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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Shelly Frasier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781400180943
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H. G. Wells sets forth an intriguing, first-hand observation of Italy, France, and Britain under severe duress during the “War to End All Wars,” World War I. He examines the technological effects of modern warfare on human nature, particularly the introduction of the tank and aerial bombing. Two prophetic visions of his philosophy to truly end all war are revealed: the control of war weapons and the creation of a world state.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judson | 1/18/2011

    " H.G. Well's utopianism can be nauseating, but the book had vivid descriptions and prescient insights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 1/13/2011

    " This has to be one of the most depressing books I have ever read. H.G. Wells' "The World Set Free" lends a whole new meaning to the word dystopia. I had to stop myself from reading it on numerous occasions as I found I was very depressed by what I was reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willa | 8/20/2009

    " Such an amazing author! How did H.G. Wells know the things he knew? This story was horrifying & amazing & I really loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 9/9/2008

    " Well, what can you say about a book, published in 1913, which predicted the atomic bomb? OK, he had it being used on Berlin in 1956, but not bad, not bad ata all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raully | 5/12/2008

    " Wells discovers atomic weapons and the theory of MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/24/2008

    " Remarkable sci-fi by H.G. Wells written in 1914 in which he imagines what will happen when the world obtains nuclear energy. Biplanes dropping A-bombs, for example. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 6/4/2007

    " One of Wells lesser known works this is worth the read for those who enjoy the socio-political commentary of one of the worlds great writers. It's in the public domain for those who are interested...good stuff! "

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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

Shelly Frasier has appeared in many independent film and theater projects in Arizona and Southern California and has done voice-over work for commercials and animation projects. She trained at the Groundlings Improv School in Hollywood and South Coast Repertory’s Professional Conservatory in Costa Mesa, California. She has performed at theaters throughout North Hollywood and Orange County. Recent performances include Blue Window, The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry, The Haunting of Hill House, and a British farcical version of A Christmas Carol. She resides in Hollywood.