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Download The Strange Orchid Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Commuter's Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Speculative novelist H.G. Wells wrote engaging short fiction dealing with the strange, the unsettling, and the unknown. Here, Ralph Cosham lends his narrative expertise to 5 classic tales. The Strange Orchid concerns a horticulturist who must contend with the macabre appetites of an exotic orchid. The Truth About Pyecraft explains why an overbearing fat man wears lead underwear. The Man Who Could Work Miracles recounts the problems with defying nature. The Purple Pileus deals with a life-altering fungus. Finally, in Aepyornis Island, a man has a special relationship with a prehistoric bird. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seth | 10/4/2013

    " Not as good as Wells' novels, but his short stories like this are weird and different enough for some interesting reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 5/5/2013

    " An unusual short story by Wells, much unlike science fiction novels this one is just bordering the horror genre... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Walker | 7/30/2012

    " Anything from H G Wells stands the test of time. Still fresh. A master story teller and most of his stories have been made into movies and radio dramas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/17/2011

    " A quite original story by Well. Available at LibriVox. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seth | 3/8/2010

    " Not as good as Wells' novels, but his short stories like this are weird and different enough for some interesting reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/16/2009

    " A quite original story by Well. Available at LibriVox. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve & Nancy | 8/5/2009

    " Anything from H G Wells stands the test of time. Still fresh. A master story teller and most of his stories have been made into movies and radio dramas. "

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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

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.