Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere 24 hours before is gone forever. But to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one must survive the Triffids, strange plants that years before began appearing all over the world. The Triffids can grow to over seven feet tall, pull their roots from the ground to walk, and kill a man with one quick lash of their poisonous stingers. With society in shambles, they are now poised to prey on humankind. Wyndham chillingly anticipates bio-warfare and mass destruction, 50 years before their realization, in this prescient account of Cold War paranoia.
©1951 John Wyndham; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
“The best what-if sci-fi ever.” (Lee Child)
"Graeme Malcolm creates the atmosphere of a classic Twilight Zone or Chiller Theatre production.... Malcolm’s tone of steady perseverance contributes to the realism of the plot." (AudioFile)
This version is abridged. Not by the industry standard HUGE amount, but maybe as much as 25% of the writing has been taken out. It is as if the book were 'tightened up' by an editor who didn't realize how much brilliant social commentary was between the lines of Wyndham's digressions. The BBC has done an unabridged reading of this, as has (i think) Books On Tape. Both are better than this one by a long shot--and they are complete.
I recalled seeing the 1962 movie version as a teenager and had rather low expectation based on its typical monsters run amok plotline, But needing an easy read over vacation, I took a chance and was happily rewarded with well developed characters and situations. A scifi novel that holds up well even after all these years.
I have loved this story for a long time. It was great to hear an audio version. The message seems so appropriate today in a world of genetic engineering, space defense systems, biological warfare, and intentional introduction of invasive of foreign plant and animal species. Every time I hear tapping sticks, I wonder if a triffid has arrived at my door. The BBC did a wonderful television production in the mid-80s. The production values are quite simple compared to today's but it is very effective.
Yes. The world ending my a "zombie plague" is so popular, this shows the end of the world by a plague of man eating plants that move a lot like zombies.
When they find out the Triffids are turning the tables on humanity, and the girl finds her family and house over run.
A good exciting ending.
like zombie movies? You'll like this!
A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.
I like the easygoing style of the main character, and how we learn and experience the Triffids along with him as he struggles to survive. This will be a fun book to read again in a few years.
Graeme Malcolm did an OK job. I just consider his voice to be a little light and timid, especially during intense action scenes.
Loved it. I watched the UK miniseries from 1981 and this is pretty much the exact same thing. Loved it.
One of the Sci-Fi classics that I have wanted to read since seeing the movie a few years ago. I liked the unique plot - humanity has to deal with killer plants. The character development and scientifically possible elements of the story make a thoughtful, as well as an exciting, read. Graeme Malcolm's narration is excellent.
Oregon Forester, audio book addict
Great story, it definitely has that classic scifi feel. Not too much violence the story carries itself. It's kind of refreshing listening to a book where all of the characters don't have to go down in flames.
Not an example of great literature, but certainly enjoyable.
It seems that the writers of The Walking Dead and and others of the same genre have taken much from Day of the Triffids.
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