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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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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.


    5 of 5 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 2009
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David Rohnert Park, CA, United States 02-04-14
    David Rohnert Park, CA, United States 02-04-14
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jcantrell June Lake, CA, USA 04-01-14
    jcantrell June Lake, CA, USA 04-01-14 Member Since 2013
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lloyd Freese Philly Area 03-20-14
    Lloyd Freese Philly Area 03-20-14 Member Since 2010
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Lenoir City, TN, United States 03-05-14
    Michael Lenoir City, TN, United States 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...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Cathedral City, CA, United States 12-04-13
    Benjamin Cathedral City, CA, United States 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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  • Chris
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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