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The Time Machine | [H. G. Wells]

The Time Machine

The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!
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Publisher's Summary

The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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    Jaq Greenspon Kaunas Lithuania (and Las Vegas, NV) 08-16-12
    Jaq Greenspon Kaunas Lithuania (and Las Vegas, NV) 08-16-12 Member Since 2008

    captainjaq

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    "One of the worst performances"
    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.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Rohnert Park, CA, United States 02-04-14
    Amazon Customer Rohnert Park, CA, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Random Pauses in Speech. (Captain Kirk narrates)"
    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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. 05-22-14
    Ms. 05-22-14
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    "Great story. Terrible reader."

    The story stands up to my childhood memory of reading it - hardly any visits from the racism and sexism fairies who have ruined so many childhood favorites, and an entertaining tale well told.

    The narrator sounds like Captain Kirk on a very bad day. His... pauses and weird... stresses... make this story... harder to... follow, though it... is easy to fall... asleep... while listening.

    Unless you are using it to fall asleep, in which case I recommend it 100%, having used it extensively for that purpose, you should find a different narrator for this classic and excellent tale.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Santa Clara, CA, United States 10-04-12
    Jonathan Santa Clara, CA, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A . . Disjointed . . Performance"

    The story itself is a great story, classic science fiction from a master of the genre. A story worth knowing by anyone interested in science fiction. However, the performance made it difficult to enjoy the story. Munro's style pauses frequently as he reads, but his pauses are often more lengthy than they should be, and occur at someone odd places, breaking the flow of the story greatly.

    For the price, it's worth listening, but if you're really wanting to enjoy the story, look for a different narration.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    anonymous_reviewer 10-17-14
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    "Great story utterly ruined by horrible narration"
    What disappointed you about The Time Machine?

    There isn't enough bad to say about this narration. The only way to get through it was at 3x speed, and even then.... Didn't anyone audition this guy before hiring to read anything but a phone book?


    What did you like best about this story?

    HG Wells is always interesting. He writes stories that work even for a modern audience. I was surprised at how relevant some of his social commentary was.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alan Munro?

    Anyone who proves they can really act rather than just read. Listening to this great story narrated in this drone turned out to be a chore.


    What character would you cut from The Time Machine?

    It's a classic novel. Why would anyone even consider cutting a character that an author-- who is still being read more than 100 years--later decided belonged in his story?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blanchard San Antonio, TX 04-29-15
    Blanchard San Antonio, TX 04-29-15 Member Since 2014

    Dr. Carter

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    "Classic story, great narration"

    Enjoyed this immensely. The classic books are exquisite and timeless. Thank you for bringing this to Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    miloGurl 04-12-15
    miloGurl 04-12-15
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    "Slow reading"

    The orator was slow speaking at times but he does an overall good job. A few words were mispronounced also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maman MN 04-06-15
    Maman MN 04-06-15 Member Since 2014

    Bunnyhuggin'treelovin'perfumesniffin'cakeeatin'classicsreadin'poshspeakin'cleverclogs.

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    "Unbearable narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Machine to be better than the print version?

    No. This is an excellent story- I returned to my kindle and enjoyed it there.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alan Munro’s performances?

    No. Initially it was the low timbre and fairly flat register which I found hard to listen to, but then all the strange pauses and disjointed phrases. I had to switch off.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it yourself. It's worth it. Failing that sample a few other readers to find a more workable performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael T. Jorgensen Cincinnati, OH 04-01-15
    Michael T. Jorgensen Cincinnati, OH 04-01-15

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    "Decent story, fairly weak performance."
    What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

    There were times he bordered on robotic. Some of the sentences were so unnatural I had to re-listen to them.


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    Laurel C. Stein 03-26-15

    Jersey knitter

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    "halting narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The narrator speaks in phrases not sentences, making his complete thought hard to follow.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot and characters


    What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

    A. Monro speaks in halting phrases, not complete sentences, making his thought hard to follow. No variation of inflection.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I did see the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this narrator. Spend a little more for a better story teller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    4/7/13
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    "OK story for its time, terrible narration"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachael
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    6/24/12
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    "Great story - pity about the way it is read"

    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.

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