Matthew is a normal 11-year-old boy living with his parents and little sister in Surrey. He's too old and sensible to have an imaginary friend really. Yet when Matthew's parents keep finding him talking and arguing with a strange presence whom Matthew calls Chocky, that's what they believe it must be…at first. But Chocky is oddly sinister, and keeps asking Matthew all sorts of complicated questions about the world and making him behave in unusual and erratic ways. Then Matthew suddenly does something heroic, well beyond his capabilities; the media become interested and the interest in Matthew widens. His parents refer him to a psychologist. Who is Chocky? And what could he or she want with their son?
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My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
This book was written in the 60's but reads like it was published yesterday. I loved it. Original, fascinating and hard to put down. Not as action packed as modern sci-fi and I wish it ran longer but I'm not complaining. I'm going to check out a few other titles from the same author.
I liked this partially due to the fact there is no tech involved. for the most part it is applicable to everyday life in the ?s surrounding the imaginary friend of the boy. well written and not drawn out. it has a story and sticks to it, something modern writers who go on for hundreds of pages before arriving nowhere should learn from. (are you listening Stephen King, Peter Straub? etc.)
maybe, I hesitate because I don't have enough time for the 'next' book/podcast, etc, not bec of the book. It was superb!
I related best to the dad (though I'm a mom) & connected w/the worrying-mom but not surprisingly, loved best the main child character, Matthew.
Daily listening on the way home from school was an unexpected treat for ME and my 10 year old too. I felt that the narrator was really excellent. I like to not notice a narrator, but ow I'll look for him.
really a great book on so many levels, especially to be enjoyed by the young reader. But the bond that I enjoy w/my son after and during this 'read' is best of all. Its sticks w/you.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
I have never read this story but enjoyed other outings by John Wyndham, so I thought… why not? I am glad I did.
NARRATOR – The narrator does an excellent job of keeping this story together. His voice differentiation is great so there is no confusion. His accents are appropriate and inflections keep the story moving along without being overly dramatic. Very well done.
STORY – A story that adds a new dimension to the usual nasty imaginary friend dross. I kept on expecting the nastiness that often accompanies these stories but it didn’t happen, thank goodness. The story was well written and had good character development. I even felt a bit sorry for the oh so superior Chocky. It had some interesting ideas in it too.
I would recommend this book unreservedly.
I read all the John Wyndam novels when I was younger, having had the Chrysalids as a set book in school. I have all the unabridged John Wyndham novels already on audio book and was therefore extremely pleased when Chocky came out. Didn't know Daniel Weyman (the reader is crucial in my opinion) so after Googling and finding he had won awards I purchased the audio book. My only complaint was that it was so good I finished within two days - now I've run out of good audio again!
"Brilliantly engaging, perfect science fiction"
Chocky is a perfect example of an exploration of a single science fiction idea, where the extraterrestrial element, the existence of Chocky, is explained to the point of plausibility but the real focus of the book is how the world react to it, even without knowing it exists.
This short book is exciting and engaging from start to finish and leaves you feeling both satisfied but still questioning the issues it brings up. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether you enjoy science fiction or not.
"An outstanding story."
Yes, for me, this is near perfect science fiction.
John Wydham's reserved non-sensational style is so very powerful and convincing.
Brought tears several times.
In the years this book has been out it has had many covers, many blurbs and none do it justice, and for that reason I didn't bother with it for a long time...wrong....great story and uncommonly upbeat for the genre.
"Not a masterpiece, but still good"
I was a little reticent about buying this, partly because of the reviews and partly because of title. The latter was unfounded. It’s true that this isn’t one of John’s masterpieces, however the story has a lighter weight feel which I found quite refreshing. The storyline kept me interested all the way through and, as much as an audiobook can be, was very much a page turner. This is on my to-listen-to-again list.
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