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Logan's Run | [William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson]

Logan's Run

It's the 23rd Century and at age 21... your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they're both running for their lives.
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Publisher's Summary

It's the 23rd Century and at age 21... your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they're both running for their lives. When Last Day comes, will you lie down and die... or run!

©1967 William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[T]he story of a reluctant rebel fighting back in a computer-run world in which people voluntarily submit to death at the age of 21 is a fascinating adventure. Narrator Oliver Wyman's excellent vocal performance guides listeners into this harsh world where children rule. He does a credible job imitating children's and women's voices. When he speaks as Jenny, Logan's running mate, one can clearly see the character in one’s mind. The book differs from the popular film of the same name—and has a far superior ending." (AudioFile)

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    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 09-09-13
    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 09-09-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Good book ruined by horrible narration"

    The book/story itself is a good example of 60's sci-fi, a bit campy by modern standards but well worth reading. Compared to the movie, the book is a much more expansive world that tells a richer story.

    The narrator was absolutely horrible, he reads it in a tedious monotone that makes it impossible to enjoy the story. I just gave up after about an hour, and only finished it a month later when I ran out of books on my device but still had this one. It doesn't improve.

    I would have been better off getting a text version and having the computer read it to me in its monotone, I think that would still have more expression than Mr. Wyman.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    I. Portscheller Saint Louis 10-22-12
    I. Portscheller Saint Louis 10-22-12

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    "If you liked the movie, you'll like this series"

    This is book 1 of 3, which I'm reviewing as a set. I enjoyed the movie (and somewhat, the TV series), so I was drawn to the audiobook. I wouldn't consider Logan's run good writing, at all, but I found it entertaining, none-the-less. The characters are extremely shallow, the plot contrived, and there are serious flaws in the whole concept. Still, if you have good feelings about the movie, you'll find this series tolerable.

    The first book in the series is the movie (with some differences). The second two books in the series continue the story. Book two is essentially a "return of Logan" that quickly breaks down into a haphazard search for his lost wife ending in a somewhat disappointing battle royal. Book three is an alternative reality 'cheat' to put a different twist on the first book.

    The performance is not good. The reader talks very slow which tends to sap the energy out of the story. However, I found that my iPod allows me to increase the speed (x2) which made it very comfortable with minimal distortion in only a few spots. I would totally recommend you do the same. I find it hard to beleive that the producers couldn't do this for us!

    All-in-all, if you are listening to the series for the sake of nostalgia, then you'll probably have a good time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    patrick morgantown, WV, United States 09-03-12
    patrick morgantown, WV, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "interesting alternate future"
    Where does Logan's Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    i have an extensive library this ranks up there with any feature i own.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    logan, is my favorite. he takes a beating and keeps coming back for more. he is delusional , in the beginning. Once he realizes that life as he understood it was a joke the game is on.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    changing pitch to be both male and female.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes it is


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-28-12
    Amanda Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2010

    I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.

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    "Admittedly A Classic, But Not For Me"

    Having always heard of this story, but never having read the book or seen the movie based off of it, I took advantage of it's newly available status on Audible to bring myself up to date with the rest of the world.

    The first issue that arose was that I had trouble picturing the places and situations the characters were in. The descriptions weren't clear, and I just couldn't visualize the story most of the time.

    As the story went on, the subject matter become an issue; especially when it came to the place where the main characters run into strange gypsies (who spoke in such a bizarre way I had no idea what they were saying) that kidnapped them, poisoned one, and then forced the other into unwanted group relations in order to get the antidote for the other - and then progressed into forcing one to mutilate the other with a knife. Not for me.

    Through the whole story I felt like I was missing some sort of reference guide I was supposed to have, or that I'd jumped into a series part way through; it was hard to follow, and unenjoyable.

    10 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    edward Melbourne, FL, United States 09-19-12
    edward Melbourne, FL, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The movie was better than the book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book, while good Sci Fi, did not capture the essence of exploring a concept [artificially limited life span] as well as the movie. 30 somehow seems to be much more meaningful than kids just getting out of their teens.

    Most significantly was the domed city in the movie with the futuristic setting. This added much more contrast to the society that had developed within the dome especially when viewed against a long lost Washington DC.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The movie had the better ending and was more uplifting and positive.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Logan is the story and Wyman did a good job portraying him. Some of the other characters were less well defined.


    Could you see Logan's Run being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I am surprized the 'remake' of the movie has not happened yet. The 'Logan's Run' movie from years ago is a classic Sci Fi favorite of mine and it was well cast.

    Like the 'Time Machine' and 'War of the Worlds', the remakes always seeem to fall short and 'Logan's Run' if re-made would have to be very good to match the original. I guess I am one of those who puts story and characters above high budget special effects.


    Any additional comments?

    I plan to eventually listen to the follow-on books for Logan, although I must admit this has moved further down my list of books having listened to Logan's Run. It is still a good story, just not as good as I was expecting.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John TEGA CAY, SC, United States 07-16-12
    John TEGA CAY, SC, United States 07-16-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Not at all like the movie."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I enjoyed the book, not at all like the movie. The Narrator did a decent job. I did listen to this in one sitting while driving and it held my interest throughout the book.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I like book to movie comparisons


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The book was a little less descriptive than I would have thought, seeing the movie helped a bit with the descriptions of places.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The narrator did a good job


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shane A. Walsh Phoenix, AZ 04-03-14
    Shane A. Walsh Phoenix, AZ 04-03-14 Member Since 2012

    Indie filmmaker who loves listening to books on audio

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    "Wow, what a let down"
    What would have made Logan's Run better?

    A better story


    Has Logan's Run turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s performance?

    Uninspired, lethargic, dull


    What character would you cut from Logan's Run?

    The female lead, her character was so one dimensional, I can't even remember her name.


    Any additional comments?

    Add a warning for people who may have fond memories of the 70's film and be looking at this as a fun light escape and tell them, WARNING, this is NOTHING like the fun film, this audio book is more like a cure for insomnia.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Highett, Australia 07-23-12
    Greg Highett, Australia 07-23-12 Member Since 2009

    Main interests are crime, some science fiction, fantasy & comedy. Also very interested in playback hardware for audio books.

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    "Watch the movie instead"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm not trying to be precious, but this is written in very poor English & has poor continuity. It is not often I can say I preferred the movie, but it's true in this case. The book is a great disappointment.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Habnar San Francisco 11-16-12
    Habnar San Francisco 11-16-12 Member Since 2009

    habnar

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    "A different Logan's Run"
    What did you like best about Logan's Run? What did you like least?

    This would be a good book to read, I think. The narration was done poorly. Mr. Wyman did a great job voicing the different characters. When it came to the narrative, however, he couldn't have been any more boring. Slow, sleepy, monotone. Even the action parts had no emotion whatsoever!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Oliver Wyman’s performances?

    No


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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