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The War of the Worlds

H. G. Wells

First published by H. G. Wells in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator intones, "No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's." Things then progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first, the Martians seem laughable, hardly able to move in Earth's comparatively heavy gravity, even enough to raise themselves out of the pit created when their spaceship landed. But soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines 100 feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. Wells quickly moves the story from the countryside to the evacuation of London itself and the loss of all hope as England's military suffers defeat after defeat. With horror, the narrator describes how the Martians suck the blood from living humans for sustenance and how it's clear that man is not being conquered so much as corralled.

First published by H. G. Wells in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator intones, "No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's." Things then progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first, the Martians seem laughable, hardly able to move in Earth's comparatively heavy gravity, even enough to raise themselves out of the pit created when their spaceship landed. But soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines 100 feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. Wells quickly moves the story from the countryside to the evacuation of London itself and the loss of all hope as England's military suffers defeat after defeat. With horror, the narrator describes how the Martians suck the blood from living humans for sustenance and how it's clear that man is not being conquered so much as corralled.
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First published by H. G. Wells in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator intones, "No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's." Things then progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first, the Martians seem laughable, hardly able to move in Earth's comparatively heavy gravity, even enough to raise themselves out of the pit created when their spaceship landed. But soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines 100 feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. Wells quickly moves the story from the countryside to the evacuation of London itself and the loss of all hope as England's military suffers defeat after defeat. With horror, the narrator describes how the Martians suck the blood from living humans for sustenance and how it's clear that man is not being conquered so much as corralled.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

5h 56m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:19


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

14:18


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

07:44


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

05:47


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

07:00


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

09:02


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

04:52


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

08:05


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

05:38


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

11:22


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

12:39


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

12:02


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

21:52


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

11:02


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

21:26


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

16:28


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

24:45


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

19:28


Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1

15:03


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

20:01


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

11:35


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

10:13


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

05:49


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

07:21


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

33:28


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

19:34


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

10:57


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

08:14


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

00:22