The War of the Worlds

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The War of the Worlds Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,114

    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."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ants

    • By Janice on 03-30-14

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H.G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Philippe Duquenoy
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells is an action-packed, science fiction novel that was written in 1897 and is told through the eyes of two brothers who live through an alien invasion. The story is an unbiased account and observation of the alien invasion, and has led to the creation of hundreds of books and movies. H.G. Wells is one of the first authors to tackle the "what if" scenario of an alien invasion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Truly fantastic

    • By Loren on 08-08-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H.G. Wells
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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    A meteor-like alien object lands on Earth, spearheading an apocalyptic chain of events. Earth has been watched, and now the aliens have landed and their intent is conquest and war...H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, the first story to speculate about the consequences of aliens (from Mars) with superior technology landing on earth, is one of the most influential science fiction books ever written.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book

    • By Sean L on 01-03-18

    Regular price: $8.25

    • War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Blair Mellow
    • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It is an INVASION! H. G. Wells' classic story of Martians invading an unsuspecting and unprepared world continues to thrill and terrify listeners around the world. Following strange explosions on the surface of Mars, metallic cylinders crash in the English countryside - objects that carry hideous aliens possessed of deadly weapons and a rabid hunger for human flesh. No army can stop these monstrous hordes, no weapons can harm them - a terrified humanity watches helpless as cities are reduced to cinders and ash. There is no hope...here is no future...our world is lost - unlessa?S

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I raised my hands muttering "Yes!"

    • By Geir on 04-07-08

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
    • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 88
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    The War of the Worlds has been both popular and influential. It has never gone out of print. It has spawned half a dozen feature films, radio dramas, various comic book adaptations, a television series, and sequels or parallel stories by other authors. It has even influenced the work of scientists. It is one of the earliest stories that details a conflict between mankind and an alien race.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Story-Despite the Reader

    • By Joseph on 09-08-12

    Regular price: $3.49

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Bill Weideman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    So begins The War of the Worlds, the novel that made Wells famous and has enthralled and terrified readers and listeners for almost 100 years. Ten huge and tireless creatures land in England and, using their deadly rays and crushing strength, threaten the very existence of humankind. Wells' classic is not just groundbreaking science fiction, it is a shocking social parable about man's inhumanity to man.

    Regular price: $10.49

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H.G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Alexander Spencer
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
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    Written at the turn of the 19th century, before "science fiction" existed as a genre, H.G. Wells' creation was a new departure in literature. The author's deep devotion to social reform led him to use the idea of an extraterrestrial invasion to theorize about a possible violent upheaval in society - instead of "Martians" think "Bolsheviks."

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant, tight and prescient.

    • By Darwin8u on 02-02-13

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Daniel Avrahams, Steven Davis
    • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 29
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    War of the Worlds by Herbert George Wells (H.G. Wells) was published in 1898 at a time when he wrote a series of novels related to a number of historical events of the time. The most important of these was the unification and militarization of Germany. The story, written in a semi-documentary style, is told in the first person by an unnamed observer. It tells of the events, which happen mostly in London and the county of Surrey, England, when a number of vessels manned by aliens are fired from Mars and land on Earth.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • So many narrators!

    • By Grey Beard on 09-18-17

    Regular price: $2.09

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    H. G. Wells' classic science fiction work, first serialized in 1897, is one of many invasion narratives prevalent in British literature towards the end of the 19th century. However, The War of the Worlds not only introduces the extraterrestrial element of brutal Martian forces on the rampage but also explores many other contemporary issues and themes.

    Regular price: $16.41

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H.G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 324
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome Audio

    • By W on 08-29-05

    Regular price: $13.97

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    Hostile invading Martians wreak havoc and destruction in England. This science-fiction classic has terrified generations of readers!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome classic!

    • By JBRIGHTSHADOWS93 on 02-07-18

    Regular price: $16.79

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Michael Ward
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is the timeless science fiction classic, depicting man's struggle against technologically superior invaders from Mars.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: David Gilmore
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
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    Experience the terror again! Veteran narrator David Gilmore takes you through the suspense-filled invasion of the creatures from Mars in this classic H. G. Wells story from 1898. One by one the Martians build their war machines and lay waste to the English countryside while the human population is powerless to fight back against the awesome heat ray.

    Regular price: $17.13

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Professor Ogilvy spotted the projectiles as they were launched from the planet Mars. Even so, when they landed and the aliens emerged, mankind was not ready. Using superweapons and massive walking robots of war, the aliens trampled the forces arrayed against them and caused the rout of mankind. In this first-person narrative, one of the survivors who came face-to-face with the aliens tells his own true story.

    Regular price: $7.22

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Mike Vendetti
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    The War of the Worlds is a science fiction and a horror story. Published in 1898, the story is still frightening. Imagine your government not being able to protect you, or a nuclear holocaust making you suddenly, should you survive, a refugee with no home, no community services, and very little hope, as you watch the conqueror decimate your country.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great book BUT!!!

    • By Dr.D on 06-13-17

    Regular price: $17.07

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
    • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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    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. This classic chiller, when adapted for radio in 1938 by Orson Welles, was realistic enough to cause widespread panic throughout the United States. H. G. Wells (1866–1946), born in Bromley, Kent, England, is known as the father of science fiction.

    Regular price: $13.96

    • War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Roger Watson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 22
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    Beginning with a series of strange flashes in the distant night sky, the Martian attack initially causes little concern on Earth. Then the destruction erupts—ten massive aliens roam England and destroy with heat rays everything in their path. Very soon mankind finds itself on the brink of extinction.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I don't like this narrator

    • By lindsey on 03-18-13

    Regular price: $6.96

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Scott R. Pollak
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
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      4 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Experience the horror when 19th-century London is invaded by an alien race from the red planet Mars. This 1898 science-fiction novel comes to life as narrated by Scott R. Pollak, the voice of NPR radio's WABE-FM, Atlanta. Scott's talents as an actor and narrator come to the forefront as he brings us The War of the Worlds.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • timeless classic, excellent narrator

    • By jeff evans on 03-14-11

    Regular price: $8.36

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Shane Sody
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It was 1898 when Wells crafted his seminal tale of grotesque tentacled Martians and their terrifying tripod fighting machines commencing their invasion of Earth from a landing site in a sandpit at Horsell Common, southwest of London. It is a suspenseful, entirely believable account of how one man and his family react and survive amidst the initial incredulity, and then the awakening terror, panic, and despair, that overtakes millions of Londoners as the Martians slowly advance.

    Regular price: $11.38

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 38
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      4 out of 5 stars 18
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    Originally published in 1897, H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds was the first novel of alien invasion. Wells' most popular book, it inspired several unauthorized sequels, including Orson Welles' 1938 radio play, several movies, a television show, and many comic book and graphic novel adaptations. Wells' classic story remains one of the most popular Victorian novels to this day, and it set the tone for all stories of alien invasion that have followed.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • The War of the Worlds

    • By Carl Douglas Tidwell on 06-11-10

    Regular price: $7.95

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