The Invisible Man


Read by Alex Foster

(4.5 stars; 842 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
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Chapter 20 19:50 Read by Alex Foster
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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

fantastic reader and story

(5 stars)

this reader is absolutely fabulous! the voicing of characters, the calm narrative, the perfectly timed fluctuations of voice to make you almost visualize a character rasing their brow. this is also a fantastic story. ushering you quickly into a room on a stormy night with a bundled man of peculiar character and then filling in later how he got there. it leaves you thinking of what you would do to catch an invisible man... or what you would do if you could be invisible.

Great Atmosphere!

(5 stars)

Wells' captures attention straight away! Writing style is very immersive. Easy to read book. Your heart pounds as the story progresses and its one of those stories where you fight to determine who's the real good/bad guy. One of my favorite books ~ and the reader for this version is Perfect.

Gripping, startling, enjoyable read.

(5 stars)

Asks questions of the intrinsic morality of man. Given such an "advantage" how would we treat our fellow man? Looks at the reality of what it would be to be invisible -- in Griffin's case it was something grotesque and tragic. I normally don't enjoy "science fiction", but this was unusually "real". A fascinating read by one of the greats.

Evil Genius?

(5 stars)

Superb reader, will definitely search for more of his narrations. At first I couldn't decide if I should feel sorry for the invisible man, but as the story developed I knew. An excellent story for young adults to discuss ego, anonymity, crime, violence, and past and present society standards.

Didnt know what to expect

(5 stars)

Took at face value and only realized the deeper meanings once reading other's reviews of the book. Just as a story, I found it to be, fascinating and exciting. I really enjoyed the writing style. After reading reviews I think I will definitely think of the 'The Invisible Man' when encountering internet trolls. Anonymity does turn people.. Or maybe it just lets them reveal their true selves, scary thought. Great job HG Wells! And great reading!

The Invisible Man

(4 stars)

I agree wholeheartedly that this tale definitely speaks to the notion that once we are "invisible" behind a phone, a Facebook comment, a newspaper editorial, or surfing on the web we may indeed become our lesser mqire base selves. Loved the final chapter wherein the people covered him up, made him invisible again, once they saw him needy, barred, bruised and wanting. They, too, became dominated by their wild fear and lashed out in unmeasured fury. They too reacted poorly. Interesting to just talk over that final chapter in a book club. Great tale!

Great Story, Great Reading

(4 stars)

My biggest beef is that there is a background noise through almost all of the sections. Also, the section/chapters aren't stated at the very beginning of the recording, and the title tags are so long that it takes a long time to display which chapter I'm on when listening on my MP3 player. (These are all nit-pick technicalities that LibriVox has since changed, but this was recorded before those changes.) It's definitely a worthwhile listen, despite the nit-picks.

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.