The War of the Worlds (Version 3)


Read by Cori Samuel

(4.6 stars; 186 reviews)

No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that the Earth was being scrutinised and studied from across the gulf of space. With infinite complacency, humanity went about its little affairs, serene in its assurance of its empire over matter. It is possible that the micro-organisms we watch under a microscope, do the same. Few people gave thought to the idea of life on other planets, and none imagined that it could be so vastly superior in intellect to ourselves. No one considered the possibility of extra-terrestrial danger. Yet the eyes that regarded our planet were envious and unsympathetic, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. (Cori Samuel, adapted from Chapter One.) (6 hr 54 min)

Chapters

The Eve of the War 16:47 Read by Cori Samuel
The Falling Star 9:11 Read by Cori Samuel
On Horsell Common 6:52 Read by Cori Samuel
The Cylinder Opens 8:23 Read by Cori Samuel
The Heat-ray 10:53 Read by Cori Samuel
The Heat-ray in the Chobham Road 5:56 Read by Cori Samuel
How I Reached Home 9:24 Read by Cori Samuel
Friday Night 6:42 Read by Cori Samuel
The Fighting Begins 13:17 Read by Cori Samuel
In the Storm 14:50 Read by Cori Samuel
At the Window 13:34 Read by Cori Samuel
What I Saw of the Destruction of Weybridge and Shepperton 25:45 Read by Cori Samuel
How I Fell In with the Curate 12:22 Read by Cori Samuel
In London 25:13 Read by Cori Samuel
What Had Happened in Surrey 19:07 Read by Cori Samuel
The Exodus from London 28:24 Read by Cori Samuel
The 'Thunder Child' 22:31 Read by Cori Samuel
Under Foot 17:09 Read by Cori Samuel
What We Saw from the Ruined House 23:16 Read by Cori Samuel
The Days of Imprisonment 13:28 Read by Cori Samuel
The Death of the Curate 11:28 Read by Cori Samuel
The Stillness 6:51 Read by Cori Samuel
The Work of Fifteen Days 8:39 Read by Cori Samuel
The Man on Putney Hill 38:24 Read by Cori Samuel
Dead London 23:02 Read by Cori Samuel
Wreckage 13:15 Read by Cori Samuel
The Epilogue 9:39 Read by Cori Samuel

Reviews

oh yeah!

(5 stars)

I'd listen to Cori read a calculator manual... but her reading War of the Worlds is infinitely better.

(4.5 stars)

My only criticism of this excellent and clear recording is that the main voice telling this story is that of a male, yet the voice chosen to record it here is female, which threw me a little initially

A timeless classic

(5 stars)

Wells set the stage for so much great science fiction, and this book still has the power to inspire new authors today. Highly recommend to anyone who loves classic literature!

great rendition!

(4.5 stars)

well read and a great story. I only recommend listening to this one. the person reading has an beautiful voice perfectly suited to this story.

Better Thanhan I Remembered

(5 stars)

Story: I read this book when I was a kid and thought it was okay. I didn't remember a whole lot so thought I give it a listen. It was so much better than I remember it being the first time around. What a great book. The imagery is vivid, and characters feel real. I was even surprised at how frightening a few parts were. Narrator: Ms. Samuels does an absolutely fantastic job. I think she is my new favorite Librivox reader. Part of the reason I listened to The War of the Worlds is because I just got done with her reading of Frankenstein and wanted to hear more from her.

war of the worlds v3

(5 stars)

Valid sci -fi even for the modern day , wonderful narrator ( Cori) very talented , hope there are more narrations to come.

(5 stars)

This is by far the best version of this classic science-fiction horror novel on Librivox. Cori Samuel is great at reading horror and mystery, and her genuine English accent ads to the immersion of the story.

(2 stars)

I think this is a text which should have been read by a male voice perhaps Richard Burton’s rendition spoils it for any other. I could do without the very loud advertisements which spoil the reading .