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
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.
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.
The final fleeing from the Morlocks, and the subtle implication of the girl who fell behind's fate.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
If you're a science fiction fan, you owe it to yourself to read this book as it is one of the foundations of modern sci-fi.
That being said, this is most boring narrator I've ever heard reading an audiobook. Even though it's a short story, I'd find a different version if you'd like to read it.
Wells' classic tale would hold up remarkably well were it not for the ham-handed narration on this title. Munro's delivery is so stilted and fraught with pauses at all the wrong places that it was difficult to finish this title. Possibly the most poorly narrated audiobook I've encountered. At first I thought this was some sort of glitchy text-to-speech experiment, but I am left to wonder whether an automated reader might have done a better job.
After finishing the title, I am left wishing I could travel in time so that I could get my $0.49 back. Guess you get what you pay for...
Pretty much anyone. Lesson learned: listen to a sample of the narration before purchase.
"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.
"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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