A harrowing read from cover to cover, this is perfect for the audio format. The action-packed plot, eccentric characters, and entertaining dialogue could overwhelm a narrator, but British actor Daniel Philpott is the man for the job. His voice is energetic throughout the novel and echoes the author's ironic tone. His vocal characterizations are wonderfully diverse, running the gamut from elderly busybodies to country constables. Much of the dialogue is exceedingly humorous because of Philpott's range of accents. The Invisible Man, insanely egotistical, is brought to life by Philpott's portrayal of his infuriated outbursts and scattered thoughts. Even though Wells's protagonist is difficult to imagine, Philpott's narrative skill makes it clear why this novel is such a memorable classic.
A stranger arrives in a small English town, wreathed in a hat, coat, goggles and bandages. It's not just his identity he's hiding, though; he has discovered the secret of invisibility, and believes it will lead him to ultimate power. But he needs to be able to control the process, and when the terrified villagers refuse to help him, he decides on bloody revenge.
An immediate success when it first appeared, H. G. Wells's adventure is at once chilling and thrilling, and one of the undisputed classics of science fiction.
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