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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 15 Aug. 2006
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQD2Z4
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The War of the World: History's Age of Hatred Audiobook – Abridged
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I originally read an abridged version of this book when I was quite young, having first been introduced to the story through my dad's love of Jeff Wayne's musical version, and it's been one of my favourite early sci-fi novels ever since. There's no question that modern sci-fi wouldn't be where it is now without the influence of Wells and his contemporaries.
To modern readers the bulk of this novel could very easily come across as somewhat flawed. The assumptions made about Mars, and the technology employed by the Martians were later borne out to be incorrect, though at the time many of the ideas and concepts used by Wells were ground-breaking. Drawing on the popular scientific understanding of the times he was able to present his readers with a tale that could so very easily have been true, though many considered the idea of total war as practised by the Martians to be more far-fetched than the possibility of life on other planets.
Despite the flaws that we can so easily identify with hindsight this is still one hell of a tale, and in my opinion should be essential reading for anyone who has even a passing interest in science fiction.
Many years later, I find that this story still grips me with same sense of excitement, fear and trepidation as it did as a child, and is just as impossible to put down now as it was then. It is a remarkable piece of story telling that one wishes could continue after the last page has been reached. Cunningly, the author leaves the story somewhat open ended, perhaps so that the reader can indeed create what follows for themselves.
The War of the Worlds is truly deserving of its status as a literary masterpiece.
For those of you that don't know War of the Worlds is the alien invasion story, it takes place at the height of Victorian Britain. At the time it was the most powerful force on the planet when capsules from Mars arrive one by one across the country.
These aliens have come from Mars, their world is dying and they need a new world to live on. They invade the land and consume the people as food. The story concerns a solitary man trying to survive the invasion and find his wife again.
The story more than stands the test of time, it flows with economy and brilliant insight. For its time it was revolutionary, but even now where it has been imitated so many times it still stands out. The story is at times moving and others terrifying and the writing, while obviously not modern it still a great read.
One small part that fascinates me about the style is the assumption that you know the places and times that you are taken to. Of course that makes sense because he's writing for the people of his time, but reading it now, because he's not describing every detail, it makes you feel familiar, as if part of the tale, not just an observer.
This is a great story, a classic novel and if you haven't read it then you really should.