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H.G. Wells Science Fiction Collection | [H. G. Wells]

H.G. Wells Science Fiction Collection

Four classic science-fiction stories: 20 hours of great listening. This collection of classic Wells tales includes The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The War of The Worlds, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.
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Four classic science-fiction stories: 20 hours of great listening. This collection of classic Wells tales includes The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The War of The Worlds, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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    martie guyton, GA, United States 03-26-13
    martie guyton, GA, United States 03-26-13
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    "good story lines, terrible narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration was too jerky, this may just be a personal preference, but I couldnt listen long to his pauses in odd spaces. Ive always loved HG Wells' stories, but couldnt take this narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of H.G. Wells Science Fiction Collection?

    I love HG Wells' stories, but couldnt listen to this collection.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    no


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Novie Kailua Kona, HI, United States 08-11-13
    Novie Kailua Kona, HI, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2002

    Retired nightclub performer/computer technician, I now teach hula and ukulele to seniors, and record Hawaiian music for my halau!

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    "A huge reveal -times 3!"

    Good heavens! Don't believe the other reviewers about the narration. Alan Munro is by far the best of the three, I love his accent. Give me more of him. The narrator for Dr. Moreau and the Invisible Man was the same, but I saw his narrating style as being quaint and adequate for the time period. George Eustice's narration of War of the Worlds was totally within reason, and yes, there were some weird noises in the background. But hey, twenty hours of a great science fiction writer like H. G. Wells, gimme a break! WELL WORTH THE PRICE, PEOPLE! WELL WORTH THE PRICE.

    H. G,. Wells is a notable author. I have been familiar with his work since Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man. War of the Worlds in 1956 was one of the scariest movies my child's mind ever grasped - scared the hell out of me for weeks! I was not familiar with the Dr. Moreau piece, except in a peripheral sort of way as I am not a fan of horror films, so I can't comment too much on that. As a matter of fact, I glossed it over for the next book. Maybe I'll go back to it one day. Now the Time Machine with Rod (What's his name) was a great flick, and until I read this collection, I was not aware of how closely the film followed the book.

    Now for the big reveal. All of the film versions that I remember were updated adaptations of the original work. The Invisible Man? I had no idea that the main character was so demoralized by his self-induced fate that he decides to take it out on the entire world. He turned out to be Lex Luthor, for God's sake. Mean just to be mean. What an eye opener. He seemed harmless enough in the Abbott and Costello movie, and I left it at that. But Wells shows through excellent character development how this man (told in first person) begins to deteriorate slowly as he desperately tries to figure out what he did to get in that state in the first place. Wells was a writer of contemporary fiction a la 1890s, and the descriptions he gives of the environment and the people who come across the invisible man are sensible for the 19th century and when placed in that context it was gripping, to say the least.

    War of the Worlds is another story that has been corrupted over the last century. Although 1956s version is FAR superior to the more modern costly digital disaster, neither of them puts the story in its time perspective. London - 1895. Horses and carts, No huge buildings, largely an agrarian population, and the ability to stand on a hill and look over the city. The descriptive passages were amazing. I felt the angst of this man as he struggles, along with everyone else, to figure out what the hell is going on. Instantly, the entire city is in turmoil, with no relief in sight. Although we know the ending, the narration of the desperate lengths the main character goes through, the descriptions of the bodies left everywhere, dogs chewing at corpses, people fighting and robbing each other for anything and everything, and this man doesn't know what has happened to his wife. No film version can adequately depict the two weeks that he hid in the collapsed cottage, with the Martians at arm's length just outside the rubble.

    Lastly, the Time Machine was perfect. The film version was faithful, but the story fleshes out the character and the environment so much better. Can you imagine? Science fiction in the 19th century?

    Let me say this. I have bought some low-budget books in my time that I was immensely gratified to have made such a little dent in my pocketbook. They were garbage. At the same time, I have paid the member price for other books that I would have happily ripped to shreds they were so bad. But once in a while, something comes along that makes it all better. This collection of H. G. Wells classics is one of those.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Long Beach, CA, United States 08-26-12
    Robert Long Beach, CA, United States 08-26-12
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    "Stick to the paper version!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator(s).
    These readers cannot be professionals. These books sound like many of the free, public domaine books offered on many other sites.


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

    I've seen three movie versions of "The Island Of Dr. Moreau. The 1932 film was the best and more enjoyable than the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Island of Dr Moreau: I found myself hating the characters. I was rooting for the "beast men" and hoping they would kill the protagonist.

    I'm unable to finish this compilation - the reader ("...Moreau" and "Invisible Man") is more than I can handle. He's terrible.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David E. Gregson San Diego, CA USA 01-07-13
    David E. Gregson San Diego, CA USA 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Essential classics; bizarre production problems"
    Would you try another book from H. G. Wells and/or the narrators?

    Yes on H.G. Wells, of course. I cannot fault all three narrators; but one of them I will avoid forever.


    What did you like best about this story?

    They are familiar classics to all science fiction fans and it is great fun to exam them afresh and see "what's really there." Wells has a lot to say.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This Audiobook has some very curious and highly irritating flaws. Although Peter Batchelor, narrator of the "Moreau" and "Invisible Man" books, has a perfectly wonderful, deep announcer's voice, his speech patterns are halting and maddeningly irregular. Sentences are forever falling away into fragments like lost Lego blocks. Narrative rubato? I think not. It's just plain weird. It is possible, however, to get used to it. Self-hypnosis might help. And then, in "The Invisible Man," some mischievous hacker (I suspect) has added some isolated background screams here and there, with a truly comic effect. It's just got to be a college prank played on the recording company. Batchelor also mispronounces some words: "satyr" becomes "satire" for instance. The French word "rit" ("laugh") becomes "ritt."

    George Eustice is much better on "The War of the Worlds," but there are very curious background noises going on, not unlike old tape recorders being rewound, and sharply noticeable audio splices occur over and over. Alan Munro's "The Time Machine" is the least troubled of the recordings.

    For the money, it's great -- but the low price surely reflects the fact that the publisher knows there are some big problems here.


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

    I think we have all seen the movies by now! "Island of Lost Souls" (1933) is my favorite, but Wells loathed it and never granted his approval on the script. It's fun to read the original story to find out why!


    Any additional comments?

    Essential classic stories; irritating and bizarre production problems

    With all their scientific improbabilities and impossibilities, H.G. Wells' tales are nonetheless the fount of much of today's speculative fantasy fiction. This collection, a real bargain for the price (or so it seems to me) contains the first great writings about an invasion from outer space; new human species engineered through (immoral) scientific means; the possibility of time travel and the horrors the future may hold for Man; and the dangers of experimentation with drugs that might render you invisible and turn you into an evil megalomaniac.

    Lots of this stuff is utterly ridiculous, but Wells's aims go well beyond fairytale musings. "The Island of Doctor Moreau" condemns vivisection and warns us that we may at any time lose our humanity and revert to our beastly natures: Wells's hero is very much like Gulliver, and Swift is Wells's model. "The War of the Worlds" is violent and horrible, but it is also satirical in its view of late 19th-century English society and its pretentions to world power. This book too is a caveat against our losing our humanity and becoming like the genocidal Martians. "The Time Machine," perhaps the best of the novels, sees a predatory and evil caste system lurking in the future, while "The Invisible Man" takes the ageless fantasy of invisibility into a overt statement about the way such a dream can corrupt the dreamer. This is Wells's least new idea: we see it as far back as Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus." Wagner and Tolkien also link invisibility to corrupted morality.

    At any rate, these are essential science fiction stories.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vito Belleville, MI, United States 10-16-12
    Vito Belleville, MI, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Don't buy it."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not recommended. Boring reads.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Alan Munro was the worst. So disjointed. Who hired this guy?


    Any additional comments?

    I have been doing commercial voice overs for over 30 years and if I did a read anything like 2 of your narrators I wouldn't get any work. How could Audible let this happen? I am very disappointed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Hill 08-29-14
    Scott Hill 08-29-14

    I give every book and author a chance. I like books that grab you and evoke an emotional response.

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    "HG Wells marathon"
    What made the experience of listening to H.G. Wells Science Fiction Collection the most enjoyable?

    It was good to read all 4 books to get a good sense of the author. My favorite in order are The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Time Machine, The War of The Worlds, The Invisible Man


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Dallas, TX, United States 08-12-13
    Michael Dallas, TX, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Horrific narrator/production. Buy kindle instead"

    The narration was the worst I've ever heard. Aside from his strange pronunciation of the simplest words, he took strange pauses in the middle of sentences reminiscent of a child just learning to read, having to sound the words out in his head before saying them aloud. I will never purposely download anything narrated by Peter Batchelor again, and I will probably avoid anything produced by Trout Lake Media as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Baker City, OR, United States 11-15-12
    Susan Baker City, OR, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "HELP! The Narrator(s) are putting me to sleep!!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone with insomnia...other than that...NO ONE!


    Has H.G. Wells Science Fiction Collection turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO! This was just a bad choice for a narrator(s). The books are fantastic otherwise.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The voice droned on...and on...and ....zzzzzzzzzzzz!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Major disappointment!


    Any additional comments?

    These 4 stories are classic and timeless. It's just ashamed the narrator(s) had to take the excitement and entertainment out of these stories.........I will not be getting any books narrated by...PETER BACHELOR, GEORGE EUSTICE, or ALAN MUNRO.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    donielle ficca herndon, va United States 02-28-13
    donielle ficca herndon, va United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Poor choice of narrators"

    These are classic stories, ones I've read and enjoyed since I was a kid... and I hated this audible production. The narrator for the Island was so disjointed with pauses in the middle of sentences that made no sense that it made it impossible to enjoy the story because it was so distracting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Anna, TX, United States 12-09-12
    Tracy Anna, TX, United States 12-09-12

    A Christian, Husband, & Geek - in that order!!

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    "Great Listen"
    Any additional comments?

    If you are a Sci-Fi person & have not listen/read H.G. Wells - stop reading this & start!!

    Enough Said!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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