The War of the Worlds

Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
Series: The War of the Worlds, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
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This classic chiller, when adapted for radio in 1938 by Orson Welles, was realistic enough to cause widespread panic throughout the United States.

"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.

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"This archetypal story of alien invasion provided a model for countless cruder imitations." (The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English)

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  • 08-29-05

Awesome Audio

This was a great audiobook. While the story may start off slow, the writing is excellent. A must listen for all audiobook fans!

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Not what I had expected

I don’t know what I expected with a title like that , BUT I was not disappointed. Kept on listening to it even in bed!

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Great Story

Great narration of a great story. In short, this book chronicles the experiences of a man (and to some extent his brother) witnessing the arrival of hostile visitors from mars in the England of 100yrs ago. It's very entertaining to follow the main character around as he watches things go from bad to worse for mankind.
It is a crime that the somewhat-recent Tom Cruz movie was allowed the same title. The movie and book share little. The complications of antique technology give the book's story an extra feeling of suspense and helplessness that is lost in a modern day translation.

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It's Better Then The Radio Show!

Everyone Should Own This Audio Book For There Audio Collection.

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Just a little at a time

So So the book reader lacks the intensity that the story really has, he's not interested in the story

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Boring

Perhaps it is just because I don't properly appreciate this genre of literature, but I found this book incredibly boring. I couldn't even focus on it.