The Machine Stops

  • by E. M. Forster
  • Narrated by Mike Vendetti
  • 1 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

E. M. Forster provides a view of the future from 1909. He comes alarmingly close. Humanity has lost the ability to live above ground, but they communicate magnificently through the Machine. As a matter of fact the Machine handles just about everything, taking the freedom of choice, or the need to choose away from humankind. But when the machine breaks, can humanity survive?


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Facebook 1909

Forster predicts facebook in 1909. Only this is more high brow, discussing music, literature, etc. People live underground and only communicate through this sort of face book. They sit and sit and sit and discuss and discuss. Hey, I know some people like that!

Yet, it would not be a story without a rebel.

Action packed lovers may be bored with this, while deep thinkers may love it. This was considered the top Science Fiction Story by some until 1965.

Guess, I am half action seeker and half deep thinker.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Great Story; Narrator Troublesome

Although I enjoyed the story, the narrator seems to have a speech impediment of some kind such that certain words are only understandable after 3 or 4 repetitions of the passage.
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- jmsmcfrlnd

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2013
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