• The Invisible Man

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (100 ratings)

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The Invisible Man

By: H. G. Wells
Narrated by: John Banks
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Publisher's Summary

A mysterious stranger in a long-sleeved coat, with a bandaged face and wide-brimmed hat, arrives in a small English village. But his incongruous appearance is nothing compared to the secret of the clandestine experiments he is undertaking...With his face swaddled in bandages, his eyes hidden behind dark glasses and his hands covered even indoors, Griffin - the new guest at The Coach and Horses - is at first assumed to be a shy accident-victim. But the true reason for his disguise is far more chilling: he has developed a process that has made him invisible, and is locked in a struggle to discover the antidote. Forced from the village and driven to murder, he seeks the aid of his old friend Kemp. The horror of his fate has affected his mind, however - and when Kemp refuses to help, Griffin resolves to wreak his revenge.

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.

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.

©2017 Fantom Films (P)2017 Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd/Fantom Publishing

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entertaining, enjoyable classic

Enjoyed listening while I worked! Highly recommend this to it's a great way to catch up on those novels you've always wanted to read.

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Awesome!

Great read from LA to Bay Area, I could visualize every word! The language is descriptive and. Eloquently written.

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Great performance, classic story

First, the narrator was excellent, really a voice actor with a wide range of voice characters and accent. Really enhanced the story. I really wasn't familiar with the story and how dark it is. It is a great narrative of dark side of human nature and how brilliant narcissism and the anonymity of invisibility can bring out the worst. Starts off slow but is engaging as the story moves along. Definitely worth the "read".

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Warmed-over Frankenstein

Surprisingly lackluster story given the reputation of its eponymous character. I was confused how parochial the whole thing was, how gratuitous and cliched its short jaunt to London, how unconvincing and inconsistent Griffen's motivation. I suppose there are interesting things here about monstrous whiteness rather than invisibility. Just not inspired by the story to pursue it.

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  • Squeaky Joe
  • 03-18-18

Classic science fiction

An impetuous scientist manages to make himself invisible by interfering with his body’s refractive index. However, on discovering the impossibility of reversing the process, he begins to consider how this new characteristic might have unexpected benefits. Turning to crime, he becomes obsessed with making the most of his invisibility and gradually descends into madness.

Given the plethora of film and TV series based on the book, it was interesting to see what HG Wells originally wrote. I was surprised to see the development of the character from a clever reclusive scientist, into a thoroughly unpleasant villain, though the change makes total sense. The story is mostly told in third-person dramatic, so many of the protagonist’s antics are seen from the point of view of the villagers, the two doctors and the tramp-cum-assistant, Marvel.

A clever and thoughtful tale that explores the social restrictions and accepted behaviour of the time. It also rubber-stamped the author’s talent for writing what was then referred to as ‘scientific romance’, but would eventually become known as science fiction.

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  • K. Melton
  • 12-14-20

I know it's a classic but it's not for me

If it hadn't been a short one I doubt I would have persevered, I found the constant chase scenes tedious by the end and didn't warm to any of the characters, all of whom we met only fleetingly. This particular classic was not for me.

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  • lewis boynton
  • 11-22-20

Great Classic

Excellent classic with some really tense chapters, the narrator does an excellent job with the characters in this story

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-07-20

Great Story - Poorly Read

Love the Story. Had read it myself years ago and enjoyed it as much a second time.

Narrator had an odd pronunciation of some words, irregular pacing, and the accents weren't convincing. Found myself wincing at times because of it.

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  • Graham French
  • 05-14-19

H.G.Wells at his very best!

This is my favourite H.G. Wells novel. It is more horror than science fiction and so stimulates the imagination appropriately.

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  • JGL
  • 05-02-19

Well, it is a classic

HG Wells is a national institution, but the book and the way it's read live up to this. Good use of accents with the narration.

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  • Tom K
  • 04-19-19

loved it

Amazing narration and I absolutely loved the old English in this book! I very much recommend!

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  • Sam
  • 09-11-22

Gripping

A tale that only pulls you deeper and deeper into HG Wells world, each chapter more exciting than the last, I was obsessed with it!

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  • E
  • 01-10-22

Great fun

don't know if it was meant to be funny.. was Wells an anti semite?
couple of nasty references- otherwise great drama and great fun

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  • Mr. M. Elsy
  • 09-28-21

A great story by H. G. Wells

The Invisible Man is a brilliant story of a man who turns himself invisible and goes mad in the process. This is superbly narrated by John Banks but once again Audible does not put the titles in the chapter section.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-20

Classic

Prescient, engaging reader. A voice and style to match the epoch and pedigree of such a landmark tale.