The Invisible Man


Read by Alex Foster

(4.5 stars; 1698 reviews)

The Invisible Man (1897) is one of the most famous science fiction novels of all time. Written by H.G. Wells (1866-1946), it tells the story of a scientist who discovers the secret of invisibility and uses it on himself. The story begins as the Invisible Man, with a bandaged face and a heavy coat and gloves, takes a train to lodge in a country inn whilst he tries to discover the antidote and make himself visible again. The book inspired several films and is notable for its vivid descriptions of the invisible man--no mean feat, given that you can't see him! (4 hr 54 min)

Chapters

Chapters 01-02 22:41 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 03-04 24:25 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 05-07 29:14 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 08-10 18:34 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 11-12 18:27 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 13-14 17:19 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 15-17 26:32 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 18-19 18:36 Read by Alex Foster
Chapter 20 19:50 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 21-22 21:26 Read by Alex Foster
Chapter 23 19:31 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 24-26 21:27 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 27-28 36:03 Read by Alex Foster

Reviews

slow start but engaging

(4 stars)

Somewhere in the middle of the tale I grew more for domestic of it, and the reader had a nice accent that seemed to suit the vharacters. it had its ups and downs but overall I enjoyed the way he Wells described the plunder and more often plight of the invisible man.

Fantastic!

(5 stars)

A gripping story of either an evil genius or a man driven to extremes by necessity. H.G. Wells was a gifted writer and filled his works with social commentary. This story has a subtle moral on society. A man given what should be an amazing superpower instantly believes himself to be beyond society and even the ruler of it. In the end [spoiler] he learns that outside of society and its rules one is powerless. A good indication of Wells's socialism. Very well read by Mr. Foster.

Great Classic, Great Narration

(5 stars)

As others have stated, I wish our narrator would have done more books! This was a great listen - I’ve always wanted to read this book (as I do most classics), but I don’t ever have the time between work, parenting and facilitating a book club lol so this was the perfect option. H G Wells always did an amazing job of describing the sense and feel of what was happening; really visual descriptions that bring you straight into the scenes. The Invisible Man is one of those classics that should always be read, a great plot, great twists, and of course an awesome exploration of what one MIGHT do should they find themselves invisible to those around them.

8.5 out of 10

(4.5 stars)

The books ok. Little slow going, and tedious at times...could just be my preferences. I can see how it would appeal to some people. My grandpa, for example. Reader is really nice. Pleasant voice, nice rhythm often as not, can be annoying at times, due to completely unnecessary stops and some stuttering. The plot is fairly interesting, depending on what you like. On the whole, this is a very nice book, great narration, and a pretty good read. I give it 4 and 1/2 stars because it is not perfect, but ok. I definatly recommend you try it.

(2 stars)

It's tolerable, at best. The concept is great and there are some profoundly clever moments. It moves, however, at a snail's pace, which really hampers the excitement and tension that is meant to be building. The ending is as dull as you could possibly fathom, to the point that it's almost not worth bothering. This is definitely one of HG Wells's weakest stories. Way too much wasted potential.

fantastic reader

(3 stars)

I'm going to have to search for this reader as he was excellent. The story itself wasn't that interesting, and considering the name of the book is "The Invisible Man" I thought it was strange they tried to create so much mystery around his character before the "big reveal"

pretty good book

(4 stars)

this was a pretty good book. spoiler alert! chemistry nerds don’t usually aspire to become authoritarians so idk if this was supposed to be some sophomoric metacomentary on the human condition or if wells just kinda went sicko mode but yeah overall i give it an 8/10

Understandably a classic

(5 stars)

I've never been a reader but I thought I'd try a audio book and boy did I chose the right one for my first, this was an amazing experience and has made me instantly fall in love with H.G.Wells and I am in need of more.