Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Time Machine Audiobook Review

Title: The Time Machine
Author: H.G. Wells
Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
Publisher: Listening Library
Publication Date: June 11, 2013


Listening copy via Sync


H.G. Wells' The Time Machine is one of those science fiction classics that I just never got around to reading, so I thought listening to a free Sync copy would be a perfect way to finally get around to it.

I've seen the Hollywood movie adaptations (the Rod Taylor version is infinitely better than the Guy Pearce version) and knew the basic plot already ... Victorian inventor creates time machine that takes him millennia into the future where the human race has evolved into the docile Eloi and the subterrestrial Morlocks.

But this audiobook also has Sir Derek Jacobi, one of the top ten dulcet speakers of the English language. He reads this unabridged edition of The Time Machine with appropriate wonder, charm, and suspense. This recording is delight from beginning to end.

And speaking of the end, the Hollywood versions totally leave out a whole section of the Time Traveler's adventure after he leaves the Morlocks and Eloi. And it's as creepy as hell.

BTW, is it just me, or does the cover of the audiobook look like they were trying to invoke the Tenth Doctor (an inside joke for Dr. Who fans, who know that Derek Jacobi plays an important role in the Tenth Doctor's fate)?

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