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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (114,216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Bernard Mayes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Time Traveler first steps out of his magnificent time-transport machine in the year 802,700—more than 800,000 years beyond his own era. The brave explorer finds himself on a slowly dying Earth populated by a race of slender pacifists called the Eloi and decides to study this lush land of flower people before returning to his own age. These pacifists, he discovers, have built their wealth on the backs of a slave class forced to live below ground—the Morlocks. As the conflict between the classes surfaces, the Time Traveler finds that his only means of escape, his time machine, has been stolen.

Wells’ amazing view of the future, propelled forward from his own Victorian era to the present, serves both as classic science fiction and as a parable of the chasm between the working-class suffering and the upper-class privilege of his day. Wells’ remarkable storytelling and provocative insight make this terrifying portrait of the men of tomorrow an enthralling tale sure to capture readers everywhere.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Wells] contrives to give over humanity into the clutches of the Impossible and yet manages to keep it down (or up) to its humanity, to its flesh, blood, sorrow, folly.”

    Joseph Conrad

  • “Every time-travel story since The Time Machine is fundamentally indebted to Wells.”

    Robert Silverberg

  • “The savage brilliance of the young H. G. Wells—and the greatest science ficiton novel ever written.”

    Stephen Baxter

  • “[The Time Machine] is considered one of the earliest works of science fiction and the progenitor of the ‘time travel’ subgenre.”

    Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nate | 2/19/2014

    " I love any story involving time travel, so obviously I enjoyed this book. Plus come on, it's a classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rose | 2/13/2014

    " Wells is a fabulous writer. The story feels a little dated, but it's still a wonderful read just because of his skill at storytelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lynne | 2/2/2014

    " Read it initially for my first MA and now it's a paired text with Niftyknicker's rubbish. Easy to digest novella, although it's hard to get the old film out of the head when Wells describes the actual journey into time. Nice way to spend a Monday morning. Heaps better than the coarse tosh of Niffenegger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jackie Brady | 1/24/2014

    " This was interesting as an early example of science fiction, but I can't say it was wholly engrossing. I thought it strange that the time traveler spent so much time amongst the Eloi and the Morlocks but that he merely flitted about the other times he visited. Why bother with the other stops at all? They seemed tacked on and rushed through. Even so, the book was interesting from a literary history perspective. "

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