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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (805 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells, Scott Brick Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781400179091
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English novelist, historian, and science writer Herbert George Wells (1866–1946) abandoned teaching and launched his literary career with a series of highly successful science-fiction novels. The Time Machine was the first of a number of these imaginative literary inventions. First published in 1895, the novel follows the adventures of a hypothetical time traveler who journeys into the future to find that humanity has evolved into two races: the peaceful Eloi—vegetarians who tire easily—and the carnivorous, predatory Morlocks.

After narrowly escaping from the Morlocks, the time traveler undertakes another journey even further into the future where he finds the earth growing bitterly cold as the heat and energy of the sun wane. Horrified, he returns to the present, but soon departs again on his final journey.

While the novel is underpinned with both Darwinian and Marxist theory and offers fascinating food for thought about the world of the future, it also succeeds as an exciting blend of adventure and pseudo-scientific romance. Sure to delight lovers of the fantastic and bizarre, The Time Machine is a book that belongs on the shelf of every science-fiction fan.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey Knipfer | 2/19/2014

    " A very interesting tale of time travel. I think the only negative would be that it has an odd perspective, as being written by the friend who is currently telling the story. It made it difficult to really loose one self in the story. However, I still loved the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Williams | 2/17/2014

    " Too good and ground-breaking to argue about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ji Eun | 2/16/2014

    " This book had seen a interesting part of the future of the Earth. The author's point of view was really unique. It was interesting how the Morlocks and the Eloi had two very opposite characteristics and features even though they are living on the same age. It was quite confusing how the characters in the book didn't have any specific names but I made it through the book and understood all eventually. Interesting, unique book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 2/16/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I wish it were longer and he had travelled to more times! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 2/16/2014

    " To me this is a 3* story on it's own, but when you take into consideration the time in which it was written and what had and especially HAD NOT been written before regarding science fiction and time travel, it easily deserves more accolades. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 2/13/2014

    " Wow! I wish that Wells had made this book longer. My brain is completely muddled - in a good way. It's been a long while since abook made me stretch my mind in this way. "

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

    " I was unexpectedly impressed by this book and by Wells' insights into what he felt the future might hold for the human race and the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Maddock | 2/10/2014

    " This was a much more nuanced work than I expected. The time travel mechanism was well developed and the social commentary not prescriptive. Also, Wells is doing something with names (and lack thereof) in the frame story that I didn't fully work out. Worth a re-read or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chinky Eustaquio | 2/8/2014

    " it's a fine book to read yet i don't find it more interesting than the other books that i've read. it's more kind of dull and too much perceivable. it still a nice book to read though. if you feel more of looking for more mystery and thrilling events this is not the one the i would suggest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hodan A | 2/7/2014

    " This is the book of all science fiction books. Its unfathomable that it was written in the 19th century. It was on my to-do list for such a long time that now i am happy and kind of sad to cross it off. I wish i could write a story which flows so seamlessly so creatively (sob sob sob). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lance Howell | 2/7/2014

    " Can't believe this was written in the 1800s and I just couldn't put it down. Amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miklos Hargitay | 2/7/2014

    " No wonder time travel is such a fascinating concept in not only science fiction but in pop culture too. H.G. Wells fun book about the exploits of the Time Traveller not only serves the basis for later Sci-Fi memes but also comments on what the possible science of the day was at that time (as inaccurate as it is). In the future there are two human species (extreme speciation?) separated by class or labor. Further on, strange landscapes and who knows what else? Great read with ripe opportunities for discussion. "

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

    " Classic sci-fi from the master! I read and re-read this one every few years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flex | 2/6/2014

    " good story, I just wanted more from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luana Reach Torres | 2/6/2014

    " Very nice. Short, sweet, and intriguing. Excellent work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Senthil | 2/6/2014

    " A thought-provoking book that leaves vestiges of many crucial questions unanswered about the evolution of mankind. I for one enjoyed this book end-to-end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie (Working for the Mandroid) | 2/4/2014

    " Not quite what I was expecting, but still pretty entertaining. I don't know if I'm ever going to love a story told in in first person retrospect. It just loses its immediacy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 2/3/2014

    " Wow! I wish that Wells had made this book longer. My brain is completely muddled - in a good way. It's been a long while since abook made me stretch my mind in this way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nick Spears | 2/2/2014

    " I like these Campfire graphic novels because I can get these classic stories read in under an hour AND have pictures to accompany it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miffy | 2/1/2014

    " I felt that I should read at least one of HG Wells' books, so picked this one because it is only 80 pages long (shallow I know). I was very pleased that i chose it as i found that i was able to follow it, and was intrigued. What is so scary is the probability that the author may well be proven to be right! I loved the ending despite the fact that I normally hate not knowing what truly happened in the end, this time it truly was the only way to end such a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 1/28/2014

    " Always wonderful to delve into classic sci-fi! Welles' overall view of society was pessimistic, yet I cannot blame him 100 years later. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 1/25/2014

    " I found this book to be extremely boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johanna Cormier | 1/25/2014

    " Easy enough reading. Only took me a week while alternating with another book. I actually was not that impressed with the writing and story. Still, glad to have read it so I can say I have. (I read the Project Gutenberg eBook.) (My review from 2011) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magellan | 1/24/2014

    " an awfully short read. I like the idea of the book more than the actual book, would have liked more description and adventure in the story but was overall a good read. I just think the story has much more potential. "

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

    " This was an interesting little story... it would be one where it would be wise to read an annotated version to fully understand what Wells intended with the Time Traveller's story. Clearly, it is meant to reflect philosophical and scientific debates of the time but my knowledge of such things is pretty sketchy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harriet | 1/23/2014

    " Science Fiction at its best! Chilling and frighteningly possible, with the added intrigue of personal conflict and the confusion between reality and falsehood. Would recommend to anyone with a love of Sci-Fi, fantasy, and the macabre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina | 1/23/2014

    " it was good i cant wait to read more of HGs books "

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

    " Short, interesting, great science fiction. Didn't expect it to be so intriguing, destroyed it in an afternoon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Logan Cunningham | 1/21/2014

    " A great book that has a rather interesting view on the future. It is a bit dated though, as Wells doesn't consider that a middle-class would emerge and assumes only an upper and lower class will exist. Still, seeing Darwinian evolution applied to social classes is quite interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annabell Rosalie | 1/20/2014

    " My sister mislead me into thinking it was better. But I still liked it. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Srushti Shah | 1/20/2014

    " an oeuvre to be appreciated for being centuries ahead of its time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Iron-Reid | 1/18/2014

    " Wow! What a trip! H.G. Wells writes with such vivid fluidy that I actually felt I was beside him on this journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phill Gee | 1/18/2014

    " Great read and still one of my favorite films "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Verna Humphrey | 1/18/2014

    " Even though this is not the type of books I usually read it was a very well written adventure "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andilyn | 1/17/2014

    " I thought it was a bit creepy but so fascinating--Wells, what an imagination. So I'm torn. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew Linderer | 1/17/2014

    " It started great but I got really board around the middle and never finished it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron Sinnott | 1/16/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Truly deserving of its status as a classic. I highly recommend reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 1/16/2014

    " I really enjoyed this one and find it amazing that it was published in 1895. Definitely a classic piece of science fiction, and a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Llewellyn | 1/15/2014

    " I spent the entire book trying to figure out if I had read it before or just knew the story. Regardless of whether or not I read this twenty years ago, I breezed through it in a day and a half. Great book, very easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Titus Fortner | 1/15/2014

    " Enjoyable book, though very short. It is interesting to compare the originals of these classic Sci Fi books to the various film imaginings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara Collins | 1/13/2014

    " its takes patience to start reading, getting used to the 'old language' but once you get into it its hard to put down! I enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samual Holt | 1/13/2014

    " Great novella well worth my time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen Patrice | 1/12/2014

    " After the thrill of 'War of the Worlds' the start of this book is so drear that I abandoned it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Rowe | 1/12/2014

    " Man makes time machine. Travels through time. Sees stuff. More travelogue than story. Still, not bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fahad | 1/11/2014

    " one of the greatest books I will ever read. very Short but it is truely a work of art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaq Greenspon | 1/10/2014

    " The book is great, a nice social commentary. But this audio version, read by Alan Munroe, is to be avoided. His voice is flat and he pauses every other word as if the sentence needs to catch its breath "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen Patrice | 1/9/2014

    " After the thrill of 'War of the Worlds' the start of this book is so drear that I abandoned it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pulkit Verma | 1/9/2014

    " The book disappointed me very much. It was more of a philosophical journey into time. It was not at all gripping, and for most of the part I was bored. Read it only if you are a H.G. Wells fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 1/4/2014

    " To me this is a 3* story on it's own, but when you take into consideration the time in which it was written and what had and especially HAD NOT been written before regarding science fiction and time travel, it easily deserves more accolades. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gsvg | 1/3/2014

    " A great commentary on the inevitable fruitlessness of todays social order. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Logan Cunningham | 1/1/2014

    " A great book that has a rather interesting view on the future. It is a bit dated though, as Wells doesn't consider that a middle-class would emerge and assumes only an upper and lower class will exist. Still, seeing Darwinian evolution applied to social classes is quite interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 12/30/2013

    " Wow! I wish that Wells had made this book longer. My brain is completely muddled - in a good way. It's been a long while since abook made me stretch my mind in this way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Izaak | 12/26/2013

    " It was sort of... boring. Not the sort of Sci Fi book that you would find making money today. It was alright, for it's time. You may say it's a classic, but if you take that bias away, it's a solid 2.5 stars at best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Hall | 12/24/2013

    " Nothing terrified me more as a child than the interplay between the Eloi and the Morlocks. I think about it even now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Huma Rashid | 12/22/2013

    " I loved this story as a kid, and I love it now. It's terrifying and haunting and beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 12/22/2013

    " The one and only original modern science fiction book. The model all others have followed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 12/21/2013

    " I had read this before at some point and remembered the story. Apparently, there are a multiple versions because this one excluded some parts. Interesting story, a little like "The Forgotten Continent". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joss | 12/20/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nai Wang | 12/16/2013

    " A classic. Simple by today's standards but an excellent quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin Dennis | 12/13/2013

    " Wording is a little confusing, but it tells a great story. It is set in the very distant future and they present (1800s). A time traveler gets stranded in an unforgiving future and he must use his wits to survive, make nice with the locals, and find a way home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacquie | 12/12/2013

    " I can't believe I never read this. It is fantastic. Cleverly written and very thought provoking with an interesting theory on the fate of the human race. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 12/6/2013

    " It ended too soon - I wanted more than just one trip. Perhaps I'm just being greedy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Thouvenel | 12/6/2013

    " I love futurism. Even when it scares the crap out of me. Romantic Era writers knew how to tell a story and did the literate world a huge favor with speculative fiction. We always want to know "what's next?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 12/3/2013

    " A great novel. beautifully written. and as far as I can tell, very much, ahead of its time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Newman | 12/1/2013

    " Instant favorite! Nothing like the movie, I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robwesben | 11/29/2013

    " An enjoyable quick read that ended sooner than I liked. You must appreciate Wells contribution to science fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florian Blümm | 11/28/2013

    " It might have been revolutionary and the first of it's kind, but that doesn't mean shit for someone living nowadays. So it joins the ranks of historically important but much improved upon books, among them the Lord of the Rings and - well - the bible (-; "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 11/28/2013

    " I probably would not have read this book but it was lent to me by a friend to help me with my quest to finish 50 books this year. And I actually really liked it! A good one to make you think and I'm glad I've read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Williams | 11/28/2013

    " Too good and ground-breaking to argue about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachal | 11/27/2013

    " Literary critics say that The Time Machine is written by a somewhat 'amateurish' writer, but therein is part of the charm. It is a directly honest and easy read that doesn't lose itself in pretentious articulation. I liked this book for its simplicity and earnest account. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 11/23/2013

    " I don't think I've ever read HG Wells before, although we all know the stories. Kinda. This one is pretty dark. Stewie and Brian owe him royalties. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andalee Mcneely | 11/22/2013

    " I don't think I could read this book again, but I still loved it. It was pretty exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 11/19/2013

    " Glad I finally read this classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josephine | 10/30/2013

    " Really an easy read. Interesting suppositions of the future based on Wells' time. I doubt he could have envisioned a time where we were all glued to electronic devices indoors rather than outside frolicking in the sunlight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Mayer | 10/29/2013

    " So good. Glad it was short, too, because I could hardly put it down. Morlocks creeped the life out of me. But in a good way. (: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Farah Bader | 10/6/2013

    " Reading on Stanza on the iphone,but boy is it 10x better the second time around! But, Weena is just as annoying as she was when I was in 8th grade! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Hamburger | 9/18/2013

    " I enjoy science fiction a lot and this is a great book. Read it and you will enjoy it. Perhaps teh language isn't as contemporary but not nearly as hard as Melville or Dickens. A great deal of science and philosophical ideas about the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Wood | 9/1/2013

    " A fascinating vision of the future... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Lubas | 8/29/2013

    " Pretty good book. Interesting. Actually made the time machine for class! Can't wait to read his other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Namrata Jain | 8/25/2013

    " Just wish I'd read it when I was younger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trina | 8/25/2013

    " A brilliant plot , set amidst the fact which the author is trying to highlight that is the difference between the working class and high class people . the time machine stole by the Morlocks they explore the landscape of London and bring about interesting revelations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gautam | 8/10/2013

    " From one of the fathers of 20th century science fiction. He taught us that science was amazing and was going to kick our asses all over the place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 8/6/2013

    " This is a huge volume containing 7 science fiction novels. The famous ones are famous for good reason, although the science hasn't aged as well as the fiction. The last couple of novels, and In the Days of the Comet in particular, are not very well thought out and meander to pointless finishes. "

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

    " I love classic sci-fi, and this is proving to be a great example so far! It was a birthday present from my brother-in-law. Wow, does he know me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 7/2/2013

    " So..none of them were scary at all. Though I can see how they would have freaked out people of that time. I really appreciated the observations on human kind included in each story. And the whole 'pick one impossibility and see where it goes' version of sci-fi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick De neergaard | 6/25/2013

    " This book or these stories are a MUST READ for any reader! They form the spinal cord of many modern stories and films. One never tires reading them again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gautam | 6/17/2013

    " From one of the fathers of 20th century science fiction. He taught us that science was amazing and was going to kick our asses all over the place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil Marchese | 6/14/2013

    " Really descriptive, but not as cool as I thought. He doesn't actually do anything when he goes to the future. One instance where the movie is better than the book, I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Randall | 5/26/2013

    " This book is an absolute classic. I really enjoyed the imagination and imagery throughout the entire story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexa | 5/11/2013

    " Beautifully written. I just wish it were longer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cirlincione | 5/2/2013

    " Easy to follow and a story that made me excited to continue where I left off each time I picked it up ! Fantastic :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hodan A | 4/21/2013

    " This is the book of all science fiction books. Its unfathomable that it was written in the 19th century. It was on my to-do list for such a long time that now i am happy and kind of sad to cross it off. I wish i could write a story which flows so seamlessly so creatively (sob sob sob). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 4/1/2013

    " This is a huge volume containing 7 science fiction novels. The famous ones are famous for good reason, although the science hasn't aged as well as the fiction. The last couple of novels, and In the Days of the Comet in particular, are not very well thought out and meander to pointless finishes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal Wallar | 3/19/2013

    " Loved it. It's a a classic so, how can you not. Plus, scifi is my bag. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luca Schidu | 3/11/2013

    " It wasn't the best reading but i liked it. A friend of mine recommended it to me. I enjoyed the beginnig very much where the Time Traveler and other scientists had a tight discussion about the forth dimension "Time". But the Time Treveler's adventures in the future seemed to me pretty childish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 3/6/2013

    " A simple, profound, and thought-provoking work by one of the true founders of the science fiction genre. The questions Wells poses are just as relevant today as they were when he wrote the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie Chupek sagliani | 2/25/2013

    " Enjoyable book but it took me a while to get through the middle section of the book. The last couple of chapters really brought me back in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Hilliard | 2/10/2013

    " Big time investment but worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/15/2013

    " I read this for Dr. Baxter's course on Utopian/Dystopian literature. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 1/14/2013

    " The Time Machine by H.G. Wells is a story about a man that builds a time machine and travels to 802,701 A.D.. While there discovers two species in his search for his time machine that someone moved. It was an o.k. read but not really my type of story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 1/1/2013

    " beautiful book with his most famous works "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.S. Ferrier | 12/26/2012

    " Clearly, communism will destroy not only our society but it will divide us into a poorly thought out allegory where the working force become the terror of the underworld and the Bourgeoisie will be reduced to a child-like hedonist. Yeah, okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 London Mays | 12/22/2012

    " A great book with all my favorite stories and I also enjoyed the introduction about Wells and how he come to write each of the stories. This is a must read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 11/15/2012

    " The ending is what really does it for me, the invitation to create the next adventure on your own. Wonderful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/4/2012

    " Surprisingly good. The style of writing was really gripping, especially after the time traveler ran away with Weena. Oh, how wonderful it would be to travel in time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 11/1/2012

    " So..none of them were scary at all. Though I can see how they would have freaked out people of that time. I really appreciated the observations on human kind included in each story. And the whole 'pick one impossibility and see where it goes' version of sci-fi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Beales | 10/29/2012

    " Excellent story. where things are not as they first seem... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick De neergaard | 10/28/2012

    " This book or these stories are a MUST READ for any reader! They form the spinal cord of many modern stories and films. One never tires reading them again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernard Cenney | 10/22/2012

    " I keep reading and rereading this one. I love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Howard | 10/20/2012

    " A classic, what else can be said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 10/14/2012

    " Great science fiction, full of interesting ideas and suspence; but I found my children couldn't become involved in the old-fasioned, somewhat wordy and slow-moving narration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie Chupek sagliani | 10/7/2012

    " Enjoyable book but it took me a while to get through the middle section of the book. The last couple of chapters really brought me back in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 9/2/2012

    " beautiful book with his most famous works "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 8/27/2012

    " This is a great classic for the time-traveler that you should revisit if you haven't read in a while. It is a quick read and is quite thought provoking "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 8/27/2012

    " I had forgotten how cute the details were in this story. Part of me wishes that it was written as a serial and this much longer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachal | 8/10/2012

    " Literary critics say that The Time Machine is written by a somewhat 'amateurish' writer, but therein is part of the charm. It is a directly honest and easy read that doesn't lose itself in pretentious articulation. I liked this book for its simplicity and earnest account. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackykay Scott | 8/7/2012

    " I liked this story, the first movie adaptation did it some justice, but subsequent movies have left the story lacking. I think the book needed a better ending...or any kind of ending for that matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzybisme | 8/7/2012

    " Really liked it, but a 100 page book has never seemed so long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Hvizda ward | 8/5/2012

    " Read it once as a teenager, enjoyed it way more this time. Short, fun and clever once you get past the first 10 or so really boring pages! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annabel | 7/14/2012

    " Very interesting and capturing book about a dystopian future. Quite short but with fantastic characters and setting descriptions. Chilling and resonating ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynsey Ilett | 6/8/2012

    " Wow! Was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did! Such an exciting and easy read. No wonder it is a classic. Well deserved if you ask me :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lina Rivera | 5/31/2012

    " I certainly understand why this book receives the praise, analysis, and general discussions pertaining to it, but I thought it was a bit lacking in that way that any book that takes up such a big idea is going to fall short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad Harris | 5/25/2012

    " I simply loved this book. I wish to avenge Weena. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie Schoffman | 5/7/2012

    " Great read. It is apparent here why they call H.G. Wells "the father of science fiction." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 5/4/2012

    " Meh. Weak clunky writing. The retelling narrative got old. Concept was interesting but belabored. Felt the author stuck his nose in too often. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Kasal | 4/28/2012

    " Required reading back in High School. Always loved this story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene Erks | 4/19/2012

    " I really enjoyed this novel. Love HG's writing style. I would read anything he wrote just because of that but the story has a particular story line that really makes you think. I love his interpretation of what the future might bring... Read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Connery | 4/13/2012

    " An interesting little tale with some novel ideas about the future of humanity. The storytelling style was very old-fashioned with lots of prose and narration gilding a very simple plot. Enjoyable enough on its own but significant for its impact on the genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 4/4/2012

    " Great science fiction, full of interesting ideas and suspence; but I found my children couldn't become involved in the old-fasioned, somewhat wordy and slow-moving narration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanie | 3/30/2012

    " Another excellent BBC audiobook. Absolutely loved everything about it. Listened to it all in 1 day (very short). I have already downloaded the Kindle version so I can read the whole text. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus M. | 3/27/2012

    " A great book for any Sci-Fi fan. Not necessarily the best of HG Wells but it's still very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie Schoffman | 2/2/2012

    " Great read. It is apparent here why they call H.G. Wells "the father of science fiction." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clint A | 1/21/2012

    " Great read for a young reader. I think I may have been fifteen or so when I read this. Wells was a great pioneer of science fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne | 12/27/2011

    " This is a cool book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Priscilla | 12/18/2011

    " The beginning was fascinating, with its discussion on the nature of time, and I enjoyed this book more than other Wells novels. However, the story itself was rather horrific. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Markham | 12/16/2011

    " I'll cut to the chase, it doesn't end well. For any of us (unless you're a giant space crab in the year 800 million, in which case it's great). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon West | 12/10/2011

    " a tale that holds up remarkably well despite the passage of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 11/10/2011

    " I love classic sci-fi, and this is proving to be a great example so far! It was a birthday present from my brother-in-law. Wow, does he know me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 11/6/2011

    " This book was really fun to read, mainly because H. G. Wells has such a descriptive writing style. And at the same time, there was this constant under tone of hard work, and what happens when we get to secure in our lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 11/4/2011

    " It was okay, hard to get into at first. Not quite what I was expecting. This may be one of those books where the movie is actually better. I haven't seen the movie, but I know it has quite a following. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Le Chuck | 11/4/2011

    " A thrilling and thoughtful read, even 116 years after it was first published! If only more current authors demonstrated the imagination, wit and colorful storytelling of HG Wells. I will be reading more from his collection, for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gözde | 11/2/2011

    " the year is 802,701 A.D.! there are Elois and Morlocks and the death of our Sun... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 10/24/2011

    " Story = classic and epic and legendary. Writing = eloquent and elegant.

    Book dish: Tofu "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/22/2011

    " Another nostalgic reread. Timeless, wondrous, scary and sad book. A lot of territory to cover in a story. Can't go wrong with H.G. Wells. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Whitney | 10/22/2011

    " A fast listen of a very good book. I listened to the one narrated by Alan Munro. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 10/19/2011

    " This is a great quick book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 10/19/2011

    " Suspenseful and highly imaginative. I can see its influence on C.S. Lewis' science fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timalee | 10/19/2011

    " I really liked this book, I expected it to be as cheesy as the movie, but it was so much better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Piers Harper | 10/1/2011

    " I had to read this book more than once as, at first, I was expecting something closer to the 1960s (I think) film. But, on the second read, I got over that and just appreciated it for what it was - a brilliantly told story, brimming with ideas that still work today and beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosalita Weber | 9/9/2011

    " I'd rate it 4.5 but there's no option for that, so 5 stars it is. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 9/2/2011

    " I found this book to be extremely boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica Florence | 8/28/2011

    " This was really short!!! 98 pages on my nook. And i as always was completely wrong with my first impression. A very interesting take on the future and views on class structure. I really liked it :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 London Mays | 8/25/2011

    " A great book with all my favorite stories and I also enjoyed the introduction about Wells and how he come to write each of the stories. This is a must read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Schmidt | 8/22/2011

    " Good story and very interesting social commentary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene | 8/18/2011

    " wells is a great writer and i enjoyed it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Hilliard | 8/16/2011

    " Big time investment but worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josipa Cvelić | 8/7/2011

    " A classic. This is what SF is about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea Shamburek | 6/24/2011

    " I liked it...but it took some time to get into and the language was a bit over my head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexa | 5/26/2011

    " Beautifully written. I just wish it were longer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/26/2011

    " *contained within Barnes & Noble anthology* "

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

    " An interesting read though perhaps Wells' vision of the future is somewhat dated as our society moves farther away from the manufacturing of the Industrial age and more to the service and computers of the Information Age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremiah | 5/20/2011

    " Enjoyed this one alot, going to have the watch the movie too. "

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

    " Love the constant allegory of the destruction that mankind brought about on itself, and the terrible wrath that it played out on us through the ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/16/2011

    " The most unique view into mankind's history I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine Maddox | 5/14/2011

    " I am reading it, I am enjoying it, this is my first HG Wells read. The language is antiquated, it might bother some, but it is interesting enough that I have downloaded War of the Worlds to also read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/13/2011

    " A fast but interesting read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G.l. | 5/8/2011

    " Where would Sci-Fi be without this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sidharth | 5/6/2011

    " I read and honestly I was not able to visualise all that he wrote whatever i was able to for that I am happy that i read this one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LuckyCharmer | 5/4/2011

    " Good, but a little too wordy... still good though! "

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

    " Finally got around to this one, and very glad I did. Prompted immediate acquisition of additional works by Wells, I so thoroughly enjoyed it. Fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ella Brooke | 5/2/2011

    " I liked the anthropological tone of the narrator describing the future races. It's definitely a product of the 1800's and was very similar to the ethnologies of the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aubrey | 4/30/2011

    " I did 4 book reports on this in elementary school, and I hated this book. "

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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

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.