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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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    Benjamin 12-04-13
    Benjamin 12-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "decent, classic story. short read, but not "fun""

    Good story, but don't expect a fun, action packed read. Take a ride to the future, where we see the inevitable outcome of our "modern" political society. Interesting..

    The book was made into a movie that was pretty entertaining. Be warned though; the movie took out the political criticisms that made up most of the book, and made it a completely different story.

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    J. Bookout Texas 09-27-13
    J. Bookout Texas 09-27-13
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    "Good story, Poorly executed"
    Would you try another book from H. G. Wells and/or Alan Munro?

    Yes to Wells. Probably not to Munro.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Using a different narrator.


    Could you see The Time Machine being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This has already been done


    Any additional comments?

    The Time Machine is an interesting story. To appreciate it, I think one must consider the time in which it was written. My problem is with the Audible narration. Munro's cadence makes it almost unbearable to listen to. Not at all what I would expect from a Professional Narration. Perhaps this was a one-time problem. If the price for the narration would have been more than one dollar, I would definitely request a refund.

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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 09-06-13
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2014

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "Not like the movie version I remember, it's good."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Machine to be better than the print version?

    No, but it's definitely better than the movie version with Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux. It's much more a view of elitism and workers and the evolution of two separate species of man because of that.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Machine?

    When the Time Traveler figures out that his initial views are wrong about the Eloi and the Underground apes. Mr. Wells was quite a socialist in his views of right and wrong. I enjoyed his take on what the future could hold for us all.


    What does Alan Munro bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can do my housework while I listen. I love all audible books because of that fact.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Time enough, or time will tell.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was an excellent bargain at $.49 on audible. It's a quick listen and a classic story. What else could you ask for?

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    Kindle Customer 08-06-13
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    "Poorly read, but still a good story"
    What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

    Odd pauses. Almost like he treats the end of the printed line like the end of a sentence. I like his voice, but not the odd pauses.


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    Weeping Monk Betwixt the Pillars 07-30-13
    Weeping Monk Betwixt the Pillars 07-30-13 Member Since 2013

    Vigilante, Out-of-control Conciousness, white knuckling the steering wheel of this Meat Vehicle I am strapped into.

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    "terrible narration"
    Would you try another book from H. G. Wells and/or Alan Munro?

    I would try anything by HG Wells, the man is a master wordsmith.

    I Will avoid Munro like a plague


    Has The Time Machine turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No it has not.


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

    No way. This reading was horrendous. Weird cadence, a voice that could kill kittens. It was painful.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book is incredible, I have read a physical copy, but Munro, he ruined it.


    Any additional comments?

    Nah

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    Dawn J. Jones Atlanta 07-22-13
    Dawn J. Jones Atlanta 07-22-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great story - horrible narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No - The narrator destroyed it for me. He apparently went to the William Shantner School for Nonsensical Pauses. I eventually just quit listening.


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    Daggorath Grand Ledge, MI, United States 07-01-13
    Daggorath Grand Ledge, MI, United States 07-01-13
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    "Classic Story should be must read!"
    What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

    His constant pausing as he read was annoying and sometimes occurred in odd places. This weird style affected my enjoyment of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Written over a 100 years ago, The Time Machine is still one of the greatest science fiction titles ever, in my opinion. Why I was not forced to read this in high school, instead of the tired old 'classics,' is beyond me! After seeing many movies based on this book, I really wanted to read the source material and finally did last night. I finished it in less than four hours. The symbolism of the future was clear, but beyond that it is also a really good tale. This is how scifi should read with adventure and suspense around every corner. In addition, Wells' superb use of language helped this rise above the slew of wannabe sci-fi books put out there today. This would be required reading in my world and I can't believe I waited so long to read it!!

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    Rique 06-09-13
    Rique 06-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic story - find a different narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book, just not this narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    HG Wells' vision of the future. The first person narration and the language is obviously dated, but nonetheless eloquent and interesting.


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

    There are several very good narrators who I have been introduced to through Audible. Most recently, I very much appreciated the narrator of Earth Abides, by George R Stewart.


    Any additional comments?

    I just might try the other version here @ Audible, even though I have listened to this already. This novella is a classic and deserves better narration.

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    Jennifer Lamborn 02-04-13
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    "Timeless story--reading is a bit slow"
    What did you love best about The Time Machine?

    Wells' novella is the classic forerunner of time travel stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A great blend of social commentary with a bit of hard science thrown in.


    What aspect of Alan Munro’s performance would you have changed?

    His reading is a bit slow--especially for use in the classroom.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final line is the most moving.


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    Joseph Scarnici San Juan Capistrano, CA 01-06-13
    Joseph Scarnici San Juan Capistrano, CA 01-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Ok story"

    The story is somewhat interesting but the reader makes you want to fall asleep.
    I'd recommend for a quick read if you are driving and have nothing to do.

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