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The Invisible Man by HG Wells

The Invisible Man by WellsThe Invisible Man. Finished 4-23-14, 2.5/5 stars, classic, 192 pages, pub.1897

Unabridged audio, 5 hours 30 minutes. Read by James Adams

I loved The Time Machine by Wells and started this book with high hopes.  A scientist finds a way to make himself invisible.  It sounds cool right?  The scientist, Griffin, does have the power, but the basic necessities of life are lost to him.  When he eats, the food can be seen moving through his system and how does he find basic shelter for himself?  Griffin isn’t very likeable, maybe due to the potion or maybe he’s just a narcissistic jerk.  He finds himself having to swaddle his body and face in clothing so he can appear human and live a real life.

The possibilities for this premise are endless and by today’s standards are definitely lacking, but even giving credit for the originality of it at the time it was published, 1899, I just couldn’t appreciate it.  This may be another case of the audio not doing the novel justicel.  I tried to listen to the audio once several years ago and only made it an hour before giving up.  I’ll be reading my next Wells, War of the Worlds,  the old-fashioned way, as it was intended.

May 21, 2014 - Posted by | 2 1/2 Stars or Less |

7 Comments »

  1. I am sorry this wasn’t better, Stacy. I’ve never read anything by Wells. I will have to give him a try.

    Comment by Literary Feline | May 21, 2014 | Reply

  2. I have such ambivalence toward audio books. They’re capable of lifting mediocre material. And apparently, potentially, killing good material. But I don’t think I’ve read Wells yet, so it’s hard for me to judge in this instance.

    Comment by Tony Laplume | May 22, 2014 | Reply

  3. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one. I’ve never read it but always heard good things about H.G Wells but can’t say I’ve ever read any of his stuff, so who knows if I would like it!

    Comment by boardinginmyforties | May 22, 2014 | Reply

  4. Thanks for your review. I tend to enjoy more contemporary novels, This may be one that would be better as a movie adaptation.

    Comment by postingfornow | May 23, 2014 | Reply

  5. I read this back in junior high and remember liking it. I hope the War of the Worlds goes better for you 🙂

    Comment by Heather | May 26, 2014 | Reply

  6. I never read this one but I did enjoy The Time Machine and War of the Worlds.

    Comment by Leslie | May 29, 2014 | Reply

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