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.
Having never read "The War of the Worlds," I thought it was about time. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the narration.
I like to read and listen to Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military, History, and Thillers.
I really liked Vance's performance and how he made all the character come to life.
Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators.
It is a smooth read and very easy to follow with enough mystery and suspense to keep you wanting more.
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.
This is a classic for good reason! This was so "outside of the box" originally, but I think it is still absolutely fantastic.!
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.
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.
Not really. It's a book that was written way before it's time.
Sure, to those who love science fiction. It's hard to get behind if you aren't into science fiction.
It was just ok. Not spectacular. His voice was nice though. Nothing about it rubbed me the wrong way.
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