The Time Machine (Version 3)


Read by Mark Nelson

(4.6 stars; 3432 reviews)

H.G. Wells' classic science fiction-fantasy story, in which a scientist known only as “The Time Traveller” tells the tale of his journey to the year 802,701 A.D. and beyond, where he witnesses the end of human civilization as we know it, as well as the beginning of the end of the world. This original time-travel story has been copied many times, but never improved upon. (Summary by Mark Nelson) (3 hr 39 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 21:20 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 2 13:48 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 3 14:53 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 4 25:49 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 5 42:36 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 6 14:20 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 7 16:49 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 8 16:54 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 9 16:55 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 10 7:45 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 11 13:33 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 12 14:59 Read by Mark Nelson

Reviews

The Time Machine (Version 3)

(5 stars)

I became DEAF a decade ago, at which time I received my Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI). In just the past one year 2017, the first time I'd ever heard with Bluetooth, when I got device upgrade.... which is even more incredible sounds! This was the FIRST audio book I've listened all the way through. THIS IS HUGE. Anyways, it's a great story, well written and wonderfully paced and spoken reader for the recording- he had ups and downs in tones per emotions in the story. Perfect.

Anachronistic

(5 stars)

I felt the story was way ahead of its time- not that it would have been any more contemporary if it had been written today; rather, it is how HG Wells has written a story that makes you feel as if he had been the time traveller himself... I also loved the subtle reasons he provided for the degeneration of mankind. The one thing which I truly loved about the story, however, was how Ironic and deprecating of technology it was- as a science fiction novel, the author elaborated on how harmful it could be to the human race, and how it could deprive us of our morality at a certain period..it is.just amazing how we think that economic stability will ensure total peace, but the reality would be so different...we would have everything we worked for, but in the process, we would have lost our humanity and become degenerate...wow, compelling story, read by a fantastic narrator!

Not what I expected

(4 stars)

It is interesting to listen to this title in 2018, a book published in 1895. There are huge cultural advancements that have been made since this was written and this is almost a time machine in itself, relaying the changes that have happened in over 100 years and also the things that we still hold onto for fear of their loss. There can also be found the things of importance to the author and the people of 1895 and their fears of what would be lost in a future that continued on a cultural path deemed "not masculine enough". For it's time, the scientific portion of its portrayal of time travel still seems relatively timeless. The real jolt is between the lines, describing how far we have come as a society and how far we still have to go.

Great book!

(4 stars)

POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD: A wonderful tale about Man's possible future as per the outlook of the great late 19th century, and early 20th century, British writer HG Wells, where cultural classism of the time reaches its tumultuous consequences in the far flung future. While I enjoyed the social commentary in the Age of (spoilers) 802,701 AD, I am dismayed that there isn't more time traveling, or in fact that the book is not longer. We get to see our Earth in its final days, and giant crabs (I feel as though I've missed simething), but no more. Nonetheless, it's a fantastic and fascinating ride while it lasts.

(5 stars)

A great reading of a classic text. The book tells the rather dark prediction of how man, having reached his pinnacle in the Victorian age, will devolve into sub-human creatures again thousands of years from now. It made me glad I don't look to naturalistic evolution to explain man today, or the future would look very dark indeed.

Awesome narration! A timeless classic!

(5 stars)

I have been longing to read this novel for so long. But my eyes kept straining when I read while on travel. But with LibriVox, I managed to use my travel time efficiently. The narration of this novel was the best.

(3.5 stars)

The reader Mark Nelson was excellent and I was excited to read this book, but it did not hold the same intrigue it once did with me. It still is a classic and a fun story and a must for time traveling enthusiasts!

Overall high quality.

(4 stars)

Wish he would have added excitement and tempo in his voice to a few parts of the book. I never really felt the climax. But still good quality and a good listen.