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Sue Rosenzweig
Sound Commentary, February 2011

The host of a dinner party in Richmond spins a seemingly unbelievable tale of traveling in a time machine of his own invention far into the future where only two races remain living on earth, the Eloi and the Morlocks. Laced with social commentary on many topics including class structure and capitalism this science fiction classic is perfectly performed by a master story teller. Roger May has narrated many audiobooks including Death on the Nile, The Elephant Keeper, and The Day of the Triffids. He plays James Bellamy in The Archers and his stage credits include The Winslow Boy. In this dramatic tour-de-force, both the guests in the story and the listeners are sucked into the vortex, taking off for this great adventure many years hence, to discover the outcomes of early 20th century political and social decisions.

James A. Stewart
AudioFile, October 2010

A time traveler tells his invited guests about his journey to a future world composed of the Eloi and the underground Morlocks, who prey on the Eloi by night. Roger May’s reading has a formal quality that matches the language and tone of Wells’s allegorical adventure. At the same time, May’s dramatic descriptions of the future world and the time traveler’s horror as he faces the Morlocks are both exciting and playful. Listeners may find themselves debating the credibility of the story, as the time traveler’s visitors do. May’s narration is an excellent presentation of this science fiction classic and will help keep Wells’s imagined future alive for a new generation.

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