The Time Machine (Version 3)


Read by Mark Nelson

(4.6 stars; 2751 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

outstanding!

(5 stars)

I have heard about this book for many years. I listened to the narrator and finished this book in one day. I find it to be very profound, especially given the time period this was written in. it made me think. great book! a true classic that is a must read.

superb novel, superb reader

(5 stars)

Beautifully written, poignant novel. The last chapter and the epilogue always move me. The very last sentence itself is beautifu, profound, and all at once sad and optimistic. The reader, Mark Nelson , is superb, his cadence and emotiveness spot-on and of professional quality.

Great read!

(5 stars)

I throughly enjoyed this story! it truly is a classic masterpiece and should be enjoyed! I hadn't read this yet but had heard of it of course and was not disappointed by the praise for this story. I find it amazing that this was written so very long ago and yet still has some much to give! This is truly a timeless classic!

Incredibly Intriguing

(5 stars)

listened to the whole thing in less than a day...just got really pulled in and wanted to know what happened next. ended up caring about his companion more than I expected and loved the way the book ended...no spoilers but it's worth the putting in the time...punn intended haha

Fantastic narration, fantastic introduction to audiobooks

(4.5 stars)

Narrated by Mark Nelson. Never have I heard a more suitable tone of voice. Gentle yet purposeful and with the knack of keeping the listener interested in the story. A fantastic introduction to audiobooks. Thank you. HG Wells and thank you Mark Nelson.

A Fantastic Fantasy

(4.5 stars)

(I tried to give it 5 stars, but this app won't let me.) I love how this book gets to point and presents time travel in such a surreal way. Normally I hate all time travel stories and movies because there's endless contradictions and treat only one time period as the present but this story gives a fun twist where the time traveler is suddenly distraught from time traveling and retrospectively describes his adventure to a group that includes the narrator.

(4.5 stars)

H.G Wells' The time machine, is an amazing tale that would stand the test of time itself..I could never get tired of this story...I collect many different versions of this book...Mark Nelson is indeed fluent & articulate, however wish he read with some emotion...if this audio book had sound effects like radio broadcast stories of the past, it would have been supreme!

interesting Classic, with a Heavy Political Bias

(3.5 stars)

Just finished this classic and am glad I listened to it! The story is told in the first person as a recounting by the time traveler of his recent adventure more than 800,000 years into the future. While the storyline is engaging, and indeed at times quite gripping, the saturation of social commentary becomes very on the nose at times. It became clear after a chapter or two of being in the future that this science fiction novel's purpose isn't so much to tell a good story, but rather is a vehicle for communicating the author's dislike for capitalism, and fantasy about what the future could become given what he saw as the plight of modern man (essentially, a wealthy class and a worker class). I don't mind books that have a worldview with which I disagree, on the contrary I find them very stimulating and thought provoking. But this particular specimen was so heavy with the political views of Wells as to make it less enjoyable. Plus, the ending is particularly in satisfying (just as War of the Worlds, also by Wells, is anticlimactic), garnering it 3.5 stars from me. Excellent performance though!