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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. Brad Schwartz Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781622317561
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An examination of the history behind the infamous radio play that aired in 1938. As an announcer read terrifying bulletins describing an invasion from outer space, listeners ran to alert neighbors and fled their homes in panic. But the broadcast was not b Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Offers up many fresh details and, along the way, shows the many ways in which the whole [War of the Worlds] episode reverberates in our own time.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Deftly places Welles’ caper in the perspective of the time, when a real world war was looming, and the new medium of radio was enjoying a fleeting ‘Golden Age’ as it simultaneously was experimenting with other dubious forms of journalism.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “An impeccable account of the most famous radio show in history, a fascinating biography of Orson Welles, and a vital lesson about the responsibility of the media.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Groundbreaking…Fascinating as an analysis of both pop-culture and the media.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Though Schwartz’s detailed account of Orson Welles’ famous ‘War of the Worlds’ radio broadcast in June 1938 can stand on its own, Sean Runnette’s narration enhances the experience and helps listeners feel the full impact of the work. In a deep but gentle voice, he deftly moves through each chapter, choosing the right emphasis, speed, and tone for each moment. Even when rereading passages from the radio script, Runnette captures the right tone and energy from the original production. Schwartz provides a unique take on the event by pulling together different elements such as the history of radio news broadcasting, Orson Welles’ background, and the cultural context of the 1930s.”

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About the Author

A. Brad Schwartz cowrote an episode of the award–winning PBS series American Experience on the War of the Worlds broadcast, based in part on research for his senior thesis at the University of Michigan. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

About the Narrator

Sean Runnette, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has also directed and produced more than two hundred audiobooks, including several Audie Award winners. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured the United States and internationally with ART and Mabou Mines. His television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Cop Land, Sex and the City, Law & Order, the award-winning film Easter, and numerous commercials.