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.
"[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)
I listened to this because I've seen the movie for years, and thought the movie was too simple or campy.
The story is much more interesting. Logan's "run" truly is that: a great epic run.
I do find it hard to believe Logan could come up with the idea to destroy Sanctuary on the fly, and if that was his idea, then the culture of Sandmen should have been expanded.
The big shocker was that the life span is 21 years, not 30 (like in the movie). I thought 30 would be more appropriate... it gave more depth.
Overall great sci fi work from the 60s and worth the read/listen.
I found the movie at a local store and it had been years since I watched it.
I bought the Blu-ray, Iwatched it I and felt that it held up pretty good then I decided to get the book or in this case the audio book to see how the book and movie matched up.
if you're a fan of the movie it's well worth reading or in this case listening to the book
you can see where they taken the basic elements and use that for the movie and you can also see where they've deviated or perhaps I should say you can see where the movie when its own direction as well
I also learned that there are actually several books in the series and eventually I do plan on listening to them as well.
if you are any fan of Science Fiction then this is well worth listening too.
Wyman's incredible range of character voices embellish a fascinating dystopian story. Looking forward to reading Logan's world next
Yes, I remember being about twelve when I first read this, after the movie, and my brother trying to prep me about how different it was. I will listen to this again because it was spawned by a different generation with different concerns. It's contained enough to reasonably approach multiple times.
The pockets on consequences contained in the story, and the whole countdown structure starting with ten progressing to one.
Fresh, but still regret the falsetto female and children voices.
Simply the fact that it was available. I never gobbled everything to read sci first. I almost always needed a movie tie in. Logan's Run is dated, but even it's age works for me. This world isn't concerned about terrorism, global warming, or WiFi connections.
Like I said it's of an era, No female DS. Also in someway this opened the whole YA genre.
I enjoyed the story and seeing how it differed from the movie/tv show.
Enjoyed a good old 1968 popcorn sci-fi romp in a dystopian future, even though its pretty sexist.
Logan, the hero!
The book does not have a nuclear war, this is one difference from the tv/movies.
Also people are not locked in one dome but can travel freely all over the world.
Also people know they will die at 21, in the movies/tv show people are tricked into thinking they will be reborn, and some other differences, enjoy!
In the end, I was quite pleasantly surprised by this book! I didn't come into it with any preconceptions as I've not seen the movie and I only know that the book is "a classic" so I didn't have anything to be disappointed or surprised about. The only thing I really knew was that it was rather short.
This is one of those stories that just throws you in the deep end and doesn't waste time explaining what's going on or why. I didn't expect it to bother with explanations at all and I was quite pleasantly surprised when the author delved into some of the history that shaped the world that Logan lives in. I have a sneaking suspicion that the real reason for this is because Mr Nolan was trying to justify, or at least vaguely explain, the crazy shennanigans near the end of the book but hey, it was nice to get the backstory!
Given the length of the book, the character development (for the major characters at least) was quite good. In the end I really wasn't sure what Logan was actually going to do (in fact, to be honest, I'm still not really sure what happened at the end there).
Gripes? The book almost reads like a screenplay (I wonder if that's more the effect of George Clayton Johnson than William Nolan?). It's action-heavy and moves very fast (I was put in mind of Mathew Reilly's Contest in fact.) This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the authors seem to get soooo excited about one-upping themselves for the dire straits that they can navigate Logan into that, about three-fifths of the way through, they just give up on explaining how he gets out of them again and we start the next chapter with everyone safely ready to face the next round of crazy.
Overall, a quick, fun, sneakily-thought-provoking story. I might even check out the sequels!
music nut, history buff
It delivers the complete original text. I'm glad they went with that instead of a movie tie-in, because the movie had key differences with the book.
The scene with the ice creature. You got the feeling that the heroes might not make it out of there.
The point in which Logan decides that the only thing he can do is escape. He realizes the community around him is not a pleasure palace but a sham.
Although it was a fantasy vision of the future, it did make you think that you would have to do the same to obtain freedom in that world. You wondered if all the other people would ever have the courage to escape.
I expect the other books in the trilogy will be just as good. This one was very exciting. I miss science fiction which is not just war stories in space.
Great Adventure story!
The adventure elements, its just like I remember it, when I read it as a kid.
Wow. I can't believe how different the novel is from the 70s movie. It's incredible and deserves to be remade today to follow the original plot. The greatest aspect of this production is the narration -- Oliver Wyman -- who delivers a spectacular and captivating performance. Looking forward to getting the remainder of the series.
Run Logan Run
Logan. He had all of the best parts of the story.
Traveling through the maze and visiting the Florida Keys.
The audio book was okay. I have seen the movie a couple of times, years ago. I figured I should "read" the book.
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