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The Time Machine | [H.G. Wells]

The Time Machine

The time traveler first steps out of his magnificent time-transport machine in the year 802,700. He finds Earth populated by a race of slender pacifists and decides to study this lush land of flower people before returning to his own age. These pacifists, he discovers, have built their wealth on the backs of a slave class forced to live below ground. As the conflict between them surfaces, the time traveler finds that his only means of escape, his time machine, has been stolen.
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The time traveler first steps out of his magnificent time-transport machine in the year 802,700. He finds Earth populated by a race of slender pacifists and decides to study this lush land of flower people before returning to his own age. These pacifists, he discovers, have built their wealth on the backs of a slave class forced to live below ground. As the conflict between them surfaces, the time traveler finds that his only means of escape, his time machine, has been stolen.

Wells' amazing view of the future, propelled forward from his own Victorian era to the present, serves both as classic science fiction and as a parable of the chasm between the working-class suffering and the upper-class privilege of his day.

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    Bruce Austin, TX, United States 12-14-10
    Bruce Austin, TX, United States 12-14-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Book"

    I have read this book a few times before. But this I time, I read it after reading H.G. Well's Outline Of History. Many of the same philosophical thoughts are expounded upon in both books. Wells writes about the evolution of the human race in The Outline of History, and about the devolution of the human race in The Time Machine. The Morlocks bear an erie resemblance to the Neanderthals, whom Wells described as being remembered in the human racial collective memory as the 'ogre' of mythological prehistory. The crabs and insects who ruled the Earth of the early Devonian Period 400 million years ago are described by Wells in Outline of History, and they are similar to the giant crabs he describes who rule the Earth at the end of the planet in Time Machine. For anyone who wishes the Time Traveler had spent more time in that deteriorated library/museum of the future, try reading Outline of History and Time Machine back-to-back. Good scientific knowledge mixed with some action-thriller moments.

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    Thomas Huntington Beach, CA, United States 09-19-09
    Thomas Huntington Beach, CA, United States 09-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Fun"

    Fantastic story and well narrated! It has been awhile since I read the original, and now I realize that the movies somewhat diluted / ruined the adventure. I highly recommend this one.

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    Savanna 08-11-15
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    "Great Classic Story. Very Terrible Narrator."

    The story was very good, always keeping me waiting to hear what happens next. The time traveler goes into the future and comes back and recounts his story to friends. Hearing what the future holds according to H. G. Wells leads one to question the path we are on now as a society. It was a short and easy listen which I would gladly listen to again.

    The worst part was the narrator. In fact he was so slow and boring I ended up having to listen at 1.5x normal speed to make him sound normal. I would get distracted and not listen if it were slower than that. Find the story by someone else if you can.

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    "Excellent reading of the great classic."

    While I have seen numerous dramatizations of the science fiction masterpiece, I hadn't read it.

    I enjoyed the audio performance very much and will read my Kindle book on my Paperwhite this summer or on a vacation either before or after.

    Meanwhile, I have listened nightly to its conclusion and it was wonderful. Thank you.

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    toga62 03-18-15
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    "Quick listen and entertaining"

    I don't know why I never read The Time Machine until now, it may have been due to that horrific movie version released years back, it put me off from thinking the story was any good, but I found an instantly enjoyment of this book. The scientific theorizing that occurs in the opening conversation drew my interest right in and before I knew it I was over halfway complete. It was a quick listen overall and a good piece of classic scifi literature and the tale as if from a scientific observer was unique compared to other modern scifi reads

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    SBD Flyer Naperville, IL 02-17-15
    SBD Flyer Naperville, IL 02-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great classic"

    Great classic! Not the same story as the movie!
    Narrator was fair, not great.
    Buy kindle version for free and get audible for less then a dollar

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    Jonathan R. Brickey Austin, Tx 02-06-15
    Jonathan R. Brickey Austin, Tx 02-06-15

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    "Great Clasic"

    It has been so long since I last read this book that I had forgotten it. The audible version was a nice way to recount the story. The performance was very good and kept me engaged.

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    "Time again"

    I always loved this story. I can imagine it well in my head and dream of it being modernized.

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