The works of H. G. Wells joined the public domain in Europe on 1st Jan this year … so it seemed rude to let that milestone pass without taking on something of his. The existing recordings of War of the Worlds at LibriVox were both over 10 years old, so I decided that was a good one to pick. Ably abetted by David and Dave, on coordination and proof-listening duties respectively, this was a relatively quick project, starting on 24/8 and launching on 8/10 (46 days all told.) It runs slightly under 7 hours.

It was no small bother trying to avoid echoing Richard Burton’s ringing tones, where Jeff Wayne’s version had used the text word-for-word, but listening to his outtakes did help a little.

You can listen to the first section here, or visit the LibriVox catalogue or to download files in various formats.


Should you wish, there’s a drinking game to be found in his use of the word ‘tumult’ … he must’ve won a Scrabble game with it or something, because he loves it unreasonably.

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  1. Bobby P.

    I started listening to your reading of The War of the Worlds the moment I found it. I’m picky about female readers on Librivox, but I rather like listening to you read. I was excited to see you had read H.G. Wells- who is one of my favorite writers. Your voice is so deliciously soothing, I could listen to you read nearly anything. Tonight I’m listening to your reading of The Secret Agent- Conrad is another favorite of mine. Thanks for your efforts, and sharing these excellent books.

  2. Ben

    Great reading, high quality audio, clear and with great pacing. One of my favourite audio books.

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