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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (72,613 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: John de Lancie, Meagan Fay, Jerry Hardin, Gates McFadden, Leonard Nimoy, Tom Virtue, Wil Wheaton Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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Join actors from Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation as they recreate this classic radio thriller. The breathless pace and convincing details make it clear why the 1938 broadcast of an eyewitness report of an invasion from Mars caused a nationwide panic.

Originally directed by Orson Welles and performed by his Mercury Theatre of the Air, The War of the Worlds is an adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel of the same name. The War of the Worlds is truly the mother of all space invasions, offering a rare combination of chills, thrills and great literature. This full-cast production features John de Lancie, Meagan Fay, Jerry Hardin, Gates McFadden, Leonard Nimoy, Daryl Schultz, Armin Shimerman, Brent Spiner, Tom Virtue, and Wil Wheaton. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zuzana | 2/4/2014

    " This book dated really well. Thought-provoking and enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Allen | 1/27/2014

    " I was excited to read this book. I wanted to compare it with the movie that starred Tom Cruise. I was a bit disappointed, to say the least. For me, this book just dragged on and on. I found myself just wanting to finish it so I could say that I have read it. Parts of the book were exciting but, for the most part, I kept asking myself, "How can such an exciting topic be so boring?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glasgowchivas | 1/25/2014

    " Long overdue for a re-read; what more could you ask for but an alien invasion of Victorian England. An almost perfect book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 1/20/2014

    " I really like this book. It's incredibly difficult for me to read though. I find myself reading some paragraphs two or three times before I truly comprehend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 1/18/2014

    " I can't believe I managed to reach this age without having already read this book... "

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

    " I don't always enjoy science fiction, but I do love the way H. G. Wells writes. This book is great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy Morrow | 12/27/2013

    " 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~ "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matt Lane | 12/25/2013

    " Very poor. A classic that doesn't age well. A detailed (as in tiny village by village) account of a guy wandering around an apocolyptic London is not a good read to me. I'm sure if you lived in the local area you may find it fascinating but its as dull as an alien invasion can possibly be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curtis Jensen | 12/18/2013

    " For an alien invasion story, it lacked excitement. It's fun, but there wasn't much of a climax. While it is a classic and it has spawned several movies and many ideas have been stolen from this story; it's just not as timeless as his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Martindale | 6/1/2013

    " Silly little aliens, they forgot to bring with them their Purrell "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 7/7/2012

    " It is a good story but the writing style was too slow and dry for my taste. I think I would enjoy it more on audio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel | 11/23/2011

    " The Martians attack!The man(he's a scientist)escapes!I like theis book because.........well I just like it. About 16,000 people die! The Martians used heat-ray(laser)and poisonous black smoke. Almost half of england dies!This is 1897! The Martians get killed. They get killed by bacteria! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siddhartha | 5/31/2011

    " Interesting narrative. Much more engaging than any of the movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samuel | 4/12/2011

    " One of my all time favorites of H. G. Wells books. I remember wanting to read it when I was in elementary school but I couldn't understand it. I read it again and it was amazing. So amazing that it is one of the few that I would get from the library repeatedly to refresh my memory of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 4/1/2011

    " Very imaginative for its time and beautifully descriptive details but the story lacked any depth or meaning and resolved too simply and abruptly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 12/24/2010

    " While dated this is still fantastically written. One can only imagine what H.G. Wells could imagine if only born in this modern age. Moving and gripping painting a fantastic image in the readers mind of man's first terrifying encounter with life from outer space. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Little | 12/10/2010

    " more of an indictment on the debasement of human behaviour in extreme circumstances, War of the Worlds is also (in literary sci-fi terms) way ahead of its time; sadly very outdated also. Don't worry though, it's quite a short novel and an easy read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donovan | 1/16/2010

    " This would have to be in my top 10 books of all time. I can not describe the impact it had on me when I read it as a child (under 10 Years old). It gave me nightmares in to my mid 30's despite (or because of) the era it was written in. If you enjoy science fiction then this is a must!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett Ashton | 10/24/2009

    " It's a pretty good read overall. Fairly short. The writing seemed a bit disjoined at times. Often it would change subjects several times in a single paragraph, without any warning at all, which made it difficult to follow exactly what was happening. "

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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.