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

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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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."

    Ants

    Since scifi is not my preferred genre, I’m rarely tempted to use a valuable credit for space invasions. But the Daily Deal encouraged my curiosity abo..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 30 2014 by Janice (Sugar Land, TX, United States)
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    The War of the Worlds | H.G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By Philippe Duquenoy
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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.

    Truly fantastic

    This is one of my first audio books, but it doesn't take an expert to know that this is an outstanding example. The story is gripping, the end satisfy..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 08 2016 by Loren ()
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    The War of the Worlds | H.G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By John Banks
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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.

    Enjoyable

    I was prompted to get some H.G. Wells books after the Time After Time TV series began. After listening to this book I am now looking to get the movie..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 30 2017 by uffdasuzanne (Crossville, TN United States)
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    War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Blair Mellow
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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

    I raised my hands muttering "Yes!"

    This was my second listening by H.G. Wells after The Time machine and boy. . . this one didn't let me down either.

    The narration of this ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 07 2008 by Geir (Borgarnes, Iceland)
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    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    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.

    Classic Story-Despite the Reader

    I can't imagine that this story needs much introduction. The story itself is fun and enjoyable. The reader made it a bit of a grind. I'm not sure I ca..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 08 2012 by Joseph (Ewing, NJ, United States)
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    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Bill Weideman
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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.

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    The War of the Worlds | H.G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By Alexander Spencer
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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."

    Brilliant, tight and prescient.

    Brilliant, tight and prescient. Wells is working about 3 themes right on top of each other. He makes us the rabbits, the ants, the colonized and is ab..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 02 2013 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
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    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Daniel Avrahams, Steven Davis
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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.

    So many narrators!

    I was surprised to find different narrators for almost each chapter ranging from professional actor quality to what sounded like students in training...Show More »

    Reviewed on September 18 2017 by Grey Beard ()
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    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Greg Wagland
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    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.

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    The War of the Worlds | H.G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
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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.

    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!

    Reviewed on August 29 2005 by W (Marina, CA, United States)
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    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    Hostile invading Martians wreak havoc and destruction in England. This science-fiction classic has terrified generations of readers!

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    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

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

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    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By David Gilmore
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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.

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    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
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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.

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    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
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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.

    Great book BUT!!!

    Pick another reader! Very dull when the text provides such excitement. Wrong actor for this role!

    Reviewed on June 13 2017 by Dr.D (LA,CA)
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    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
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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.

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    War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Roger Watson
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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.

    I don't like this narrator

    Yes I would try another book if there is a different narrator.

    Reviewed on March 18 2013 by lindsey (Willard, OH, United States)
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    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Scott R. Pollak
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    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.

    timeless classic, excellent narrator

    I've read War of the Worlds several times and wanted to hear it read as I commute. It was very well done and excellent narration by Mr. Pollak. Have n..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 14 2011 by jeff evans ()
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    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Shane Sody
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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.

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    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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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.

    The War of the Worlds

    I love the story, but the narrators voice is irritating. His voice is broken and sounds as if he is struggling to get the words out. Very monotone, di..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 11 2010 by Carl Douglas Tidwell ()
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    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Rebecca Dittman
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    Written between 1895 and 1897, it is one of the earliest stories that detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. The novel is the first-person narrative of both an unnamed protagonist in Surrey and of his younger brother in London as southern England is invaded by Martians. The novel is one of the most commented-on works in the science fiction canon.

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    The War of the Worlds | H.G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By Bill Weideman
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    "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 novel that made Wells famous and has enthralled and terrified 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....

    There are no reviews for this title yet.

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    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Rebecca Dittman
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    The War of the Worlds is a science-fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells. It is the first-person narrative of an unnamed protagonist in Surrey and that of his younger brother in London as Earth is invaded by Martians. It is one of the earliest stories that detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. The novel is one of the most commented-on works in the science fiction canon.

    I can see why broadcasting this caused a panic.
    Reviewed on May 19 2016 by Gerald ()
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    The Massacre of Mankind: Sequel to The War of the Worlds | Stephen Baxter

    The Massacre of Mankind: Sequel to The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Nathalie Buscombe
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    It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The army is prepared. So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book.

    Performance is poor

    Pace varies suddenly. No inflection at times. More emotional inflection at times than is required.
    Monotonous approach to reading the book. Am r..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 26 2017 by Kindle Customer (Atlanta, GA, 30338)
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    The Massacre of Mankind | Stephen Baxter

    The Massacre of Mankind

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Nathalie Buscombe
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    It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The army is prepared. So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book.

    There are no reviews for this title yet.