I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I saw the 1978 version of this film when I was in my formative teen years. It scared the bejebus out of me. I have since seen both other versions of it (the original was too sedate and the remake had characters that were too bimbo-y).
This is the first time I've read the original story and I have to say that I think I like it better than even my favorite film version. The narration was very good.
The only negative thing I have to say about it is that it was a little bit moralizing - i.e. the "moral" of the story, hidden in alien effigies, was the withering-away of small town U.S.A. complete with people losing their humanity in the face of progress, etc... and it was none too subtle. I loved it as an alien-invasion end of the world type book, I didn't like it as a commentary on modernization.
An eerie tale of a small town where people start behaving slightly different then they used to. At first this is attributed to a mass delusion, but soon the real threat to humanity reveals itself...
A fascinating story written in 1955 about an alien invasion of a special kind. The plot is mostly dense and fast paced making it a thrilling listening experience.
"Do not start this audiobook unless you have 6hrs free to sit and listen!" Excellent novel, superb reading by Mr. Tabori. Really cannot praise this audiobook highly enough.
This book was entertaining but I thought it was one of those rare circumstances where the movie was better than the book.
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I thought the story was great! Intriguing, suspenseful… and timeless! you wouldn’t necessarily conclude it was written in the 50s – it’s an ageless classic.
I had vague recollections of the movie, but it didn’t spoil the story because I couldn’t remember the end, then again, the movie and the book don’t have the same ending anyway!
Invasion of the Body Snatchers / B002VACTHE
I bought this audiobook on the recommendation of a friend and I'm still uncertain how to rate it, especially as I haven't rated the book text itself elsewhere. I'll try to address both here, the book content and the quality of the audio book.
The audiobook itself is quite good. The narration is strong and does a lot to flesh out the narration voice -- indeed, I think the narrator manages to make an otherwise forgettable or even unlikeable character very sympathetic. The wry humor and deep weariness of the narrative voice comes through loud and clear, and it does a lot towards creating the atmosphere that this book is trying to evoke: when a major plot point is that the weary heroes cannot sleep or all will be lost, it's a plus to have a weary-sounding narrator. And it works very well as a whole.
The book itself I'm less enthused over. I recognize that this is a book from the 1950s and was revolutionary in its own way, but sometimes it doesn't feel like it has aged well. There's some casual misogyny here that may be distracting to the reader, and the heroes don't always face their apocalypse very sensibly. Readers will figure out major plot points long before the characters do, which makes them sometimes seem willfully obtuse. (This is one of the unfortunate side-effects of modern readers being genre-savvy to this form of literature, I suppose.)
Early in the stages of the apocalypse, the reasons given for why the heroes can't go to the authorities for help seem sort of flimsy, culminating at a point where they manage to call someone in Washington in order to register concern only to be talked out of it because, meh, it all seems kind of silly so nevermind. I get that this is supposed to be a commentary on the inefficient authorities against internal threats, but you'd think once you got through the phone lines, you'd at least TRY to register that stuff is about to go very, very badly.
Overall, if you already know you enjoy this book, I think you'll be pleased with the audiobook version. If you've heard of the book because it was groundbreaking for its time, and if you don't mind some of the usual flaws of 1950s science fiction -- genre-ignorant characters and sometimes very slow pacing -- then you may well enjoy this book. I give it 3 stars for the text and 5 stars for the narration itself.
~ Ana Mardoll
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
yes but not to everyone. the story is good. i know someone who could enjoy this story but because it is science fiction, he will never give it a try.
if you saw the movie the audiobook is great. but if you never saw the movie i think the book will be even better.
when the bady snatchers were in town waiting for the truck.
the book was well read, great voice, enjoyable reader!
many moments. moments when miles and rebecca were fighting to save their existance
i wish i never saw the movie. i do for some reason think the audiobook would be even better. but it was a great entertaining read.
the book was a little different than the movie. i liked the book better.
i don't want to be a spoiler in case some readers don't know the story tho.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I found this book to be one of the exceptions to the rule that books are better than the film version. It was different to the film as it was simple and I found the ending disappointing. I preferred the ending in the film version.
Kristoffer played all the characters very well but I liked the main character the best. You can tell he envisioned the scene and channeled the character's emotions through the tone of his voice.
I never saw the movie but Im glad I heard this audio instead.
I've always loved this story, and the narrator does a fabulous job - he's just perfect for it. The interview at the end is interesting too :)