© Jack Finney; (P)2007 Recorded Books
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
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.
An oncologist practicing in southeastern Pennsylvania, and a husband and father of four lovely girls.
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.
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.
"Good in parts"
Enjoyable dated story, heavy on the misogyny which was almost ruined by the weird voices (especially Becky) of the narrator.
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