The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells audiobook

The War of the Worlds

By H. G. Wells
Read by Christopher Hurt

Blackstone Publishing
5.90 Hours Unabridged
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“No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own…” So begins The War of the Worlds, the science fiction classic that first proposed the possibility that intelligent life exists on other planets. This spellbinding tale describes the Martian invasion of Earth. Following the landing in England of ten huge and indefatigable creatures, complete chaos erupts. Using their fiery heat rays and monstrous strength, the heartless aliens threaten the future existence of all life on Earth. This classic chiller, when adapted for radio in 1938 by Orson Welles, was realistic enough to cause widespread panic throughout the United States.

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Summary

Summary

“No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own…” So begins The War of the Worlds, the science fiction classic that first proposed the possibility that intelligent life exists on other planets.

This spellbinding tale describes the Martian invasion of Earth. Following the landing in England of ten huge and indefatigable creatures, complete chaos erupts. Using their fiery heat rays and monstrous strength, the heartless aliens threaten the future existence of all life on Earth.

This classic chiller, when adapted for radio in 1938 by Orson Welles, was realistic enough to cause widespread panic throughout the United States.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“This archetypal story of alien invasion provided a model for countless cruder imitations.” Cambridge Guide to Literature in English
“The story…captured popular imagination with its fast-paced narrative.” Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

Reviews

Reviews

by Sarah 2/8/2018
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

Good, classic sci-fi

This is undeniably a good story, and an important element in the genre of classic sci-fi. As such, it is clearly sci-fi from a different time. It felt a little stiff to me, and it just didn't grab me the same way more modern storytelling does.

I thought the author's performance was fitting to the narrator's character.

Author

Author Bio: H. G. Wells

Author Bio: H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells (1866–1946), born in Bromley, Kent, England, was apprenticed to a drygoodsman and a druggist before he made his way to the Royal College of Science where he studied biology. Known as the father of science fiction, he was also a prolific writer in other genres, including contemporary novels, history, and social commentary. As a spokesman for progress and peace, his middle period novels (1900–1920) were more realistic and covered lower-middle-class life, suffrage, and the emergence of feminist ideals that pushed against the limits set by male-dominated society.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 5.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English