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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (233 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: James Adams Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781455194377
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On a freezing February day, a stranger emerges from out of the gray to request a room at a local provincial inn. Who is this out-of-season traveler? More confounding is the thick mask of bandages obscuring his face. Why does he disguise himself in this manner and keep himself hidden away in his room?

Aroused by trepidation and curiosity, the local villagers bring it upon themselves to find the answers. What they discover is a man trapped in a terror of his own creation and a chilling reflection of the unsolvable mysteries of their own souls.

In the tradition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein comes another undisputed classic of science fiction and horror to stir the imagination and conscience. It is considered by many to be one of the greatest science fiction horror stories ever written.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I personally consider the greatest of English living writers [to be] H. G. Wells.”

    Upton Sinclair

  • “A harrowing read from cover to cover, The Invisible Man is perfect for the audio format.”

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  • “The psychological rigor that Wells brings to the novel makes The Invisible Man quite possibly the first and last straight science fiction story worthy of our attentions.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 2/20/2014

    " This book was pretty boring. There were really no likable characters until about 3/4's in when you meet the doctor, but it was ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hunter Hepner | 2/20/2014

    " In case you have not read this book yet, I will warn you that I may give up some details of the book that you wish you wouldn't have read in my review. I will not give away the ending, however. The title of the book gives a big hint as to what the book itself is about. A scientist, Griffin, makes a great breakthrough and turns himself invisible, after he first tested his experiment on a cat, which also turned invisible. After this, Griffin goes out on a quest to try to make himself visible again. This journey takes him to a couple of different towns where he causes a lot of trouble. When Griffin starts to cause a scene at the first hotel he stopped at is where the book starts to pick up action. He tries showing his invisible arm to a man, and later undresses himself to escape from a group of men who are trying to hold him captive. The word is spread that there is an invisible man on the loose. Griffin finds this a huge problem. He does not want people searching for him while he tries to find a way to reverse the effect of his invisible experiment. This book goes on to further explain Griffin's journey to become visible again. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good action, mixed with some science, books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/20/2014

    " In honor of Halloween i thought I'd listen to this- interesting... not going to be a favorite. Now with all we know about chemicals and their affect on the body in general- I can't help but wonder if his temper was a result of all he had to do to become invisible. I'm glad to have added it to my bookshelves- creepy but thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathrine Bonham | 2/17/2014

    " It's by H. G. Wells so of course it was good. I really felt for Griffin (the invisible man). All he wanted was to be left alone to conduct his work but the stupid people had to keep sticking their noses in where they weren't wanted. I admit that his intentions weren't the greatest but really at the beginning he wasn't hurting anyone. Anyway the moral is that if you insist on bothering a lone wolf it's your own fault when he bites you. . . Or that should be the moral anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda Giles | 2/17/2014

    " What starts as a silly story quickly morphs into a terrifying exploration of humanity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 2/17/2014

    " Took a bit of patience but I enjoyed reading the story. I found it in a app of classic literature. Who knows what I will pull from it next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita Coomer | 2/15/2014

    " I love to think what I would do if I had this ability. It's a shame he chose to do what he did . Very enjoyable . Empathy for the caricature . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miss GP | 2/14/2014

    " I read this just after Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The pairing worked very well, as both books revolved around humanity's dual nature -- the capacity for good and evil. I definitely enjoyed this novel. Wells' sense of humor definitely shown through, but the novel became more involving as it turned more serious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison Potter | 2/13/2014

    " Got a boxed set of H.G. Wells and this was the first one I read. Interesting and enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 mookie kong | 2/13/2014

    " Hard to like this book because the main character was such an amoral jerk. The idea is a great idea of being invisible and the cons of invisibility were very interesting though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarahdec1974 Plumley | 2/13/2014

    " I finished this book the day the movie came in the mail from Netflix. The book was good, but I enjoyed the movie more. The special effects of the Invisible Man were very good considering the movie was made in 1933. Also, the old lady from Titanic, plays the Invisible Man's fiance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Rench | 2/12/2014

    " Going from a physicist to a man who is invisible and is working to find his way in the world, the invisible man find himself hungry for power. He works to gain this by striking fear in the hearts of a town in England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gøran | 2/12/2014

    " The first half of the book was one long setup, which almost made me stop reading. But when the action finally started I found it to be superb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha ho | 2/12/2014

    " I'm on a classics kick and this book was a nice deviation from some of the more wordy novels. Compact, full of action, and to the point. I was a little sad at the end but it was a fun read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 googoo | 2/11/2014

    " An H G Wells classic. A stranger walks into an inn completely covering all skin. He is wearing gloves, a heavy black cloak, long slacks, a hat, and bandages wrapped around his face. No one knows where he has come from and he is very mysterious but he is welcomed into the inn. Then strange things start happening: furniture begins to float, his clothes are on the floor in his room and it is empty. what could be causing all of this? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali Bottorff | 2/10/2014

    " A gripping read about a scientist who figured out invisibility and the madness it drove him too. I read The Time Machine just before reading this. And I have to say H.G. Wells is growing up there among my favorite authors. It was not life changing or mind blowing in any effect, but it was very entertaining and a good read for those who like the early incarnation of science fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ikè | 2/10/2014

    " A bit nonplussed at its usage of the "evil albino" trope but a good read all in all (if a bit black-and-white). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 2/8/2014

    " Another gem from the giant imaginative brain of H.G. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/7/2014

    " The first Classics Book Club choice I have enjoyed so far. It is pretty interesting to see how writing has changed since this one came out. The storytelling style was quite odd. The climax was much better and more like it is now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/7/2014

    " This book is my most favorite book of all time. I don't think the invisible man was wrong in what he did. I am totally on his side!!! He was a smart man just wanting to prove a theory he had, what is wrong with that??Read it, Find out!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Johnson | 2/7/2014

    " Someone once told me that the way a good science fiction book works is to introduce one change to the laws of nature and to play it out as realistically as possible. By that definition, I think this is a GREAT science fiction book. It was actually quite believable to see the character of a man who made himself invisible by some sort of science that was probably more believable at the turn of the 20th century. That being said, the character wasn't very DYNAMIC. He came into the story feeling betrayed, confused, paranoid, and antisocial, and that's exactly how he left the book. So it was certainly a fun read, I just didn't feel incredibly attached to any characters, so it was sometimes hard to focus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tawnya | 2/5/2014

    " Although not in line with my traditional reading tastes, I enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sakhayat Hossain | 2/4/2014

    " The book so merging because the book taking about my life. When i coming new in the United states, i never know the very cold in the America. I remember one day in the February i am going out side they are very cold, and i don't believe the. And i don't have any gloves and my face so cold. I thing i all most die and i coming home and i open head .And i read the book and i remember my old life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stuart | 2/4/2014

    " A classic SF story, darker than remembered. Exciting and compact, unlike today's bloated novels, and great storytelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita Coomer | 2/3/2014

    " I love to think what I would do if I had this ability. It's a shame he chose to do what he did . Very enjoyable . Empathy for the caricature . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/3/2014

    " This was a great book. Like so many classics that have been told and retold in movie form (many of them bad) I was glad to get the chance to go back to the original and see what the original author intended. This book is valuable mostly for the philosophical and moral lessons found beneath the lines and it is something that is still very applicable to today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Dornbusch | 2/3/2014

    " It is hard to read through a book while having no sympathy whatsoever for the main character. Other than that a good book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brittany | 2/2/2014

    " I did not enjoy this book, literally until the epilogue. It was very slow for me. I thought that by choosing a short classic I would fly through it, but that was far from the truth! I dragged through. The epilogue was very nice though... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sakhayat Hossain | 1/31/2014

    " The book so merging because the book taking about my life. When i coming new in the United states, i never know the very cold in the America. I remember one day in the February i am going out side they are very cold, and i don't believe the. And i don't have any gloves and my face so cold. I thing i all most die and i coming home and i open head .And i read the book and i remember my old life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nayanasree H.Lal (Zeus's daughter) | 1/30/2014

    " The style was good. Many unwanted deaths are put. But the end was good; The invisible man's Death. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hilary | 1/29/2014

    " The beginning started wonderfully, with all the strangeness that would accompany an invisible man, and unintended viewings of him, however, the book quickly fell apart and became an endless series of scuffles between the other characters (who had hideously unreadable dialogue) and the invisible man himself. The end was also disappointing. I would not recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Potter | 1/29/2014

    " There are plenty of reviews of this book online should you care to read one or more, so I won't bore you with another, except to say, it's a classic for a reason. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom Bevan | 1/29/2014

    " supposedly classic but i just didn't enjoy it very much "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janosch | 1/28/2014

    " Barely two stars. The beginning was really awesome. The first appearance of the man and the mysterious atmosphere made my eyes shine with joy! No kidding! I was looking forward to reading a nice and unique story.... BUT then... then it went downhill really fast. Repetitive and boring are the two most fitting words to describe the last 150 pages. Why a pity. I am sorry to have nothing good to say about it. 2 stars for the opening. The rest is a waste of time. :| "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bhavya Mathur | 1/27/2014

    " Read it in school and loved it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jabeen | 1/27/2014

    " I was warned that this book was going to be violent - and I DO NOT LIKE reading violence, so I was a little nervous - but it wasn't that bad! (unless I read a censored version!) Wells writes beautifully, his descriptions are so thorough and clear. I can only imagine what it must have felt like to read a novel like this at the time of its being published. I really enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading some more of his works. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacob | 1/27/2014

    " I understand how great this book is, but I thought it was over my head. There were lots of vocabulary and phrases that I didn't understand. I would Recommend it to an older person that loves to read, but if there is a person that seems to be on the fence about reading, this book isn't for them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Sepeda | 1/27/2014

    " So far i like this classic book. Its just like most classics, they start off slow but steady speed but gradually pick up the tempo. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruthy | 1/26/2014

    " It starts in a very interesting way and yet, somewhere in the middle the story becomes dull. The end picks back up to the resolution which was quite rewarding. I liked the story overall but it could have been less wordy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Garrett | 1/25/2014

    " An excellent tale that paints a vivid picture of setting, character and events. Add to this story the fact that it was published in 1897 and the tale became a bit more fascinating in its use of character, identity and moral dilemma. To say more than that would spoil certain aspects of Wells' writing for those who have never had the pleasure of reading this sci-fi classic. To say 'sci-fi' seems somewhat wrong, though, as this is really a story driven by simple characters trying to comprehend a fantastic idea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruthy | 1/24/2014

    " It starts in a very interesting way and yet, somewhere in the middle the story becomes dull. The end picks back up to the resolution which was quite rewarding. I liked the story overall but it could have been less wordy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/23/2014

    " Not a surprise, but the movie is NOTHING like the book. None of the thought-provoking bits made it into the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 1/22/2014

    " A classic, often borrowed from by others "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Morris | 1/21/2014

    " The overlaying metaphor attempted by The Invisible Man is one of racism and its effects on the person. H.G. Wells' intention of illustrating racism was well written but there was a disconnect. The book is an obvious reaction to the blatant racism and civil rights unrest at the time but, the illustrations seem to be lacking in a real connection. He fights stereotype with new stereotype, "the right way" to be black. The stereotype of how "every" black person is treated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivan | 1/21/2014

    " Absolutely enthralling from start to finish. I can't believe that I've NEVER read anything by Wells before. I'm going to start The Time Machine tonight! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/21/2014

    " Wonderfully fantastic and imaginative! Wells crafts a character that you can both easily pity and hate at the same time. Discovering such a great gift of science our main character only thinks of selfish needs and cruelty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Lavan | 1/20/2014

    " Truly a page-turner. It's never really clear to me what Griffin's motivation is. He seems to be not tragically flawed, but just broken from the start. Fantastic tale of "what-if" and, of course, a cautionary tale about power and scientific. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noah Pelzer | 1/20/2014

    " The invisible man by H.G. Wells is a good book from the early days of science fiction writing. As such, it has the distinct feel of that era, namely the very late eighteen-hundreds to the early nineteen-hundreds in England. The story shows one man's decent into madness after not fully appreciating the consequences of his actions. The story begins in a small village, where one day a mysterious stranger appears, heavily bandaged and ill-tempered. He settles in a local inn, and soon many cases of chemicals are brought for him. Many people get suspicious after many strange things happen. Soon they learn the truth: underneath all of his bandages he is really invisible. He had spent all of his time working to find a way to become visible again, but now that his research has been taken and a great stir caused by the invisible man, he loses his already short temper and plans to enact a reign of terror to get what he needs. This is a very good book, but is starts a little slow. After a while, however, it picks up. the story also has a shifting narrative that seems to be told by someone who has documented the case, and other times by the characters themselves. This is a good book, and it shows how no matter how many advantages you see, you should always consider the disadvantages before rushing headlong into something. It also is very believable, for the approach to invisibility is very logical and scientific, and the invisible man's decent into madness is very logical. I am not sure that I would recommend this book to everybody, but it is worth it for those with patience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noreen | 1/20/2014

    " One of the few books I've read more than once and shared with anyone who is interested in a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 1/20/2014

    " Another gem from the giant imaginative brain of H.G. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DrJenni | 1/19/2014

    " Still unnerving another time around. It just shows how success changes people...some for the better and some not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hilary | 1/19/2014

    " The beginning started wonderfully, with all the strangeness that would accompany an invisible man, and unintended viewings of him, however, the book quickly fell apart and became an endless series of scuffles between the other characters (who had hideously unreadable dialogue) and the invisible man himself. The end was also disappointing. I would not recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 1/19/2014

    " A proper mad scientist, who is truly menacing. I can't believe a decent film hasn't been made of this brilliant story. What a waste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Sundquist | 1/18/2014

    " A nice, short, light-hearted book that would be a good companion on your next sick day. The book doesn't tax your brain too much, but it does bring up the issue of technology emerging faster than ethics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Menthink | 1/18/2014

    " Like The Time Machine, really a social commentary. In this case, about the pursuit of power at the expense of others. A quick, enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/18/2014

    " This book is my most favorite book of all time. I don't think the invisible man was wrong in what he did. I am totally on his side!!! He was a smart man just wanting to prove a theory he had, what is wrong with that??Read it, Find out!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Jacob | 1/17/2014

    " I love these kind of novels! I first read a bit of The Invisible Man in my English class. I loved the idea in it. And for a long time, I had forgotten about it. When I saw The Invisible Man in the library afterwards, of course, it was my first pick. And I loved it! It's different. Now who doesn't want to invisible? The word 'invisible' itself is kind of magical to me. When we think about it now, we may think that invisibility is just amazing. Imagine! Eat all the food you want, take whatever you like and for me read all the books you have ever wanted! But in real life, it is just impossible. Of course, it must be impossible to become invisible first of all but then doing all these stuff is a bit more hard. And this book says so too! I love the imagination of H.G Wells. Amazing book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 1/17/2014

    " I've never been an H.G. Wells fan, and this book didn't change my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/17/2014

    " I needed to get back to something less....layered, so I read this next. I had forgotten a few of the points (such as Griffin being a cold-blooded sociopathic person *before* he turned invisible) but was still glad that I still remembered it fairly accurately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriela | 1/15/2014

    " Amazing but yet that's typical for the great author who didn't know how not to write. Early science fiction at it's best. A story we all know and love thanks to the movie and comic renditions. A short book yet intense read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geoff Sebesta | 1/15/2014

    " Science fiction writers agree; if you were invisible you'd turn evil pretty dang quick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/14/2014

    " Somewhat underwhelming for such a well known story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/11/2014

    " Entertaining, though I have to say I liked The Time Machine better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassidy Shea | 1/11/2014

    " 3.5. interesting story, enjoyed the language, it kinda lagged in the middle with griffin's several-chapter-long-backstory, but overall worth a read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 mookie kong | 1/11/2014

    " Hard to like this book because the main character was such an amoral jerk. The idea is a great idea of being invisible and the cons of invisibility were very interesting though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Dornbusch | 1/6/2014

    " It is hard to read through a book while having no sympathy whatsoever for the main character. Other than that a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zonaira | 1/6/2014

    " It was an excellent idea, written and explained beautifully, given us a brief insight into the fact, that everything is never as it seems, and sometimes the best of plans will have major flaws. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/1/2014

    " Wells' tale of a young scientist who discovers an invisibility serum and subsequently descends into criminal madness was a very enjoyable read. Characters are vivid and the story moves along quickly. Highly imaginative and engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 1/1/2014

    " This H. G. Wells is more of a psychological thriller because it is a story of a brilliant man who is doen in by his own brilliance and lack of intuition. I emjoyed reading this fiction novel that can be aplied to so many great pioneers who failed to take care as they ventured forth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 12/31/2013

    " In spite of the fact that invisibility seems less intriguing than it did in Wells' time, I still found the book spell-binding. Initially it leant itself more toward the comedic, but once he flipped, the tone was reversed and terror ensued. Well done! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 12/30/2013

    " When the book started, with all the slapstick and swearing and sneezing, I thought Griffin was going to be a lovable grump the whole book. I never thought the book would change tone so dramatically. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karine | 12/26/2013

    " Enjoyable early science fiction/horror that reminded me of Frankenstein. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda B. | 12/25/2013

    " This was my first time reading this book. I didn't think it was too bad for a classic "scary" story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 12/25/2013

    " I was frustrated that H.G. Wells never provided an explanation for why the main character (the invisible man) did not try to use his ability to be invisible for good rather than evil. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vickie | 12/24/2013

    " I found this book rather disturbing. It reminded me of Kafka's Metamorphosis, in the way it addresses the way that "people" that are different are treated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/23/2013

    " I enjoyed the black humor. This book was funnier than I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita Varian | 12/23/2013

    " I related a little too much to the character. The rest of humanity - can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian | 12/21/2013

    " H.G. Wells, the master of Sci-fi! How is it that one man could come up with so many ground-breaking ideas?! This one is certainly no exception. Another outstanding read from a true literary genius! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna Smith | 12/20/2013

    " Read this in college and I don't know if was the related assignment or the book inself - but it was the most engaging required reading in my college career. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rainey | 12/16/2013

    " Entertaining and somewhat dark, as is typical of Wells. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John David Lionel Brooke | 12/14/2013

    " A super charged classic work by the Master. A five star winner amoung science fiction yarns. Damn fine reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anugrah Nagaich | 12/12/2013

    " I read it after watching its movie adaptation 'Hollow Man'. Well, the imagination & the idea behind this novel was cool. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meandermind | 12/12/2013

    " "Oh my god! An strange man! - Oh my god! He's invisible!" Who knew? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meandermind | 12/11/2013

    " "Oh my god! An strange man! - Oh my god! He's invisible!" Who knew? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 12/6/2013

    " Classic for a reason, and one of the standards of the science fiction genre. You can see the roots of the tree when reading this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy Caimano | 11/27/2013

    " Intriguing and compelling. Science gone wrong. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vaibhav Dixit | 11/25/2013

    " I did not find it much interesting but it's worth reading once. It made me so bored many times that I found it slipping from my hands but still I continued with some hope which after completing it somehow disappointed me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 11/17/2013

    " Meh. The Invisible Man is a completely unlikeable douche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/14/2013

    " Entertaining, though I have to say I liked The Time Machine better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pranav | 11/10/2013

    " very amazing but a predictable story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 10/30/2013

    " The book is famous so it is a must read, but boy, is it slow. I suppose time has gone on and books like these fall by the wayside. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/28/2013

    " Utterly fascinating from the get go. I found myself composing essays in my head while I was reading, which was a shocker "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachael | 10/17/2013

    " Classic intellectual horror---the perfect flavor for the month of October. Most interesting is the idea of the temptations of anonymity. I was forced to examine the way I behave in public versus the way I behave in private and what that means about my true morals and values. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janeen | 10/9/2013

    " Alternate reality of the worst kind. We listened to it on a trip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Graham | 10/6/2013

    " Enjoyable book, HG never fails to satisfy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 9/29/2013

    " Wells' tale of a young scientist who discovers an invisibility serum and subsequently descends into criminal madness was a very enjoyable read. Characters are vivid and the story moves along quickly. Highly imaginative and engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Gutschenritter | 9/23/2013

    " This book was not what I expected. I enjoyed the book more then I liked the movies because of who the creator is made to be by Wells. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 9/15/2013

    " Definitely not H.G. Wells's best, though the concept was certainly intriguing. A bit slow at some parts as well. I'd recommend it, but not as a must-read book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 mariel R.a | 8/30/2013

    " para mi, el peor libro de H.G Wells "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 8/29/2013

    " Interesting idea, not particularly well executed. Perhaps folks had lower standards back in the day, but I did not find this book particularly interesting or suspenseful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 8/29/2013

    " A nice read, always impressive how ahead of science Wells was. Climax scared the bejesus out of me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daiana Catioiu | 8/25/2013

    " Vividly strange and rather surprisingly disturbing... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Avi | 8/8/2013

    " The best part about this book was that it was so short. a 3 out of 10 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gøran | 8/7/2013

    " The first half of the book was one long setup, which almost made me stop reading. But when the action finally started I found it to be superb. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Petersik | 8/3/2013

    " Loved it. The protagonist is quite tortured, and although he's a cad,our sympathies lie with him "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joigrl | 7/27/2013

    " H.G. Wells.....what a writer....I just love his work!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karine | 6/29/2013

    " Enjoyable early science fiction/horror that reminded me of Frankenstein. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zuly | 6/17/2013

    " Pretty good. I liked that the issues with being invisible were addressed. Nice surprise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andy | 6/16/2013

    " this sucks its so boring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tory W | 6/14/2013

    " I read it so long ago I don't even remember what I think about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivan Stoikov - Allan Bard | 6/7/2013

    " One of the horror books from my childhood, I was so scared reading about the adventures of the mad, invisible scientist that about 2 weeks I couldn't sleep well...;) Great desciptions, great style as in all the other books of the author! Real classic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel Caughran | 6/6/2013

    " I'd never read this book before which now surprises me that it was never recommended when I was younger. I'll be loading it onto Bennett's Nook as I think he will enjoy the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew L. | 6/6/2013

    " I didn't realize how deliciously violent this book was. I really enjoyed it. Contra Mundus indeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 5/26/2013

    " I had to read this for my philosophy course. It was a good book. The invisible man is not someone that you'll want to find yourself identifying with. I just kept in mind that he put himself in that situation because of his own selfish pursuit of power and fame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John David Lionel Brooke | 4/11/2013

    " A super charged classic work by the Master. A five star winner amoung science fiction yarns. Damn fine reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florin Pitea | 2/27/2013

    " A memorable novel on the theme of invisibility. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Unpredictable | 2/16/2013

    " This book was boring and very slow. Although it did show how people are afraid of the unknown and how hard it is to be invisible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 2/15/2013

    " I was frustrated that H.G. Wells never provided an explanation for why the main character (the invisible man) did not try to use his ability to be invisible for good rather than evil. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/4/2013

    " I'm not a big science fiction fan but this was an interesting step back in time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lanise Brown | 2/2/2013

    " A great classic. I loved it from start to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom Bevan | 1/30/2013

    " supposedly classic but i just didn't enjoy it very much "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 1/28/2013

    " H.G. Wells is always interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 1/25/2013

    " I have seen the movie the Invisible Man, but never read the book. It was such a great book that made me shiver with fear at the Invisible Man's next move. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eddie | 12/23/2012

    " In all honestly, I would have expected an Scientist to be capable of performing this thing called "critical thinking" but reading this book, I know I expected to much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 12/22/2012

    " Silly idea, but a fun read anyway, aside from the murderous bent of the main character. Who hasn't wanted to be invisible, if only for a little while? Putting the blinders on, I declined to see any deeper messages here and just enjoyed the ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 11/29/2012

    " An interesting yet predictable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joss | 11/19/2012

    " I love this period of science fiction, where the focus is in implication rather than explanation. The prose of this time can be a bit of a struggle, but the mind behind it is as sharp now as it was then. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brett | 10/7/2012

    " It's too bad this is so short because it's pretty fun. By the time the Invisible Man gets done telling his backstory he's only got 20 pages left to go crazy and murder everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trudy | 10/5/2012

    " Written in 1897, there is a timeless quality to this book. It kept me interested until the end. Initially, I felt some sympathy for the main protagonist, but as the "truth" is revealed, I turned against him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Pinchot | 9/14/2012

    " Really enjoyed this one. I'm looking forward to reading more of Wells' work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Mitchell | 9/3/2012

    " It's an interesting concept for a novel, and I imagine it was quite a bit more original at the time of publishing in the late 19th than it is today. I think it probably could have been shorter, but it was an interesting read, and clearly H.G Wells was a creative fellow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shruti | 7/22/2012

    " This book has an interesting premise, but overall I just didn't love it. The ending bothered me. It may or may not be the realistic end result of the man's invisibility, but... (view spoiler)[ I guess I'm not cynical enough to accept that it is. (hide spoiler)] "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 E.B. | 7/7/2012

    " I liked the premise, and I enjoyed the beginning. Then it just became meh. Worse than meh. It was bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle Edwards | 6/25/2012

    " H.G. Wells has done it again. This a must read for any fan of science fiction. A scientist has finally figured out how to make himself invisible. When he seeks help he is betrayed and goes and a killing spree. Can anyone catch him? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Quirk , Head Phil | 5/24/2012

    " More thriller-type than I expected. The Time Machine was interesting, but detached since it was told after the adventure happened. The Invisible Man was told from a later perspective as well, but not by the main character. The Reign of Terror was more easily feared. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tori | 5/11/2012

    " Not spectacular, but a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andi421 | 5/7/2012

    " Funny that it took me this long to read The Invisible Man - for some reason, it never appeared on any school reading lists. Either way, I enjoyed this novella and the detailed account of science fiction back in late 19th century England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Awesome | 5/5/2012

    " It was fine, but not my kind of book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 4/16/2012

    " This Book might no be a deep sci-fi book but it was definitely a thriller "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/24/2012

    " Somewhat underwhelming for such a well known story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimi | 1/8/2012

    " wow this book was good in a really disturbing way "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zan | 12/20/2011

    " A quick read, neat little story that brings up some interesting things, but unfortunately doesn't go into much depth with them. The Narrative switch in the middle is a little weird too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Penso | 12/16/2011

    " So I have never heard anyone describe this book, nor have I seen any of the Invisible Man movies. For some reason, I was imagining the invisible man to be a much nicer person than he was in the book. He was an absolute villain in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnathan | 12/14/2011

    " Really interesting story. Not exactly a life changer but well worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 eyupcan | 12/4/2011

    " Despite its language it is a good read and flowing.It reminds me of the movie hollow man.Especially when the invisible man decides to shake city with the notes saying he will kill everybody one by one if they do not obey him.This is very original idea I never read in a book or watch in a movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus Reeves | 11/21/2011

    " You have to love mysteries. Abridged Great Illustrated Classics Version. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vickie | 10/23/2011

    " I found this book rather disturbing. It reminded me of Kafka's Metamorphosis, in the way it addresses the way that "people" that are different are treated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loraine | 8/8/2011

    " I've never read anything by HG Wells, so I picked this up from the library one day. What an interesting read! I'll read more of his books. That the author (or editor), provided explanations and definitions for each chapter on matters of interest throughout, was an exceptional touch, in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harish Puvvula | 7/29/2011

    " Blazed a trial for copious Sci-Fi books and movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John David Lionel Brooke | 7/27/2011

    " A super charged classic work by the Master. A five star winner amoung science fiction yarns. Damn fine reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabe | 7/26/2011

    " I can see how this novel spawned a large chunk of a genre, and I respect it for that. But the book itself isn't as good as the idea behind it. It just doesn't have that much meat or flavor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mattpenne | 7/18/2011

    " A good turn of the century novel. I still think Kemp shouldn't have let the constable leave his house, but what do I know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 7/15/2011

    " A story of ultimate temptation. At first I was critical of the protagonist. Then I wondered, would I really be any better? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 7/11/2011

    " This book has all of the characteristics of good science fiction: science is simultaneously man's great power and his outdoing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 6/20/2011

    " Vivid and exciting, the story rattled along and could easily be imagined as a short film. I enjoyed this immensely for what it is - readable and a jolly tale! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan Hughes | 5/31/2011

    " I don't usually read science fiction but I did enjoy this. Despite the book's age it has weathered well. The science is just enough, and just plausible enough, for the story. The main interest is in the effect of invisibility and isolation on man and that is as relevant today as when it was written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 5/21/2011

    " Good story. I like the writing style and the way the invisible man sees everyday people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/17/2011

    " The description and character of the invisible man's madness is by far the best part of the story. Wonderful imagery throughout, you really see every event as it happens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 5/3/2011

    " An oldie but I enjoyed it as a diversion from more serious sci fi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 5/3/2011

    " Slow going at first, but then I really got into it. Tried to read years ago in college, but couldn't get into it. Glad I tried again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/2/2011

    " Entertaining, though I have to say I liked The Time Machine better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 4/27/2011

    " I just could not get interested in the characters in the book. I was happy when I finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 4/27/2011

    " quite a good read was a long time ago
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Levi | 4/18/2011

    " Man turns invisible: Dozens inconvenienced.

    More could have been done with the plot device, but it's a very 'Ra-ther!' sort of novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Princess | 4/18/2011

    " It was very intriguing. It shows the adversity of humans, and how unfair life can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Psichee | 4/18/2011

    " O foarte frumoasa carte si chiar daca nu m-asteptam sa se termine asa, merita citita. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 4/8/2011

    " A classic, often borrowed from by others "

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About the Author

H. G. Wells (1866–1946), born in Bromley, Kent, England, was apprenticed to a drygoodsman and a druggist before he made his way to the Royal College of Science where he studied biology. Known as the father of science fiction, he was also a prolific writer in other genres, including contemporary novels, history, and social commentary. As a spokesman for progress and peace, his middle period novels (1900–1920) were more realistic and covered lower-middle-class life, suffrage, and the emergence of feminist ideals that pushed against the limits set by male-dominated society.

About the Narrator

James Adams is one of the world’s leading authorities on terrorism and intelligence, and for more than twenty-five years he has specialized in national security. He is also the author of fourteen bestselling books on warfare, with a particular emphasis on covert warfare. A former managing editor of the London Sunday Times and CEO of United Press International, he trained as a journalist in England, where he graduated first in the country. Now living in Southern Oregon, he has narrated numerous audiobooks and earned an AudioFile Earphones Award and two coveted Audie Award for best narration.