Richard joins Big Finish ‘The Martian Invasion of Earth’ audiobook cast

Richard has joined the cast as “Herbert” for Big Finish’s audibook adaptation of HG Wells’ novel, ‘The War of the Worlds’, ‘The Martian Invasion of Earth‘. The audiobook can be pre-ordered as both a CD (AUS $25.20) and Digital (AUS $12.99). It will be released in February 2018.


An audio dramatisation of HG Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds.

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Matt Fitton
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Written By: HG Wells, dramatised by Nicholas Briggs


Richard Armitage (Herbert), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Amy), Hywel Morgan (Curate), Ewan Bailey (Daniel), Richard Derrington (Ogilvy), Helen Goldwyn (Agatha), Christopher Weeks (Edward)

Nicholas Briggs has also tweeted –


Romeo + Juliet updates from David Hewson

Romeo + Juliet author David Hewson tweeted 2 updates on the audiobook:

Tweet, Romeo + Juliet audiobook cover revealed

And Reid Armbruster tweeted a photo of himself and Richard at Audible Audible connects with actors for audiobook performances

Richard is listed in this article among other actors who have performed for audible.

The second book released in February was Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, as performed by Richard Armitage. The Hobbit actor has performed for multiple Audible books already and he does not disappoint in this version of the famed Dickens novel. Readers love how Armitage is able to fully form each of the characters in readers’ minds by giving them a specific voice, making the story all the more realistic. Despite the fact that there are over 50 characters introduced in this coming-of-age novel, Armitage performs perfectly.

David Copperfield review

The audiobook of David Copperfield, narrated by Richard, was reviewed in the South China Morning Post. The reviewer gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

You may have seen Richard Armitage in full-body acting action as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit, or the serial killer Francis Dolarhyde in Silence of the Lambs spin-off Hannibal. Audiobook fans may have heard him narrating Hamlet (the novel), which won Audible’s 2014 audiobook of the year. His range of voices – unlike some he doesn’t hold back on accents or characterisation – means it was only a matter of time before he attempted a big Dickens, having read the Christmas story The Chimes last December. And here it is: his David Copperfield is a 36-hour epic which stretches his full range. Armitage narrates Dickens’ own vibrant narration with humour and melody, but you have to tip your hat to the diversity and consistency of his voicing, from the simpering, slippery Uriah Heep to the well-spoken bounder James Steerforth. The exception, of course, is David himself, whom Armitage develops from helpless child to confused, aspiring young man to mature, redeemed adult. Armitage passed my own tests, which were making Mr Murdstone a greater monster than, say, the murderer Magwitch in Great Expectations and presenting Mr Micawber as an infuriating, lovable rogue. If you have a spare day and half, I urge you to clamp headphones over your ears.