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4.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 5 4.14 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Roger Watson Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own. Thus begins one of the most terrifying and morally prescient science fiction novels ever penned.

Beginning with a series of strange flashes in the distant night sky, the Martian attack initially causes little concern on Earth. Then the destruction erupts - ten massive aliens roam England and destroy with heat rays everything in their path. Very soon mankind finds itself on the brink of extinction. The War of the Worlds is one of those rare books that both introduces a concept and nails it so firmly that everything that came after has been little more than variations on what Wells laid down. The idea of Great Britain, then the greatest military power on Earth, confronting an invasion force from a more advanced civilization and being utterly routed was both frightening and fascinating. Wells raises questions of mortality, man's place in nature, and the evil lurking in the technological future - questions that remain urgently relevant in the 21st century.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nishal | 10/31/2011

    " quite a goodbook
    opens your mind about other life... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 10/25/2011

    " Good story. I certainly would help to have a better knowledge of England's geography and areas of London to better visualize where things were happening. Much better than the movie

    After reading some of the biographical info on HG Wells, I was a little disturbed by his genocidal views "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 10/24/2011

    " Lagged a little in the middle, but still a fantastic read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 10/21/2011

    " Another great read. I have read this book many times and I discover something new in the story every time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karoly | 10/17/2011

    " Smashing Ideas' iPad edition. Beats the 1953 and 2005 movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 10/6/2011

    " Reading this one for the fourth of fifth time now. It is a classic that has helped in defining the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 10/4/2011

    " 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. "

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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.