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The War of the Worlds

Written by: H. G. Wells
Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins

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Publisher's Summary

The War of the Worlds has been both popular and influential. It has never gone out of print. It has spawned half a dozen feature films, radio dramas, various comic book adaptations, a television series, and sequels or parallel stories by other authors. It has even influenced the work of scientists. It is one of the earliest stories that details a conflict between mankind and an alien race.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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  • Joseph
  • Ewing, NJ, United States
  • 2012-09-08

Classic Story-Despite the Reader

I can't imagine that this story needs much introduction. The story itself is fun and enjoyable. The reader made it a bit of a grind. I'm not sure I can point to individual things without listening to it again, which I'm just not willing to do. That should pretty much tell you how I feel about it.

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  • Jules1592
  • 2012-08-19

Great Story, Poor Recording Quality

I would highly recommend the story, but find another copy. The recording quality on this edition is poor. There are often noises in the background, like sirens or engines, and it is easy to tell when different takes were edited together because the sound quality changes completely. Sometimes it sounds like it was recorded in a sound studio, other times in a muffled closet, and sometimes it sounds like it was recorded in a living room while the yard is being mowed outside.

The narrator did very well in spite of the sound quality. He really brought the story to life and made me fear these Martians, even after all the times I have read this book before. I love this book, and it has always been one of my favorites. I only wish that the sound quality was smoother and less distracting.

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  • Anya
  • 2018-09-13

Poor recording

Mr Batchelor is a wonderful narrator but the recording was not does well. There is a noise on the background and sometimes dogs bark. It was very well read but badly recorded.

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  • Makayla Thibodeaux
  • 2018-08-27

This book is not the best book overall

This book is confusing.

It’s not a great book don’t read!
It’s horrible overall I dislike it

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  • Weaselbroom
  • 2017-07-31

Toys may change but a good story will last.

It's dated of course but it's a great story that if you don't harp on the technology you'll like it.

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  • Maia
  • 2017-03-23

Classic but found unenjoyable

I got an audible account as a gift for my birthday. I've used it to read classics and some books for leisure.

This book while it is a classic and perhaps one of the best known sci-fi ever, I found it bland, uninteresting and the narrative confusing. It was dull and I slugged through it.

While I realize there have been generations who loved this book and many more to come. I was not one of them.
My cultural and literary experience has grown but not without zoning out at points.

I hope you all enjoyed it more than I did.

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  • gimppowell
  • 2016-11-24

love this book!

I love this book and listening to it I love more. Peter did a wonderful job reading this book. I felt like i was there. I reminded me of my childhood all this year's ago.

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  • PRESTELENE RICE
  • CLEARWATER, FL
  • 2016-03-12

Never Grows Old To Hear

Classics never get too old to be repeated and repeated worth listening to again

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  • DChick
  • 2013-02-19

Its the classic

If you could sum up The War of the Worlds in three words, what would they be?

I read this as a child but some how the audio version sounded different, more alive....

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  • David
  • Kingman, AZ, United States
  • 2012-10-08

A moving read

Would you listen to The War of the Worlds again? Why?

Yes. Having the book read to you is a very easy way to quickly get through the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The War of the Worlds?

When the narrator and the curate were trapped in the wreckage of a house.

What about Peter Batchelor’s performance did you like?

The emotion in his voice during exciting parts of the book.

Any additional comments?

We ordered this audible book to assist our son with his reading assignment. He was able to read the physical book while listening to the story word for word being read to him. His comprehension was greatly improved. We used this as a tool for our son and it worked. He aced his oral presentation and book report. He was able to listen to this extraordinary story being read to him and it helped him appreciate the book. This was also a way to get my son to sit down and get through the book/audio in record time. He has never been able to get his reading assignment done that quickly and enjoy it at the same time. As a parent I would highly reccomend trying this technique.