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
These readers cannot be professionals. These books sound like many of the free, public domaine books offered on many other sites.
I've seen three movie versions of "The Island Of Dr. Moreau. The 1932 film was the best and more enjoyable than the book.
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.
Not recommended. Boring reads.
Alan Munro was the worst. So disjointed. Who hired this guy?
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.
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.
I love HG Wells' stories, but couldnt listen to this collection.
A Christian, Husband, & Geek - in that order!!
If you are a Sci-Fi person & have not listen/read H.G. Wells - stop reading this & start!!
Anyone with insomnia...other than that...NO ONE!
NO! This was just a bad choice for a narrator(s). The books are fantastic otherwise.
The voice droned on...and on...and ....zzzzzzzzzzzz!
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.
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.
Yes on H.G. Wells, of course. I cannot fault all three narrators; but one of them I will avoid forever.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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