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  • The Time Machine

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (279 ratings)

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The Time Machine

By: H. G. Wells
Narrated by: John Banks
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Summary

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a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace.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. And when the scientist's time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels, if he is ever to return to his own era.

About the Narrator: John Banks is one of the UK's most prolific audiobook narrators, working for the likes of Big Finish, Audible, Random House and Games Workshop. He is a true multi-voice, creating everything from monsters to marauding aliens. He is also an accomplished stage and TV actor.

About the Author: Herbert George Wells was a novelist, teacher, historian and journalist, who has become known as the "father of science fiction." His works have been adapted countless times, and provided the basis for many literary and theatrical productions.

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A Forgotten Classic

Forgot the much overrated Bard...HGW is a master of the artful story. A short book full of intriguing and intricate sub-layers.

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I hoped this story would remind me of guy pierce but it did not it was far more fanciful.

The basic story is well written almost credible in parts.
Later when time travelling becomes less so.

Near the end loses its way.

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The time machine

really enjoyed this book good story hard to put down will read more of H G Wells storys

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This is a true classic..John banks I applaud you

John Banks brings this classic alive....listen and lose yourself in his voice which transports you into the wonderful world of HG Wells.

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Amazing book

This book is exactly how I imagined our future. The future of all men kind. I really enjoyed it. It makes you wonder if we will ever have the chance to travel trough time and space... I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about our own perception of life and future. This is a good example. Enjoy

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fascinating

so well written, the suspense building slowly, the ending... what a fine piece of literature

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Classic amongst classics

Classic amongst classics
Very interesting, entertaining and well presented
I'll be revisiting this one, no doubt.

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great

recommend the following...

listening to book

then listening to the BBC "in our time" podcast about the book.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0009bmf

then listen again to the book

that will help you get a good understanding of the social and political background to the book and HG Wells himself which I was never aware of and greatly enhanced my enjoyment

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Fantastic Story Read Brilliantly by John Banks

The Time Machine was the first ever audio book I listened to back when I was a kid, many moons ago (not this particular rendition of course). I can’t remember who narrated it but it was on audio cassette. I have always loved this story by HG Wells.

John Banks reads this book superbly. His voice is pleasant to listen too, and he makes the story come alive. I will certainly be listening to John Banks read some more HG Wells novels.

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Enjoyable read

I lived the story of the time traveller. its a cautionary tale about meddling with technology and messing with things you dont yet understand. very cleverly done.

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