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  • 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.

    Mr. Richard J. Chappell says: "Superb"
  • 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.

    SVENITT says: "Omnibus Book Starting Points"
  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi: BBC Drama Collection: Five BBC radio full-cast dramatisations | H G Wells,Karel Čapek,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 Čapek, 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.

    Nigel says: "Two great - Two fine - One really bad"
  • The Time Machine | H.G. Wells

    The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By John Banks
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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.

    Amazon Customer says: "interesting thoughts"
  • The Invisible Man | H.G. Wells

    The Invisible Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    A mysterious stranger in a long-sleeved coat, with a bandaged face and wide-brimmed hat, arrives in a small English village. But his incongruous appearance is nothing compared to the secret of the clandestine experiments he is undertaking...With his face swaddled in bandages, his eyes hidden behind dark glasses and his hands covered even indoors, Griffin - the new guest at The Coach and Horses - is at first assumed to be a shy accident-victim. But the true reason for his disguise is far more chilling....

  • The First Men in the Moon | H G Wells

    The First Men in the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By H G Wells
    • Narrated By Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
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    FNH Audio presents an unabridged reading of H. G. Wells' classic science fiction tale. Bedford runs away from London to escape his debtors and to write a play. Instead of the peace and solace he seeks, he finds Cavor, an eccentric scientist on the eve of a fantastic discovery. Together they create Cavorite, a material that allows them to construct a flying machine capable of reaching the moon! Join Bedford and Cavor as they go on an adventure unlike any that man has had before!

  • 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.

    Paul Sampson says: "A thoroughly entertaining listen"
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau: A Chilling Tale of Prendick's Encounter with Horrifically Modified Animals on Dr. Moreau's Island. | H. G. Wells

    The Island of Dr. Moreau: A Chilling Tale of Prendick's Encounter with Horrifically Modified Animals on Dr. Moreau's Island.

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    Englishman Edward Prendick finds himself shipwrecked on the open ocean. When a passing ship takes him aboard and revives him, things are starting to look less gloomy for the young scientist. Yet little does he know things about to get much worse. He is taken to an abandoned island occupied only by Dr. Moreau, a disgraced English scientist for his unethical treatment of live creatures. Prendick finds that the Doctor has been up to old habits, using the island's animals to create animal-human hybrids.

  • The Time Machine | H G Wells

    The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By H G Wells
    • Narrated By Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
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    FNH Audio presents an unabridged reading of H.G Wells The Time Machine. In this classic tale a scientist invents a time machine and travels far into the future where he finds himself marooned amongst the two races that are the descendents of man.

  • 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.

    Psteve says: "Gripping story, read well"
  • 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.

    Panama Donaldson says: "Exceptional book, essential classic reading!"
  • 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
    • Narrated By Paul Daneman, Martin Jarvis, Peter Sallis, and others
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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.

    Ian Kershaw says: "Fantastic"
  • The History of Mr Polly | H. G. Wells

    The History of Mr Polly

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
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    Mr Polly is an ordinary middle-aged man who is tired of his wife's nagging and his dreary job as a gentleman's outfitter in a small town. Faced with the threat of bankruptcy, he concludes that the only way to escape his frustrating existence is by burning his shop to the ground and killing himself. Unexpected events, however, conspire at the last moment to lead the bewildered Mr Polly to a bright new future - after he saves a life, fakes his death, and escapes to a world of heroism, hope and ultimate happiness.

    Stephanie Jane says: "Character-led novel of escaping a hopeless life"
  • 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.

    Lukasz Nowak says: "Entertaining with a message"
  • 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 HG Wells' famous story of the brutal Martian invasion of Earth. When strange explosions are observed on the surface of Mars, excitement spreads among the scientific community. Surrey astronomer Ogilvy invites his friend Robert to the observatory to witness the turbulence on the red planet.

    Nigel says: "A slow decent into madness"
  • 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.

    ne5566 says: "Good Social History"
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau | H.G. Wells

    The Island of Dr. Moreau

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By Jack Sondericker
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    Narrowly missing death at sea, Pendrick finds a risky sanctuary on a remote island as an invited guest of Dr. Moreau. Pendrick is unaware of the evil that lurks behind the scenes. Dr. Moreau is in the midst of scientific experiments he feels will benefit all mankind. Whether his ambitions are worthy, or mad, is yet to be proven. He has succeeded only in achieving the grotesque. When Pendrick finally discovers the extent of Moreau's ghastly experiments, he is horrified at what he sees.

  • The Time Machine | H.G. Wells

    The Time Machine

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By Brian Cox
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    Penguin Classics presents H. G. Wells' The Time Machine, adapted for audio and now available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by the actor Brian Cox. 'Great shapes like big machines rose out of the dimness, and cast grotesque black shadows, in which dim spectral Morlocks sheltered from the glare'.

    dot_stockport says: "great stuff"
  • The Collected Short Stories of H. G. Wells | H. G. Wells

    The Collected Short Stories of H. G. Wells

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A spine-tingling collection of the greatest short stories by the father of science fiction, H. G. Wells. 'The Time Machine', 'The Empire of the Ants', 'The Crystal Egg', 'The Sea-Raiders', 'The Door in the Wall', 'A Dream of Armageddon', 'The Country of the Blind', 'Under the Knife', 'The Stolen Body', 'The Plattner Story', 'The Stolen Bacillus', 'The Magic Shop', 'The Inexperienced Ghost', and many more short fiction masterpieces.

    A. J. Melville says: "Great stories terrible narration"
  • 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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