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H.G. Wells: The Science Fiction Collection

Written by: H. G. Wells
Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins

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Publisher's Summary

He’s often been called the father of science fiction. Now, listen to H. G. Wells’ five science fiction novels in one definitive collection. Introduced by film director and H. G. Wells fanboy Eli Roth, the collection features unabridged recordings of the novels performed by Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, David Tennant and Alexander Vlahos.

The War of the Worlds narrated by David Tennant

When Earth is invaded by Martians in great mechanical tripods, terror ensues. They are equipped with heat rays and poisonous black gas, intent on wiping out the human race. During the destruction, one man’s story details the monstrous invasion and his struggle to find his wife in the devastation.

The First Men in the Moon narrated by Alexander Vlahos

A chance meeting between penniless businessman Mr Bedford and absentminded scientist Dr Cavor leads the two on a fantastical journey to the moon. However, they are unprepared for what they find: freezing nights, boiling days and sinister alien life. Will they be trapped forever?

The Time Machine narrated by Hugh Bonneville

Transported to the year AD 802,701, the Time Traveller encounters the peaceful Eloi, a beautiful elfin race of childlike adults afraid of the dark, and with good reason. Beneath the earth’s surface live the Morlocks, apish troglodytes who torment the Eloi. When the time machine is stolen, the Time Traveller must enter Morlock territory if he ever hopes to return home.

The Invisible Man narrated by Sophie Okonedo

When a strange man takes shelter at an inn, his skin covered from head to toe in bandages, he causes distrust. Griffin, a scientist, reveals that he has successfully managed to turn himself invisible, but alas without a way of undoing it. Desperate for a cure, his ailment drives him to many sinister actions, including murder. 

The Island of Dr Moreau narrated by Jason Isaacs

Edward Prendick, the single survivor of a shipwreck, is rescued by Montgomery in a vessel carrying a menagerie of savage animals. Taken to an uncharted island, he meets Dr Moreau - a brilliant scientist whose notorious experiments have caused him to abandon the civilised world. It soon becomes clear he has been developing these experiments - with truly horrific results.

Known as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’, Herbert George Wells’ writing career spanned over 60 years. He was a writer of novels, short stories, nonfiction books and articles. As a young man, Wells won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, sparking his infamous vocation as a science fiction writer. 

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  • Trevor
  • 01-05-19

Absolutely Perfect!

Don't listen to that other review! It was made by a Caddy Old Sod! (sorry american) but in all honesty the review does not give it justice and feels more like an act to be able to return the book. I think it is absolutely beautiful! Tennant does a phenomenal job and in no way is it monotone or robotic. A large percentage of the book is inner monologue and he does have his accent out full bore which may have been too much for "some" listeners but it is NOT dull.

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  • Westerner
  • 19-07-19

Quite Good

David Tennant was especially good narrating The War of the Worlds as was Jason Issacs doing The Island of Dr Moreau.

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  • lk
  • 24-06-19

A negative observation about the production

There is an appalling number of editing errors in The Invisible Man. On numerous occasions, lines are repeated sometimes multiple times. Also, more than once, Sophie Okonedo stumbled on words. One or two errors can be overlooked, but over time the many errors became a big distraction, causing aggravation. There really is no excuse for this.

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  • Jennifer Baratta
  • 07-05-19

Awesome job from the narrators.

The narrators bring you into each story and don't let go until the next story. This book is for fans of Doctor who, Star wars and Science fiction fans.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-19

skip the intro

Didn't appreciate him pushing his misguided philosiphizing.

rest of the book was fine, good narrators and bad, some engaging stories, some not

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  • DonJon
  • 19-04-19

Narration ruined the book

I was really looking forward to listening to this audible book. Unfortunately, the narration was of such low quality that I couldn't listen to any of the stories in full - the worst of the lot was The War Of The Worlds, which in my opinion is the best book by H. G. Wells, was completely ruined by David Tennant who seemed to believe that the narration should be performed like a speak and spell with a Scottish brogue was a good idea. I am returning this book.

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  • Kazzakirk
  • 25-04-19

Brilliant stories!

Brilliant stories that I thoroughly enjoyed much more than when I’ve read them. The narration was fantastic. Felt the the narraters were really well chosen, my favourite being David Tennant doing War of the Worlds because I love the story but The Island of Doctor Moreau narrated by Jason Isaacs is award winning in my opinion - absolutely brilliant! x

* Note to post production - I have given it 4 stars only because it’s appears you forgot to edit (or just did a very, very bad job of it) ‘The invisible man’! Reading errors & repeated lines (which everyone does) were left in all the way through and It sadly ruined what would have been a perfect collection to go back to time & time again. I think this should be sorted and purchasers sent the updated version.

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  • MR A.
  • 23-04-19

Some editing mistakes in the invisible man

Frequently repeated sentences in the invisible man recording. Still good books and well narrated. Hopefully audible will fix the problem

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-05-19

Brilliant!

Excellent performances of an amazing body of work from the quintessential sci-fi genius that is HG Wells. Some of these scientific ideas were conceived over a century ago & yet are still very relevant today. Whether it’s the controversial subject of genetic engineering, theories surrounding quantum physics: time and space, or even the age-old internal human conflict of ‘just because we CAN, does that mean that we SHOULD?’ This is definitely a thinking man/woman’s journey into the darker recesses of sci-fi & I loved it👍

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  • Dyane
  • 08-05-19

Classy narrators

Quality collection with brilliant narrators. Highly recommended listening. Totally enjoyed experience. brought the stories to life

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  • Toadjuggler
  • 14-04-19

Great stuff.

I'm very familiar with the stories but these narrators are just smashing, a really fresh experience listening to books I first read forty-odd years ago.

Skip over Eli Roth's intro though, he has nothing much to say and less than that to add.

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  • RICHARD REYNOLDS
  • 25-05-19

Great stories and great narrators

4 wonderful stories, that although written over 100 years ago are still easy to listen to. Thought provoking ideas are developed in all four books that keep you listening to the very end! A great buy.

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  • Mr A G Armstrong
  • 21-05-19

A worthy and worthwhile purchase

this was brilliantly performed and produced, the actors that they chose fitted their stories perfectly.
If you have a love of science fiction and amazing storytelling then this is the audio book that you need.
brillant, superb and compulsive listening.

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  • Naomi Coutts
  • 19-05-19

Hit and miss

Really enjoyed the war of the worlds and to a lesser extent, the men in the moon. But the invisible man was full of repetition and sounds like nobody paid attention in editing, this is. shame because Sophie's narration is otherwise excellent.

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  • S.Hope
  • 15-05-19

EXCELLENT!

Genius writing, storytelling and excellent performances. A masterclass of storytelling for all writers and creatives today!!

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  • TCNadal
  • 06-05-19

fantastic

how come I'm only familiar with War of The World's?
all the stories are fantastic as is the Narration

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  • Graham Herbert
  • 02-05-19

Good getting back to the source

Even though the writing and vocabulary is part of another period in our history it was enjoyable to read these books again from the unquestionable father of current day Sci-Fi and Fantasy Genre ...

And as to comments by DonJon ... You are showing your ignorance my friend ... David Tennant is a Scot and is talking with his natural voice ... not a good reason to be wanting a refund and worse still in trying to put others off and so depriving them of these wonderful classics ...

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  • Matt
  • 19-05-19

Fantastic performances

These old stories were really brought to life by these performers. It's amazing how these stories have stood the test of time.

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  • Will
  • 18-08-19

great books

I'd never read these before and it's hard believe they were written over 100 years ago. they are really good and hold up really well to today's stories. would definitly recommend and plus there are 5 stories in this one purchase. great offer!

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  • Alex.D
  • 23-07-19

wonderful

what a wonderful collection of great stories. Perfectly presented. Awesome value to get all these stories together.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-19

Fantastic vocal portraits

brilliant and faithful adaptation of HG Wells classic stories, you are in for a treat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-06-19

Some excellent performances of great works

The performances were generally good with Jason Isaacs being an absolute standout! Flawless!
Unfortunately the Invisible Man really doesn't suit being read by a woman. Okenedo did a fair job but it distracted me throughout the book.
On the whole, very enjoyable.

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  • Shane
  • 30-05-19

storytelling

this was the best yet. really well performed. can't beat classics like these what to listen to next