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  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi: BBC Drama Collection: Five BBC radio full-cast dramatisations | H G Wells,Karel Kapek,Mary Shelley,Stanislaw Lem,Arthur Conan Doyle

    Classic Radio Sci-Fi: BBC Drama Collection: Five BBC radio full-cast dramatisations

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By H G Wells, Karel Kapek, Mary Shelley, and others
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister, Joanne Froggatt, William Gaunt, and others
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    Five seminal science fiction classics are brought vividly to life in these gripping BBC Radio dramatisations, with casts including Robert Glenister, William Gaunt, Carleton Hobbs and Joanne Froggatt. Titles include Frankenstein (1994), The Time Machine (2009), The Lost World (1975), R.U.R. (1989) and Solaris (2007). Accompanying this collection is a bonus PDF file featuring extensive sleeve notes by Andrew Pixley.

  • H. G. Wells Sci-Fi Omnibus: Four Great Novels | H. G. Wells

    H. G. Wells Sci-Fi Omnibus: Four Great Novels

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Greg Wagland
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    H. G. Wells is rightly regarded as one of the founding fathers of the science fiction genre. This compilation of nearly 20 hours' duration comprises four of his finest sci-fi works, and they really need little introduction. They are, in order: The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon and The Island of Doctor Moreau. They are complete and unabridged and narrated by Greg Wagland.

  • The War of the Worlds | H.G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By John Banks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A meteor-like alien object lands on Earth, spearheading an apocalyptic chain of events. Earth has been watched, and now the aliens have landed and their intent is conquest and war...H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, the first story to speculate about the consequences of aliens (from Mars) with superior technology landing on earth, is one of the most influential science fiction books ever written.

  • The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Greg Wagland
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    H. G. Wells' classic science fiction work, first serialized in 1897, is one of many invasion narratives prevalent in British literature towards the end of the 19th century. However, The War of the Worlds not only introduces the extraterrestrial element of brutal Martian forces on the rampage but also explores many other contemporary issues and themes.

  • One Hour Stories: 22 classic tales | Edith Wharton,Morley Roberts,H. G. Wells,Henry Chapman Mercer,Henry S. Whitehead,Rudyard Kipling,O. Henry

    One Hour Stories: 22 classic tales

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton, Morley Roberts, H. G. Wells, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A captivating collection of 60-minute classic stories by great writers.

  • The Time Machine | H.G. Wells

    The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By John Banks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realises that this beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture - now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. But they have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity - the sinister Morlocks.

  • The War of the Worlds: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation | H G Wells

    The War of the Worlds: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By H G Wells
    • Narrated By Blake Ritson, Samuel James, full cast
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    A brand-new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the famous novel about a Martian invasion of Victorian England.

  • The Invisible Man | H.G. Wells

    The Invisible Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By Edward Hardwicke
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    H.G. Wells' classic tale of the dangers of science describes a man cast out from society by his own discovery. A brilliant scientist, obsessed with achieving invisibility, he is prepared to do anything to protect his discovery.

  • Escape Essentials | H. G. Wells,Roald Dahl,Arthur Conan Doyle

    Escape Essentials

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells, Roald Dahl, Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Jack Webb, William Conrad, Peggy Webber
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    Who knew mystery better than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Who knew science fiction better than H. G. Wells? Who knew high adventure better than...Escape? Venture into dark forests and darker jungles for suspenseful stories of creatures and curses, trains and treasure, secrets and superstitions. Jack Webb, William Conrad, Paul Frees, Peggy Webber, John Dehner, and Gerald Mohr thrill in tales by Doyle, Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Roald Dahl, Stephen Vincent Benet, and more.

  • Thirty Tiny Tales | H. G. Wells,O. Henry,M. R. James,Kate Chopin,E. F. Benson,John Galsworthy,Virginia Woolf

    Thirty Tiny Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells, O. Henry, M. R. James, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Thirty little gems by some of the world's great classic short story writers, including: 'The Flying Man' by H. G. Wells, 'Between Rounds' by O. Henry, 'A School Story' by M. R. James, 'A Pair of Silk Stockings' by Kate Chopin, 'A Deal in Ostriches' by H. G. Wells, 'The Piano Next Door' by Elia W. Peattie, 'Royal Visitors' by E. F. Benson, 'The Stolen Bacillus' by H. G. Wells, 'The Story of Chugoro' by Lafcadio Hearn, 'One Law for the Rich' by Stacy Aumonier, 'My Enemy and Myself' by Vincent O'Sullivan and more.

  • The War of the Worlds: Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised) | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds: Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
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    When a Martian spacecraft lands on Woking Common, mankind is terrorised by aliens in tall, armoured capsules which stalk the countryside on three legs. The machines wreak havoc on London and the Southern Counties, and survivors are driven underground. Scientist John Nicholson (Paul Daneman) tells how he was plunged into a paralysing nightmare of stark terror, savage madness and utter destruction.

  • The Island of Dr. Moreau [Classic Tales Edition] | H. G. Wells

    The Island of Dr. Moreau [Classic Tales Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
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    After many days at sea, Edward Prendick is picked up by a schooner transporting exotic animals to an undisclosed location. On this secret island he is forced to disembark, catching faint glimpses of creatures born from nightmares.

  • The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
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    Professor Ogilvy spotted the projectiles as they were launched from the planet Mars. Even so, when they landed and the aliens emerged, mankind was not ready. Using superweapons and massive walking robots of war, the aliens trampled the forces arrayed against them and caused the rout of mankind. In this first-person narrative, one of the survivors who came face-to-face with the aliens tells his own true story.

  • Kipps | H. G. Wells

    Kipps

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Sam Kelly
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    Orphaned at an early age, raised by his aunt and uncle, and apprenticed for seven years to a draper, Artie Kipps is stunned to discover upon reading a newspaper advertisement that he is the grandson of a wealthy gentleman - and the inheritor of his fortune. Thrown dramatically into the upper classes, he struggles desperately to learn the etiquette and rules of polite society. But as he soon discovers, becoming a 'true gentleman' is neither as easy nor as desirable as it at first appears.

  • The Invisible Man | H. G. Wells

    The Invisible Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    One night a stranger wrapped in bandages and eccentric clothing arrives in an English village. That stranger, Griffin, is a brilliant and obsessed scientist who has discovered how to turn his entire body invisible. Although he initially feels joy at his newfound freedom and abilities, that joy quickly turns to despair when he struggles to discover a way to reverse the process.

  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi: The Time Machine (Dramatised) | H.G. Wells

    Classic Radio Sci-Fi: The Time Machine (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister, William Gaunt
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    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.

  • The Time Machine | H. G. Wells

    The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    When a turn-of-the-century scientist travels into the distant future in his time machine, he expects to find progress and superior people. But instead he discovers a world in decay.

  • The First Men in the Moon | H.G. Wells

    The First Men in the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    When penniless businessman Mr Bedford retreats to the Kent coast to write a play, he meets by chance the brilliant Dr Cavor, an absent-minded scientist on the brink of developing a material that blocks gravity. Cavor soon succeeds in his experiments, only to tell a stunned Bedford the invention makes possible one of the oldest dreams of humanity: a journey to the moon. With Bedford motivated by money, and Cavor by the desire for knowledge, the two embark on the expedition. But neither are prepared for what they find.

  • The Red Room | H. G. Wells

    The Red Room

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was a prolific English writer of science fiction stories and novels and is frequently credited as being the father of science fiction. The Red Room is the account of the terrifying nocturnal experiences of a young man who volunteers to spend a night in the haunted red room at Lorraine Castle.

  • The First Men in the Moon | H. G. Wells

    The First Men in the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Greg Wagland
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    The First Men in the Moon, published in 1901, is the gripping tale of man's first journey to the moon, undertaken by one Mr. Bedford, a bankrupt businessman; and the eccentric scientist Mr. Cavor. Here they discover a sophisticated civilization, dominated by an insectlike race they call the Selenites. It is exciting, funny, profound and tragic by turns: a beautifully written scientific romance, in fact. It is read by Greg Wagland.

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