THE WORLD SET FREE by H.G. Wells – FULL AudioBook | Greatest Audio Books
The World Set Free is a novel published in 1914 by H. G. Wells. The book is considered a prophetical novel foretelling the advent of nuclear weapons.
A constant theme in Wells’s work, such as his 1901 nonfiction book Anticipations, was the role of energy and technological advance as a determinant of human progress.
The novel opens: “The history of mankind is the history of the attainment of external power. Man is the tool-using, fire-making animal.” Scientists of the day were well aware that the slow natural radioactive decay of elements like radium continues for thousands of years, and that while the rate of energy release is negligible, the total amount released is huge. Wells used this as the basis for his story. (Summary on Wikipedia.org)
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Chapter listing and length:
00 — Prelude 55:56
01 — Chapter 1, The Sun Snarers, part one — 39:29
02 — Chapter 1, The Sun Snarers, part two — 37:58
03 — Chapter 2, The Last War, part one — 45:58
04 — Chapter 2, The Last War, part two — 51:21
05 — Chapter 3, The Ending of War, part one — 59:00
06 — Chapter 3, The Ending of War, part two — 39:26
07 — Chapter 4, The New Phase, part one — 55:03
08 — Chapter 4, The New Phase, part two — 36:07
09 — Chapter 5, The Last Days of Marcus Karenin, part one — 36:09
10 — Chapter 5, The Last Days of Marcus Karenin, part two — 33:56
Total running time: 8:10:23
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