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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (49 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Cathy Dobson Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: c4cn
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The Crystal Egg, written by H. G. Wells in 1897, serves as a possible precursor to War of the Worlds. A shop owner buys the contents of a bankrupt antiques shop, and in the contents he finds a crystal ball. He thinks nothing of the ball, until one day he notices it emitting a glow. When he looks into the ball, he gets a fleeting view of a landscape. As time passes, the views become more defined, and strange beings appear. The ball becomes a secret part of his rather dull and unhappy life until a customer attempts to buy the ball. Now what? And can those strange beings also see our world through the ball? Remember, in 1897, life on Mars was a very real possibility.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 11/20/2012

    " i read this solely because it was mentioned in "league of extraordinary gentlemen". the action was good, but the writing tended to get a bit too philosophical for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/21/2012

    " Very interesting how literature and writing styles have changed since Wells was writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Puterbaugh | 9/24/2011

    " This was enjoyable short read! Not the finish that I had expected. The only other telling of this story that I knew was on the old TV anthology series Tales of Tomorrow. Wells' original was much different and equally as interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 5/22/2011

    " This was enjoyable short read! Not the finish that I had expected. The only other telling of this story that I knew was on the old TV anthology series Tales of Tomorrow. Wells' original was much different and equally as interesting. "

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About the Author

H. G. Wells (1866–1946), born in Bromley, Kent, England, was apprenticed to a drygoodsman and a druggist before he made his way to the Royal College of Science where he studied biology. Known as the father of science fiction, he was also a prolific writer in other genres, including contemporary novels, history, and social commentary. As a spokesman for progress and peace, his middle period novels (1900–1920) were more realistic and covered lower-middle-class life, suffrage, and the emergence of feminist ideals that pushed against the limits set by male-dominated society.

About the Narrator

Cathy Dobson is the author of Planet Germany and a narrator of audiobooks.