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The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance (Modern Library Classics) Paperback – November 12, 2002
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“I personally consider the greatest of English living writers [to be] H. G. Wells.” —Upton Sinclair
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A gripping and entertaining tale of terror and suspense as well as a potent Faustian allegory of hubris and science run amok, "The Invisible Man endures as one of the signature stories in the literature of science fiction. A brilliant scientist uncovers the secret to invisibility, but his grandiose dreams and the power he unleashes cause him to spiral into intrigue, madness, and murder. The inspiration for countless imitations and film adaptations, "The Invisible Man is as remarkable and relevant today as it was a hundred years ago. As Arthur C. Clarke points out in his Introduction, "The interest of the story . . . lies not in its scientific concepts, but in the brilliantly worked out development of the theme of invisibility. If one could be invisible, then what?"
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I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
While this full-cast audio is a mostly faithful adaptation of H.G. Wells' masterful science fiction novel that explored a divided society in humanity's fading twilight years, there were some changes made in perhaps a misguided attempt take a few swipes at George Pal's masterful movie version of "The Time Machine."
Yet, as readers of my reviews know, I automatically deduct points when the fake science of the Great Global Climate Change Hoax is promoted and when Progressive Democratic Liberal Communism is promoted - as in the case with the interviews with the actors after the audio adaptation was done.
So minus two stars for promoting fake science, and minus another star for promoting totalitarianism.
I read it a long time ago and enjoyed it as a story. Now, reading it as an adult, I see the deep social commentary and the authors interesting outlook on the future. Verne and others were great at predicting scientific advances, but Wells has a very somber take on the future of mankind and why it gets there. It is a very stark contrast to Roddenberry's Star Trek kind of future, for instance. I found it fascinating (pun intended) and enjoyed it immensely, again, but now from a very different point of view.
If you read it a long time ago, it is worth reading again, if you have never read it, it is very enjoyable and if you have only seen the movies you really should take a look at the book. The source material is incredibly rich and, although I enjoyed the two movie versions I have seen, I still think the book has a very definite charm all its own.
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