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Publisher's Summary

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a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace.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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Assez particulier pour un livre écrit au 19eme siècle. J'ai bien aimé lorsqu'il décrit son voyage dans le futur vers la fin, j'ai adoré me le représenter dans ma tête et la fin est surprenante. Un bon classique à découvrir.

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Loved it!

It could have used a few more references to creatures rushing "hither and thither"! No references to creatures going hither and yon! That left me most distressed.

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Loved it!

Required reading for a university class. I really enjoyed the narration and the story. The music is also great.

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Written in 1895 - held up well

Clear dated attitudes from the time, but suprised how well it has held up. Glad I took a gamble on this novel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-12

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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  • Percival Barberena
  • 2020-07-15

Beautiful

This is a elegant story of which has a logical pattern to it. Although short, the story is full of relevant issues that can be discussed in this day and age.

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  • Steven Shepard
  • 2019-11-15

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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  • Bob
  • 2020-02-10

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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  • David Campos
  • 2020-06-14

The year this book was written

The Time Machine is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells, published in 1895 and written as a frame narrative. The work is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel by using a vehicle or device to travel purposely and selectively forward or backward through time.

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  • Rachel
  • 2019-08-21

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
  • 2017-05-15

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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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  • Kenny R Boecker
  • 2022-04-20

It was interesting and well narrated

I'm glad it was short though. I also wish it wasn't. This book has me torn. And, my review only comes after reading some other analyses of the story. I guess it is concise, but felt it could have been moreso. Or, it could have done with less of some elements and more of others. I'll let you decide.

I will say this, it's worth reading regardless of your opinion on it. Afterall, it was written in 1895. There are lessons to be learned from it about life and writing dystopian works. It inpsired me in some ways.

It's worth the couple of hours it took to listen to. And, the narration was fantastic.

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  • Lynda
  • 2022-04-04

Great Narrator

It was kinda hard getting what was going on but once I realized it the story made more sence.

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  • joshua
  • 2022-02-10

Great, quick adventure

I'm so glad I picked up this book again. listening to it read dramatically was a first for me and I enjoyed it on my drives.