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Publisher's Summary

A BBC Radio 3 full-cast dramatisation of H. G. Wells' pioneering science fiction adventure. Wells' thrilling story of an inventor who travels in time and discovers a nightmarish dystopian future has been adapted several times for TV and film. This first ever UK radio adaptation, starring Robert Glenister as the Time Traveller and William Gaunt as H. G. Wells, brings Wells' fascinating ideas and extraordinary visions to vivid life.

It opens in 1943, when Wells is recording a talk for the Home Service in which he questions mankind's future. After the broadcast, he spends the evening with American journalist Martha, and tells her the astonishing news that his bestselling book The Time Machine was not fantasy but fact.

Wells explains that he was actually present at the dinner party in Richmond fifty years earlier, when the Time Traveller returned from his first fateful journey into the future. He reveals to Martha the full story of the Time Traveller's encounter with the Eloi and the Morlocks - and what really happened to him afterwards...

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Terrific classic: beautifully performed

Robert Glennister is superb. The book is a definitive read for any science fiction fan.

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  • john
  • queanbeyan, Australia
  • 09-03-12

Awesome

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Loved every minute of it. The sound effects, the multiple actors/readers, a great experience.Highly recommended.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Classic Radio Sci-Fi?

All of them

Which scene was your favorite?

The scary ones

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yep

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  • Jason
  • 08-28-17

good retelling.

one of the better BBC ones. 9 year old and 7 year old totally engrossed

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  • steve
  • 03-22-17

great adaption

very much enjoyed. brilliant voice acting and an excellent adaption from book to radio drama

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  • Andrew J Nolan
  • 01-11-16

Very good

This radio drama is very good. The casting is good. And the story unfolds really takes you in. A great adventure.

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  • 02-05-15

An Excellent Production

Enjoyed this because it was different to the film & gives another
slant to the story.

This was all good, a bit more serious than I expected but seems to be the way of the BBC right now, even Dickens of all comical pleasant stories is now (sooooo serious). Let up & give what the writers intended.

A good professional full cast. This is one which will grow on
you the more you listen.

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  • Veronica
  • 11-10-16

Entertaining

i have never read the book so i don't know how far this dramatization strays from the original, but despite the concepts feeling a little dated, it was fun to listen to