The Time Machine (Version 3)

Read by Mark Nelson

(4.6 stars; 1860 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)


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



(4.5 stars)

An enjoyable re-visit to this old classic, a time when writers showed true, thoughtful imagination instead of just gore. Mark Nelson is always a pleasure to hear. I agree with one reviewer who mourned the lack of a sequel; and I laughed at the one who derided the book as being out of step with modern scientific and philosophic predictions--I want to sell him the Brooklyn Bridge!


(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.

interesting read

(3.5 stars)

The protagonist seems remarkably ill prepared for his time travel adventure and overall kind of inept, but imagining the future evolutionary path of humanity is intriguing and makes the book a good read. Also, Mark Nelson does a great job in all his narrations.

excellent speaker, great novel

(4 stars)

Nelson does a great job between the different characters in this reading. His intensity is just right, too. His tone throughout is steady enough for me to focus entirely on the text and not his delivery itself.

(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!

great read!

(5 stars)

The voice was great, but the story! This has become my new favorite book, for sure! The large ideas it tackles are crazy, and make you feel just how small you are in the universe of time...perfect, just perfect!

A "timeless" classic before it's time.

(5 stars)

I haven't read this book since childhood, and it's one of the few books that has stuck with me, pervading my daily life at times. And now, as I go about my work, able to listen passively, I am in awe of Wells' mind. His ideas of futurism latched onto the basics of human life - love, fear, shelter, wonderment - while circumventing those base technologies we might use everyday and take for granted that he could have fumbled with for a thousand pages. Instead the traveller becomes bored in the museum in a matter of hours, presumably among future technologies. And it makes me wonder what he would have thought of the audiobook on some American dolt's cellphone. 5 stars to Wells, 5 stars to the narrator, and 5 stars to Librivox. This made my day, and will undoubtedly stoke the embers of the fire this book lit inside me so many years ago, so that it will remain burning for 800,000 years to come.

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!