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Title: The War of the Worlds Audio CD

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  • Audio CD
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933299576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933299570
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 14.4 x 1.9 cm
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"I "highly recommend" Campfire's comics. They do what they are intended to do and do it in a way that excites kids about classic literature."

-- Chris Wilson, The Graphic Classroom (a resource for teachers and librarians)

."..a fantastic overview of this early sci-fi classic which delivers Wells' warning that mankind should not presume that because it enjoys a place at the top of the food chain, that it may not always be that way."

- John Tompkins, Sweet Union 'Toonists



"I "highly recommend" Campfire's comics. They do what they are intended to do and do it in a way that excites kids about classic literature."

-- Chris Wilson, The Graphic Classroom (a resource for teachers and librarians)

..".a fantastic overview of this early sci-fi classic which delivers Wells' warning that mankind should not presume that because it enjoys a place at the top of the food chain, that it may not always be that way."
- John Tompkins, Sweet Union 'Toonists


"I "highly recommend" Campfire's comics. They do what they are intended to do and do it in a way that excites kids about classic literature."
-- Chris Wilson, The Graphic Classroom (a resource for teachers and librarians)

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H. G. Wells' classic vision of interplanetary warfare and a Martian invasion of Earth.

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This is the first time that I have ever read the War of the Worlds. I have been meaning to for a while now, but just never quite got around to it.

It is written as a narrative, from the perspective of one gentleman who lives very close to the landing site of the first Martian invader. He goes to see the landing site at Horsell sandpits, and is there when the first Martian attacks. Following more aggressive attacks from the invaders, he sends his wife of to Leatherhead to be with family, and he heads into London. He meets with various individuals, some of which he gets on with, and has to hide with a curate who he doesn't like much, as the Martians rampage across the south east.

It is quite forward looking for a Victorian / Edwardian science fiction book. He is trying to describe lasers and other devices, but he does not have the technological vocabulary to describe them as we would now. The dialogue is quite stilted, but given the time this was written and set, I would not expect anything different. What Wells does manage to convey is the terror that the population, and himself and his companions experience, and the despair and helplessness that he feels.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jun. 2016
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Ever since this novel was first published it has always proved to be popular with the reading public. A tale told in the first person narrative we read about how suddenly Martians invade the Earth. The narrative takes place in the South of England and is still quite gripping, with the Martians in their machines and their death rays causing havoc and destruction.

Like most people I have read this story countless times, but I have never got bored with it. Influencing other writers in the field with their own 'invasion' stories this is a tale that will never be forgotten. This has to be the most famous novel of alien invasion, with Martians coming to Earth in their tripod killing machines. Our narrator sees what is happening from his home, and then tells us all what he sees happening. At the time this book was considered more than just science fiction which is always the case with Wells, but also a scathing indictment on Imperialism. Of course nowadays with laser guided missiles and what have you this can also be seen as an allegory of modern warfare, with death and destruction raining from the air by a faceless military. Because it can be read on more than one level this story never really ages and is just as enjoyable for a child reading it for the first time, to an adult reading it for the umpteenth time.

If you've never read this before then you have a real treat in store, and if you have read it before you will know how great this is.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Mar. 2013
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Ever since this novel was first published it has always proved to be popular with the reading public. A tale told in the first person narrative we read about how suddenly Martians invade the Earth. The narrative takes place in the South of England and is still quite gripping, with the Martians in their machines and their death rays causing havoc and destruction.

Like most people I have read this story countless times, but I have never got bored with it. Influencing other writers in the field with their own 'invasion' stories this is a story that will never go away or age. If you have never read this before then snatch up this edition whilst it is free.

You do have an active table of contents here, and there is also the beginning excerpt of Felix J Palma's 'The Map of the Sky' at the back of this book, after the main story. I should point out that you will see occasionally small numerals in the text of this, but there are no footnotes. The reason for this is that the publisher, Simon and Schuster, have allowed the main text to be used, but not the footnotes as they publish that in a complete 'enriched' edition.

As well as a sci-fi novel this can be seen as so many other things, an allegory for instance of Imperialism, as well as other topics. As I noted above, there are no footnotes for this particular edition, but lets be honest, I seriously doubt that you would need any, and no, the tiny numbers that appear where there would be one doesn't detract from reading the novel.
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I first read this book in hardback form , borrowed from our local library, when I was 12 or 13 years old.
It was a fascinating read then, and I must admit, I found it just as exciting now, and I am 72 years of age! It just goes to show that good stories never ever fade, but just improve in age.
To all readers out there both young and "mature" alike, this is a wonderful novel not to be missed.
Although there's are a lot of movies based upon this book, there is not one that is anywhere as good as the original story by H G Wells.
Just one further point,the price from Amazon Kindle can not be beaten,worth every penny for the enjoyment this book brings.
Read and enjoy.
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I could have easily given this famous old book a five star review, and commented on its breathaking originality at the time of its publication, and the incredible ideas that Wells brought to the public to bring about the SF genre. And all that would be true and deserved, but it would add nothing new; everyone has already said it a million times.

So I'm looking at it differently. This book has been on my 'to read' list for forty years. Incredibly, I've only just read it. As groundbreaking as it may have been in its time, the novel has dated, as you might - and indeed should - expect. And so anyone, like me, coming to it for the first time in the 21st century should temper their expectations. This novel should really have been a short story. The central events of the plot are few, and the text is filled out with long, tedious, repetitive descriptions. Furthermore, the protagonist is difficult to identify with, partly because he remains nameless, and refers to his wife only as 'my wife'; nameles again. Some great books have been written with nameless protagonists - Du Maurier's Rebecca, for example - but it doesn't really work here. Although, there are some great character touches as the protagonist finds his situation worsening.

All in all, I could only find interest in this novel by positioning it in my mind as an important piece of literary history, especially for the SF genre. Not all old literature ages badly, but unfortunately I feel this has.

None of this, I must underline, detracts from the importance of the text in the history of SF, and neither does it detract from the incredible imagination of HG Wells, who clearly was far ahead of anyone else at the time when it came to exploring new and exciting ideas in speculative fiction.

Bottom line; read it, but have realistic expectations as a modern reader.
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