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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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    Amazon Customer 07-24-14
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    "William Shatner impersonator seems to read"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, it's not like the movies. It paints a different future then anyone else even thinks about.


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

    I liked the part where the time traveler is far into the future on a dim lit, lonely beach.


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

    Anyone else! I almost stopped listening because he reads with no emotion or connection to the character. He reads like he's a William Shatner impersonator, with too many pauses in his sentences!


    Was The Time Machine worth the listening time?

    The story is worth reading but I don't think I could go thru listening to it again.


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    Deina New York 06-10-14
    Deina New York 06-10-14
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    "Intensely painful."
    Would you listen to The Time Machine again? Why?

    I would love to, if by a different narrator, so I can pay attention to the actual story, rather than incessantly reminding myself how much I hated my life within those hours of listening.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This particular audio book made me realize how important it is to listen to a sample before purchasing. I came to a realization after a few chapters of irritation over the narrator's inability to pronounce some words, actually fumbling through sentences, and throwing in commas and periods randomly - and constantly - where they didn't exist, sort of like a Christopher Walken, without the charm. I began to sincerely suspect that, to save costs on hiring an actual human, the publishing company opted to employ a Speak and Spell. I am not over exaggerating. This is precisely how it sounds.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    As I sat listening to this book all in one sitting, I dreamt up hundreds of other ideas that sounded more pleasurable and worthwhile, that didn't move me to fantasize about slowly boring a hole through my skull with my pencil. Sadly, however, I had a class deadline to keep, and I wasn't going to actually commit time to holding a proper book.


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    Zachary 05-14-14
    Zachary 05-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "great story, bad narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes


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

    no, he has a strange halting speech that is distracting. I was actually seriously considering if it was narrated by some advanced computer program stitching together reused pieces of voice recording.


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    JeffB 04-21-14
    JeffB 04-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Way to ruin a good book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Barely. Many times I almost just deleted the audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Having read the book before I like the story. the descriptions alway get to me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    bad pacing, stops and starts, monotone, boring.


    Was The Time Machine worth the listening time?

    MEH


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    jcantrell 04-01-14
    jcantrell 04-01-14
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    "Decent story, but can be hard to follow narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the narrator was difficult to follow. His inflection was odd and slightly irritating.


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    Lloyd Freese Philly Area 03-20-14
    Lloyd Freese Philly Area 03-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful story, painful narration"
    What did you like best about The Time Machine? What did you like least?

    The story itself is fantastic: a true classic.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator... went... to... the... Captain Kirk school... of... speaking.
    I almost couldn't finish listening to the story because of the narrator. I will be avoiding anything read by him in the future.


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    Michael 03-05-14
    Michael 03-05-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm having a bromance with coffee!

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    "Great classic book to include in your library!"
    If you could sum up The Time Machine in three words, what would they be?

    Prelude to Sci-fi!


    What other book might you compare The Time Machine to and why?

    I might compare this to Journey to the The Lost World. The time period of this style writing is similar.


    Did Alan Munro do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narration was o.k. I've heard better. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Great short story to include into your library. Definitely worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel Aldrich Yokota AB, JP 01-19-14
    Samuel Aldrich Yokota AB, JP 01-19-14 Member Since 2014

    Samuel Aldrich

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    "Poor Performance"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book is amazing and provides an awesome look at what the future might hold.


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

    No, his rendition was horrible...


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    Crystal Carl Junction, MO, United States 01-14-14
    Crystal Carl Junction, MO, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The narrator is a great sleeping tonic!"
    Any additional comments?

    I almost fell asleep listening to this one. It is a good thing I was not driving. I love H.G. Wells what a shame.

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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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