The Invisible Man

Posted on July 18, 2012 by Jack Kelly
Tags: librivox

I have finished another audiobook: Alex Foster’s reading of The Invisible Man, by H. G. Wells. Compared to many of the other works I have listened to, it is fairly long, but it is also very well read. Having an English reader for a story set in England helps.

One thing that struck me was the small scale on which the narrative took place. Perhaps I’ve read too many grandiose stories that imperil entire worlds, but I was surprised at how simple the invisible man’s plan was. I won’t spoil it (even though it was written in 1897).

A large part of the work is a morality tale of sorts, examining what would happen if a person’s actions had no consequence. It’s similar to the Ring of Gyges that Plato discusses. After his secret is discovered, the invisible man runs amok and even at the start of the work, his temper is only barely controlled.

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