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  • The Time Machine

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,000
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,806

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!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Random Pauses in Speech. (Captain Kirk narrates)

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-04-14

Great story. Terrible reader.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-14

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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Three Men in a Boat

  • By: Jerome K. Jerome
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

In this comedic masterpiece, three young men, increasingly given to thoughts of hypochondria, decide to embark on a journey along the river Thames. Confident that the fresh air and daily exercise will grant them immunity from a myriad of illnesses and diseases, they pack up their frying pans, toothbrushes, food and canine companion, Montmorency, and set off on an unexpected adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless humor

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-04-11

Victorian Comedy and Boating Trip

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-12

It's verbose, but it's Victorian so one would expect that, and the funny parts are in the deadpan details. The reader makes me believe he is actually the story's narrator, a young man who wants very much to believe himself capable and dashing.

The narrator tells a very brief story with so many tangents that it runs on and on, and I giggled each time he recalled himself back to the main story line. Very funny, and well worth a listen with this narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,250
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,350

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

Excellent reader, powerful story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-12

The story is intensely interesting, funny in the right places, and deeply affecting. Connie Willis is a masterful writer with a quirky sense of humor, a love of history, and a deep enjoyment of Christmastime. The reader makes the characters come to life, with voices that match up with what I imagined reading the book in print.

Listening to the story brings out new details and a greater sense of longing and sorrow than I had noticed reading it, as the characters stuck in the present (our future) and the Middle Ages wish to go home, wish to help, and are thwarted in both; but ultimately the story is about love, redemption, and finding your way home.

It's long, it's tragic, it's funny, it's hard to stop listening.