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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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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 12-12-13
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Different rendition but still a good story"
    If you could sum up Logan's Run in three words, what would they be?

    Run Logan Run


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Logan. He had all of the best parts of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Traveling through the maze and visiting the Florida Keys.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio book was okay. I have seen the movie a couple of times, years ago. I figured I should "read" the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Alturas, Ca, United States 09-10-13
    Bill Alturas, Ca, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2011

    Bill

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    "Grat movie. Fun listen"
    What did you love best about Logan's Run?

    It is always fun to listen to or read the book that inspired the movie. Visualizing the movie as I listen to the book it was interesting to see the change in characters and scenes. You could almost hear the writers. say well we can't do it the way they did it in the book but we can do it this way. This is a case where at this point in time the movie is definitely better than the book. The plot loses its way considerably And the ending is a letdown. But the author indulges himself in some fantastically described scenes that make up for that loss. All in all, a fun listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 09-09-13
    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 09-09-13 Member Since 2012
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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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    patrick morgantown, WV, United States 09-03-12
    patrick morgantown, WV, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2013
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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 2014

    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.

    12 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Emma SAVANNAH, TN, United States 09-09-13
    Emma SAVANNAH, TN, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2013

    I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.

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    "I really did try to like this book."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I read Dan Brown's new book 'Inferno', and this book was referenced in it. The idea of voluntary suicide at the age of 21 in order to control the world population was very intriguing to me. I was expecting a book with more depth... this book was more like listening to a star trek tv episode. There were a few interesting parts - but overall, it didn't hold my attention.


    What was most disappointing about William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson ’s story?

    I didn't like the main characters at all. They had no depth - and I had no idea what their motives were throughout the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    Needless to say, I won't be reading the rest of the books in the Logan's Run series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Melbourne, FL, United States 09-19-12
    Amazon Customer 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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    Habnar 11-16-12
    Habnar 11-16-12

    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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    Greg 07-23-12
    Greg 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 10 people found this review helpful
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