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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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    D corona, ca United States 06-28-12
    D corona, ca United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2008

    I read, I write; I listen

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    "A Different Logan's Run"

    Throughout the years since its release in 1976, I???ve watched the movie more times than I can remember and is a favorite of mine but have never read the book, so the audio book intrigued me. What I found is this is a very different Logan???s Run; but still entertaining. The basic premise is the same; people must die at a certain age and Logan has reached that age and decides to run.
    Written in 1967 Logan???s Run is set in a future world of 2116. The population has reached ???critical mass??? and a law has been passed dictating all people must report to ???Sleep Centers??? at the age of 21, If anyone refuses to report, a Deep Sleep Operative, (also called a Sandman) is assigned to hunt the runner down and terminate their existence. Logan is a Sandman who has reached his twenty first birthday and while on an assignment discovers there might be another alternative to the Sleep Centers called ???Sanctuary.???
    It took me a little time getting used to the narrator, Oliver Wyman, because I was used to Michael York???s English accent as Logan in the movie, but after adjusting I thought he did a good job. I would recommend this audio book for those, like me, who have known the story from the movie and everyone else as well.

    31 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    jonathan Clark 07-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Vintage SciFi Experience!"
    If you could sum up Logan's Run in three words, what would they be?

    Retro Distopian Classic! Somehow the subtle 70's infleuence seeps into the weave of the fabric of this accessable SciFi Classic. With its own unique mix of futurism and societal decay it is Not an experience to miss!


    What other book might you compare Logan's Run to and why?

    Easily at home among others of its day, I would compare it to Issac Asimov, or similar...


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Somehow accomplishes the impression of sound effects in the background in retrospect... With such an adventurous tale in such futuristic locations, one not only finds each character represented well and seemlessly, but afterward you find yourself questioning just which of the various environments were actually presented as expressly as you remember them...


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

    In the right environment, I could see myself listening to this completely in a single day, however, I think it more reasonable to break it up into two or three bits...
    not Too long to stop you, but quite possible to take in smaller doses...


    Any additional comments?

    Having been familiar with the movie, I went into this read with an interest in discovering the hidden depths of the original novel... As is almost cliche in its occurrence, I was pleasantly rewarded in uncovering a deeper understanding to the more complete reality presented by the author and was additionally surprised to find the novel a Series of books to go on with...
    Beyond the simple reality and poorly explained spectacle of the film, there is a deeper commentary on society which is the rare mindstretch I seek out most actively in all my reading. While I've had other series prove less enthralling in future installments, I am nevertheless left with higher hopes and greater interest in persuing the rest of the story having read this book.
    A Classic in its tone, texture, and underlying principles... everything I most look for in my delvings into the older science fiction genre... Worth a Look.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug halifax, NS, Canada 07-23-12
    Doug halifax, NS, Canada 07-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Goss rendition of an excellent book"
    What did you love best about Logan's Run?

    The story and the faithful way that the narrator had in evoking the feel of the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Logan's Run?

    There were many, but I particularly liked the way that the story opened.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    His feeling for the characters, and his characterisations.


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

    Yep


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy M. O'connor Jr. Webster, tx, United States 06-30-12
    Timothy M. O'connor Jr. Webster, tx, United States 06-30-12

    Dystopian. I want more!

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    "took long enough"
    Would you listen to Logan's Run again? Why?

    Yes because it was awesome


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Logan's Run?

    where logan was running


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    nope


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

    i did and loved every minuit of it


    Any additional comments?

    it was really awesome worth the wait

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 05-12-14
    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2011

    MIke Charette

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    "Just the best!"
    If you could sum up Logan's Run in three words, what would they be?

    Great Adventure story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adventure elements, its just like I remember it, when I read it as a kid.


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

    Logan


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

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-27-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Cub Scouts"

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    Kind of a mixture of A Brave New World and Animal Farm and Lord of The Flies. The first five chapters make the book worth buying. Very different from the movie, more better. The underwater city and Hell were cool. This has two authors and I kind of wonder if one of them wrote the first five chapters and the other wrote the next five. I am going to have to look at the reviews to see if I want to continue this series. The first five are five star chapters and the last five are three star chapters, totally it is a 3.5 star book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Phoenix, AZ 02-02-14
    Amazon Customer Phoenix, AZ 02-02-14 Member Since 2012

    Phoenician

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    "Completely Different from the Movie"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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 2010

    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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    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 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Get ready for carrousel"
    What did you like most about Logan's Run?

    I've been a fan of the film from an early age, so was interested to see how the original source material compared to the film. The story contains interesting social comment, and you can certainly tell it was penned in the late sixties.
    I enjoyed the utopian feel and hedonistic life style portrayed in the book and the "idea" of a voluntary euthanasia system force upon people who reach 21, not the liberal 30 as indicated in the film.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Logan, he's an unusual anti-hero with a skill for violence.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great reading; you know who's speaking all the time and he fills the characters with depth and emotion.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Been there, done that!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend even if you've seen the film.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
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    "A stunningly awful book"

    Having always enjoyed the Logan's Run film adaptation, I was keen to listen to the book, as I heard it was rather different. Different it is, at least after the first quarter or so. What follows is an insane, incoherent, fever dream of a book, which is far and away the worst written book I have ever read. Sentences are often a random collection of unmatched words, character names are usually omitted leading to confusion, and the plot bounces around from one utterly bizarre scenario to the next with nothing to connect it. It's like The Wizard of Oz as written by someone on extra strength hallucinogenic drugs.

    The narrator is unfortunately no help at all, speaking as he does at a lugubrious pace, and so dragging out this dreadful story even further. I ended up using the 1.25x and 1.5x playback options in the Audible app to get him to speak at a more normal pace.

    This book is a mess. It makes no sense, the story is the type of thing a small child would come up with, and it's technically so poorly written it should never have been published. The movie took the one good idea of the book (that everyone dies very young due to over population) and span it out into an entertaining film, although even it couldn't free itself entirely from the insanity of the book's ideas.

    There are lots of great sci-fi books, but this certainly isn't one of them. Avoid at all costs.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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