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The Time Machine

Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
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Publisher's 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a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace.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.

©2017 Fantom Films (P)2017 Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd/Fantom Publishing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-2019

John Banks

If you want the full story, read by a master of verbal pronunciation, with the ability to pull you into the plot, this is the version for you!

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  • Ashley Poff
  • 15-05-2017

Top 10

A wonderful book, in the same class as Gulliver’s Travels. It is one of the books I would like to take with me to Purgatory. - Sir Winston S. Churchill

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  • David A. Soesbee
  • 26-04-2019

Great resource

I used this version in my high school class for students to listen along as we read. I listened to many samples to find one that was easy to listen to and John Banks’ voice is very clear and easily followed by my students.

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  • Mathabatha
  • 21-01-2019

Our desired future illuminated

Question:

What happens to humanity when we solve all our problems?

Answer:
The illusion that all our problems are solved.

The reality that there are more to solve and the bleakness that we are no longer poised to solve them given our indiscriminate consumption of the illusion.

A grand lesson from H.G. Wells in a beautifully told story.

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  • Clari Vega
  • 06-09-2018

classic

I'm glad I took the time to give it a chance even though I didn't care for the 2002 remake of the movie version. definitely would recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-2018

A Wonderful Journey

Excellent narrative performed artfully by John Banks. A very enjoyable, if all too short, novel told on a fantastic scale.

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  • Deanna Denmark
  • 20-07-2018

Great story

Performance from John Banks was amazing!
Gripping story, didn’t want to stop listening. This was my first fictional audiobook. I will absolutely look for more stories narrated by John Banks.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-07-2018

A great listen.

A great listen, highly recommended. From start to finish I was captivated. I listened to the story in one day.

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  • Jgssilva808
  • 20-06-2018

great story

I glad that I finally got the read the book and got to watch all the movies.

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  • hay
  • 12-04-2018

Great Scifi story! Still relevant

Although it is over a hundred years old, it still reads (listens) as a book that could have been written yesterday. Truly a great book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-10-2017

interesting thoughts

I decided to listen to this book as its a classic and I wanted to broaden my reading interests.
the book was ok, I didn't realise how short it was but considering when it was written, found it pleasant enough.
i found the idea that HG Wells wanted to write about a time that is so far into the future that its even wonder if our world will still exist then, or if it will have died out long since.

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  • Elsa Griggs
  • 21-03-2019

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.