The Space Machine

  • by Christopher Priest
  • Narrated by Barnaby Edwards
  • 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The year is 1893, and the workaday life of a young commercial traveller is enlivened by his lady friend when she takes him to the laboratory of Sir William Reynolds, who is building a Time Machine. It is but a small step into futurity, the beginning of a series of adventures that culminate in a violent confrontation with the most ruthless intellect in the Universe.

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Time Machine meets WotW with a hint of Dalek

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A very entertaining melding of HG Wells' War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. Is this the "true story" of what actually happened? I guess we may never know.

Told in a slightly quirky Victorian style in keeping with its late 19th/early 20th century setting, it does take a little time to get going, but if you're fans of the original works, you'll find this a charming "alternate history".

The audiobook is brilliantly narrated by Barnaby Edwards, well known in Dr Who circles both as the actor inside the daleks and as a writer/director for the Big Finish audio range.

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- Desk Pilot

Terrific ripping yarn

This is an entertaining story with a plucky young hero who's idea of grooming is twirling his moustache and wearing a jaunty straw boater. He is such a gentleman that he tramps around the desolate Martian landscape while stubbornly holding onto the missing heroine's handbag. The monsters are sufficiently horrible to hold your attention to the end and the heroine is amusingly far brighter than her male companions.
I would have given this five stars but I did think there were gaps in the story that I would have liked to have been developed to give a more satisfactory conclusion. Saying that, this was a thoroughly enjoyable experience with first rate narration and I would like to read more books from this author.
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- Kaggy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-11-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios