The War in the Air


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(4.2 stars; 42 reviews)

War in the Air was written during a prolific time in H. G. Wells's writing career. Having withdrawn from British politics to spend more time on his own ideas, he published twelve books between 1901 and 1911, including this one. while many British citizens were surprised by the advent of World War I, Wells had already written prophetically about such a conflict. War in the Air predicted use of airplanes in modern war. (Summary by Bill Boerst) (10 hr 52 min)

Chapters

01 -- Ch 1, Parts 1-3 24:52 Read by Frank Booker
02 -- Ch 1, Parts 4-6 25:55 Read by Frank Booker
03 -- Ch 2, Parts 1 & 2 31:44 Read by Frank Booker
04 -- Ch 2, Parts 3-5 24:14 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
05 -- Ch 3, Parts 1-3 22:51 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
06 -- Ch 3, Parts 4 & 5 26:29 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
07 -- Ch 4, Parts 1 & 2 29:45 Read by William Tomcho
08 -- Ch 4, Parts 3-5 22:33 Read by William Tomcho
09 -- Ch 4, Parts 6-9 30:54 Read by William Tomcho
10 -- Ch 5, Parts 1-3 18:13 Read by Theresa Sheridan
11 -- Ch 5, Part 4 25:07 Read by Theresa Sheridan
12 -- Ch 5, Parts 5 & 6 14:48 Read by William Tomcho
13 -- Ch 6, Parts 1-3 22:47 Read by William Tomcho
14 -- Ch 6, Parts 4-6 32:05 Read by William Tomcho
15 -- Ch 7, Parts 1-3 19:25 Read by Fred DeBerardinis
16 -- Ch 7, Parts 4-6 19:26 Read by Fred DeBerardinis
17 -- Ch 7, Part 7 10:49 Read by Heather Hamtil
18 -- Ch 8, Parts 1 & 2 24:03 Read by William Tomcho
19 -- Ch 8, Parts 3-5 31:49 Read by William Tomcho
20 -- Ch 9, Parts 1-3 22:09 Read by William Tomcho
21 -- Ch 9, Parts 4-7 26:13 Read by William Tomcho
22 -- Ch 9, Parts 8-10 25:01 Read by William Tomcho
23 -- Ch 10, Parts 1 & 2 23:44 Read by William Tomcho
24 -- Ch 10, Parts 3-5 22:36 Read by William Tomcho
25 -- Ch 11, Parts 1-3 19:44 Read by Corinna Schultz
26 -- Ch 11, Parts 4 & 5 20:23 Read by Corinna Schultz
27 -- Epilogue 34:22 Read by Frank Booker

Reviews

A great post-apocalyptic novel.


(5 stars)

People talk about how accurately HG Wells predicted future combat, but other writers of the period had similar ideas. The unsung gem in this book is the way Wells describes how society collapses. He maps in detail a world where war sparks an economic disaster that turns out to be the main catastrophe.


(4 stars)

Enjoyable story interesting idea of airships and airplanes considering HG Wells wrote it in 1907 just four years after Wright Brothers first powered flight in 1903 and seven years before WWI 1914 the first war with major aviation air battles. A number of plot conveniences, make the story little weak at times. The world economic collapse after the war was an interesting part of the book. Not as good The Time Machine or War of the Worlds, but still worth the effort.

one of the first science fiction books


(5 stars)

An amazing and human look into what for us was an alternate past but to the author was a terrifying future.