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Who narrates this segment of Cosmos?

 
 
Willow2
 
Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 02:30 am
Hi,

Who narrates this reading of H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds in Carl Sagan's Cosmos episode 5 (Blues for a Red Planet)?

I have checked imdb and the credits, but it is not listed. The voice came across so familiar to me, but perhaps it's a nobody?

Clip can be found here: https://youtu.be/OPdLGXFKbXM&t=140s

Thank you so much for helping.

/Willow
 
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 02:51 am
@Willow2,
If you mean the British guy, the voice sounds a bit like HG Wells, but I suspect that it's actually some nameless British narrator.
Willow2
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 04:32 am
@Brandon9000,
That is exactly what I meant, @Brandon9000.

I suppose you are right. I thought it was someone famous, but what you are saying makes more sense.

Thanks a bunch.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 04:44 am
@Willow2,

surprised imdb doesn't list the name of the narrator

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0759805/fullcredits/?ref_=tt_cl_sm
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izzythepush
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 06:52 am
@Willow2,
It's directly lifted from the conept album War of the Worlds by Jeff Wayne. The contributors are all listed on that.

It's quite well known, I think Justin Hayward had a number one with Forever Autumn which features on the album.

It's Richard Burton, his voice is very distinctive.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 06:54 am
@Brandon9000,
Richard Burton is actually quite famous.

You don't get to call him nameless just because he's not American.

Do you have to be so Anglophobic?
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 07:17 am
@izzythepush,
Quote:
It's Richard Burton, his voice is very distinctive.
you could be right...
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 07:26 am
@Region Philbis,
I am right, Google the album.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 07:44 am
@izzythepush,

i did -- couldn't find anything definitive.

Burton's imdb doesn't mention it either
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000009/

but it does sound like his voice... although i suppose it could be someone trying to sound like Sir Richard...
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 07:48 am
@Region Philbis,
I can't post links, but if you look on the Wikipedia page he's listed.

This album came out when I was 16 and well into contemporary music. For about two weeks there was little else played on the radio.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 07:54 am
@izzythepush,

the wikipedia page of what exactly?

there was no mention of SRB on this page
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos:_A_Personal_Voyage

https://iili.io/5830v4.jpg
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 08:13 am

Here is Burton reading in Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds.

If you compare it with the Cosmos segment, it is identical.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFGF1u8G-H8
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 08:14 am
@Region Philbis,
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of War Of The Worlds.

That's the title of the wiki page.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 08:17 am
@izzythepush,

thanx
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Wayne%27s_Musical_Version_of_The_War_of_the_Worlds

so the recording used in Cosmos was taken from this album?
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 08:18 am
@Region Philbis,
I would say so. It sounds exactly like it.

It's not like they're cutting and pasting the whole lot, it's a small segment which is usually allowable.
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Willow2
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 11:42 am
@izzythepush,
Wow, @izzythepush! I listened to both of them and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that you are right.

I am left flabbergasted and astounded - mouth wide open - over the accuracy of your answer and extent of your knowledge.

Thank you very much. I salute you.

Kind regards,
Willow
Brandon9000
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2021 11:48 am
@izzythepush,
izzythepush wrote:
Richard Burton is actually quite famous.

You don't get to call him nameless just because he's not American.

Do you have to be so Anglophobic?

Your incessant false arguments are very tiresome. I know very well who Richard Burton is. I just didn't recognize the voice.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sun 21 Nov, 2021 08:36 am
@Willow2,
That's very kind of you to say so, but like I said,this record came out when I was 16, at a time when I followed the charts religiously.
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