The First Men in the Moon


Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.4 stars; 115 reviews)

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)

Chapters

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

Reviews

Another Great Classic By H.G. Wells

(5 stars)

A must read if you love sci-fi. A bit wordy at the end of the story, but still a very good story. The whole book is very interesting and suspensful.

(3.5 stars)

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

(4.5 stars)

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.

VERY ENJOYABLE

(4.5 stars)

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.

good reader

(5 stars)

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

(5 stars)

Another message of humanity from the pages of HG Wells. From the past to the present and for the future.

(5 stars)

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 !!

(5 stars)

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.