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3.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 5 3.62 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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Victorian England is riding high. People are so prosperous and smug they imagine themselves the masters of the universe. Then the unthinkable happens: England is attacked by Martians! Panic erupts as the countryside goes up in flames. Is there no way to stop the ghastly, machinelike creatures and their deadly heat rays? Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zzoeeeee | 2/18/2014

    " Science Fiction is so much more fun set in the past. Top Hats and Horse Carts versus Blood Drinking Aliens = Amazing. Quite seriously, that this was written in the late 19th Century is astounding, it seems such a wholly modern novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Casino | 2/11/2014

    " I did not enjoy this story as it developed very slowly and you could predict the ending very early. The story was probably for people that had a low reading level and that enjoy simple and easy mysteries. I almost could not finish the book, it was that bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob Ethington | 1/31/2014

    " One of my personal favorite sci-fi novels. I don't remember the exact dates that I read this, I read it back in 5th grade. It absolutely grabbed me as a kid and THIS is the reason I read novels in the first place. This novel made me appreciate classic literature and hooked me on sci-fi. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shala | 1/31/2014

    " This book stands out in my mind as the biggest disappointment EVER. I can't think of another book I tried so hard to love but couldn't.. I even tried the audio and was bored to tears. I gave it my all and still don't like it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie Schoffman | 1/30/2014

    " I personally had a hard time getting into this one. I thought the writing was a little drab. It is still very easy to see Wells' brilliance though. Would recommend, especially to young adults. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivienne Aho | 1/27/2014

    " This is one of the stories that haunted me as a child. I still feel chills when I read it. And while I read, I can't help but think of the various movie versions and treatments of the monsters, and I find myself analyzing "which movie does it better." I scold myself to stop thinking about the movies and get on with the reading, but I can't help it. I grew up sitting on the living room floor watching the 1953 version each time it was broadcast on TV. Terrified. So, I allow myself to integrate the movie and book worlds in my imagination, and I add few extra scenarios all my own. Ultimately I wonder how I would have reacted as each event unfolded. Every kid my age knows what might happen -- we were taught by Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and Alfred Hitchcock stories. Human nature tested. How would I behave? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quadarius | 1/26/2014

    " the war of the world is about a orbite that fall out the sky and monster start to come out and every body started to run and then he saw alot of people going toward the monster the lead of the people was in front with a flag going back and fourth so the people made the monsters leave "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy Morrow | 1/18/2014

    " Great story told by one of my favorites, Wells. this would be my first of H.G's classics and I believe it was done wonderfully. He answered a question that would always make me question science fiction movies forever.....Timothy~ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randi | 1/16/2014

    " English is not my native language which made this a bit hard to read due to it's more old english. But the book was very goodand if it was not for some words i would have been gone from this world into the book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xander | 1/15/2014

    " Entertaining, but I maintain that the end is a cop-out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Phil | 12/21/2013

    " Expected a thriller. Fell asleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Everett | 12/8/2013

    " Why can't I give it 6 stars! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Schmidt | 5/2/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. Definitely worth reading if you haven't ever read it! It's a science fiction classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Carlin | 4/23/2013

    " At first it seemed rather thin(both in character and content), but when you think about it in terms of when it was published, you realise it is and probably was the shit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dustin | 12/13/2012

    " One of the classics of Sci-Fi and a must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa H | 7/30/2012

    " I am amazed at Wells' creativity. It may be a bit cliche now but it is still a brilliant read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Masmundson | 5/22/2012

    " A visionary piece of gothic fiction, with clever commentary on the Victorian imperialism, and the future evolution of mankind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph | 2/5/2012

    " Audiobook. Didn't like the narrator very much: James Spencer. Rather monotone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mscout | 1/4/2012

    " Like his other works, this is social commentary shrouded in science fiction. Much more likable protagonist than Verne's Axel, but tells a similar tale of late 19th century civilization. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cottageunderhill | 10/19/2011

    " Crazy and Martian spectacular. I am becoming a fan of British Victorian prose. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Read Ng | 8/7/2011

    " Still thrilling, even after all of the various movie versions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clark | 5/22/2011

    " This is a great classic science fiction book. I recomend it to anyone who likes these type of books or movies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 5/21/2011

    " Again, I like the writing style of HG wells. I enjoy classic science fiction or. "scientific romance." as he used to call it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kdirewolf | 5/9/2011

    " If only they would film what Wells wrote!! Sigh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G.l. | 5/8/2011

    " Just the most amazing book ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/7/2011

    " It's been ages since I last read this. The original would be a tough read for some of my students because of the outdated British language, but the plot fascinates, as ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 5/5/2011

    " I good read if you enjoy the pre 1900 literary style "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Demerzel | 5/4/2011

    " I'm sorry, I know this is an ancient book and the idea must have been quite an innovation back then (and I applaud Wells for it), but for a person who chooses to read it two centuries later, this book was just.. meh. Disliked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 5/2/2011

    " 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 able to explore not just themes of technology and evolution, but colonialism and imperialism. "

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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.