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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A different narrator. I love this book, but couldn't listen for more than a few minutes before I had a headache.
I'm not picky, I love listening to amateurs and friends read aloud. But this guy just makes it unbearable.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Machine?
The final fleeing from the Morlocks, and the subtle implication of the girl who fell behind's fate.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alan Munro?
The last audiobook I bought, which I quite enjoyed, was The Stand. The narrator was wonderful. He did a very good jo of being interesting without being jarring. Alan Munro, on the other hand, has random pauses in his speech. I forgot the beginning of the sentence before I hear the end.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator would pause, frequently in the middle of a sentence, as if he needed more energy to continue. It was distracting and ultimately, greatly diminished my enjoyment of the book itself.
26 of 27 people found this review helpful
I knew the story of The Time Machine from the film adaptation, and too be honest, I did not care hugely for the story, but as a product of its time and as a precursor to modern science fiction, it certainly has its place. However, my main issue with this book was the narration, which was truly awful. Every…sentence…was…so…stilted…it…drove…me…mad!!! Really very poor, I would have given up if the book was not so short, it really did not aide my enjoyment.
Whilst I had already seen the film of The Time Machine, I was curious to hear the original story. It was good, but the way that Alan Munro reads it, I found frustrating. It was very much like it was just being read flatly from the pages of a book. His phrasing was odd and he'd pause between words. Unfortunately, that totally spoiled my enjoyment of the story.