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The Kraken Wakes | [John Wyndham]

The Kraken Wakes

Journalist Mike Watson and his wife, Phyllis, trace it back to the strange showering lights they noticed on the final day of their honeymoon cruise; lights which appeared to land and disappear into the water. Reports mount of similar sightings all over the world. Governments embark on missions to investigate the sea, but ships disappear and diving crews never return to the surface. Something deep in the ocean does not want to be disturbed.
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Journalist Mike Watson and his wife, Phyllis, trace it back to the strange showering lights they noticed on the final day of their honeymoon cruise; lights which appeared to land and disappear into the water. Reports mount of similar sightings all over the world. Governments embark on missions to investigate the sea, but ships disappear and diving crews never return to the surface. Something deep in the ocean does not want to be disturbed.

The Kraken Wakes is a tale of humanity’s efforts to resist alien invasion, narrated by Mike who unfolds the story as experienced by the couple - from the earliest signs of trouble, to the conflict between the sea-dwelling creatures and the human world. John Wyndham’s classic science-fiction masterpiece is powerfully brought to life in this unabridged production. His other titles - The Midwich Cuckoos and The Day Of the Triffids - are also published as audiobooks by CSA Word.

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    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 08-08-13
    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 08-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic Sci-Fi!"

    I remember reading this book when I was going to college a long time ago and loving it. Now, re-"reading" it many years later, it stands up to time and I still love it! Alex Jennings is a fantastic narrator - I especially like his Russian voice. The Kraken Wakes and The Day of the Triffids are both classics from John Wyndham. Download it now!

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    Craig Lower Hutt, New Zealand 12-11-12
    Craig Lower Hutt, New Zealand 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A classic"
    What did you love best about The Kraken Wakes?

    Great original story - with some relevance to life today


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kraken Wakes?

    The final grim phase


    What does Alex Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes - well read without overdoing the other character voices


    If you could rename The Kraken Wakes, what would you call it?

    no


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    Ross Henderson Ontario Canada 07-20-12
    Ross Henderson Ontario Canada 07-20-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Something of a Disappointment"

    I had loved this book when I read it some 30 years ago, but upon revisiting in audio form it I was quite disappointed. While the basic story line is good I found the writing style very dated and slow moving. The dialog between husband and wife is particularly hard to take; very stiff, upper class English diction, and the endless "darling, darling, darling" as they address each other is at times nothing short of grating. But I struggled through it and it does pick up in the last quarter. It has however caused me to reconsider purchasing the other Wyndham works.

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    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 06-27-12
    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 06-27-12 Member Since 2009

    Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.

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    "Unexpectedly Prescient & Relevant"

    This is not an action packed novel, and the unassailable aliens are more concept than seen, but that gives this novel more strength as the novel explores a way of life that is enjoyed and then slowly, decays and collapses. As with ‘the Day of the Triffids’ I often found myself wondering what I would do if faced with similar challenges.

    Ships are sinking, and no one knows why. Aliens arrive unseen, and settle in the deeps of the sea. Life goes on for years before humans realise that their way of life is being changed forever.

    In these days of climate change I find the idea of uncontrollable sea level rise quite prescient. Another theme, which again has some traction today, is how the media reports, and how the public responds, to events. Some aspects irk, such as the unconscious superiority that imbues all the descriptions of non-British peoples. On the other hand the novel is also an interesting slice of life in the atomic cold war era.

    The narrator is excellent. The accent was perfect for the book. His voice had just the right amount of animation, and even managed the farcical anti-Soviet sections (fortunately few and short) sound like we were all in some quaint joke.


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    A Dunedin, New Zealand 06-02-12
    A Dunedin, New Zealand 06-02-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Classic sci fi with a satirical bite"
    Where does The Kraken Wakes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What other book might you compare The Kraken Wakes to and why?

    Out of the Silent Planet by CS Lewis. Has the same satirical taste


    Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favorite?

    Mike, the narrator.


    If you could rename The Kraken Wakes, what would you call it?

    Global Warming via Deus ex Machina


    Any additional comments?

    Only wish that some of John Wyndhams lesser known works, in particular 'The Trouble with Lichen' were also in audible format.

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  • Angie
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    5/22/11
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    "One of my favourites"

    I first came across this story as an extract we studied in English Lit at school many years ago. It intrigued me so much that, after speaking to my teacher, I immediately tracked down a copy of the full novel from the library to read. I wasn't disappointed.

    I've been waiting for an audio version to appear and probably missed it because, as another reviewer says, John Wyndham's surname is spelled wrongly and won't appear if you carry out a surname search. I even phoned customer services to point it out, some time ago now, but it still hasn't been corrected.

    Anyway. this is a very good narration of the story. Alex Jennings does a very good job. I particularly like his use of accents when referring to the US and USSR points of view. His use of voice and voices is very well done indeed. OK, some aspects of the story are somewhat dated now, but it's definitely a product of it's time. As a child of those times, I can appreciate that but it by no means spoils my appreciation of it. I enjoyed this retelling as much as my original reading all those years ago.

    If I say any more, I'd spoil things for other listeners, so I won't.

    More John Wyndham please!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    York, United Kingdom
    3/7/12
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    "Flawed, dreadful musical interludes."

    The reading is really excellent, no complaints at all but please kindly take out and shoot whoever it was who is responsible for dubbing the dreadful, artificial music into the recording. It is awfully badly done, the music has never been anywhere near an actual REAL musical instrument. Anyone musical could have made some useful suggestions that would have been better. Rather avoid music all together.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    2/4/13
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    "Not to be missed!"

    John Wyndham at his best.

    The book is I think better than 'The Day of the Triffids' and the naration is superb.



    This is a classic - miss it at your peril!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Malcolm
    Hitchin, United Kingdom
    1/1/13
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    "Fabulous"

    I've always been a big John Wyndham fan and I love the way the story and the way it is structured and written



    But on specific points on the audio books

    - I love the musical interludes. It really adds a poignancy to the story

    - I love the Alex Jenning's narration, and I would be more than happy listening to more of his recordings. The way he did all the different accents and voices was great.



    Would be good to see this story become a movie

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ant
    St Albans, United Kingdom
    8/4/13
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    "Enjoyable end of the world drama"

    A thoughtful look at the collapse of society from what could easily have been an environmental (rather than an alien induced) disaster. Although the plot centres on the adventures of the main characters it also follows the manner in which our civilisation may change and what that would mean for the people living through such times. If you like this type of apocalyptic tale, then The Kraken awakes is an excellent read. I would also recommend "The death of grass".
    A well told story narrated in a non intrusive manner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gerard Lynch
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    6/18/13
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    "Brilliant"
    Where does The Kraken Wakes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is the best novel of its kind much more enjoyable than "Day of the Triffids." The haunting atmosphere that comes across in the story is beautifully narrated in this adaptation.


    Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favourite?

    Phyllis is so matter of fact and sensible a perfect foil for Mike


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Watch the Seas


    Any additional comments?

    Re-kindled my enjoyment of audiobooks

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    5/12/13
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    "The Kraken Wakes"

    One of my favourite books from teenagerhood. This reading is great and very atmospheric, the narrator gets it spot on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "What a book!"

    For those who don’t know this book, I think it is better than The Day of the Triffids which is John Wyndham’s most well-known book.



    Again, don’t be put off by the slightly dated writing because it is a good story. All the characters are good, Alex Jennings reads it so well and the story is frightening real.



    Many of John Wyndham stories of “what would happen if….”. If you look beneath the science fiction aspect of the story, its description of a world flooded and how humanity deals with it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • nogginthenog
    uk
    4/7/13
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    "Another Wyndham classic"

    Another Wyndham classic - once more it is alien invasion, this time emerging from beneath the waves. As always, he considers ethical and moral aspects as well as simply writing a cracking good yard: this audio version is well read, and the brief musical interludes between each section are an absolutely perfect accompaniment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Grounded Escapism"

    The way in which John Wyndham mixes his vivid imagination with the logical consequences of what might happen should those events came to pass has never been better than in this riveting story. The way the story progresses from insignificant events to the end of the world as we know it is entirely convincing, as is the way both the public and the authorities react. A story grounded in reality that takes you through the entire gambit of human emotions is well worth reading even if the science fiction genre is not your thing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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