The Stolen Bacillus and other stories

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(4.3 stars; 24 reviews)

A collection of 15 humorous short stories by the original master of speculative fiction: H. G. Wells. This was the first collection of short stories published by the author, and contains a mixture of fantasy, science-fiction and humour! - Summary by Beth Thomas (4 hr 52 min)


The Stolen Bacillus 16:25 Read by Pamela Nagami
The Flowering of the Strange Orchid 18:23 Read by Lauren Randall
In the Avu Observatory 18:33 Read by Bill Mosley
Triumphs of a Taxidermist 8:41 Read by James White
A Deal in Ostriches 13:16 Read by Eddie Kigozi
Through a Window 23:27 Read by Eddie Kigozi
The Temptation of Harringay 15:23 Read by Eddie Kigozi
The Flying Man 15:13 Read by Eric Leuschner
The Diamond Maker 21:13 Read by Eddie Kigozi
Aepyornis Island 25:46 Read by Lauren Randall
The Remarkable Case of Davidson’s Eyes 31:42 Read by DJRickyV
The Lord of the Dynamos 23:55 Read by Snowdrop58
The Hammerpond Park Burglary 14:58 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
A Moth - Genus Novo 25:12 Read by Benjamin Davis
The Treasure in the Forest 20:52 Read by Saint Ananda


Good stories & reading. A few bad recordings.

(4 stars)

I enjoyed these very much, but 3-5 were recorded such that every few seconds the recording did not pick up the reader's voice. I thought it it was background noise or me not paying attention enough, but listening very intently, the words just seem to skip part of the sentence every few moments. I had to skip those because I couldn't follow the story. Excellent group of stories & readers otherwise.


(5 stars)

A wonderful set of tales with some very unusual concepts. One in particular had me on the edge of my seat! But beware.. a few contain language or bias of the time that might be offensive to some.

An entertaining collection of stories

(4 stars)

An interesting collection of stories by H G Wells, most were entertaining but some were hard to listen to because of the reader's accents were pretty heavy (no offense intended).