The Time Machine

  • by H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Victorian scientist travels far into the future, and finds that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace. He meets the Eloi, a species descended from man, but realizes that these beautiful people are just remnants of a once-great culture; they are now weak and afraid of the dark. The Eloi have reason to be afraid. In deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity: the sinister Morlocks.

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What the Critics Say

"H. G. Wells's novel The Time Machine is the greatest of all works of pure science fiction." (National Review)

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Customer Reviews

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For me it was a pleasant surprise.

When I bought this book on sale I had very low expectations for this book, I don't know why. . . but it could have been the remembrance from that bad movie. Anyway, the narration and the story came as a very good surprise, as both are to me very good.

The philosophical theories, the 19th century British atmosphere (my favourite), the unexpectedly deep characters (for this short a book), and many things more made me forget the whole world for 4 hours while I walked aimlessly about my town last evening.

I love this feeling that you get when you have low expectations for something but it turns out to be very good. . . it kind of makes the whole thing even better.

So. . . don't listen to me, hate the audio book with all your heart and then listen to it anyway.

You are then in for a pleasant surprise.
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- Geir "I'm an inventor, chef, fisherman and puffin hunter from Iceland that loves to learn new things and enjoy the day."

Fine story, odd narration

"The Time Machine" is at times slow-moving, and the Time Traveller's constant examination of his own state of mind can be annoying, but as one of the important ancestors of all modern science fiction it's a story that any SF fan must read at least once.

I bought this version on impulse as it was the least expensive on Audible, but was not thrilled with the performance; the narrator gives the Time Traveller an odd accent and manner of hesitating intonation that are meant to be distinctive but that I found distracting. On the positive side, it's an energetic reading.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2007
  • Publisher: Alpha DVD