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The Day of the Triffids Audiobook

The Day of the Triffids

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.
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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.

    14 of 15 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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    Old Man Parker Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 12-10-12
    Old Man Parker Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2009

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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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    Tyler Tanner Los Angeles, CA United States 02-08-16
    Tyler Tanner Los Angeles, CA United States 02-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Really Surprising"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, absolutely. This book took me by surprise. My understanding is that this was the novel that kicked off the post-apocalyptic genre. I took it up to check another book off the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. I was expecting the language to be archaic, it being over 60 years old, but it holds up exceptionally well. This is a must for Sc-fi fans.


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

    1) The sinister way the plants were written. Initially you would think that the way that they are described, they would be laughable. They are not.

    2) The realistic way that civilization breaks down as a result of the attacks and how they handle the Triffids. A fully realized and well thought out concept.

    3) The added layer of the protagonist being one of the few people that isn't blind in the novel


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

    Mr. Malcolm had to do a bit of a hat trick here. He is able to balance the dramatic tone associated with 50's sci-fi with subtext and characterization. Really well done.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This is the book that started it all.


    Any additional comments?

    It's been a few month's since I've listened to the book and it still lingers with me. Influences of H.G. Wells and the cold war run rampant. But what's really interesting is how many current books and shows are influenced by this book. Anywhere from Stephen King's The stand to the The Walking Dead.

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    David Dembkoski New England 01-29-16
    David Dembkoski New England 01-29-16 Member Since 2013

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    "This modern classic really worked for me"

    Loved it. I watched the UK miniseries from 1981 and this is pretty much the exact same thing. Loved it.

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    M. J. Christensen Tucson, AZ. 04-19-15
    M. J. Christensen Tucson, AZ. 04-19-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Apocalyptic Plants"

    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.

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    Frank 04-07-15
    Frank 04-07-15 Member Since 2009

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    "Classic sci-fi"

    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.

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    Gregory 03-10-15
    Gregory 03-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprised this book isn't more well know"

    Great book. Loved the story and the theme of man made destruction is very thought provoking. Both a thriller and ethics book

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