If your a fan of the Sci-fi end of the world genre this is the starting point. Considering when it was written the science is excellent, and the characters could be from today.
With every end there is the hope of a new beginning.
remove, burn, stomp up and down upon the silly little love story.
no. the narrator sounded a bit like scott brick. monotone and serious. but somehow not as engaging. (inasmuch as one can be engaging when speaking in a monotone)
Some very old and unfashionable attitudes come in bold face in this little adventure.
Written in 1932, the protagonist's Japanese manservant is repeatedly referred to as ''the little jap''.
At one point a great leader ''wept like a woman'' explains the narrator in a vaguely disgusted tone.
When you consider that this book is 80 years old, it's surprisingly good. The descriptions of what might be like after a close encounter with a wandering planet, are imaginative and well thought out. But I wouldn't listen a second time. If you can get it in the bargain bin, yeah, give 'er a spin.
I first read this one as a teenager in the sixties. An early but effective "end of the world" novel. Characters are well done and the story moves along. Give this one a listen but skip the sequel.
A solid story about the end of innocence and man growing up.
War of the worlds
The story is a bit deep into the progressive politichs of the 30s.
Hope always makes me smile but the sadness of billions dead makes me cry.
Give it a try.
I own a DVD of the 1952 film and have watched it many times. The film was amazing for it's time as well - it won an Academy Award for special effects. Keep in mind that in 1952 no country had put any device into Earth orbit. Space travel of any kind was still in the future.
The characters and the plot of the book are similar to the film. The book has characters and events that are not in the film. The pace of this book may seem slow when compared to books written now. In 1932, when the book was written, the pace of life may have been slower than it is now.
I enjoyed this book very much. Until it showed up as a "Daily Special" I wasn't aware that it existed. I'm glad that I found it.
As soon as I finished "When Worlds Collide" I started "After Worlds Collide". I'm four chapters in and liking this book even more than the first.
I am 36 years old. Married with 3 kids - 2, 4, 13. I work at night, my wife during the day. I don't have time to read, so I listen at work.
I never read the print version. Yet I know from experience print is always better. But being a man with 3 kids who works opposite shifts from my wife, I don't have time for reading. I listen to books while I'm at work. That being said, I enjoyed the audio version a lot. Very descriptive.
I like Ducane the French physicist. Even though he didn't make his appearance until well after half the book was read I like him a lot. He was very animated with his words and Peter Ganim made him very animated in the tone of his voice which made me imagine him being very animated with his arms and posture. He is entertaining to say the least.
Somber, animated and natural
I found myself laughing several times out loud at the way Ducane talked. Ganim did a fantastic job of voicing him and giving Ducane a jovial inflection.
This book took a long time getting to the meat of the story which was everything after and including their departure. It just seemed like a lot of filler that was used to pass time. I kept asking myself when are they going to get to it. I'm guessing though that this was the style of writing in the early 1900s. On a different subject altogether I found myself reflecting on stories that I've read by another author of the science fiction genre, Larry Niven. If you're interested in more books of this nature, check him out.
I enjoy the opportunity to check out classics but in this case i'd say it's just a little too dated. the premise is interesting but there is a naiveté to the overall story line and style that doesn't work anymore. for a kid's early scifi reading it may be fine, aside from the mention of polygamous repopulation needed for the future of mankind, but the coincidences etc. of early lit are too much for me. the reader is fine and has done fine work elsewhere.
I sought this book out because it brought back my child hold love of sci-fi movies
I like the imagination, and for thought of ideas presented in this book. Here you had a very ridged moral, thinking group stepping away from the foundations they believed in. In a hope of save the human race.
Reading about technology that had yet to be invented at the time of the novels publication.
Very good narrator.
New Planet Rising
The romance is so dated as to be almost comic. It was the story line and inventiveness that makes this novel and it's sequel interesting.