The War of the Worlds


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(4.4 stars; 408 reviews)

H. G. Wells wrote The War of the Worlds in 1898, when there was much speculation about life on the planet Mars. The book is considered to be one of the first science fiction novels. In the story, an English gentleman narrates the events of a violent and fast paced Martian invasion.

The frightening images of people fleeing from gigantic tripod machines and the prospect of life under Martian rule have served as a bottomless well of inspiration for popular culture. The novel has served as a template for many derivative or inspired works, including comics, countless books, a tv series, several films, a bestselling musical, and the famous Orson Wells broadcast. Overall, The War of the Worlds has become an early milestone in and inspiration for the invasion genre.

The novel demonstrates Wells' typical pessimistic outlook on human nature and offers a good deal of critisism on society and people's ignorance and vanity. The War of the Worlds can be read as an indictment of European colonial actions around the globe at that time - with which the injustice of the Martian invasion can be compared. Wells has since been credited with predicting quite a number of technologies, such as laser-like rays, industrial robot-like machines, and chemical-warfare.
(Summary by Stephan Möbius and Annie Coleman)

Illustrations by Stephan Möbius
Book 1 - Chapter 1: Map of Surrey
Book 1 - Chapter 5: The Cylinder Opens - 1, The Cylinder Opens - 2
Book 1 - Chapter 11: In the Storm
Book 1 - Chapter 12: At the Window
Book 1 - Chapter 16: What Had Happened in Surrey
Book 1 - Chapter 17: The Exodus from London
Book 2 - Chapter 2: Under Foot

(6 hr 43 min)

Chapters

The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 01 13:52 Read by Stephan Möbius
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 02 8:21 Read by Chris Goringe
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 03 6:51 Read by Peter Yearsley
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 04 6:19 Read by Joseph Morris
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 05 10:22 Read by Peter Yearsley
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 06 6:36 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 07 10:09 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 08 7:00 Read by Mike Shapiro
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 09 13:26 Read by Mike Shapiro
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 10 13:46 Read by Stephan Möbius
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 11 17:15 Read by Tony Gray
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 12 23:40 Read by Stephan Möbius
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 13 10:50 Read by Chris Goringe
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 14 23:55 Read by Stephan Möbius
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 15 19:01 Read by Kristin LeMoine
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 16 28:20 Read by Chip
The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 17 22:53 Read by Chip
The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 01 16:49 Read by Kathleen (Kathy) P. King
The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 02 19:17 Read by Jean Crevier
The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 03 13:11 Read by Stephan Möbius
The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 04 9:44 Read by Jean Crevier
The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 05 7:34 Read by Peter Yearsley
The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 06 9:43 Read by Peter Yearsley
The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 07 38:46 Read by Chip
The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 08 23:02 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 09 13:23 Read by Peter Yearsley
The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 10 9:14 Read by Stephan Möbius

Reviews

Very good.

(4 stars)

This was avery good audiobook. All the readers did a good job. The book is better than many movies made of it. But that is manly due to the fact that you can put so much more in books then a two hour movie. . However I looking for the radio drama. I have never heard it all the way though. Just clips in history shows.

Excellent Set of Readers

(5 stars)

Thoroughly enjoyed this book particularly, I feel, because of the variety of readers. Each reader having a distinct accent and often peculiar pronunciation (especially in the case of Stephen M. who is not a native English speaker, but who's accent adds an elegant touch, and a truly other-worldliness to his chapters) makes for a lively production of this awesome tale.

Great book, good readers

(4.5 stars)

I enjoyed the detail H. G. Wells puts into this work. He paints a good picture for the reader. Some readers were more enthusiastic in their reading than others, but my attention didn't lapse even with the more monotone readers at the slower parts of the book.

READ IT ALONE IN THE DARK

(4.5 stars)

If you do that, yoou will experience some of the terror that Wells attempted to convey. Then, llisten to the bradcast by Orson Welles and understand the panic that ensued.

This is the frist time i listening to audiobooks

(5 stars)

this is the frist audio book I listened I can't image the place in the frist and second time but I got it in the third time it was cool

great book for traffic hour

(5 stars)

the boom actually made me look forward to traffic as it was the only time I had where my brain was idle. I started to listen to audio books because I had no time with school family and work devouring my time.

Excellent!

(5 stars)

If you are a lover of sci-fi, ' War Of The Worlds' is a 'must read'. Not only is it a classic, but also the template of which the majority of the great alien movies of our time are based.

(5 stars)

Great. I had some problems with the different readers for each chapter. although all the readers were great readers. I find that one reader puts a voice to the corrector, our the story teller. But, the story is amazing, and it gets five stars.