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The Time Machine

Narrated by: Roger May
Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
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A time traveler tells his invited guests about his journey to a future world composed of the Eloi and the underground Morlocks, who prey on the Eloi by night. Roger May's narration has a formal quality that matches the language and tone of Wells's allegorical adventure. At the same time, May's dramatic descriptions of the future world and the time traveler's horror as he faces the Morlocks are both exciting and playful. Listeners may find themselves debating the credibility of the story, as the time traveler's visitors do. May's narration is an excellent presentation of this science fiction classic and will help keep Wells's imagined future alive for a new generation.

Summary

At a dinner party in Richmond, the host tells an astonishing story of his travels into the future, where, at first, it seems that man has moved on to a higher plane of existence - suffering and war seem to have been eliminated. But in fact there are two races living on the Earth: the Eloi, a leisured, decadent, androgynous group; and the Morlocks, an underground tribe of bestial workers. When his time machine is stolen, the traveller is stranded in this strange new world and discovers that the truth about it is far darker than he could imagine....

One of the greatest science-fiction stories ever written, The Time Machine is an adventure story, a social commentary, and a dark warning of the dangers facing humanity.

Public Domain (P)2010 Naxos Audiobooks

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An interesting tale,

The fact that this story was written in the 19th century, is absolutely astonishing. It is not just the thought of traveling in time and "experiencing a lot of cool stuff", even though it's rather short, it digs deep into the thoughts of how society works today, and how it is going to evolve. And at the same time it tells a good story that any non-time-travelling world explorer must've experienced as well.

The voice for this audiobook is almost perfect. It is very "old", and even though I couldn't possibly know exactly how they spoke back then, it feels very authentic and real.

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  • Maldoror
  • 07-11-16

An excellent story, skillfully narrated.

H.G. Wells' masterpiece, a story of awesome imagination. Roger May's narration truly makes it live. Highly recommended.

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  • Pat Kelly
  • 01-02-16

Excellent

I mostly use audio books to help me sleep. This combination of story and narrator was so good I kept having to extend the set time on the sleep timer. Really good. Would highly recommend.

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  • Sima Uyar
  • 09-05-11

The Time Machine

This is a very good book. The narrator also does a very good job. I enjoyed every minute.