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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a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace.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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Fin inattendue

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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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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  • Sir Percival
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

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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  • C. Riggs
  • 2021-01-25

A cautionary tale

I have always loved this story. This audiobook did it justice. I loved the performance. It did take me a moment to adjust to the vocabulary used when this book was written but I quickly caught on. This is a cautionary tale of what a future can look like. A society that has become so weak that it no longer fears and thus becomes victim to those that show now fear. LOVE THIS BOOK.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-12-17

Absolutely fantastic

The imagination it would have taken to conceive of such a story when it was originally written is baffling to me. It leaves me feeling more connected with those around me and those who have come and gone and those who are yet to be born. I only wish it had been longer.

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  • Adam D. Roper
  • 2020-11-27

Great story, and great narrator

Interesting story of time travel into the future read by an excellent narrator. I've always enjoyed survival and apocalyptic stories, and never realized that The Time Machine would have those elements...even zombie like underworld type creatures. Glad I've finally found the time to "read" this book!