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The War of the Worlds | [H. G. Wells]

The War of the Worlds

The night after a shooting star is seen streaking through the sky from Mars, a cylinder is discovered on Horsell Common in London. At first, naive locals approach the cylinder armed just with a white flag, only to be quickly killed by an all-destroying heat ray, as terrifying tentacled invaders emerge. Soon the whole of human civilisation is under threat, as powerful Martians build gigantic killing machines, destroy all in their path with black gas and burning rays.
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The night after a shooting star is seen streaking through the sky from Mars, a cylinder is discovered on Horsell Common in London. At first, naive locals approach the cylinder armed just with a white flag, only to be quickly killed by an all-destroying heat ray, as terrifying tentacled invaders emerge. Soon the whole of human civilisation is under threat, as powerful Martians build gigantic killing machines, destroy all in their path with black gas and burning rays, and feast on the warm blood of trapped, still-living human prey. The forces of the Earth, however, may prove harder to beat than they at first appear.

If you enjoyed this H. G. Wells Science Fiction classic, then check outH.G. Wells Collected Science Fiction: The Time Machine & Stories of the Unusual.

© Literary Executors of the Estate of H. G. Wells; (P)Isis Publishing Ltd; Under license from Ollie Record Productions. All rights reserved.

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    "My Favorite Reading of WotW"

    Wells is one of my favorite authors and War of the Worlds is one of my favorite Wells novels. I own several readings and this one by Sean Barrett is my favorite. I recommend this one enthusiastically.

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  • Kate
    swinton, manchester, United Kingdom
    6/22/08
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    "Great rendition of a classic"

    This has always been one of my all-time favourites and so I know the story well, but my heart was still in my mouth at some points while listening to this version. The reader really does convey the suspense and horror of what is happening, and portrays the character and accent of the story-teller (a middle-class London journalist of the late 1900's) really well, it's certainly worth paying a bit more for the english narration as I really don't think the effect would be the same with some of the American narations out there. Stayed up far too late to finish it! Excellent.

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  • Craig
    DundeeUnited Kingdom
    2/9/11
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    "heart stopping"

    great audio version, almost perfect for those who are in love with the Musical, he is not Richard Burton, but he is good enough.

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  • Tim
    High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    3/5/11
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    "Dark & Bleak but love it!"

    I suppose I didn't know what to expect from this audio book. I was half thinking it'd be some outdated storyline from way back in the day, which would seem corny & cliched.

    How wrong was I! I should have known from the recent film that this would be a good book, but I thought maybe they'd used artistic licence. On the contrary, this book IS the inspiration for the film - it has so many elements and such depth that it transcends its time & comes almost as scary as it did in its day (we have Chuck Norris now... ;))

    In terms of the download, the case wasn't ideal, but the gloomy voice of Sean Barrett really chimes with the storyline & the story breathes with a certain ethos. And the best thing is that, 6.5 hours long the recording is completely unabridged.

    Overall, I'd thoroughly recommend this download to anyone seeking to 'cheat the classics' by the wonder of audio. This book is still inspiring due to its timeless characterisations, its plot & the thoughtful nature of its prose (e.g. the Artilleryman's rant).
    So, well worth it & if you like this one, then try Bill Bailey's audio rendition of 'Moby Dick' - it's equally Dark & Bleak, is not quite so clever, but still brings home the goods...

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