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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,307 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Robert Whitfield Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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When Mr. Bensington and Professor Redwood first hit upon the discovery they called the Food of the Gods they thought, what harm could there be in a little scientific experiment? It might have some practical consequences. How could they forsee that the new scientific wonder would escape their control - that rats would grow big enough to attack and kill a horse, that gigantic leeches and plants and cockroaches would threaten human life? How could they know that the stolen Food would be fed to babies, and that a new race of giants would one day smash the puny, pygmy world of men? Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Cain | 2/17/2014

    " This work is one of H.G. Wells' more obscure titles, if my previous lack of familiarity with it is any indication. This was mildly entertaining but not particularly well written by today's standards. The novel's structure was poorly laid out, and the plot really feels like several separate stories grafted onto one another. Most of the characters are undeveloped and one-dimensional. The ending does not resolve any of the conflict nor tie up any loose threads. The few bright spots: like many of Wells' better-known works, this science fiction tale presages many of the scientific or cultural advances of the twentieth century, the language is a pleasure to read, and it is among the more literary of the early sci-fi works. As long as you're not expecting a classic when you sit down with this one, you'll find it to be a pleasant diversion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rik | 2/16/2014

    " Not the most enjoyable of the HG wells books. As with all his books there is an interesting idea, but this one lacked the power of some of his better known ones. Maybe a little too much 'message'...? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/24/2014

    " Bad ending. This book was so exciting....and then....just...UGH. HORRIBLE ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 arg/machine | 1/23/2014

    " Classic SF. In the public domain, with a free electronic copy here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clark | 1/10/2014

    " An amazing book. Funny, insightful, superbly written, and entertaining. I can see why one might be disappointed from a purely "science fiction" perspective but from a literary perspective, wow, what a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jimmy | 12/8/2013

    " Science fiction classics do not usually hold up well with time. Such is the case here. But it does have some interesting humor, both intentional and unintentional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri Fresonke Harper | 11/3/2013

    " Somewhat amusing tale of humanity unfortunately getting what they thought they wanted. The ensuing ecological disaster becomes a trial to the inventors and many others. Both utopian in desire and dystopian in result, H G Wells shows his sense of humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 9/21/2013

    " You have to hand it to Mr Wells, he really has stayed the distance. As relevant today as it was when it was written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 9/9/2013

    " My favorite HGW when I was in high school "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cesar | 5/31/2013

    " It was OK. Not the best book from H.G. Wells, but then this is just the second book a read from him. The others I ve seen only the movie. I'm yet to read the war or the world and the Time Machine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Turner | 2/7/2013

    " I approached this w scifi adventur with a sence of hesitation as it being one of H.G. Wells's less famous outings. The chracters and flow of story portray Wells as his very best, being as delightful to read as The Invisible Man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 7/21/2011

    " This started off as a delightfully silly tale with more humour in than I'd expected (to be fair, that's probably me; I never expect these old serious literary guys to have had a sense of humour). The last part is a slightly darker exploration of the consequences of the things that have gone before. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen Highland | 3/21/2010

    " This is tedious, I don't know if I'll finish it... I've only not finished ONE book in my lifetime... that's because I lost it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 3/9/2010

    " The Time Machine: 5 stars
    The Island of Dr. Moreau: 5 stars
    The Invisible Man: 3 stars
    The First Men in the Moon: 4 stars
    The Food of the Gods: 4 stars
    In the Days of the Comet: 3 stars
    The War of the Worlds: 4 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 10/14/2009

    " So..none of them were scary at all. Though I can see how they would have freaked out people of that time. I really appreciated the observations on human kind included in each story. And the whole 'pick one impossibility and see where it goes' version of sci-fi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/4/2009

    " I love classic sci-fi, and this is proving to be a great example so far! It was a birthday present from my brother-in-law. Wow, does he know me! "

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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.