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H.G. Wells: The Science Fiction Collection

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"Wells was a genius: a prolific author who predicted the future, a visionary artist with a flair for big ideas and popcorn entertainment, and a master storyteller who laid the groundwork for science-fiction as a genre." – Eli Roth, film director and actor.

About the Performer

One of Scotland's greatest ever actors, David Tennant has won almost universal acclaim from audiences, critics and fellow professionals for his outstanding and award-winning performances on stage and screen. He is most well known for playing The Doctor in Doctor Who, his lead role in the ITV series Broadchurch and for his numerous wonderful stage performances with the RSC.

He is no stranger to audio work having created a rich and wide ranging back catalogue of audio narration work.

About the Performer

Hugh has been a member of the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, his most recent stage appearances being at Chichester Festival Theatre in Enemy of the People and Shadowlands.

His film credits include Notting Hill, Iris, The Monuments Men, Viceroy’s House, Paddington 1 & 2, The Corrupted and Downton Abbey. His many television projects include Daniel Deronda, Mr Stink, Twenty Twelve, W1A and Downton Abbey. He has made documentaries on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and on the last days of Jesus, Countdown to Calvary.

About the Performer

Jason Isaacs is a star of both stage and screen with BAFTA, Emmy, and Golden Globe–nominations to his name. He is best known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series. His sci-fi work includes playing Dr. Hunter Aloysius 'Hap' Percy in the Netflix supernatural series The OA, Captain Gabriel Lorca, the commanding officer of the USS Discovery in the first season of Star Trek: Discovery and also provided the voice of The Inquisitor, Sentinel, in Star Wars Rebels, the animated television series. He is a seasoned audio narrator.

About the Performer

Tony Award winning and Academy Award nominated actress Sophie Okonedo was born in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Sophie has worked in a variety of media including film, television, theatre, and audio drama. She received an OBE in 2010 and a CBE in 2019. Her recent performance as Cleopatra in the National Theatre’s Anthony and Cleopatra saw Sophie win Best Actress at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, What’s On Stage Awards and Critics Circle Awards, as well as being a current nominee for ‘Best Actress’ at the 2019 Olivier Awards

About the Performer

Alexander is well known for his lead role in Versailles and in BBC’s Merlin. Other TV credits include Barbarians Rising, Privates and Indian Doctor.

His theatre credits include; Richard III/Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare's Rose Theatre, York); La Ronde (The Bunker); Fortune's Fool (Old Vic); Macbeth (Park Avenue Armory, New York & Manchester International Festival); Britannicus (Wilton’s Music Hall);Emperor and Galilean (National Theatre); Hamlet (Sheffield Crucible); Cardiff Assembly (National Theatre Wales).

About Eli Roth

Eli Roth, burst onto the film scene in 2002 with his directorial debut Cabin Fever, Lionsgate’s highest grossing film that year. Roth’s follow-up film, Hostel which he wrote, produced and directed, earned him critical praise and was a massive worldwide hit, spawning a successful sequel, Hostel Part II, also written and directed by Roth.

As an actor, Roth has appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof” segment of Grindhouse and Inglorious Basterds. He also appeared in Nicolas Lopez’s Aftershock, an earthquake thriller which he also co-wrote and produced. He is a lifelong HG Wells fan.

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Publisher's Summary

He’s often been called the father of science fiction. Now, listen to H. G. Wells’ five science fiction novels in one definitive collection. Introduced by film director and H. G. Wells fanboy Eli Roth, the collection features unabridged recordings of the novels performed by Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, David Tennant and Alexander Vlahos.

The War of the Worlds narrated by David Tennant

When Earth is invaded by Martians in great mechanical tripods, terror ensues. They are equipped with heat rays and poisonous black gas, intent on wiping out the human race. During the destruction, one man’s story details the monstrous invasion and his struggle to find his wife in the devastation.

The First Men in the Moon narrated by Alexander Vlahos

A chance meeting between penniless businessman Mr Bedford and absentminded scientist Dr Cavor leads the two on a fantastical journey to the moon. However, they are unprepared for what they find: freezing nights, boiling days and sinister alien life. Will they be trapped forever?

The Time Machine narrated by Hugh Bonneville

Transported to the year AD 802,701, the Time Traveller encounters the peaceful Eloi, a beautiful elfin race of childlike adults afraid of the dark, and with good reason. Beneath the earth’s surface live the Morlocks, apish troglodytes who torment the Eloi. When the time machine is stolen, the Time Traveller must enter Morlock territory if he ever hopes to return home.

The Invisible Man narrated by Sophie Okonedo

When a strange man takes shelter at an inn, his skin covered from head to toe in bandages, he causes distrust. Griffin, a scientist, reveals that he has successfully managed to turn himself invisible, but alas without a way of undoing it. Desperate for a cure, his ailment drives him to many sinister actions, including murder. 

The Island of Dr Moreau narrated by Jason Isaacs

Edward Prendick, the single survivor of a shipwreck, is rescued by Montgomery in a vessel carrying a menagerie of savage animals. Taken to an uncharted island, he meets Dr Moreau - a brilliant scientist whose notorious experiments have caused him to abandon the civilised world. It soon becomes clear he has been developing these experiments - with truly horrific results.

Known as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’, Herbert George Wells’ writing career spanned over 60 years. He was a writer of novels, short stories, nonfiction books and articles. As a young man, Wells won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, sparking his infamous vocation as a science fiction writer. 

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Good getting back to the source

Even though the writing and vocabulary is part of another period in our history it was enjoyable to read these books again from the unquestionable father of current day Sci-Fi and Fantasy Genre ...

And as to comments by DonJon ... You are showing your ignorance my friend ... David Tennant is a Scot and is talking with his natural voice ... not a good reason to be wanting a refund and worse still in trying to put others off and so depriving them of these wonderful classics ...

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  • Trevor
  • 01-05-2019

Absolutely Perfect!

Don't listen to that other review! It was made by a Caddy Old Sod! (sorry american) but in all honesty the review does not give it justice and feels more like an act to be able to return the book. I think it is absolutely beautiful! Tennant does a phenomenal job and in no way is it monotone or robotic. A large percentage of the book is inner monologue and he does have his accent out full bore which may have been too much for "some" listeners but it is NOT dull.

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  • Jennifer Baratta
  • 07-05-2019

Awesome job from the narrators.

The narrators bring you into each story and don't let go until the next story. This book is for fans of Doctor who, Star wars and Science fiction fans.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-2019

skip the intro

Didn't appreciate him pushing his misguided philosiphizing.

rest of the book was fine, good narrators and bad, some engaging stories, some not

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  • DonJon
  • 19-04-2019

Narration ruined the book

I was really looking forward to listening to this audible book. Unfortunately, the narration was of such low quality that I couldn't listen to any of the stories in full - the worst of the lot was The War Of The Worlds, which in my opinion is the best book by H. G. Wells, was completely ruined by David Tennant who seemed to believe that the narration should be performed like a speak and spell with a Scottish brogue was a good idea. I am returning this book.

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  • ghoultrouble
  • 24-04-2019

very good to revisit these classic stories<br />

Enjoyable listens but the editing of Sophie Okenedo was disjointed which distracted from the story

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  • Kazzakirk
  • 25-04-2019

Brilliant stories!

Brilliant stories that I thoroughly enjoyed much more than when I’ve read them. The narration was fantastic. Felt the the narraters were really well chosen, my favourite being David Tennant doing War of the Worlds because I love the story but The Island of Doctor Moreau narrated by Jason Isaacs is award winning in my opinion - absolutely brilliant! x

* Note to post production - I have given it 4 stars only because it’s appears you forgot to edit (or just did a very, very bad job of it) ‘The invisible man’! Reading errors & repeated lines (which everyone does) were left in all the way through and It sadly ruined what would have been a perfect collection to go back to time & time again. I think this should be sorted and purchasers sent the updated version.

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  • Toadjuggler
  • 14-04-2019

Great stuff.

I'm very familiar with the stories but these narrators are just smashing, a really fresh experience listening to books I first read forty-odd years ago.

Skip over Eli Roth's intro though, he has nothing much to say and less than that to add.

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  • MR A.
  • 23-04-2019

Some editing mistakes in the invisible man

Frequently repeated sentences in the invisible man recording. Still good books and well narrated. Hopefully audible will fix the problem

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  • Simon S.
  • 25-04-2019

Horrifying

The Island of Dr Moreau, absolutely horrifying, in particular the naming of the law 'Are we not men?' Utterly creepy. The War of the worlds, thank God its nothing to do with the rock opera, two words that should never appear together. The first men in the moon, long winded but entertaining. The Time machine another excellent tale. Finally, The Invisible man, a total head banger. Didn't think that through did he? Become invisible but then have to run around in the buff. 🧐🙄🤯

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  • Ibrahim G.
  • 11-04-2019

At last, science-fiction at its best!

If you love science fiction, you will of course be familiar with HG Wells who is considered by many to be the father of science fiction literature. In this connection we have five of his most well-known novels and they are all chapter marked so you can navigate through the book easily find the book you want to read. Although I am familiar with all of this, I felt that the acting talent left a good deal to be desired especially with the invisible man which is read by somebody who really does not put much store by accents or indeed give any of the characters a Voice of their own, she sounds monotonous and tiresome to listen to. It’s a pity as the invisible man alongside the war of the worlds are my favourite books. A good collection if you don’t already have these elsewhere but there’s nothing new here so if you’ve bought these books previously by different narrators, save your credit.

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  • nero5
  • 11-04-2019

Famous UK actors read H G Wells

Yes, it's ok. My favourite is The War of the Worlds and the final chapter or so of The Time Machine.

You might prefer the version available here on audible narrated by Greg Wagland - 4 novels (excluding The Invisible Man).

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  • Dyane
  • 08-05-2019

Classy narrators

Quality collection with brilliant narrators. Highly recommended listening. Totally enjoyed experience. brought the stories to life

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  • "geordiemoozy"
  • 07-05-2019

A mixed bag of slightly disappointing goodies...

It's difficult to be harsh when you get 5 audio novels for a single credit, so I give the package 3 to 4 stars even though I do have reservations about recommending this to everyone.

I haven't read the books before but I have seen most of them in film or TV version, so I was looking forward to this audiobook becoming available as a single collection. As it is 5 different stories read by 5 different readers I should go through them individually.

War of the Worlds is a great story about Martian invasion. It runs along at a pace and remains interesting throughout although the fact that the whole story takes place in a small part of southern England surprised me as it is clearly different to the 2 film versions. David Tennant reads it ok, but I didn't find him as engaging as I expected him to be. 4 out of 5 for War of the Worlds.

The 1960s film of the Time Machine was a favourite of mine and this story still has lots to enjoy even if the novel spends much more time with the morlocks than it needs to and less on the fascination of time travel - the traveller only really investigates 2 or 3 periods in the novel unlike the funny/cool late 20th century imaginings of the film (changing shop window, etc). Reader fine. 4 out of 5.

The Invisible Man was the part I found most disappointing. Throughout you wish the protagonist to do so much more. Even in 1900 England, all he can think of to do with his invisibility is hide in shops and rob people. I also was also disappointed with the reader. For a novel with so much dialogue from several different people (Invisible Man, tramp, doctor, shopkeeper) I thought her range was poor with most of them coming across as 'bumpkin'. 2 out of 5.

The Island of Doctor Moreau ranges from interesting and thought provoking to tedious and boring (that section with the 'sayer of the law' - please make it stop!). It definitely has some good ideas in it though, so it probably merits 2 out of 5 and the reader was excellent.

The piece I found by far and away the most enjoyable was 'The first men on the moon'. This completely surprised me as it was the only story in the collection I had not come across before in another form. It also differs from the others by being a kind of comedy or at least it does have very comic moments mixed in with some deep thinking about aliens, insects and ultimately finishes with a very threatening conclusion. A very weird and utterly fascinating novel, 5 out of 5.

As I said at the start, you can't complain with so much for a single credit, but I will only go back to some parts for a second listen.

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  • David
  • 02-05-2019

Grandfather of Sci-Fi brought to life

Sci-Fi classics from HG Wells, these stories have inspired so many films and other writers it is great to hear them again unchanged. The performances are excellent, only let down by some "incontinent" editing!

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