The War of the Worlds – by H.G. Wells- Book One

Many don’t know that War of the Worlds was actually a two part book. With Book one “The Coming of the Martians” setting the stage as humans, ‘too busied by their own endeavors’ failed to take notice of the threat posed by alien contact.

“Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.
— H. G. Wells (1898), The War of the Worlds”

As the story opens, the narrator is invited to the astronomical observatory at Ottershaw to observe explosions that have been seen on the surface of planet Mars.
A “meteor” lands near the narrator’s home. He discovers that the object is an artificial cylinder. And that inside are Martians. Martians he describes as “big” and “greyish” with “oily brown skin”, “the size, perhaps, of a bear”, each with “two large dark-coloured eyes”, and lipless “V-shaped mouths” which drip saliva and are surrounded by two “Gorgon groups of tentacles”.

A Fantastic Book and an equally Fantastic Reader.
A link to book two “The Earth under the Martians” can be found beneath this player in the ‘Related Audio Links’.

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  1. Chapter One - The Eve of the War The Coming of the Martians   15:40
  2. Chapter Two - The Falling Stars The Coming of the Martians   9:27
  3. Chapter 3 - On Horsell Common The Coming of the Martians   6:57
  4. Chapter 4 - The Cylinder Opens The Coming of the Martians   7:59
  5. Chapter 5 - The Heat-Ray The Coming of the Martians   10:16
  6. Chapter 6 - The Heat-Ray in the Chobham Road The Coming of the Martians   5:57
  7. Chapter 7 - How I Reached Home The Coming of the Martians   8:53
  8. Chapter 8 - Friday Night The Coming of the Martians   6:54
  9. Chapter 9 - The Fighting Begins The Coming of the Martians   13:05
  10. Chapter 10 - In the Storm The Coming of the Martians   14:11
  11. Chapter 11 - At the Window The Coming of the Martians   12:49
  12. Chapter 12 - What I Saw of the Destruction of Weybridge and Shepperton The Coming of the Martians   23:35
  13. Chapter 13 - How I Fell in with the Curate The Coming of the Martians   12:32
  14. Chapter 14 - In London The Coming of the Martians   24:05
  15. Chapter 15 - What had Happened in Surrey The Coming of the Martians   19:16
  16. Chapter 16 - The Exodus from London The Coming of the Martians   28:14
  17. Chapter 17 - The "Thunder Child" The Coming of the Martians   22:14

Related Audio Links
The War of the Worlds – by H.G. Wells- Book ... Book two of the 'War of the Worlds' saga by H.G. Wells. This book "The Earth under the Martians" picks up where Book One "The Coming of the Martian...