The Time Machine Audible Hörbuch – Ungekürzte Ausgabe
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When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realises that this beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture - now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. But they have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity - the sinister Morlocks. And when the scientist's time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels, if he is ever to return to his own era.
About the Narrator: John Banks is one of the UK's most prolific audiobook narrators, working for the likes of Big Finish, Audible, Random House and Games Workshop. He is a true multi-voice, creating everything from monsters to marauding aliens. He is also an accomplished stage and TV actor.
About the Author: Herbert George Wells was a novelist, teacher, historian and journalist, who has become known as the "father of science fiction." His works have been adapted countless times, and provided the basis for many literary and theatrical productions.
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|Geschrieben von||H. G. Wells|
|Gesprochen von||John Banks|
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|Audible.de Erscheinungsdatum||06 Februar 2017|
|Amazon Bestseller-Rang|| Nr. 35,641 in Audible Hörbücher & Originals (Siehe Top 100 in Audible Hörbücher & Originals) |
Nr. 80 in Science Fiction Zeitreisen
Nr. 1,061 in Literaturklassiker
Nr. 4,155 in Fantasy (Audible Hörbücher & Originals)
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I love time-travelling stories (yeah, I admit, I am a Whovian) and therefore "The Time Machine" is kind of must-read, because it is the first time in literature that time-travelling (using a machine) is described.
Considering that this story has been published in 1895 it is an amazing scenario Mr. Wells paints in his novel.
The story is narrated by the timetraveler himself. The reader "plays" the role of a dinner-party participant listening to the nameless man, who is also the host of the evening.
During the first evening our narrator discusses with educated men (scientist, psychologist, journalist etc) the possibility of timetravelling and shows them his invention: the time machine.
(The description is so good, you could imagine standing it in your living room, inviting you for a ride... and you would instinctively know how to use ist)
Of course he has to face mocking and doubts. The guests leave the party and return the other evening during which their hosts tell them the story of his first trip into the future, his landing in the year 802.701, about meeting the childish, naiv Eloi and the creepy Morlocks.
What this story is about I won't tell, because if you want to know, you have to read the story yourself ;-)
Will you believe him? His guests did not, so he started a new ride into the future, but as far as we know never returned....
I enjoyed reading "The Time Machine". It is a reat piece of literature and the future H.G. Wells is painting gave me the chills, although I was not too deep into the characters (emotional).
So, if you are a friend of timetravelling, you should, no, you have to, read this novel (as it is the mother of all timetravel-stories).
The story is unabridged, unlike most of the books in this series (which is a shame since the format is very nice).
If you came here from the movie, the story is quite different and simpler. Still nice
Im Gegensatz zum Film ist die Geschichte ein Statement gegen die Unterdrückung von Menschen und Klassenunterschieden. Dies wird von Wells trotz dieser wenigen Seiten sehr deutlich dargelegt.
Die Geschichte ist sehr visionär dargestellt und man kann sich deren Inhalt absolut nicht entziehen. Sicherlich nimmt man gedanklich viele Anleihen aus der filmischen Darstellung - dies macht aber die Geschichte nur noch lebendiger.
"Time Machine" ist gleichzeitig zu einem stark beeinflussenden Ideengeber für neuere Geschichten geworden und ich könnte mir vorstellen, dass dieses literarische Werk von nahezu jedem Autor und Freund des SF-Genres bereits gelesen worden ist.
Sollte dies auf jemanden nicht zutreffen: Holt das unbedingt nach, es lohnt sich.
Alles in allem ein absoluter Tipp aus der Ursprungsecke des Science-Fiction - lediglich mit der Veröffentlichungspolitik auf dem deutschen Markt kann ich nicht wirklich konform gehen: Gerne hätte ich das Büchlein auf Deutsch gelesen, jedoch gibt es in unserem Markt das Werk wohl nur in gedruckter Fassung und der Preis befindet sich dabei bei knappen 10 Euro für dieses schmale Büchlein. Die oben genannte Version in der Originalsprache kostet als eBook lediglich knapp über einen Euro (!) und beinhaltet dabei noch einige weitere Häppchen des Autors inklusive seiner ersten Zeitreise-Kurzgeschichte.
The author gives us a theoretical future for the human kind embracing the ideas of Charles Darwin.
His conclusions are logical and make sense.
It's really interesting!
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Warnings: mention of suicide, racial slur
The editor has given a very succinct overview on the development of Wells, the writer, from his financial hardship to his later success as a world-historical figure in the early twentieth century. The editor pays special attention to those contemporary writers like Wells who did not come from upper-middle class to whom a classical education was more preferable than a science education. So, at the time, Wells and Haggard, for instance, were subtly slighted by "elitist" writers and critics.
What is so impressive about the introduction is the editor's nuanced analysis on degeneration, a topic that greatly concerns the Victorians. Evolution is not always about becoming better; there is a chance to degenerate. The editor has shown how contemporary writers in the last twenty years of Victorian period expressed their concerns for the gloomy future of humanity.
I also think the editor has greatly enriched the end-notes to the main text, which comes from the first UK edition though other editors use an earlier edition as copy text and emended errors one by one. As Prof Luckhurst says in Explanatory Notes, he has been also indebted to early work by S. Arata, P. Parrinder, ect. He has supplied some findings of his own to elucidate some terms. A wonderful job done!
The flow of ideas is smooth. But on page xxiv, a misplaced subject in a sentence "mis-represents" the intended meaning of his idea: As a science journalist, drama critic, etc, IT is surprising that Well's work... My guess is that the editor is referring to the author rather than the work and so it may be: As a science journalist, a drama critic, WELLS not surprisingly has produced a work that feels like an echo-box of many literary genres...
Very happy to see a renewed interest in Wells as reflected in the long list of books and articles on his works.
I also purchased a Wordsworth Classics edition of another of Wells' stories (actually a 2-in-1) and that includes a more substantial introduction, biography and (relevant!) end notes. I'd recommend you look out for those editions instead.
The book itself is a classic, there is no doubt. However, it is a short; only some 125 pages and at about 30,000 words is a novella rather than a novel.
The story involves a 'Time Traveller' who builds a time machine and explains to sceptical dinner party guests his travel forward by some eight hundred thousand or so years to a world where humankind has split into two races, the gentle Eloi living above ground and the subterranean dwelling Morlocks. The themes explore how human society and evolution may interact to create these two separate races. An interesting and no doubt radical and groundbreaking work of its time, however modern scientists may question the credibility.
There is a single short chapter towards the end where the Time Traveller goes forward to the end of the Earth as the sun dies - only some 30 million years hence, which is a much shorter time than modern science predicts.
Good to have read it, although inevitably dated.
We never know the time traveller’s name as the narrator leaves out that tantalising detail. The story starts one evening with friends gathered around and they are told about and presented with a small model time machine, which is then made to disappear. Of course like us most of them believe this to be the work of sleight of hand. But as we read on and these people are gathered for a dinner and chat some time later, the time traveller bursts in on them, saying he has been forward in time.
And so we are taken millennia into the future where we are told of what was seen and experienced. Ending up in what was once London the area seems to be full of partially ruined buildings and the landscape is like a vast garden. There we are introduced to the Eloi, who are like us, but more diminutive and not really showing that much interest in the world around them, as well as being a bit simple. But as our intrepid explorer is about to find out, these are not the only people around, for there are the Morlocks who live underground.
As we read here the time traveller has certain theories on what has happened in the many centuries that have passed since his own and this fits in with Wells’ own politics and leanings, so this is very much a socialist idea with which the traveller forms his opinions. In all this is still a great story to read, and although I suspect most have already read it before at one time or another there will always be those who have never read it before, as well as many who would like to reacquaint themselves with this tale.