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The Day of the Triffids Audiobook

The Day of the Triffids

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Publisher's Summary

In 1951 John Wyndham published The Day of the Triffids to moderate acclaim. Fifty-two years later, this horrifying story is a science fiction classic, touted by The Times (London) as having "all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare."

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.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Nominee - Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Audiobook, 2011

“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)

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    Dave Cole 05-12-14
    Dave Cole 05-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "NOT unabridged."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    31 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Willis Woodstock, GA USA 09-09-10
    Mark Willis Woodstock, GA USA 09-09-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Surprisingly good"

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 04-23-12
    Marie 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Cautionary Tale Ahead of its Time"

    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.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    TH 09-20-16
    TH 09-20-16

    I'm a horror, sci-fi fan. My favourites are Lovecraft, Poe, Bierce, Jackson, Levin, and King.

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    "Great Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. I'd only ever seen the 1960s film Day of the Triffids, and was curious to hear the original.


    What other book might you compare The Day of the Triffids to and why?

    I don't have a comparison for The Day of the Triffids.


    What does Graeme Malcolm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a rich, wonderful voice which added to the story which is staged in Britain.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but I did really enjoy it.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to reading other John Wyndham works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Union, NJ, United States 08-28-14
    Christopher Union, NJ, United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Perfect post-apocalyptic novel"

    First, I thought it ended rather abruptly. I actually expected I was half way through the book when it ended. So that was somewhat disappointing that it was over. Nonetheless, I wouldn't have been disappointed if I hadn't been enjoying it so much. It's a really good book, full of all the concepts and situations I like in a good post-apocalyptic novel. It's realistic, exciting, and the narrative is practically prose. The writer is extraordinarily articulate and well-spoken. Quite the opposite of the some of the more recent post-apocalyptic/survivalist novels which sound like a how-to manual being read. Highly recommended. I just finished Earth Abides, and although the stories begin quite similarly, they diverge enough to be mutually enjoyable, even if you read them in succession. I should also say that the reader is excellent and perfectly matched to the content.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Old Man Parker 12-10-12 Member Since 2009

    Aloha! I'm a "Low-Brow Artist" makin' "Tiki-Art" on the active volcanic Island of Hawaii ~ The source of… Akua! Mana! "TIKI"!

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    "A classic science fiction/horror tale. Very good."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Day of the Triffids?

    When they find out the Triffids are turning the tables on humanity, and the girl finds her family and house over run.


    What about Graeme Malcolm’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A good exciting ending.


    Any additional comments?

    like zombie movies? You'll like this!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 04-15-14
    Paul 04-15-14

    A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.

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    "Captivating from the very first paragraph."
    Would you listen to The Day of the Triffids again? Why?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Graeme Malcolm did an OK job. I just consider his voice to be a little light and timid, especially during intense action scenes.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert R. San Francisco, CA 05-10-12
    Robert R. San Francisco, CA 05-10-12 Member Since 2015

    Bohemian Bon Vivant

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    "Not Just Killer Plants"
    If you could sum up The Day of the Triffids in three words, what would they be?

    Elevated above the killer plant aspect by the author's intelligent consideration and exploration of what various forms humanity might take given a cataclysmic accident like the overnight blinding of most of the world's populace -- from those who deal with the disaster in a military fashion, religious fashion, progressive fashion, and so on. It's a book that leaves one with much to ponder and consider long after the scary story elements that pull you in.


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    Marla United States 12-07-16
    Marla United States 12-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun little book"

    I like classic apocalyptic fiction, and this is that. Many books from this and earlier periods have the issue of casually dropping mysogynist bombs but if you're prepared to see those as a reflection of the times and not a personal insult, then you might enjoy this story. I did.

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    P.O. Bshaw 11-14-16
    P.O. Bshaw 11-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A weed in the realm of scifi"

    Interesting concept,well delivered-but it sounds like a drawn out episode of The Outer Limits..is there a sequel?*why not*

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