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Listening time: 27 hrs 16 mins He’s often been called the father of science fiction. Now, listen to H. G. Wells’ five science fiction novels in one definitive collection. Introduced by film director and H. G. Wells fanboy Eli Roth, the collection features unabridged recordings of the novels performed by Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, David Tennant and Alexan Listening time: 27 hrs 16 mins He’s often been called the father of science fiction. Now, listen to H. G. Wells’ five science fiction novels in one definitive collection. Introduced by film director and H. G. Wells fanboy Eli Roth, the collection features unabridged recordings of the novels performed by Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, David Tennant and Alexander Vlahos. The War of the Worlds narrated by David Tennant When Earth is invaded by Martians in great mechanical tripods, terror ensues. They are equipped with heat rays and poisonous black gas, intent on wiping out the human race. During the destruction, one man’s story details the monstrous invasion and his struggle to find his wife in the devastation. The First Men in the Moon narrated by Alexander Vlahos A chance meeting between penniless businessman Mr Bedford and absentminded scientist Dr Cavor leads the two on a fantastical journey to the moon. However, they are unprepared for what they find: freezing nights, boiling days and sinister alien life. Will they be trapped forever? The Time Machine narrated by Hugh Bonneville Transported to the year AD 802,701, the Time Traveller encounters the peaceful Eloi, a beautiful elfin race of childlike adults afraid of the dark, and with good reason. Beneath the earth’s surface live the Morlocks, apish troglodytes who torment the Eloi. When the time machine is stolen, the Time Traveller must enter Morlock territory if he ever hopes to return home. The Invisible Man narrated by Sophie Okonedo When a strange man takes shelter at an inn, his skin covered from head to toe in bandages, he causes distrust. Griffin, a scientist, reveals that he has successfully managed to turn himself invisible, but alas without a way of undoing it. Desperate for a cure, his ailment drives him to many sinister actions, including murder. The Island of Dr Moreau narrated by Jason Isaacs Edward Prendick, the single survivor of a shipwreck, is rescued by Montgomery in a vessel carrying a menagerie of savage animals. Taken to an uncharted island, he meets Dr Moreau - a brilliant scientist whose notorious experiments have caused him to abandon the civilised world. It soon becomes clear he has been developing these experiments - with truly horrific results. Known as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’, Herbert George Wells’ writing career spanned over 60 years. He was a writer of novels, short stories, nonfiction books and articles. As a young man, Wells won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, sparking his infamous vocation as a science fiction writer.


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Listening time: 27 hrs 16 mins He’s often been called the father of science fiction. Now, listen to H. G. Wells’ five science fiction novels in one definitive collection. Introduced by film director and H. G. Wells fanboy Eli Roth, the collection features unabridged recordings of the novels performed by Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, David Tennant and Alexan Listening time: 27 hrs 16 mins He’s often been called the father of science fiction. Now, listen to H. G. Wells’ five science fiction novels in one definitive collection. Introduced by film director and H. G. Wells fanboy Eli Roth, the collection features unabridged recordings of the novels performed by Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, David Tennant and Alexander Vlahos. The War of the Worlds narrated by David Tennant When Earth is invaded by Martians in great mechanical tripods, terror ensues. They are equipped with heat rays and poisonous black gas, intent on wiping out the human race. During the destruction, one man’s story details the monstrous invasion and his struggle to find his wife in the devastation. The First Men in the Moon narrated by Alexander Vlahos A chance meeting between penniless businessman Mr Bedford and absentminded scientist Dr Cavor leads the two on a fantastical journey to the moon. However, they are unprepared for what they find: freezing nights, boiling days and sinister alien life. Will they be trapped forever? The Time Machine narrated by Hugh Bonneville Transported to the year AD 802,701, the Time Traveller encounters the peaceful Eloi, a beautiful elfin race of childlike adults afraid of the dark, and with good reason. Beneath the earth’s surface live the Morlocks, apish troglodytes who torment the Eloi. When the time machine is stolen, the Time Traveller must enter Morlock territory if he ever hopes to return home. The Invisible Man narrated by Sophie Okonedo When a strange man takes shelter at an inn, his skin covered from head to toe in bandages, he causes distrust. Griffin, a scientist, reveals that he has successfully managed to turn himself invisible, but alas without a way of undoing it. Desperate for a cure, his ailment drives him to many sinister actions, including murder. The Island of Dr Moreau narrated by Jason Isaacs Edward Prendick, the single survivor of a shipwreck, is rescued by Montgomery in a vessel carrying a menagerie of savage animals. Taken to an uncharted island, he meets Dr Moreau - a brilliant scientist whose notorious experiments have caused him to abandon the civilised world. It soon becomes clear he has been developing these experiments - with truly horrific results. Known as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’, Herbert George Wells’ writing career spanned over 60 years. He was a writer of novels, short stories, nonfiction books and articles. As a young man, Wells won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, sparking his infamous vocation as a science fiction writer.

30 review for H.G. Wells: The Science Fiction Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I'm relatively new to Wells' writing, and the one book I've already read didn't really wow me, but the excellent cast of this collection made me want to give him another try. I am still in awe of the man's imagination and the complexity of his stories (especially when they explore humanity and make you question who the true monster of the story is), but the writing style still isn't really my thing. My favorites of this collection are The Island of Doctor Moreau (so deeply twisted and disturbing I'm relatively new to Wells' writing, and the one book I've already read didn't really wow me, but the excellent cast of this collection made me want to give him another try. I am still in awe of the man's imagination and the complexity of his stories (especially when they explore humanity and make you question who the true monster of the story is), but the writing style still isn't really my thing. My favorites of this collection are The Island of Doctor Moreau (so deeply twisted and disturbing, all made even more terrifying by Jason Isaac's superb narration) and The War of the Worlds (mostly thanks to David Tennant's wonderful narration, but the exploration of how quickly humans fall apart under attack was also pretty scary). The War of the Worlds - read by David Tennant Story: 4 stars Narration: 5 stars (duh, it's David Tennant) The First Men in the Moon - read by Alexander Vlahos Story: 3 stars Narration: 4 stars (he is an excellent narrator, but I don't really like the sound of his voice) The Time Machine - read by Hugh Bonneville Story: 3 stars Narration: 5 stars The Invisible Man - read by Sophie Okonedo Story: 2 stars Narration: 3 stars The Island of Doctor Moreau - read by Jason Isaacs Story: 4 stars Narration: 5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gabi

    This collection was my first encounter with H. G. Wells' writing ( and even in other media I've only seen the classic Time Machine). I was positively surprised how clever and witty bis thoughts and writing were. The stories are nearly all 4 stars for me ( I rated the single volumes ). Yet this audiobook collection gets a fifth star because of the narrators. Every single one of them shines! They brought across the Britishness, the superior feeling of this time and the tongue-in-cheekiness of some This collection was my first encounter with H. G. Wells' writing ( and even in other media I've only seen the classic Time Machine). I was positively surprised how clever and witty bis thoughts and writing were. The stories are nearly all 4 stars for me ( I rated the single volumes ). Yet this audiobook collection gets a fifth star because of the narrators. Every single one of them shines! They brought across the Britishness, the superior feeling of this time and the tongue-in-cheekiness of some of the characters/narrations in such a splendid way that listening to them was pure delight. If you're new to Wells do yourself a favour and start with this collection.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jay Gabler

    Lucius Malfoy reading The Island of Dr. Moreau? Doctor Who reading The War of the Worlds? Come on, what more do you need to know? I reviewed H.G. Wells: The Science Fiction Collection for The Tangential. Lucius Malfoy reading The Island of Dr. Moreau? Doctor Who reading The War of the Worlds? Come on, what more do you need to know? I reviewed H.G. Wells: The Science Fiction Collection for The Tangential.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    What a great collection! As a kid, I had read "The Time Machine", "The Invisible Man" and "The Island of Doctor Moreau". It was great to hear these stories again. It was my first time hearing "War of the Worlds" and I was surprised at how closely the Tom Cruise movie adaptation from 2005 followed the book. The book was written in 1898! Wells' imagination was truly ahead of his time. I struggled with "The First Men In the Moon", found it to be a bit tedious. I'm glad the narrators were true voice What a great collection! As a kid, I had read "The Time Machine", "The Invisible Man" and "The Island of Doctor Moreau". It was great to hear these stories again. It was my first time hearing "War of the Worlds" and I was surprised at how closely the Tom Cruise movie adaptation from 2005 followed the book. The book was written in 1898! Wells' imagination was truly ahead of his time. I struggled with "The First Men In the Moon", found it to be a bit tedious. I'm glad the narrators were true voice actors; they were phenomenal. I'm so glad I chose this collection. I know I'll listen to it again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    NephriteON

    The following review was originally published in the online newspaper The Orkney News. Link here. https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/05/10... There is also a second review for one of the other stories in this set. Link here. https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/05/18... H.G. Wells: The Science Fiction Collection: The First Men In The Moon Informational Note: This is a collection I am reviewing as I was given access to a review copy by the audiobook’s publisher. It feels good to return to audiobooks once aga The following review was originally published in the online newspaper The Orkney News. Link here. https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/05/10... There is also a second review for one of the other stories in this set. Link here. https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/05/18... H.G. Wells: The Science Fiction Collection: The First Men In The Moon Informational Note: This is a collection I am reviewing as I was given access to a review copy by the audiobook’s publisher. It feels good to return to audiobooks once again after my sojourn to the world of comic books in my last series of articles. This is a release I have been looking forward to since I heard it was due to release. I’ve been quite the fan of H.G. Wells for a number of years now. In particular classics like the 1933 Universal film The Invisible Man, the 1950s film adaptation of The War Of The Worlds and numerous others had sparked my interest previously. I have decided to review two of the five audiobook adaptations contained in the Science Fiction Collection published and exclusively released by Audible, Amazon’s audiobook based subsidiary. First of all I will focus on The First Men In The Moon which I have no prior experience with. The version in this collection is narrated by an actor called Alexander Vlahos who readers may know as Phillippe, Duke of Orleans in the television drama Versailles or as Mordred in the semi-recent BBC version of Merlin. I will discuss a synopsis of the plot and then discuss the narration and certain other factors. The plot begins when a London businessman called Mr Bedford withdraws to the countryside with the intent to write a play to alleviate his financial woes. He rents a country house to begin writing only to become heavily distracted at the same time every evening by a passerby who makes unusual and confusing noises. When Mr Bedford attempts to complain he discovers the man is an eccentric – to put it mildly! – scientist called Mr Cavor. Cavor tells Bedford about a theory he has developed for a potential substance called Cavorite which Bedford begins to get swept up in. Together they plan future uses for Cavorite – once it is discovered – and eventually use it as a fuel source for a means to get to the moon. I won’t give away what occurs on the moon – for the sake of first time listeners or readers like myself – but I will say it is suitably fantastical and very well written as one would expect from the ‘Father’ of Science Fiction. If Mary Shelly is the ‘Mother’ as has been argued then H.G Wells and Jules Verne could easily be the ‘Father’. The story is very engaging with an entertaining flow to the narrative. Bedford and Cavor are both very flawed individuals and hearing the story from Bedford’s point of view allows the reader to hear his perspective and thoughts on events. This can give some events an interesting twist as it becomes clear there are biases at work. There is also at least one very ‘interesting’ phrase I noticed you wouldn’t get away with now but was common at the time. I won’t specify but I commend Audible for not removing it or ‘sanitising’ the story as has happened over the years to other older classic authors. Alexander Vlahos has done a rather enjoyable job with the narration. His tone was perfect for the mental image of Bedford as a slightly pathetic or somewhat sleazy Edwardian businessman down on his luck who latches on a somewhat crazy scheme, not realising what’s about to happen. Cavor on the other hand is the perfect example of the scientist or politician who only works in theoreticals with no understanding of how their theory would work in practicality combined with a belief that everyone thinks like them as well as both of them having strong imperialist streaks. In other words Vlahos is an excellent narrator who manages to bring out the social criticism of politics and imperialists in a way that even I as a modern listener was able to catch the undertone. I must commend him for that as quite often I only discover a text was supposed to have a subtext or hidden meaning after reading interviews with the author or reading several long discourses on the topic. I would definitely recommend the collection as a whole. The team that worked on it definitely have put a lot of work into it and it shows. But one thing I will have to mention is the price. For an Audible member the price is a sizeable amount in the £40 range – unfortunately I am no longer able to see its price for Audible members as I used one of Audible’s credits (Basically a free book for a set amount every month) to buy a personal copy on release. My readers and fellow audiobook listeners however have three options: 1. Get an Audible membership and choose this collection as your free audiobook when you sign up. 2. This is the option I use – Sign up for a regular membership with however many Credits (I.e. ‘Free’ books for a set amount every month) and use one to obtain this collection. 3. Buy a different H.G Wells collection with different narrators or a different price. The choice is yours as my reader but be forewarned. This collection is definitely worth your money in my opinion but know what you are getting into. My next article will be another story from this Collection but I will leave you guessing as to which H.G Wells classic it will be. Sayonara! Nephrite

  6. 5 out of 5

    Trey Stone

    I finally got through H.G. Wells’ Science Fiction Collection and damn… This thing was much more fun than I imagined. I read the Audible version of these books, which is a collection of 5 stories. They are as follows: The War of the Worlds narrated by David Tennant The First Men in the Moon narrated by Alexander Vlahos The Time Machine narrated by Hugh Bonneville The Invisible Man narrated by Sophie Okonedo The Island of Dr Moreau narrated by Jason Isaacs If you’ve paid attention, you know that I haven’ I finally got through H.G. Wells’ Science Fiction Collection and damn… This thing was much more fun than I imagined. I read the Audible version of these books, which is a collection of 5 stories. They are as follows: The War of the Worlds narrated by David Tennant The First Men in the Moon narrated by Alexander Vlahos The Time Machine narrated by Hugh Bonneville The Invisible Man narrated by Sophie Okonedo The Island of Dr Moreau narrated by Jason Isaacs If you’ve paid attention, you know that I haven’t read many classics. Off the top of my head I can name 1984, Lord Of The Flies and The Picture of Dorian Gray, and I think that’s it. So even though I recognized the name H.G. Wells and knew that he’s considered the father of science fiction, I had never read any of his stuff before. Hell, I didn’t even know he’d written these things. Three out of these five stories I knew about from other sources: The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Dr Moreau. Other than that, I was completely blind and didn’t have much expectations. Well, I sure am glad I gave Wells a chance… The first thing that struck me, starting with War of the Worlds was how captivating the writing was. I think I was expecting something clunky, out of date and aged, but it felt like it could have been written last year. And it was enthralling! Detailed and gripping, occasionally slightly drawn out, but never boring. I was hooked. I figured War of the Worlds would be my favorite. I know the story partly from that Tom Cruise movie, and I figured it was first in line for a reason. And don’t get me wrong, it was fantastic, but The First Men in the Moon is by far my favorite. It’s so unique, so clever and… Well, this might be a stupid point to make about a guy who’s named the father of science-fiction, but the science part (in all of the stories) really impressed me. It’s hard kind of sci-fi, it’s very convincing and it really sets the atmosphere for all of these stories. I drags you in slowly, taking time to explain a lot of things in elaborate detail. Before you know it, you’re on the edge of your seat because you realize the terrifying implications of this new technology. The Time Machine was probably my least favorite. It’s a fun and interesting story, but – and I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying this – it kind of defeats itself. It’s told from the perspective of the time traveler, and if you’ve thought as far ahead as I did, then yeah… you’ve probably reached the same conclusion. Sure, the story is fun enough and it’s an exciting premise, but it lacks… Conflict. The Invisible Man was the one I figured I knew the best, because I love the Kevin Bacon movie Hollowman. Turns out – beyond having an invisible man in it – there’s not much of a connection between those two stories at all (who knew?!) But The Invisible Man was great. A bit slow to start, but it developed really well. And this might be weird to say, but I felt like it worked particularly well in audio format. As if the whole invisibility thing and the terror that follows the story was enhanced by hearing about it, not just reading it. The Island of Dr Moreau surprised me as well. It’s the kind of story I know of, probably through references and parodies in popular culture, but I had really no idea what I was in for. Turns out, it actually quite terrifying. All in all, I’m very happy I finally found time to read some Wells. His writing is superb, and I think it’s aged really well.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lady Safari

    Audiobook Review This is a complication of 5 books. To be honest, I was only familiar with the last story, and was only interested in the first story. But before I briefly touch on each book, I agree with Eli Roth’s introduction in the opening credits. HG Wells really was a genius with his books and I also believe that he opened the door to so many of the sci-fi stories I enjoyed growing up. War of the Worlds. I absolutely love David Tennant’s voice. He is an excellent narrator. Since I am quite f Audiobook Review This is a complication of 5 books. To be honest, I was only familiar with the last story, and was only interested in the first story. But before I briefly touch on each book, I agree with Eli Roth’s introduction in the opening credits. HG Wells really was a genius with his books and I also believe that he opened the door to so many of the sci-fi stories I enjoyed growing up. War of the Worlds. I absolutely love David Tennant’s voice. He is an excellent narrator. Since I am quite familiar with the fighting style of British military from this period, I could totally see how an alien species would totally annihilate them. This was the story I wanted to listen to. The First Men in the Moon I wasn’t familiar with Alexander Vlahos, but I enjoyed his narrative. Again, a surprising story that captured my imagination. The Time Machine I enjoyed Hugh Bonneville’s narration, but this story is just one that I couldn’t get into. I restarted it over and over, but it just couldn’t capture me. The Invisible Man Sophie Okonedo did a brilliant narrative. This was probably my favourite story. I had no idea what to expect and I think Mr Wells truly understood the physiological effect that invisibility would have on a person. The Island Dr Moreau I enjoyed Jason Isaac’s narrative. However, the story subject isn’t one I liked. When science goes too far and scientists make themselves gods. And I fear we are seeing this play out in the Covid pandemic today.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Classics! Especially War of the Worlds. I read War of the Worlds when I was a kid. I forgot how wonderful the original story was written and told. So glad I listened to it again! David Tenant was great as narrator. My favorite of his H.G. Wells passes Aug 13th, 1946. I was born later but that date and Alfred Hitchcock was born that date. I say that's why I love sci-fi and fantasy with a touch of dark. The First Men on the Moon - As we know more it is probably more fantastical then when originally Classics! Especially War of the Worlds. I read War of the Worlds when I was a kid. I forgot how wonderful the original story was written and told. So glad I listened to it again! David Tenant was great as narrator. My favorite of his H.G. Wells passes Aug 13th, 1946. I was born later but that date and Alfred Hitchcock was born that date. I say that's why I love sci-fi and fantasy with a touch of dark. The First Men on the Moon - As we know more it is probably more fantastical then when originally written but still good. The Time Machine also a classic but my brain pictures the film version. especially the iconic build of the time machine. The Invisible Man still a shock at how violent he was. More sinister. Not sure I had ever actually read this one. To me the personality of Griffin is negative already. Could a better soul make things work differently? Different time frame - probably not. The masses would be just as afraid today of that kind of unknown. The Island of Dr. Moreau - This one is more horrorific too. I hadn't read this one before. Most fast paced story of the group. Harder to believe with modern knowledge but if you put that aside the look at the natural behavior of man and beast is interesting. Animals suffer today because of humans - loss of environment, testing, hunting, and more. So have we really evolved? No.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maciej Siwek

    As a reader (listener) from over a century in the future, I obviously have some insight that the author lacked. I picked up this collection as a typical "hey, let's get into some classic" and even though I knew I'll probably still find it relatable I was amazed. Despite the cultural differences in woman's place in the world, that for Wells must have been normal and maybe some quirks of the scientific explanations, the world he depicts and story he tells are amazing. I particularly liked the ones As a reader (listener) from over a century in the future, I obviously have some insight that the author lacked. I picked up this collection as a typical "hey, let's get into some classic" and even though I knew I'll probably still find it relatable I was amazed. Despite the cultural differences in woman's place in the world, that for Wells must have been normal and maybe some quirks of the scientific explanations, the world he depicts and story he tells are amazing. I particularly liked the ones I haven't seen before (like Time Machine or War of the Worlds movie) - The Island of Dr Moreau and peculiar differences of The First Men in the Moon was especially interesting. Ultimately Wells writes, as most of the sci-fi authors, about humans. Their flaws and virtues and interest in science and growth. Stories from this collection are captivating and I would surely recommend them to anyone (not only sci-fi readers). As for the Audible part of it - nothing short of greatness. Technically perfect, with great voice acting and ambient music in the right moment. Once again - I totally recommend it to anyone willing to enjoy this classic of sci-fi literature.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vivian Matsui

    Esta é uma coletânea de 5 livros (áudio) de Wells, 27h 16min: The War of the Worlds, na voz do David Tennant <3, The First Men in the Moon, na voz de Alexander Vlahos, The Time Machine, na voz de Hugh Bonneville, The Invisible Man, por Sophie Okonedo, e The Island of Dr Moreau, por Jason Isaacs. Acho que algumas histórias não envelheceram bem, com a do primeiro homem na lua. Time Machine me deu muitas saudades da minha época Doctor who.... O guerra dos mundos eu li faz alguns anos, e esqueci que Esta é uma coletânea de 5 livros (áudio) de Wells, 27h 16min: The War of the Worlds, na voz do David Tennant <3, The First Men in the Moon, na voz de Alexander Vlahos, The Time Machine, na voz de Hugh Bonneville, The Invisible Man, por Sophie Okonedo, e The Island of Dr Moreau, por Jason Isaacs. Acho que algumas histórias não envelheceram bem, com a do primeiro homem na lua. Time Machine me deu muitas saudades da minha época Doctor who.... O guerra dos mundos eu li faz alguns anos, e esqueci que tinha lido, quer dizer que não me marcou nada. O homem invisível é o melhor, e já tinha lido, também faz uns anos, mas como vi recentemente o filme com a Elizabeth Moss, fiquei com vontade de revisitá-lo, então já que estava nessa coleção, foi uma mão na roda. Do Time Machine e do Dr. Moreau, imagino que a Margaret Atwood tenha recebido bastante influência (e de outros, suponho) para o livro MaddAddão, que li recentemente, pelo menos na criação de novos tipos de seres humanoides. O audio em si tem alguns problemas, às vezes corta e repete a última frase. Mas para 5 livros pelo preço de 1, está de bom tamanho.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Brilliant collection of Sci-Fi and a brilliant set of narrators. I would definitely recommend this as an audiobook for the narrators alone. Each one was really good - a lot of talent there. They all interpret the stories so well (although I think Alexander Vlahos may be my favourite). In terms of stories, I can appreciate H. G. Wells' talent and imagination in all of them. I did like some more than others, but they all have something thought provoking about them. The First Men in the Moon really st Brilliant collection of Sci-Fi and a brilliant set of narrators. I would definitely recommend this as an audiobook for the narrators alone. Each one was really good - a lot of talent there. They all interpret the stories so well (although I think Alexander Vlahos may be my favourite). In terms of stories, I can appreciate H. G. Wells' talent and imagination in all of them. I did like some more than others, but they all have something thought provoking about them. The First Men in the Moon really struck a chord with me. This may be a little bit spoilery (sorry!), but the part where we, as humans, are viewed from the outside and the others struggle to understand how we can actively seek to kill each other in wars struck me as being so insightful. * Forgot to leave a separate update for the last story. 100% - The Island of Doctor Moreau - narrated by Jason Isaacs. As far as story goes, I think this was my least favourite one. The concept was a bit too strange and I didn't find it as meaningful as some of the others. That being said, Jason Isaacs was superb!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Horia

    What a collection this is! A must read for all generations. I was skeptical on diving into stories 130+ years old (2 centuries old). Specially stories of which references I was bombarded since childhood. I thought I knew them, seeing at least one movie adaptation for each book and dozen of references (least for man in the moon). I was expecting some kind of Jules Verne writing style and approach. Something jovial, positive, adventurous, and sure to spark the imagination of a teen mind. These are no What a collection this is! A must read for all generations. I was skeptical on diving into stories 130+ years old (2 centuries old). Specially stories of which references I was bombarded since childhood. I thought I knew them, seeing at least one movie adaptation for each book and dozen of references (least for man in the moon). I was expecting some kind of Jules Verne writing style and approach. Something jovial, positive, adventurous, and sure to spark the imagination of a teen mind. These are not that. One thing is for sure, these stories are not for early teens! Most of the stories paint a gritty atmosphere and involve strong graphical depictions (see "the invisible man", "war of the worlds" and "the island of doctor Monroe" even "the time machine"). As such, these stories use the sci-fi element to drill into the human psychic and explore what if scenarios. And that's why most of these stories aged really well. The audible version is spot on, with the entire cast doing justice to the english roots of these stories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gavin Jefferson

    War of the Worlds 5/5 Fantastic. Narrated by David Tennant. The First Men in the Moon 3.5/5 War of the Worlds, but from the friendly Earthborn 'invader' perspective.' A scientist and a playwright explore the moon, and meet the natives. Interesting, and well written. Good, but dragged towards the end. The Time Machine 3.5/5 Is this the earliest published tale of time-travel? I don't know. The story has been recycled many times over, but I'm still impressed by how thoughtful it is. The explanation of War of the Worlds 5/5 Fantastic. Narrated by David Tennant. The First Men in the Moon 3.5/5 War of the Worlds, but from the friendly Earthborn 'invader' perspective.' A scientist and a playwright explore the moon, and meet the natives. Interesting, and well written. Good, but dragged towards the end. The Time Machine 3.5/5 Is this the earliest published tale of time-travel? I don't know. The story has been recycled many times over, but I'm still impressed by how thoughtful it is. The explanation of time, as the fourth dimension, is fantastic. The Invisible Man 3/5 I wasn't as taken with this as I'd hoped. Much of the story I knew, so it felt like treading old boards. Good, with great ideas and a decent execution, but I didn't love it. The Island of Dr Moreau 4/5 I was genuinely, pleasantly surprised by this book. It's macabre, and eerie, and I'm curious to know how it was received at the time. Enjoyed it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    Really good reading of Well's most famoues science fiction. i can only give it 4 stars though, because I cannot listen to 'Dr Moreau' once it gets to the chapter "The crying of the puma". It's too awful in the book; I couldn't bear to hear it. Well's writing style is so skilful - he doesn't go in for a lot of description, but says what he means. It makes his stories starkly real - hence why I can't bear to read or hear about the suffering of the snimals. Really good reading of Well's most famoues science fiction. i can only give it 4 stars though, because I cannot listen to 'Dr Moreau' once it gets to the chapter "The crying of the puma". It's too awful in the book; I couldn't bear to hear it. Well's writing style is so skilful - he doesn't go in for a lot of description, but says what he means. It makes his stories starkly real - hence why I can't bear to read or hear about the suffering of the snimals.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    The first three books are excellent especially David Tennants performance for War of the Worlds. Some of the language and turns of phrase can be dated, but considering that some stories are over 120 years old that's a minor thing. I couldn't get into the Invisible man and the Island of Dr Moreau but others may enjoy them. Well worth reading as a collection. The first three books are excellent especially David Tennants performance for War of the Worlds. Some of the language and turns of phrase can be dated, but considering that some stories are over 120 years old that's a minor thing. I couldn't get into the Invisible man and the Island of Dr Moreau but others may enjoy them. Well worth reading as a collection.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paul Dinger

    Though he is writing about the future, Wells is writing about the past. You can see Victorian England with its disparity between classes in the Time Machine. It's taking over the world in War of the Worlds, and even in its attitude of colonialism in The Island of Doctor Moreau. As I have gotten into SCI fi, I have gotten more into H. G. Wells, who wasn't just its master but its prophet. Though he is writing about the future, Wells is writing about the past. You can see Victorian England with its disparity between classes in the Time Machine. It's taking over the world in War of the Worlds, and even in its attitude of colonialism in The Island of Doctor Moreau. As I have gotten into SCI fi, I have gotten more into H. G. Wells, who wasn't just its master but its prophet.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Charon Lloyd-Roberts

    I have tried to get past The First Men on The Moon three times but I just can't. I'm sure the other books in this collection are good but the story listed just dragged on so much I gave up and I won't bother with the rest. I did enjoy War of the Worlds though it was the only reason I got this collection if I'm honest. I have tried to get past The First Men on The Moon three times but I just can't. I'm sure the other books in this collection are good but the story listed just dragged on so much I gave up and I won't bother with the rest. I did enjoy War of the Worlds though it was the only reason I got this collection if I'm honest.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andi

    We only listened to War of the Worlds (6 hrs), read by the excellent David Tennant. It was fast-paced, and a fantastic story. It was also remarkable how closely the Tom Cruise movie followed the plot, especially given the age of the story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    This is a very well-read collection of H.G. Wells books that I highly recommend to anyone who has found it difficult to read the books themselves. Unfortunately “The Invisible Man” is not edited well.

  20. 5 out of 5

    James Seamone

    Classics that should be read at least once in your life. Very dated but interesting ideas.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ivan Valev

    A must.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    Very captivating stories and original way of writing. Classic!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Davin

    Just finished listening to this. Great listen the stories are always good to listen to or read

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    Something to revisit I haven’t listened to all the stories but I will in the future. What I’ve heard I’ve enjoyed and the stories are to be savoured.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steve Dunn

    Superb. Great narration. My favourite story remains The Time Machine, with the Island of Dr Moreau a close second.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Rodriguez

    Excellent collection of H.G. Wells stories!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I first discovered H.G. Wells, the father of science fiction in my early teens. It ignited my lifelong fascination with this genre. I had a HUGE book of all his stories but this version is so much more convenient - and fascinating. To listen to the various narrators of these stories conjures up all of that initial obsession and the highlight is David Tennant telling us the story of "War of the Worlds". Love love love this audiobook I first discovered H.G. Wells, the father of science fiction in my early teens. It ignited my lifelong fascination with this genre. I had a HUGE book of all his stories but this version is so much more convenient - and fascinating. To listen to the various narrators of these stories conjures up all of that initial obsession and the highlight is David Tennant telling us the story of "War of the Worlds". Love love love this audiobook

  28. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Currie

    I listened to the unabridged audiobooks versions of each. I finished the first one, War of the Worlds, months ago. Love War of the Worlds and have seen many adaptations. I was surprised at how much they still use, considering the age of the book. Excellent. 4 stars. Next I listened to The First Men in the Moon. This was not nearly as successful. As we all know by now, pretty much everything in this book is wrong. It is as much an adventure story as anything, or it tries to be, but I didn't think i I listened to the unabridged audiobooks versions of each. I finished the first one, War of the Worlds, months ago. Love War of the Worlds and have seen many adaptations. I was surprised at how much they still use, considering the age of the book. Excellent. 4 stars. Next I listened to The First Men in the Moon. This was not nearly as successful. As we all know by now, pretty much everything in this book is wrong. It is as much an adventure story as anything, or it tries to be, but I didn't think it worked on that level either. Sorry, 2 stars. Finished 16 May 2020. The Time Machine - Better than the last, but I had some of the same issues. The discovering and deployment of the Time Machine are much more interesting than the adventure he gets into once traveling to the future, which takes up most of the book. 3 stars. Finished 22 May 2020. The Invisible Man - I'd read this so nothing new for me but again I would have to say the idea is brilliant, but turning it into primarily an adventure story was not the best idea. It goes on far too long and... well, you know how it is going to end. 3 stars. Finished 2 June 2020. The Island of Dr. Moreau - This is a bit more interesting than the others, but again the idea is much more interesting than the execution. 3.5 stars. Finished 22 June 2020

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    8th Best Audiobook of 2020! I really enjoyed this collection - 4* I first started this collection in August 2019 when I'd just finished the mammoth 72 hours of Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Audio Collection. This is much smaller than that at approximately 27 hours. I still needed a break from this when term first started in autumn but that had nothing to do with the audiobook and more with workload. I've updated each book individually with the review so I won't be going into specific plot deta 8th Best Audiobook of 2020! I really enjoyed this collection - 4* I first started this collection in August 2019 when I'd just finished the mammoth 72 hours of Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Audio Collection. This is much smaller than that at approximately 27 hours. I still needed a break from this when term first started in autumn but that had nothing to do with the audiobook and more with workload. I've updated each book individually with the review so I won't be going into specific plot details here. However, this audiobook will always remind me when I was listening to the The War of the Worlds on the way to Newcastle, I went day drinking and anyway came home and I had one of the most vivid dreams of my life. War of the Worlds meets London meets me as an action hero. Yeah wild. Anyway, I enjoyed the wide range of narrators. My favourite was obviously David Tennant but each narrator fit for the book weirdly. Audible did really well on their narration audiobook.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Healy

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