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The War of the Worlds Audiobook

The War of the Worlds

First published by H. G. Wells in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator intones, "No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's."
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First published by H. G. Wells in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator intones, "No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's."

Things then progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first, the Martians seem laughable, hardly able to move in Earth's comparatively heavy gravity, even enough to raise themselves out of the pit created when their spaceship landed. But soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines 100 feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. Wells quickly moves the story from the countryside to the evacuation of London itself and the loss of all hope as England's military suffers defeat after defeat.

With horror, the narrator describes how the Martians suck the blood from living humans for sustenance and how it's clear that man is not being conquered so much as corralled.

(P)2009 Tantor

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    Peter South Windsor, CT 11-01-13
    Peter South Windsor, CT 11-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story. Great read."
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    Having never read "The War of the Worlds," I thought it was about time. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    The Kindler 02-27-16
    The Kindler 02-27-16 Member Since 2014

    I like to read and listen to Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military, History, and Thillers.

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    "Aliens"
    What made the experience of listening to The War of the Worlds the most enjoyable?

    I really liked Vance's performance and how he made all the character come to life.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a smooth read and very easy to follow with enough mystery and suspense to keep you wanting more.

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    Justin Murray 02-14-16
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    "Excellent"

    This book was more than what I expected. The back story helped envision things better. Any movie based on this book would be a mockery.

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    Ark1836 11-18-15
    Ark1836 11-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The Granddaddy of Alien Invasions"

    I am sad to admit that I had not read this classic sci-fi book before now. This book is one of the earliest alien invasion novels. This novel inspired real scientists in the early part of the 20th century and has a place in both the history of literature and science. The narrator is one of the best on Audible. This was fantastic.

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    Jennifer 08-27-15
    Jennifer 08-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic for a good reason"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a classic for good reason! This was so "outside of the box" originally, but I think it is still absolutely fantastic.!


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    DB 08-04-15
    DB 08-04-15 Member Since 2016

    just good books

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    "Very good Sci Fi"
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    HG Wells had a very good imagination. I have seen a couple movies based on this book so I already knew the story. But, the story telling was better than I anticipated. The book grabs you early and I listened intently as the invasion transpired. The middle of the book drags a little as there seems to be several chapters describing the desolation caused by the martians. The problem was that it seemed to be rehashing how bad everything was destroyed over and over again.

    The ending picks up as there's a philosophical discussion about our existence. Knowing that HG Wells was an atheist, which is evident regarding the numerous references to evolution through the book, I was ready for him to exercise his beliefs here. I was surprised that while he showed a clergyman as insane, the narrator himself prays to God and thanks God for their salvation from the martians.

    Anyway, this is a well written story and hard to believe it was from the late 1800s. Simon Vance was great as usual.

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    Chann 07-02-15
    Chann 07-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic Science Fiction"

    This is classic SciFi. Science has come on since it was written, but when read with that understanding this is still a very good, though by modern standards short, book. If you want a high tech futuristic experience then go somewhere else, but for a steam punk sort of experience then this is still an excellent book.

    Oddly when I think of The War of the Worlds I think of the Justin Hayward album, so I expect this to be read by Richard Burton, which is an unfair hurdle for any speech artist to approach.

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    G. Parish 05-04-15
    G. Parish 05-04-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "The War is Coming"

    This is just as exciting as it purports to be. If you want to know more of the coming invasion listen to this tale.

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    M. Young in another realm 04-29-15
    M. Young in another realm 04-29-15

    horror mistress

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really. It's a book that was written way before it's time.


    Would you recommend The War of the Worlds to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure, to those who love science fiction. It's hard to get behind if you aren't into science fiction.


    What aspect of Simon Vance’s performance would you have changed?

    It was just ok. Not spectacular. His voice was nice though. Nothing about it rubbed me the wrong way.


    Was The War of the Worlds worth the listening time?

    Yes.


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    Von Zumwalt 02-02-15
    Von Zumwalt 02-02-15
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    A wonderful classic and the audible narrated by Simon Vance was great. I'm hooked.

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