The Time Machine (Version 2)


Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.7 stars; 302 reviews)

Surely the Time Traveler threw great dinner parties! His guests were treated to a once-in-forever trial of a miniature time machine - an exquisite miniature that acted so flawlessly as to appear to be stage magic. That his guests did not believe the explanation - the machine vanished into the mists of the future - was patent. Still, a couple of the more thoughtful had reservations about branding the demonstration an outright trickery. And what about the nearly-complete full-size Machine in the Traveler's laboratory?

Confronted at the next party by the disheveled Traveler, who had apparently suffered privations and who displayed two curious flowers of no known type, the Narrator's wonderment increased. For the Traveler provided a perfectly arresting story to explain his condition - a surprising tale of a far future where humankind divides into a carefree above-ground race, the Eloi, and a mechanical subterranean race, the Morlocks. A tale in which it appears that the inheritors of the Earth inhabit it as cattle for the feeding of their underground cousins!

Believe, or disbelieve? But perhaps the inventive genius of a man who can translate "thousands of millions of days" of time travel into an exact date should not be doubted! (Intro by Mark F. Smith) (3 hr 39 min)

Chapters

01 21:42 Read by Mark F. Smith
02 13:48 Read by Mark F. Smith
03 14:12 Read by Mark F. Smith
04 26:22 Read by Mark F. Smith
05 43:48 Read by Mark F. Smith
06 14:05 Read by Mark F. Smith
07 16:34 Read by Mark F. Smith
08 16:43 Read by Mark F. Smith
09 16:49 Read by Mark F. Smith
10 7:16 Read by Mark F. Smith
11 12:55 Read by Mark F. Smith
12 & Epilogue 14:55 Read by Mark F. Smith

Reviews

The Time Machine

(5 stars)

Mark Smith did a great job! He is one of the very best readers on this site. He treated the subject, which is fantastic, with appropriate objectivity. Very well done!

Beautifully read

(4 stars)

Mark did a great job reading. I am a big fan of his. I did not like the story very much. I don’t see how this book is so highly rated.

Wonderful

(5 stars)

This book however short offers a great deal of chair gripping action and mind boggling questions to which we may never find answers, save for when the time traveller is there to unveil them.

H G WELLS had such a vivid mind

(5 stars)

an excellent story I didnt want the story to end. Mark Friday Smith a talented Reader Thank you 😊

An intriguing story which makes some interesting points

(5 stars)

Narrated perfectly too! I would definitely recommend it to those who wish to embark upon an adventure through time

Great story and great reader

(5 stars)

The story is captivating and thrilling. Keeps you wanting more and to not stop listening. The reader did a phenomenal job reading the story. He had different voices for the different characters, spoke very well and clearly, and was enjoyable to listen to.

Beautiful

(5 stars)

A very nice voice for this story. I love the magic and imagination contained in the mind of H. G. Wells. I hope this is the first of many surprising books to be found in this app.

time machine version 2 - worth a listen!

(4 stars)

I preferred this reading to version 4 of the time machine on librivox. I still found it was read a little slow for my liking though. it was an interesting book. I was a little confused as to when it was set as it says 'two hundred and 8000' but its certainly many millenia ahead of now anyway. I was hoping it would be set around now so that I could compare what he predicted for the future now. Definitely worth a listen though. A bit dystopian. Very descriptive. Interesting.