The Country of the Blind

  • by H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by Walter Zimmerman
  • 1 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this famous fantasy story, a mountain climber falls into a strange and isolated society of non-seeing persons - claiming to have been in existence for 15 generations and cut off from the rest of the world by an earthquake. The interloper decides quickly that "In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king". However, things turn out very differently than he had planned. The experience of being an "other" - a seeing man in a world of blind persons - is the major theme of this story.


Audible Editor Reviews

Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch theologian, and Bob Dylan, rock star, have both uttered versions of the maxim, "In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." The sentiment, however, may find its fullest expression in The Country of the Blind, the short novel by the incomparable H. G. Wells, first published in 1904.
As performed in a clear and slightly uneasy tone by Walter Zimmerman, The Country of the Blind follows a mountain climber who falls down a precipice into a land where every human being is without the gift of sight. Part Twilight Zone, part adventure narrative, the traveler’s odyssey challenges the listener to place herself into a familiar - yet vastly altered - world.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


A beautiful, touching story that makes you think twice about many things. The narration is wonderful and this has turned me into a genuine HG Wells fan!
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- Lisa

Very much worth reading

If you could sum up The Country of the Blind in three words, what would they be?

Perception and reality

What did you like best about this story?

I t made me think about what i believe, how i percieve things, and how the problem of perception is very much present in today's world

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- Virginia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2008
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings