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The First Men in the Moon

Gelesen von Mark F. Smith

(4,472 Sterne; 351 Bewertungen)

Britain won the Moon Race! Decades before Neal Armstrong took his "giant leap for mankind" two intrepid adventurers from Lympne, England, journeyed there using not a rocket, but an antigravity coating.

Mr. Bedford, who narrates the tale, tells of how he fell in with eccentric inventor Mr. Cavor, grew to believe in his researches, helped him build a sphere for traveling in space, and then partnered with him in an expedition to the Moon.

What they found was fantastic! There was not only air and water, but the Moon was honeycombed with caverns and tunnels in which lived an advanced civilization of insect-like beings. While Bedford is frightened by them and bolts home, Cavor stays and is treated with great respect.

So why didn't Armstrong and later astronauts find the evidence of all this? Well, according to broadcasts by Cavor over the newly-discovered radio technology, he told the Selenites too much about mankind, and apparently, they removed the welcome mat! (Summary by Mark) (8 hr 2 min)


Mr. Bedford Meets Mr. Cavor at Lympne


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The First Making of Cavorite


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The Building of the sphere


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Inside the Sphere


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The Journey to the Moon


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The Landing on the Moon


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Sunrise on the Moon.


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A Lunar Morning.


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Prospecting Begins.


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Lost Men in the Moon


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The Mooncalf Pastures


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The Selenite's Face


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Mr. Cavor Makes Some Suggestions


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Experiments in intercourse


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The Giddy Bridge


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Points of View


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The Fight in the Cave of the Moon Butchers


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In the Sunlight


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Mr. Bedford Alone


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Mr. Bedford in Infinite Space


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Mr. Bedford at Littlestone


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The Astonishing Communication of Mr. Julius Wendigee


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An Abstract of the Six Messages First Received from Mr. Cavor


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The Natural History of the Selenites


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The Grand Lunar


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The Last Message Cavor Sent to the Earth


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Great book, Great reader!

(5 Sterne)

This is my first time hearing this story by HG Wells, and it's awesome. He masters the art of suspension of disbelief here wonderfully and spins a tale about an "odd-couple" going to the moon in something that's not a rocket ship. This is my SECOND time hearing a book read by this reader, and again I'm thoroughly impressed. Super pleasant voice to listen to, even with the slight static in the back of the recording. I wish we could get some high def audio recordings of this guy!

very well read

(3 Sterne)

Having read some HG Wells I was disappointed in the book. For the information given the book seemed too long especially the last few chapters. Gave me the impression a teacher assigned a 10 page paper and he only had 7 pages of material so 30% was fluff. Thankfully the reader was very good and that’s probably the only reason I stuck with it to the end.

(3,5 Sterne)

I like this reader, Mark Smith. I like his tone and clarity and subtlety of characterizations. If Mark could give a little more negative space for a more pleasing rhythm, he'd be perfect. I listen as I paint at my easel and the combination is splendid and enjoyable.

Over the moon !!

(5 Sterne)

Excellent reading of great novel!! Well's early writings, both scientific romance and social novels never fail to entertain. Pity about the microphone noise, but I solved that by using 'Noise Reduction' on some audio editing software.


(4,5 Sterne)

Wells seems to have spent a bit more time on character development and plot extension than he often does. The result is an entertaining story which draws to a reasonable ending. Mark Smith is superb as always.

Great book! Thank you Mark!

(5 Sterne)

first off thank you Mark for your time, every time when I listen to a book and hear your voice I look forward to listening. another classic book that has a great story!

very good read and story

(4,5 Sterne)

I really like the story. I thought it was very good and I really appreciated the ending of the effort made by the reader. I always enjoyed listening to this reader thank you.

Another Great Classic By H.G. Wells

(5 Sterne)

A must read if you love sci-fi. A bit wordy at the end of the story, but still a very good story. The whole book is very interesting and suspensful.