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Invasion of the Body Snatchers | [Jack Finney]

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

At first, a handful of Dr. Miles Bennell's neighbors seem to be suffering a mass delusion. People are convinced that their loved ones have changed in barely perceptible ways and aren't really themselves. Miles is mystified, until the night a good friend shares a shocking discovery. Now Miles and his closest friends may be humanity's last and only hope.
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At first, a handful of Dr. Miles Bennell's neighbors seem to be suffering a mass delusion. People are convinced that their loved ones have changed in barely perceptible ways and aren't really themselves. Miles is mystified, until the night a good friend shares a shocking discovery. Now Miles and his closest friends may be humanity's last and only hope.

© Jack Finney; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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    Erik J. Rupard Reading, PA 07-24-12
    Erik J. Rupard Reading, PA 07-24-12 Member Since 2006

    An oncologist practicing in southeastern Pennsylvania, and a husband and father of four lovely girls.

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    "An Unfairly-Overlooked Classic"

    Jack Finney was one of the great popular writers of the 50s through 70s, with a couple of his books rising above their sci-fi/horror genres. "The Body Snatchers" (its original published name) and "Time and Again" are both mini-classics. This one is very different from most of the 5 (!) movies based upon it, with a breezy, swingin' 50s feel to the narrative in spite of the horrifying subject manner. The story is superb (sure, it couldn't REALLY have happened this way from a scientific standpoint, but who cares?), the writing simple and direct, and the main character flawed-but-heroic, just as we like 'em. George Wilson's performance hits that perfect cheesy 50s vibe. Listened to this during a cross country trip with my 18 year-old daughter, and we both were hooked by the second chapter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 04-23-12
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "1950's writing is half the fun..."

    Didn't expect to like this but was curious, as I had never seen the movie. It is actually a fun little sci-fi read, obviously written in 50's and the flaws are part of charm. Great reader. I'd buy it again.

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    Bears United States 08-09-10
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    "Unsatisfying; would've been better as short story"

    This story is told with too much tangential information and musings, to the point where I was jealous half way through the book in which the protagonist tells another person everything that had happened thus far in “less than 30 minutes” – why couldn't he have given the poor reader the same treatment?

    A more concise telling may have made the book entertaining, but there would still be problems with unsatisfying actions taken by the characters, as well as the unsatisfying ending.

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