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The Invisible Man Audiobook

The Invisible Man

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Publisher's Summary

On a freezing February day, a stranger emerges from out of the gray to request a room at a local provincial inn. Who is this out-of-season traveler? More confounding is the thick mask of bandages obscuring his face. Why does he disguise himself in this manner and keep himself hidden away in his room?

Aroused by trepidation and curiosity, the local villagers bring it upon themselves to find the answers. What they discover is a man trapped in a terror of his own creation, and a chilling reflection of the unsolvable mysteries of their own souls.

In the tradition of Mary Shelley�s Frankenstein comes another undisputed classic of science fiction and horror to stir the imagination and conscience.

(P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    dachi 10-20-16
    dachi 10-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Performance was not that great"
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    I think this book lacked in performance department; not that story was much better but... Anyhow; I almost gave up at first when I started reading it, and had little hard time finishing it.

    I read it absentmindedly, I hardly remember what it was about. What I remember is that it is about a guy who through experimentation turns himself invisible but has hard time reproducing the results. The fact that he has foul mood does not helps him much with townsfolk and so gets himself into a trouble with them; who try to kill him eventually... And it goes on and on, people are hunting him down while he is trying to escape from them and tries to carry on with his experiments...

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    Kevin Gilbert 09-21-16
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    "Vader228"

    great voice. story worth a listen but not a lot of action or horror. quick read, but most of story is him telling everyone he is invisble and then everyone trying to stop him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 09-14-16
    09-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Review On The Narrator, The Book Is A Classic"
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    James Adams has a great voice but it is limited. Only a few male voice differences can he make. For females, it is one of the worst, almost comically bad, that I have ever listened to. The first time a woman's voice was made, it shocked me and caused me to stop and replay to hear it again. I will not look to buy another book narrated by James Adams.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Barber Jonesville, VA United States 04-08-17
    Jason Barber Jonesville, VA United States 04-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great version!"

    Narrator did an excellent job. Was very pleased with this edition. Great buy, well worth a listen.

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    Richard S. Swol Lindstrom, MN USA 03-28-17
    Richard S. Swol Lindstrom, MN USA 03-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow to start but with a satisfying ending"
    What did you like best about The Invisible Man? What did you like least?

    The latter half of the book moved, in my mind, at a brisker pace and was more action oriented. The first half was rather dry setup. With the dated language and style, the first half was a bit of a slog in my opinion.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The Invisible Man's explanation of his experiments and how he came to be that way was rather fascinating and gave subtle hints to the man's mental state. Least interesting, to me, was the whole first half dealing with the Invisible Man at the inn and his initial actions. To me the story moved along best after the character of Kemp was introduced.


    Which character – as performed by James Adams – was your favorite?

    Kemp...the one who becomes the listeners surrogate in the story.


    Did The Invisible Man inspire you to do anything?

    Honestly, I hate to say it, but to take a break from 19th/early 20th century writers for a bit. The stories are fascinating, but the writing is so dated and ponderous that it takes a real effort to keep the interest level up.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good, albeit somewhat dated, story.

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    Alexander Sousa 11-27-16
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    "My hopes were not for naught"

    Being a fan of both H.G. Wells and his books my expectations were high when it came to who was reading the book to me. I expected distinction between X character to be different from Y character and that's what I got. James Adams makes The Invisible man sounds just like I thought he would with multiple changes in his voice as he becomes more and more power hungry. As far as who I think this book, rather this narration is for I'd have to say for people who want to feel like they're in England with all the different characters. Good Luck, my fellow classic book lovers!

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    Adam 11-25-16
    Adam 11-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Supporting Characters Carry the Day"

    I wasn't in love with the main character and found him annoying for the majority of the book which may have been the authors intention. The supporting characters however were extremely relatable and had me laughing often.

    I'm a big H.G. Wells fan and anyone else who is would enjoy this story. The performance was very good and didn't detract from the story.

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    Wistful Angst 09-11-16 Member Since 2003
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    "Amusing and deliciously scary"

    Geniuses are different from us! But so are madmen. Griffin doesn't know which one he is, but he doesn't care. He is feeling quite powerful since he learned how to be invisible. Now, if only he could become visible again...

    Gentle reader, H. G. Wells leads us on a wild entertaining ride as conventional English villagers learn the known unknown is terrifying.

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    Yuliya Almaty 09-07-16
    Yuliya Almaty 09-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "classic story after many years..."

    I just finished listening the inviible men. I first read this book when I was 13, at that age the idea of invisibility took all my attention. Now I can see how mad was the men... However the great discoverys are often goes hand by hand with mental issues... But the usage of Strichnin as a medication at that times was a shocking discovery for me... And pure invisible men had no fun at all from his invisibility!

    В-общем шапка-невидимка рулит! Проще: в любои момент снял / одел и никаких проблем!

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    Benjamin Burns Landrum, SC USA 03-29-16
    Benjamin Burns Landrum, SC USA 03-29-16
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    "A Sci-fi / Fantasy Classic"

    H.G. Wells, as many well recognize, is rightfully considered one of the fathers of science-fiction. Certain of his stories, like The Invisible Man, might rightfully be classed fantasy (in a broad sense) or even horror, as well. Regardless, he is a master of these stories, and of writing in general. I dare say he could find a way to make phonebook listings an interesting narrative.

    That said, this probably, in my opinion, is one of his slightly less engaging, and less deep books. There simply is not quite as much depth to the characters, nor as much to ponder by the reader in terms of psychological or sociological or philosophical impart in the end.

    Thus, even though I thoroughly enjoyed the reading / listening experience, I feel it could have been a little bit more.

    As for the audio side of things, James Adams' performance was perfectly on point. He expressed each character's emotions and motivations clearly and accurately, and he gave each unique characteristics as best as one man can do, short of a truly gifted voice actor. I think if one wants an audio version of The Invisible Man, this is the one to have.

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  • Sam Woodward
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    3/15/08
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    "How NOT to record an audiobook"

    I really wish I'd listened to the sample before buying.

    The narration is truly awful - read like a shipping report, Mayes' dreary monotone has the sole recommendation of being preferable to his occasional weak stabs at 'enthusiasm'. His attempts to put on accents are as poorly executed & inappropriate as Dick Van Dyke's unrecognisable cockney in Mary Poppins. Yet somehow this is topped by his incredibly annoying habit of adding lengthy & inappropriately-timed pauses mid-sentence, and rounded off with background noises created by his fidgeting.

    The most positive comment I can make is that it illustrates how audiobooks are more professionally produced nowadays than they were when this version was unlovingly churned out. Sadly, this is the only audio version of The Invisible Man on Audible. So I'll have to hunt out the paperback, since the thought of sitting through another 5 1/2 hours of this makes me shudder.

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