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Summary

A metallic cylinder falls to earth, landing in the sands of Horsell Common, Surrey, generating curiosity and awe. But what's inside soon induces only terror. The story that unfolds is a breathless first-person account of an inconceivable reality: an extraterrestrial war has been waged on the planet.

In a twist on cautionary turn-of-the-century invasion literature, H. G. Wells posits the Martian attack as an insurmountable apocalyptic event. The first of its kind and a foundational work, The War of the Worlds inspired a radio broadcast, television shows, graphic novels, and countless films; roused the imagination and stirred anxieties; and changed the landscape of science fiction for generations.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to listen to a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature's most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.

Revised edition: Previously published as The War of the Worlds, this edition of The War of the Worlds (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2017 Brilliance Audio

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a great listen to a timeless classic

Wonderfully narrated and read, Wells classic invasion tale makes a great listen for a commute

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Forget the Musical or the Film,go to the source!

Great version read by an English voice (as it should be). Reveals more than the Jeff Wayne musical or the film's. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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Classic sci-fi

So many memories of when I heard this story many years ago, and from the classic Geoff Waynes LP.
If you are of the older generation it is a must have read.

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it's good to here it.

im glad that ive hard the book. not like the film, and i have hard the radio one as well. i like that one more than the book.