the app cluttering up your chosen device.

So onto the review:

As i said above, i got this because i really liked the original version from way back in the long ago and i genuinely thought that this was a super extended version of that, but it isn’t.

It’s a completely redone thing with different actors — sorry ladies, no David Essex on this one: WTF!!!

And worse of all, there’s none of the original music.   No songs whatosever.   Just crappy remade, piecemeal versions of the original music playing in the background and foreground far too occasionally — and, worse of all, without any lyrics whatsoever.

Sadly, i’m very disappointed with the whole thing.   It’s basically a simple radio play of the book with some mood music thrown in.

It would have been superb if the original double album had been built up with the full story, but alas, it wasn’t to be.

So my first attempt at an audio book, after all these years of resistance, has ended in woe.

Final thoughts: if you enjoyed and loved the original version you’ll probably not like this at all — especially if you liked, loved, or had a schoolgirl crush on, David Essex.

H. G. Wells’s Page

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