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Penguin Classics presents H. G. Wells' The Time Machine, adapted for audio and now available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by the actor Brian Cox. 'Great shapes like big machines rose out of the dimness, and cast grotesque black shadows, in which dim spectral Morlocks sheltered from the glare'. Chilling, prophetic and hugely influential, The Time Machine sees a Victorian scientist propel himself into the year 802,701 AD, where he is delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty and contentment in the form of the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man. But he soon realises that they are simply remnants of a once-great culture - now weak and living in terror of the sinister Morlocks lurking in the deep tunnels, who threaten his very return home. H. G. Wells defined much of modern science fiction with this 1895 tale of time travel, which questions humanity, society, and our place on Earth.

Part of a series of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.

Public Domain (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

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Great classic!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Machine to be better than the print version?

Yes, if you have not read this yet. This is a great classic science fiction novel.

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  • lloyd
  • mollymook, Australia
  • 02-07-13

ALONZO

This is a true classic While the explanation of the time and space relationship is reletively unsophisticated, the book remains a great story. I read this initially a long time ago but was pleased and entertained in hearing it again.

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Overall a good story

I found my self caught in the story right away, the narrator is amazing and really succeeds in delivering the story in a enthusiastic way. Finished the book in two sessions of listening! Would recommend!

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  • dot_stockport
  • 09-12-16

great stuff

Although this is listed as abridged its actually a wee bit longer than another which is listed as unabridged. Great classic story read fantastically by Brian Cox (amazing actor one, not oooh arent stars great one)

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  • Benjamin
  • 10-18-12

Stunning

The book is a masterpiece. The way the author knits together plot, characters and sci-fi imagination is stunning. On top of that the author subtly challenges our own view on life and its meaning. It is superbly written and the language/literary-style is brilliant. It is a work of pure genius. A finely crafted novel which thoroughly enriches the listener.

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  • rob flux
  • 04-26-15

simply brilliant.

Brian Cox reads with such descriptive emotion. it is a well narrated incarnation of one of Wells' greatest works of fiction

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  • simon
  • 01-10-15

Very smart

Better than both the films by a long shot. I love time travel and this story showed me a new light on it. Makes you think.