The Time Machine (Classic Radio Sci-Fi) Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 Aug 2009
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About the Author
H. G. Wells is widely regarded as being one of the fathers of science fiction. Among his most famous 'scientific romances' (as Wells called them) are "The Time Machine" (1895), "The Island of Dr Moreau" (1896), "The Invisible Man" (1897) and "The War of the Worlds" (1898). These SF works contained many pioneering ideas and were hugely influential in shaping other authors' visions of the future. In later life Wells abandoned science fiction in favour of social and comic novels such as "Kipps" (1905), "Tono-Bungay" (1909) and "The History of Mr Polly" (1910). Wells died in 1946, aged 80.
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Top Customer Reviews
It lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes and does not overstay its welcome one iota- indeed the play could have so easily been padded out. The CD was a welcome companion on a 2hour return journey
Now the book was great- written by Well's in his early 20s and published back in January to May 1895.
The theme of time travel in this form has been copied many times indeed I believe Dr Who is a child of H G Wells in that he is an inheritor of the type of book Wells originated.
Now the problem with the play is that quite a lot of the story needs to be visualised.
Bear with me on this- in the film of the book the effect of travelling through Time was cleverly conveyed via a manikin in a ladies clothing shop opposite the Time Traveller's laboratory. The clothes dictated by fashion would constantly change with the fashions of the Times.
In this radio play Philip Osment has had to go back to the drawing board in writing a credible script.
The Time Traveller travels alone unlike say Dr Who so there is no interplay of the Time Traveller having to explain his actions and views to a companion.
Like a typical example of dialogue How doe this thing work Dr? Oh I see like a jazzed up can opener... and the like.
But Weena does not speak English so Osment has used a clever plot twist of her learning English and The Traveller learning Eloi.
The old Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was a very clever and charming device in the story. Far fetched? Not quite.Read more ›
So what was the problem with the CD? One issue is with the book itself. `The Time Machine' is a book of its time and it does feel very dated and a little strange when the Traveller s falls for the child like woman - I have always been a little uncomfortable about this. The biggest issue is with this particular adaptation. The BBC have added an additional layer of the older Wells narrating the book. This causes two problems; he claims that his book was real and that he was there, he then dictates the entire tale once again to a woman who has already read the book - why, if she already knows what happens? Secondly, the CD ends up being about an old man talking about himself as a younger man, who in turn is talking about another man, who in turn is using a recording device - 4 layers of narration, when 2 would have done!
For someone who has not read the original text this may not prove an issue, but for me it made this adaptation overly complex. The quality of drama and recording is exceptionally high, the CD cover art is nostalgic and fun, and the accompanying notes are informative. However, none of these can make up for someone trying to rewrite something that was already good enough in its original form.
It opens in 1943, when Wells is recording a talk for the Home Service in which he questions mankind's future. After the broadcast, he spends the evening with American journalist Martha, and tells her the astonishing news that his bestselling book The Time Machine was not fantasy but fact.
Wells explains that he was actually present at the dinner party in Richmond fifty years earlier, when the Time Traveller returned from his first fateful journey into the future. He reveals to Martha the full story of the Time Traveller's encounter with the Eloi and the Morlocks - and what really happened to him afterwards...
Don't be put off by the cartoonish cover, this is an intelligent and absorbing radio play, with a top-notch cast and high-quality production values.
I wasn't disappointed.
I accept that film and radio always feel the need with author's works to adapt them sometimes disastrously.
This time I feel that all was really very good.
Excellent acting in the typical British way redolent of the relevant time period made much sense.
Two things stand out for me - One, the poignant addition of the song Twinkle, twinkle little star, not mentioned in the book but a brilliant and insightful insert; and Two, the moving to the very last place in the story of the time traveller's journey to the end of man and of the world and of the return of this knowledge in the prototype by the time traveller who, we hope finds his Weena.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The accompanying notes to this adaptation of Wells's story describe how the writers decided to take a free and easy approach so as to underscore the major themes of the story. Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2012 by Stuart Burns
This product bears very little resemblance to Wells original work and seems to be incomplete, its almost as if an entire disc is missing. A complete waste of money. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2011 by Warwick46
/Warning: this review contains plot-spoilers/ This new BBC adaptation is framed by a new narrative set in the London Blitz, in which an old H.G. Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2010 by Stokie Dave
This recording of the BBC radio play is a re-working of H.G. Wells' Time Machine told from the perspective of H.G. Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2009 by Kevin Roche
First broadcast on BBC radio earlier this year The Time Machine makes a welcome apperance on audio CD for those who either missed the original broadcast or wish to hear the play... Read morePublished on 17 Nov. 2009 by D. Evans
In this excellent audio-book, the Time Traveller tells his story to H. G. wells before disappearing forever.
Set during the war, H.G. Read more