The Sleeper Awakes

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(3.9 stars; 78 reviews)

The Sleeper Awakes is a dystopian novel about a man who sleeps for two hundred years, waking up in a completely transformed London, where, because of compound interest, he has become the richest man in the world. He has been the famous Sleeper for centuries. A fanatic socialist, the main character awakes to see his nightmares realized, and the future revealed to him in all its horrors and malformities. The people adore him, and their masters - the supervisors of his legacy who rule in his name - do not want him breathing. (Summary by Stephan and Wikipedia)

(8 hr 14 min)


PREFACE TO THE NEW EDITION (800 words) 4:02 Read by James Christopher
INSOMNIA (2500 words) 17:30 Read by Tim Perkins
THE TRANCE (2000 words) 15:55 Read by Tammy Sanders
THE AWAKENING (1400 words) 11:44 Read by Tammy Sanders
THE SOUND OF A TUMULT (4100 words) 30:16 Read by Kara Shallenberg
THE MOVING WAYS (1400 words) 10:49 Read by Sean McGaughey
THE HALL OF THE ATLAS (2900 words) 17:09 Read by Kathy Jacobs
IN THE SILENT ROOMS (3700 words) 20:45 Read by Kathy Jacobs
THE ROOF SPACES (4300 words) 25:54 Read by Ryan Sutter
THE PEOPLE MARCH (2000 words) 13:26 Read by Ryan Sutter
THE BATTLE OF THE DARKNESS (4000 words) 23:04 Read by J. M. Smallheer
THE OLD MAN WHO KNEW EVERYTHING (3700 words) 27:19 Read by Mark Nelson
OSTROG (4800 words) 29:30 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
THE END OF THE OLD ORDER (1372 words) 9:31 Read by Robert Flach
FROM THE CROW'S NEST (2200 words) 14:38 Read by natjohnson
PROMINENT PEOPLE (3600 words) 26:30 Read by mb
THE MONOPLANE (3600 words) 25:44 Read by mb
THREE DAYS (1800 words) 14:27 Read by Mark Nelson
GRAHAM REMEMBERS (2800 words) 22:02 Read by Mark Nelson
OSTROG'S POINT OF VIEW (2300 words) 18:02 Read by Mark Nelson
IN THE CITY WAYS (6800 words) 37:02 Read by Arouet
THE UNDER-SIDE (2200 words) 14:24 Read by Ryan Sutter
THE STRUGGLE IN THE COUNCIL HOUSE (4200 words) 25:14 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
GRAHAM SPEAKS HIS WORD (1600 words) 9:21 Read by Arouet
WHILE THE AEROPLANES WERE COMING (1700 words) 9:41 Read by Arouet
THE COMING OF THE AEROPLANES (4000 words) 20:10 Read by James Christopher


Stop blowing into the mike man! It's so annoying.

(0.5 stars)

couldn't listen, too many readers bad grammar and syntax made it crap for me most frustrating

(0.5 stars)

(4.5 stars)

Great story despite a bit of outdated references regarding race. Wonderful readings except one (which is still better than others I've encountered). All in all a great read!

honestly? HONESTLY?

(2.5 stars)

This books is great, I spent every minute enjoying it. But when the ending came and went. I was like: "is that it? Honestly?"


(3.5 stars)

A couple of the commentators have dwelt on the "bad" ending, and I quite agree. But, let us look at the works of HGW. Admittedly, no scifi writer ever had more imaginative and fascinating plots. Yet, if we are honest, we must admit that his writings never measure up to his ideas; his characters are often wooden and he is seldom able to instill in the reader the realism that other scifi writers accomplish. And, his endings are usually abrupt, indicating either boredom with his story or an admission that he did not know how to end it satisfactorily. The most interesting part of this book is his anticipation of the 3-D printer to make clothes.

Not a bad read

(2.5 stars)

This was an interesting read. I enjoyed the overall story. Although it was over elaborate and repetitive in areas such as the numerical and currency values. This made some of the story tedious. There where other areas that could have used more development.

A good listen

(5 stars)

This is classic period sci fi, written by the master and well read to boot. There tended to be hum on this recording but this is easily overlooked and put from your mind. For more free audio reviews visit

3 stars

(3 stars)

I struggled with the reading and the audio quality of this book, much of the technology of the future in the book seemed dated and the premise of compound interest making a man obscenely rich seemed unrealistic. I have listened to and enjoyed many other HG Wells audiobooks before (War of the Worlds, Invisible Man, Ann Veronica) but I was unable to finish this one.