War of the Worlds

Written by:
H.G. Wells
Narrated by:
Michael Scott

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
639
Narrator
159
Release Date
January 2006
Duration
6 hours 38 minutes
Summary
This story begins at an observatory in England where the narrator witnesses explosions on Mars. This event is followed by what is thought to be a meteor landing not far from the observatory. Once the narrator travels to the spot of the meteor landing he discovers it is actually a cylinder and the cylinder contains Martians. The story chronicles the Martian attacks throughout many parts of England, even devastating London and the narrator escapes with many chilling and near death adventures
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Jeremy Marks

Great narrator to accompany a book that far outperforms its movie.

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Nathalia T

The book was a great disappointment. Half the scenes were 100% unnecessary, the ending was lame, etc. BUT the voice actor (narrator) was great.

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Anonymous

Goodddddd!!!!

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Bob Roman

I never read it before and can say the book is better than the movie(s)!

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John Dodd

Good book, it's really old now but it is still good. It is told almost like a bedtime story or tall tale.

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David P.

Listening to this classic story was constantly ruined by the misspoken words from the American narrator. Time and again I had to think twice about what he'd just said only to realise the word he actually meant. e.g. navies (as in road building navies) being pronounced as though they were sea based ships navies !? Constantly irritated by this throughout this story.

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Anonymous

a good story and easy to listen to narrator.

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Kilian F T

Great narrator and good story! Definitely better that the movie

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Jacqueline Amdal

I read this year's ago then saw the movie it was fun having it read to me thus time Great Read

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Anonymous

I managed 50 minutes of listening to an American reading a Classic British novel with no apparent research into the pronunciation of English place names. Shame on you Librivox for not checking such a basic requirements. I can only assume that some of the 'glowing' reviews were not from readers familiar with our place names.

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Anonymous

The narrator is American having no knowledge of English pronunciation. A lot of the town names were pronounced wrongly. He didn’t read ahead so finished sentences with his tone then read the end of the sentence as if he was starting a new one. Very poor!

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Anonymous

Beginnings of sentences clipped and dreadful pronunciation of locations.

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Anonymous

Enjoyed book. Movie and TV series adaptations use Welles’s story very well. I like the ending where he calls out preparedness for the future. We don’t think of that often in real life as I look on this book in the midst of covid19

Pronunciation by the narrator is appalling. Clearly no research done. Really frustrating to listen to.

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Roland Keys

A story that I am very familiar with, living close to the area it is set in. It was read well but the narrator struggle with the english prenounciation of place names

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Anonymous

It is highly frustrating if not painful to have a reader of a classic novel set in the uk who does not know the correct pronouciation of the river that runs through the capital city. Their chewing of other place names was equally galling

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Eric C.

I'm so glad that I got to listen to this book again. I remember listening to this on cassette tape with my class in primary school, but I literally was too young to be able to appreciate the story. Loved it this time around, though the narrator could have done a better job with place names...

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Anonymous

The book of course was superb the narrator good but some pronunciations of English and Scottish villages plus other mispronunciations were so obviously narrated by an American. I found the speed of speech slow so put it up a notch which made for a better experience.

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Zachary H.

Phenomenal read

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Anonymous

This is the only way to read a thriller! Great narratives and the read threw life into the words of the classic,

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Maya B.

Narration made this book amazing. Really enjoyed the listen.

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suak

A classic sci-fi well narrated. The only aspect that affected my enjoyment was the atrocious pronunciation of the British place names and words. This was a shame as it could possibly have been easily recruited it was distracting enough for me to stop listening halfway through.

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Heather B.

The narrator sounds like he’s advertising an action film. Think “coming to a cinema near you”. There’s no change in tone or mood. And for the love of God, if people are being paid to read English place names out loud, please can they consult a Brit. Think about how annoying it would be to hear Arkansas pronounced as R-can-sus and Hawaii pronounced as Ha-way like it was normal multiple times. I wanted to persist and actually think about the content of the book, but it’s really hard to listen to with this narrator.

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Anonymous

It was a good experience

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Alexina K.

Great story

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Sally G.

Truly the first Sci-fi book written in 1897. It opened the world we now enjoy. Interesting to see how the author viewed his world. I enjoyed overall.

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Smileykat

Good book…I can see why it stands the test of time.

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Anonymous

Crazy that this was imagined in 1880 but still read everywhere

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Shane S.

I couldn't get into this book because of the narrator. He was very monotone. He reminded me of Kin'emon from One Piece, lol.

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Luke M.

The narrator is good and not distracting. The story is very good science fiction, where easy-to-understand science is used as plot points in a satisfying way. The book is scary, and will leave you wondering about the fate of humankind. I love it!

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Dane U.

So cool to finally hear the original!

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Ya

From the Radio broadcast that spread terror to a unwitting population, to the excellent book, to this excellent audiobook , this story always is fun.

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Anonymous

Boring story

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Anonymous

Sadly the narrator spoiled the excellent story for me, as he could not properly pronounce some of the English names, being American! He pronounced the river Thames as Tames instead of Tems and some of the town names he pronounced made me cringe. A British narrator would have made a big difference to my enjoyment.

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Michael S.

Most enjoyable totally recommend this

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Anonymous

Book was fine. The narration was spoiled by the mis pronounciation of many of the English place names. It was so bad it made the book painful to listen to.

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Chris

The details

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Anonymous

I found the narrator too slow and emotionless for my taste

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Steven

Well read.

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Anonymous

great book to listern to

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Anonymous

The American narration of an English story with very poor place name pronunciation and inconsistent intonation spoiled the experience for me although I did see it through to the end.

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Anonymous

a great listen. This is the template for all future aliens from space fiction. amazing how things haven't changed since the late 1800s.

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Peter B.

Excellent to hear the original story. The pronouncing of the English place names is amusing. Woking is Woke not Wok. Thames is Tems not Tames. And many others. Good though, very entertaining.

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Laura K.

I really couldn’t get much further than the first chapter due to the narrator who’s style would be more suited to reading a traffic report.

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Walter McCartney

A very enjoyable classic.

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Peter S.

A classic story that is utterly ruined by a bad narrator. One would think that the narrator would bother to familiarise himself with the pronunciation of the place names. Distractingly bad.

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Greg S.

Good book and it brings a lot of light to scenes from the movie

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Anonymous

Great narration.loved the story

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Marista McWhorter

A classic sci-fi novel that is told from the first person. The narrator did an awesome job, taking into account the time in which this story was written, I think he captured the somewhat dryness that goes along with the period.

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Anonymous

A classic English book in an American accent? Seriously? Also the sound quality is appalling. Bad enough that I gave up listening to it after 20 minutes of agony.

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Anonymous

it was good thank you I enjoy listening to book this way. Its ok since now I can hear what is happoning sorry its Im not able to kslk to enyone

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Shane S.

Why wouldn’t want to listen to a great alien book lol

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Anonymous

This was a very engaging book. Such vivid descriptions. I really felt needed in the tale. The narrator is outstanding!!

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Anonymous

Good to read the original again instead of “films with there own interpretation “

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Cornelius Thomas

I really like the narrator he really gets you into the story

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Anonymous

watch the movie

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Anonymous

First audiobook I've ever listened to and I have to say I really enjoyed it, I walk a lot and it was a great companion for me, as a couple of people mentioned, the narrator had a different take on some pronunciations, but I was intrigued and amused (in a nice way) I will definitely try some other audiobooks to take along on my walks.

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Anonymous

This was a great book, very interesting and exciting. A enjoyable experience!

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Greg Q

was not what I expected, disappointed

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Elliot Bliss

This is an anazing read, and i really dont care for reading that much. Also the choice of narrator was perfect.

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Jason campbell

Brings the book to life, as if i am there i like the voices

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