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Publisher's Summary

H.G. Wells' classic science fiction tale The Time Machine is the first of Wells' "scientific romances" (which included The Invisible Man, War of the Worlds, and The Island of Doctor Moreau). This edition includes the original unabridged manuscript, as it was originally serialized in the New Republic.

The Time Machine relates the story of the Time Traveller, a Victorian inventor who creates a machine that allows him to travel to any time period.  He chooses to rocket forward into the unknown world of the future, landing in the year 802,701 where he encounters the humanoids descendants of Earth, the seemigly friendly and benign Eloi, and the subterranean and primitive Morlocks. 

The Time Traveller rescues and befriends a young Eloi girl named Weena and, upon discovering that his machine has been stolen by the Morlocks, must descend into their dark kingdom to recover it.

Hailed for over a century as one of the finest science fiction stories of all time, H.G. Wells' The Time Machine is a classic story of adventure, exploration, and scientific curiosity.

Public Domain (P)2018 Fort Raphael Publishing Company

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Old classic feels fresh

As sci-fi fam I have meaning to get to this one. Glad I waited for this performance. I really enjoyed it.

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Take great source material and make it fly!

Took a time machine back to when I should have read this classic. In fact, I'm glad I waited. It's a wonderful story and it is superbly told. The narration is much more than that. With subtle but solid - and occasionally hilarious - sound effects. It's time to read or re-visit this *timeless* classic with this one right here.

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an outstanding narrative effort. great work!

The narrator is excellent. very high production values, and very entertaining. Well done, Kevin Theis.

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Wonderful

Classic story wonderfully narrated. Highly recommend this story. It goes above most with sound effects as well which I found enjoyable.

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A fully-realized version of a classic tale

This is a wonderfully entertaining version of this classic tale! Not only does Theis do his usual masterful job with multiple characters, but the folks at Fort Raphael Publishing add exactly the right touches via sound design -- music, sound effects, animal and human (?!) noises -- to bring the book to stirring life. A delightful ride from beginning to end!

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Great Social Commentary

Once again Kevin Theiss does a terrific job narrating a fascinating story. I have never read The Time Machine but I was curious as to why it remains such a classic. It is much more social commentary than it is science fiction although it certainly fits into that genre. I highly recommend this book.

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what a wild ride!

ok, any sci-fi fan can remember back to the first time they heard of the gentle Eloi and the brutish Morlocks... i know ive read or watched the movie version many times.. but This audibooks version has the charm and the unique accounts of the Narrator Mr Theis. ,(im a fan of his Sherlock books too). so, definitely one for the library!

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Lively Performance; Haunting Story

This story is probably H. G. Wells' best. A haunting look at the past and future of Earth, as seen by a genius time traveller. It was revolutionary sci-fi for the time it was written, being the first popular work on the subject of time travel, and inspired by the social ills of the time in Victorian England. Recommended listening for fans of sci-fi, Victoriana, or historical literature.

The performance by Kevin Theis was on point. The acting, music, and sound effects effectively conjure up the atmosphere and characters of the story. It begins at first with a spirit of wonder at the discussion of the invention of time travel, and then ending with the bleakness of the alien landscapes of Earth's future.

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Enjoyable listen

The story of H.G. Wells Time Machine is already brilliant on it’s own. The narrator Kevin brings it to life, including sound effects. A very well done performance.

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  • Alistair
  • 08-31-18

Listen to the tale of the time traveller

Before I write my review I must inform my reader that I recieved a free copy of the book in return for a balanced and fair review which I intend to give.

The Time Machine by H.G.Wells deserves its status as a classic. I haven't listened to any other versions but this version felt very sutible in tone. I couldn't help but be caught up and lost in the tale. Whenever I had to take a break i could hardly wait to return to the tale and finish it. That is definitely a good sign!

This version uses as its text the original version as published in The New Rebuplic rather than a more recent reprint which I must admit as a fan of classic sci-fi and history I do appreciate. My first negative I must give is I find the effects used for the voices of the Eloy somewhat irritating. I can understand using disturbing or unusual voice effects for the Morlocks but not the Eloy although possibly it was done in an effort to show their different language from our human languages.

Keven Theis does a very good job as narrator. His voice somehow seems very traditional and similar to the 'stiff upper lip' stereotype of the British gentleman of the era. He also does a very good job alongside the special effects to draw you into the Time Traveller's mind. They might have a somewhat 'old fashioned' attitude to certain things - as would be expected of a story of this age - but Mr Theis pulled me into it. The only other negative or nitpick I could possibly make is that I find the voice for one of the other characters at the dinner table somewhat annoying. However I think that was intended as Mr Philby does come across as something of a know it all of the worst kind.

In short I loved this version and I would highly recommend it for any listener. Especially one like myself who had never read the story or listened to it before. Give it a chance! You won't regret it!

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  • Chris Christo
  • 08-20-18

Very Well Produced Version of a Classic

I love classic books but sometimes, especially for people that aren't normally into classic books, an audiobook version can be a little stiff. This book has been so well produced that it gives that extra entertainment that makes it come to life more. The narrator has a very nice voice that has a pleasant accent that you can listen to for hours. The extra sound effects help the story along immensely. To be honest, I enjoyed this audiobook ten times more than the movie from 2002. Looking forward to hearing more from the Fort Raphael Publishing Company!