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The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
By: (1866-1946)

Extraterrestrial invasion, the earth taken over by omniscient intelligences from Mars, the whole of humanity under siege and a nameless narrator who seems to be the lone survivor of the complete devastation of human civilization – scenes from a Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster? Far from it! The War of the Worlds by HG Wells was written more than a century ago and went on to become an iconic work in the science fiction genre, spawning a whole new genre of literature featuring alien invaders. It was in fact the first book to present the idea of conflict between inhabitants of different planets.

The story begins in an observatory in Ottershaw, when scientists note a series of mysterious explosions taking place on Mars. Some days later, the narrator who is on a walk on the Surrey Downs notices a weird cylindrical vehicle that suddenly opens to release a horde of hideous creatures who are later discovered to be Martians. The creatures are unable to breathe Earth's air and swiftly return to their vehicle. A peace delegation of humans tries to make contact but they're ruthlessly scorched to death by Martian heat-ray weapons. Thus begins the War of the Worlds. The British military swings into action, but their arms and ammunition are defenseless against sophisticated chemical weapons and heat-rays.

Events race towards calamity as the nations of the earth unite to combat these fearful invaders to no avail. Survivors are reduced to scavenging for food with the cities of the world reduced to mere rubble. Can the human race survive? Will the narrator and his family escape destruction?

The author, HG Wells was a science teacher in a small village in Somerset, England. However, he was also a gifted writer who wrote in several genres – science fiction, literary novels, short stories, history, politics and social sciences. A keen student of war and combat, he created a set of rules for playing war games with toy soldiers, which provides an interesting glimpse of logistics, strategy and close combat techniques. Wells' contribution to our ideas of science fiction remains unparalleled and the book has been widely filmed, staged and televised. The War of the Worlds was immortalized as a Halloween prank in a radio show that aired on CBS on October 30, 1938, causing widespread panic and chaos as listeners across the United States tuned in and began fleeing from their homes!

The enduring appeal of this book makes it a must read classic for readers of all ages.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 22 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 17, 2016
Subject: Good story, excellently narrated
This is a classic SF work that will appeal to many, as it is well-paced and full of both action and poignantly thoughtful moments. It's very well-suited to be an audiobook because it has a true journalist/storyteller feel to it by the author's design. My wife and I listened to a chapter each night before bed and thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator is nearly flawless and quite dedicated to producing an excellent version of the story that will keep you riveted from beginning to end. If you're an American like me, just ignore the extensive geographical name dropping of English geography (the book's biggest hurdle when it comes to relatability) and enjoy the ride!
Reviewer: - December 29, 2015
Brilliant narration! Story had me hooked from the first chapter .. was sad that it ended
Reviewer: - October 14, 2015
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Wow! What a fantastic and riveting book. I had no idea how the original actually went. This must have been a terrifying book in its day. EXCELLENT NARRATION! This guy should read more of the classics..... I don't know his name but hats off to him!
Reviewer: - August 18, 2015
excellent story excellently narrated
November 16, 2014
Narrator was fantastic. First time with the story. Enjoyed every chapter of it.
Reviewer: - November 14, 2014
Flawless narration! Just superb! Brilliant at giving each character their own voice.
Reviewer: - August 19, 2014
Took awhile for me to get into the story, but once I did there was no stopping. Thought the reader was good.
July 17, 2014
Great book, classic read.
Reviewer: - April 12, 2014
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Brilliant reading which is flawless throughout the entire long narration.
Reviewer: - April 3, 2014
Listened to this on my road trip. Loved every second of it.
Reviewer: - December 20, 2013
Just one great book. I love the way it was told!
December 10, 2013
Extremely well done!
Reviewer: - September 26, 2013
Pity it won't stream nor download?
Reviewer: - August 12, 2013
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I loved it, especially the narration.
Reviewer: - July 6, 2013
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Loved this narration.
Reviewer: - May 19, 2013
Subject: War of the worlds
Good diction. Very well read. I enjoyed it greatly.
Reviewer: - May 3, 2013
Subject: Well worth it!
Reader dose a nice job. Such a freaking' awesome book, too! Side note: the .m4b format is read by someone completely different; I do not recommend that version. Also, the mp3 files don't line up too well once imported to iTunes then to the iPod. Had to create a playlist.
Reviewer: - April 27, 2013
Subject: War of the worlds
One reader, a good reader, and an excellent book!
Reviewer: - April 12, 2013
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The reader is very good.
Reviewer: - December 18, 2012
Subject: War of the Worlds
Excellent reader.
Reviewer: - December 15, 2012
Subject: War of the worlds
A sci-fi classic very well read and nice to listen to.
Reviewer: - November 5, 2012
Subject: War of the worlds
This is an awesome story. Thank you for having it on line for me to stream!!!!!

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