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The War of the Worlds

Summary

Orson Welles' 1938 radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds has done much to obscure the original work. Written at the turn of the 19th century, before "science fiction" existed as a genre, H.G. Wells' creation was a new departure in literature. The author's deep devotion to social reform led him to use the idea of an extraterrestrial invasion to theorize about a possible violent upheaval in society - instead of "Martians" think "Bolsheviks." Wells' book is a social prophecy, and doubtless that humanistic concern contributed to it becoming one of the seminal classics of science fiction.

Public Domain (P)1980 Recorded Books

Author: H.G. Wells
Length: 7 hrs
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Dracula

Summary

This haunting, unabridged reading from the original 1897 text, recounts with mounting suspense the nocturnal travels of a suspicious count from Transylvania. When Dracula first appeared, the work quickly earned a reputation as one of the first psychological novels of its day, and was noted for its use of new literary devices. Stoker, the business manager for the great tragedian, Sir Henry Irving, enlisted all the latest paraphernalia of his age to tell his unusual story: the portable typewriter, shorthand, the telegraph, and most important, the phonograph.

Public Domain (P)1980 Recorded Books

Author: Bram Stoker
Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
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Adventures in Far-Off Places

Summary

At the turn of the century, the short story form gained enormous popularity. As readers looked for diversion and entertainment, they found the attraction of a good tale irresistible - especially when the action was packed into a few pages instead of a hundred. Here are three timeless stories that will whisk you into exotic lands and unforgettable adventures. Against the frozen Alaskan landscape of "To Build a Fire", a miner struggles to survive the splintering whiteness of sub-zero temperatures. "Isle of Voices" captures the Hawaii of old, where magic transports a young man to an island of powerful spirits. "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" pits a mongoose against a cobra in the steamy beauty of an Indian garden. Recorded Books’ award-winning narrators turn these three adventure stories into absorbing audio productions. Listen as their dramatic performances bring out the full richness of far-off lands and breathtaking challenges.

Public Domain (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Summary

Saintly Dr. Henry Jekyll is the epitome of dedication, while the frightening Mr. Edward Hyde commits murder. What strange secret binds these two men in the fog of London?

©1980 Recorded Books (P)1980 Recorded Books

Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
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