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The Machine Stops [Classic Tales Edition]

Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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Summary

The earth's surface is no longer habitable. All humanity is sequestered beneath the ground, couched in isolation and contentment. The Machine provides the needs of humanity. Mankind becomes subservient drones to the life-supporting Machine. But what happens when the Machine stops?

Public Domain (P)2018 B.J. Harrison

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a tale for today

how prophetic, amazing how the author saw into our future so accurately. highly recomended to anyone who thinks technology should advance without strict regulation.

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Riveting!

Loved this story as scarily perceptive considering it was written more than a hundred years ago. Thoroughly recommend.

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  • H. Metz
  • 13-05-19

Classic

Definitely an underrated/under-appreciated classic.

As it was written a looong time ago, it does take a bit of transfer to apply it to today’s situation - if you wanted to, you could take that as an excuse to discount the message. But astonishingly, it’s not too far from today, and goes further, just a few steps, from where the films Surrogates and maybe in clownish way, Ready Player One, took us.

The reading is very subdued, which I began to appreciated more and more, as I realized it suited the story best.

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  • Anthony Hall
  • 27-07-18

A timeless work of art

This was just stunning. The reading was perfect, full of emotion. Everyone on earth should hear this story. It is heartbreaking. As the truth often can be. Can’t believe this was written in 1910