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The War of the Worlds

Narrated by: John Banks
Series: The War of the Worlds, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
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A meteor-like alien object lands on Earth, spearheading an apocalyptic chain of events. Earth has been watched, and now the aliens have landed and their intent is conquest and war...H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, the first story to speculate about the consequences of aliens (from Mars) with superior technology landing on earth, is one of the most influential science fiction books ever written. The novel is both a thrilling narrative and an elaboration of Wells's socio-political thought on the subjects of imperialism, humankind's treatment of other animals, and unquestioning faith in military technology and the continuation of the human species.

About the Narrator: John Banks is one of the UK's most prolific audiobook narrators, working for the likes of Big Finish, Audible, Random House and Games Workshop. He is a true multi-voice, creating everything from monsters to marauding aliens. He is also an accomplished stage and TV actor.

About the Author: Herbert George Wells was a novelist, teacher, historian and journalist, who has become known as the "father of science fiction." His works have been adapted countless times, and provided the basis for many literary and theatrical productions.

©2017 Fantom Films (P)2017 Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd/Fantom Publishing

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  • Mossias
  • 13-09-2018

The founding father of science fiction

This is a classic I wished to read for a very long time, as a child, it only took the instrumental album of Jeff Wayne "The War of The Worlds" and my imagination, to give me nightmares.
This book revived the creepy feeling i used to have regarding this story. And I loved it.

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  • Sean L
  • 03-01-2018

Excellent book

It was brilliant. I can see where the movies got their scenes from!
Very Entertaining!

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  • Roland Greaves
  • 17-12-2017

Wells and Banks do it again.

I've loved this book since I was 15, when first I read it. I've l9ved H.G. Wells since I read The Time Machine at 13. Now, to hear John Banks read his recount of the failed Martian attack on our earth, I've fallen again in love. If you purchase any audio book recording of Wells' tale of this horrible war, make it this one.

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  • uffdasuzanne
  • 30-04-2017

Enjoyable

I was prompted to get some H.G. Wells books after the Time After Time TV series began. After listening to this book I am now looking to get the movie, and am looking forward to seeing three diffetence between the book & the movie.

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  • Rachel Arnwine
  • 16-04-2017

great

loved it
H.G Wells is one of my favorites and with John Banks best book sort of depressing but good
wait till the end and it gets better

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  • Mr. Richard J. Chappell
  • 19-03-2017

Superb

Loved it, well read and drags you in, just the thing to listen to driving down to Woking and back for a trip to the fighting machine

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-07-2017

The original alien invasion novel!

A masterpiece of science fiction literature without a doubt. The first ever book to describe a conflict between mankind and an alien race using realistic detail, The War of the Worlds remains a timeless classic that still holds up after nearly 120 years!

John Banks does a great, albeit rather simple job of bringing this story to the ears of readers everywhere. He has a calm and clear tone, but when it comes to the more serious or dramatic moments.

Otherwise, a timeless masterpiece that I highly recommend to fans of science fiction and alien invasion literature!

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  • Jakob
  • 17-07-2019

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  • Lukas33
  • 06-07-2019

A Simply Wonderful Story

War of the Worlds has always been my favourite novel. Stumbling upon the vinyl as a young lad and having my music taste shapen by its unconventional mix of Rock and Psychedelia I was overjoyed to learn that a full book inspired it and devoured it in no time.

This first person remembering of the event as a past tense retrospective story telling is captivating. The way Wells describes the countryside of Woking and these strange beings loping around causing destruction plants you in the role of the narrator himself, your ability to see through his eyes seems almost as a real memory you experienced yourself.

Every now and again, I enjoy this as an audio book. usually once a summer and for walks around the country of Essex and Suffolk. The narrators calm and well pronounced reading is relaxing and he has done a superb job on this amazing story.

Highly recommended over the other WotW audio books on here as the narrator is or sounds very English and does a brilliant job of not thanking things up and keeping it nice and smooth.

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  • xeno
  • 27-05-2019

Very good

It captures the tone and feel of the story and the narrator makes it easy to identify each character.

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  • observer
  • 18-06-2018

Brilliant narration of a fantastic story.

Excellent. Very enjoyable. A timeless classic. If you listen to audiobooks then this should probably be on everybody's list.

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  • PG
  • 07-02-2018

Narration Exceptional

I've been aware of 'War of the Worlds' for many years. This is the first time I've heard the full book, so much more than the films that attempt to portray it. Intriguing too to hear so many familiar places local to where I live. Great story, great writing and amazing narrating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-01-2018

A great book

it's a great book and an easy listen. the narrator is good, clearly understandable and brings the story to life.

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  • David
  • 28-12-2017

The original war of the worlds.

What can I say, a classic.
The science may be Edwardian but at the time it was as close to a serious attempt at a realistic science fiction book.
Don’t miss this in your collection.

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  • Amy
  • 16-10-2017

Much loved childhood story

I have always loved war of the worlds, having grown up with the musical version, the 50s film and, more recently, the stage show and I was definitely not disappointed with this audiobook. The emotion of the voice actor was what the story needed and definitely did not let the well know tale of the book down.
If you’re into sci fi, or you have a taste for War of the Worlds, you won’t be disappointed with this audiobook