The First Men in the Moon
Britain won the Moon Race! Decades before Neal Armstrong took his "giant leap for mankind" two intrepid adventurers from Lympne, England, journeyed there using not a rocket, but an antigravity coating.
Mr. Bedford, who narrates the tale, tells of how he fell in with eccentric inventor Mr. Cavor, grew to believe in his researches, helped him build a sphere for traveling in space, and then partnered with him in an expedition to the Moon.
What they found was fantastic! There was not only air and water, but the Moon was honeycombed with caverns and tunnels in which lived an advanced civilization of insect-like beings. While Bedford is frightened by them and bolts home, Cavor stays and is treated with great respect.
So why didn't Armstrong and later astronauts find the evidence of all this? Well, according to broadcasts by Cavor over the newly-discovered radio technology, he told the Selenites too much about mankind, and apparently, they removed the welcome mat! (Summary by Mark)(8 hr 2 min)
|Mr. Bedford Meets Mr. Cavor at Lympne||36:53||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|The First Making of Cavorite||17:22||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|The Building of the sphere||18:02||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|Inside the Sphere||9:05||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|The Journey to the Moon||13:19||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|The Landing on the Moon||9:35||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|Sunrise on the Moon.||11:23||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|A Lunar Morning.||9:23||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|Prospecting Begins.||19:56||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|Lost Men in the Moon||12:07||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|The Mooncalf Pastures||23:35||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|The Selenite's Face||10:14||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|Mr. Cavor Makes Some Suggestions||16:23||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|Experiments in intercourse||12:15||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|The Giddy Bridge||23:24||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|Points of View||17:18||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|The Fight in the Cave of the Moon Butchers||22:21||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|In the Sunlight||19:23||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|Mr. Bedford Alone||24:35||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|Mr. Bedford in Infinite Space||17:00||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|Mr. Bedford at Littlestone||31:59||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|The Astonishing Communication of Mr. Julius Wendigee||8:57||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|An Abstract of the Six Messages First Received from Mr. Cavor||17:56||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|The Natural History of the Selenites||40:10||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|The Grand Lunar||35:35||Read by Mark F. Smith|
|The Last Message Cavor Sent to the Earth||4:34||Read by Mark F. Smith|
I like this reader, Mark Smith. I like his tone and clarity and subtlety of characterizations. If Mark could give a little more negative space for a more pleasing rhythm, he'd be perfect. I listen as I paint at my easel and the combination is splendid and enjoyable.
very good read and story
listener I really like the story.
I really like the story. I thought it was very good and I really appreciated the ending of the effort made by the reader. I always enjoyed listening to this reader thank you.
Well read. Interesting take on what the moon would be like if inhabited and the technology used to get there.
Wells seems to have spent a bit more time on character development and plot extension than he often does. The result is an entertaining story which draws to a reasonable ending. Mark Smith is superb as always.
great reader, good book. the reader put me to sleep while driving though. not because he's monotone, because he has a voice that makes me sleepy.
TheFirst Men In The Moon
Michael Wilson, Bexhill-on-sea, UK
Another message of humanity from the pages of HG Wells. From the past to the present and for the future.
Amazing book! Wish there was more to it but it leaves a lot up to your imagination at the end. Reader (as always) did an amazing job!! Thank you so much for these great classics.
Over the moon !!
Excellent reading of great novel!! Well's early writings, both scientific romance and social novels never fail to entertain. Pity about the microphone noise, but I solved that by using 'Noise Reduction' on some audio editing software.