The Sleeper Awakes

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(3.9 stars; 226 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


(4 stars)

Never having read this book, I realise now how influential the story has been. Of course Woody Allen's 'Sleeper' is based closely on H.G. Wells' 1889 work, but it has clearly influenced other works, from Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty Four' to 'The Matrix', and even 'The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind', not to mention 'Brave New World' In terms of predicting the future, Wells gets many things wrong of course, but it's quite extraordinary how many things he gets right. And yes, it's a bit racist. Well, a lot racist. Sexist too of course. But most books of that time in England were. (Sherlock Holmes was a terrible old racist too of course.) Still, well worth reading. It's actually a gripping read, ...a ripping yarn, from start to finish. As to the readings and the recordings, they are generally very good. Just one chapter is so badly recorded that it is hard to understand, and that recording really should have been rejected, for which I dropped a star. It's also curious to my English ear that none of the American readers seem capable of pronouncing the name Graham, and various variations are employed. For the record, it's pronounced to rhyme with 'slay 'em'. "Slay 'em, Graham!"

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?"

"tumultuous/tumult" -H.G. Wells, every page or so.

(3.5 stars)


(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.

Great story, readers mostly crap

(4 stars)

I've been listening to many audiobooks lately and have come to appreciate the advantage of a good reader. There were a few good ones in this conglomerate, but most were horrible. I kept a 5-band equalizer at the ready to dampen the obnoxious frequencies, sharp voices and horrendous recording qualities. As an American, I'm beginning to understand why the British are so appalled at the sloppy language skills of my country. And yet, I loved this story so much. I agree the ending leaves one wishing for a sequel.

Just one thought

(4 stars)

The book sleeper awakes is an awesome science fiction novel in my opinion ~ the only thing I would say negative would be the different readers ~ some readers are better than others and it takes away from the story just a little bit when you have to change reading styles every couple chapters or every chapter ~ other than that it's worth anyone's time to listen to ~ and enjoy such a wonderful book ~ thank you 😊

Not Wells's best work

(2 stars)

To say Wells was a sci-fi visionary, you'd think he recognize the social changes that should occur over time. This book was so racist at times that I considered stopping. The story was dull and there were so many missed opportunities. Don't judge Wells by this book.

(3 stars)

Some of the readers great. Others not so much. Not one of Wells best books but still decent. He admits to this in the prologue. The idea was great but it's the ending that is abrupt and somewhat unfulfilling. Regardless thank you readers for your time and effort.