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 read, I write; I listen
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.
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!
Easily at home among others of its day, I would compare it to Issac Asimov, or similar...
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...
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...
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.
Most science fiction stories have some action components and some more cerebral components. Logan's Run definitely has both, but excels in the action components. That's nice for a change. I really enjoyed being able to turn off my brain at times in the story and just go along for the exciting ride. Wun Logan, WUN!
And even though it was written in the late 1960s, the story has a next sci-fi generation (post-Asimov, etc.) feel, with lots of freaky drug and sex references. Another really neat thing about the story is that it takes a refreshingly brave poke at the youth culture, which was very strong when the book was published. Take that, you self-absorbed hippies (and future yuppies)!
I wish I had read the book before I saw the movie. I couldn't get Michael York and Jenny Agutter out of my head even though I saw it back in the 1970s. I guess the movie made a big impression because it was one of the first sci fi films I saw. I've read that someone is now making another movie adaptation that is supposed to be truer to the book. If so, that's good news. I look forward to it. I hope they can capture the story's great dystopian feel and unique messages.
The book is very well narrated and I highly recommend it to fans of sci-fi.
PS: Coincidentally, I just saw the Family Guy tribute to Logan's Run, in which Brian imagines himself as a runner. Great timing. Very funny.
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
SHADOWS SLID ON SHADOWS
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.
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.
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!
The story and the faithful way that the narrator had in evoking the feel of the book.
There were many, but I particularly liked the way that the story opened.
His feeling for the characters, and his characterisations.
Dystopian. I want more!
Yes because it was awesome
where logan was running
i did and loved every minuit of it
it was really awesome worth the wait
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!
"Get ready for carrousel"
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.
Logan, he's an unusual anti-hero with a skill for violence.
Great reading; you know who's speaking all the time and he fills the characters with depth and emotion.
Been there, done that!
Highly recommend even if you've seen the film.
"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.
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