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The Time Machine

Written by: H.G. Wells
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
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When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realises that this beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture - now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. But they have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity - the sinister Morlocks. And when the scientist's time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels, if he is ever to return to his own era.

About the Narrator: John Banks is one of the UK's most prolific audiobook narrators, working for the likes of Big Finish, Audible, Random House and Games Workshop. He is a true multi-voice, creating everything from monsters to marauding aliens. He is also an accomplished stage and TV actor.

About the Author: Herbert George Wells was a novelist, teacher, historian and journalist, who has become known as the "father of science fiction." His works have been adapted countless times, and provided the basis for many literary and theatrical productions.

©2017 Fantom Films (P)2017 Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd/Fantom Publishing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-19

John Banks

If you want the full story, read by a master of verbal pronunciation, with the ability to pull you into the plot, this is the version for you!

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  • Steven Shepard
  • 15-11-19

Weake(r) reader, but he does very well.

The slow gradual suspense that carefully builds, it demands an instant climax, but instead, the inner thoughts of the traveler unravel how the human psyche might actually respond. The end doesn't leave you wondering 'what if?' but, 'what would I do?'.

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  • Rachel
  • 21-08-19

great listen

He really kept up the energy, and told the story very interactively. cant belive how much the movie destroyed this stort

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  • Ashley Poff
  • 15-05-17

Top 10

A wonderful book, in the same class as Gulliver’s Travels. It is one of the books I would like to take with me to Purgatory. - Sir Winston S. Churchill

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  • Bob
  • 10-02-20

It's a classic for a reason.

While some concepts are dated, it is well written and descriptive beyond most books today. Wells paints a story in your mind better than most authors today have a capacity to do. The narrator kept did well with the emotion and inflections. Very enjoyable listen.

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  • Zachery
  • 18-12-19

Must have suspension of disbelief to enjoy story

The narrator was good, but I had trouble staying in the story. It was a little too hard for me to suspend my disbelief at times.

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  • Amazonian
  • 16-08-19

Amazing performance.

I knew I'd like this book going into it, but the performance really blew me away. It added so much life and emotion to it, that I was captured from the moment it started! Must listen.

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  • maikenstene
  • 14-08-19

great!

good performance, and a classic tale in the true spirit of Wells. I enjoyed it alot.

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  • Ryan Reilly
  • 23-07-19

a classic

simply a classic. a fantastical tale of man traveling forward in time. discovering what might be our future. I highly recommend.

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  • Khans
  • 30-05-19

Very fun

A great story to listen to, still as much fun as I remember it being as a kid

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  • Lon
  • 21-10-19

great

recommend the following...

listening to book

then listening to the BBC "in our time" podcast about the book.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0009bmf

then listen again to the book

that will help you get a good understanding of the social and political background to the book and HG Wells himself which I was never aware of and greatly enhanced my enjoyment

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  • Mrs I J Harper
  • 30-09-19

A Forgotten Classic

Forgot the much overrated Bard...HGW is a master of the artful story. A short book full of intriguing and intricate sub-layers.

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  • Peter J Haigh
  • 21-06-19

The time machine

really enjoyed this book good story hard to put down will read more of H G Wells storys

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  • Elsa Griggs
  • 21-03-19

I hoped this story would remind me of guy pierce but it did not it was far more fanciful.

The basic story is well written almost credible in parts.
Later when time travelling becomes less so.

Near the end loses its way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-10-17

interesting thoughts

I decided to listen to this book as its a classic and I wanted to broaden my reading interests.
the book was ok, I didn't realise how short it was but considering when it was written, found it pleasant enough.
i found the idea that HG Wells wanted to write about a time that is so far into the future that its even wonder if our world will still exist then, or if it will have died out long since.

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  • Toby williams
  • 16-07-19

Well narrated but story not my cup of tea

interesting towards the end but struggled with the singular narrative throughout and lack of dialogue. well narrated.