The World Set Free


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(2.7 stars; 24 reviews)

The World Set Free is a novel published in 1914 by H. G. Wells. The book is considered a prophetical novel foretelling the advent of nuclear weapons.

A constant theme in Wells's work, such as his 1901 nonfiction book Anticipations, was the role of energy and technological advance as a determinant of human progress.

The novel opens: "The history of mankind is the history of the attainment of external power. Man is the tool-using, fire-making animal." Scientists of the day were well aware that the slow natural radioactive decay of elements like radium continues for thousands of years, and that while the rate of energy release is negligible, the total amount released is huge. Wells used this as the basis for his story. (Summary on Wikipedia) (8 hr 10 min)

Chapters

Prelude 0:56 Read by LivelyHive
Chapter 1, The Sun Snarers, part one 39:29 Read by LivelyHive
Chapter 1, The Sun Snarers, part two 37:58 Read by LivelyHive
Chapter 2, The Last War, part one 45:58 Read by LivelyHive
Chapter 2, The Last War, part two 51:21 Read by LivelyHive
Chapter 3, The Ending of War, part one 59:00 Read by LivelyHive
Chapter 3, The Ending of War, part two 39:26 Read by LivelyHive
Chapter 4, The New Phase, part one 55:03 Read by LivelyHive
Chapter 4, The New Phase, part two 36:07 Read by LivelyHive
Chapter 5, The Last Days of Marcus Karenin, part one 36:09 Read by LivelyHive
Chapter 5, The Last Days of Marcus Karenin, part two 33:56 Read by LivelyHive

Reviews

Atomic War? 1907?

(5 stars)

Was ahead of his time every time.

decent but not great vocal portion

(2 stars)

the way the person reads is very dull and almost puts your to sleep. I was fighting sleep trying to listen.

agreewitheveryone

(0.5 stars)

I agree with everyone else about the reader, awful. However I found another reading of this book in here read by multiple readers, but was much better, and overall very good. couldn't make it through 30 minutes of this one.

(0.5 stars)

The only reason that I'm giving this book a half star, is not because it's an HG Wells novel. But because the Orator could not take the microphone away from his mouth and every time he pronounced the F, B, P, S, T, Q sounds you get an ear full of muffled breath.