The Invisible Man


Read by Alex Foster

(4.5 stars; 2054 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
Chapters 03-04 24:25 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 05-07 29:14 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 08-10 18:34 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 11-12 18:27 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 13-14 17:19 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 15-17 26:32 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 18-19 18:36 Read by Alex Foster
Chapter 20 19:50 Read by Alex Foster
Chapters 21-22 21:26 Read by Alex Foster
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!


(5 stars)

A gripping story of either an evil genius or a man driven to extremes by necessity. H.G. Wells was a gifted writer and filled his works with social commentary. This story has a subtle moral on society. A man given what should be an amazing superpower instantly believes himself to be beyond society and even the ruler of it. In the end [spoiler] he learns that outside of society and its rules one is powerless. A good indication of Wells's socialism. Very well read by Mr. Foster.

Great Classic, Great Narration


(5 stars)

As others have stated, I wish our narrator would have done more books! This was a great listen - I’ve always wanted to read this book (as I do most classics), but I don’t ever have the time between work, parenting and facilitating a book club lol so this was the perfect option. H G Wells always did an amazing job of describing the sense and feel of what was happening; really visual descriptions that bring you straight into the scenes. The Invisible Man is one of those classics that should always be read, a great plot, great twists, and of course an awesome exploration of what one MIGHT do should they find themselves invisible to those around them.

Where are my glasses?


(5 stars)

A wonderful way to listen knowing your dreams of all the past readings in one's life brought back to the memory by an illustrated, author.such as H.G. Wells is sublime creative genius. Every chapter takes an individual journey to one more picture the listener carefully identifies from the words of a classic tale. Each time the story tells of an encounter in meta-fiction writing, the urge to see a clearer picture of what the book creates in the imagination of an artist without instruction is obvious to many. It is no wonder why these words have contributed to so many creative acts.Headphones on, body relaxed, and glasses off. A delightful way to spend an afternoon. Thank you, kindly for sharing.

8.5 out of 10


(4.5 stars)

The books ok. Little slow going, and tedious at times...could just be my preferences. I can see how it would appeal to some people. My grandpa, for example. Reader is really nice. Pleasant voice, nice rhythm often as not, can be annoying at times, due to completely unnecessary stops and some stuttering. The plot is fairly interesting, depending on what you like. On the whole, this is a very nice book, great narration, and a pretty good read. I give it 4 and 1/2 stars because it is not perfect, but ok. I definatly recommend you try it.

Very good!


(4.5 stars)

Alright, before I give a book analysis: I originally wanted to title this review “The Invisible Review” and leave this part blank. I decided it wasn’t worth it. With that out of the way, this story is incredible, yet it requires some patience to listen to, as it’s not exactly a NASCAR-speed book. Alex Foster does a great job with this H. G. Wells classic, I listen to it quite often! This tale is probably best for ages 11 and above. ….wow, this review turned out to be a mess, I apologize to all the confused review-surfers out there!


(2 stars)

It's tolerable, at best. The concept is great and there are some profoundly clever moments. It moves, however, at a snail's pace, which really hampers the excitement and tension that is meant to be building. The ending is as dull as you could possibly fathom, to the point that it's almost not worth bothering. This is definitely one of HG Wells's weakest stories. Way too much wasted potential.

Narrator as ghostly storyteller


(5 stars)

One feels that Mr Foster is a character in the story, as real as the Invisible Man...as though Griffin himself were telling the story in third person, making subtle allowances for his sudden and lethal addiction to power. He implies more regret over not mastering his temper than about misusing his genius. A very nuanced narration.

Loved being able to listen for free!


(4 stars)

My first LibriVox book. Reader was excellent! Very enjoyable. I’d like to hear other books read by him. I didn’t know how this story ended and after years and years of knowing about the Invisible Man I found the end left much to be desired. However I really liked the epilogue.