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The Invasion of the Body Snatchers Audiobook

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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Publisher's Summary

On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovers an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms are taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loves, and the world as he knows it.

This classic 1955 thriller of the triumph of the human spirit over an invisible enemy inspired the acclaimed 1956 film, directed by Don Siegel and named one of Time magazine's 100 Best Films. Blackstone's edition is read by Don Siegel's son, actor-director Kristoffer Tabori, an Emmy and Audie Award winner, and concludes with the narrator's insider reminiscences of his father's work on the film.

©1955, 1983 Jack Finney; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Nominee, 2008 Audie Award, Science Fiction

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    Mark Toney, AL United States 01-17-15
    Mark Toney, AL United States 01-17-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent Sci-Fi Thriller"

    While I was looking for a new book I stumbled across this one and I remembered seeing the old movie, so I took a chance - and I am glad I did. I cannot say enough about how excellent both the story and the narration were - I was completely absorbed from the first sentence all the way through to the end. Set sometime in the 20th century, a lot of the content seemed quaint, yet nevertheless intense. The length of the book was just right for this story - about 6 hours. If you enjoy Sci-Fi you will not be disappointed. Following the book there is a discussion with the narrator that is very interesting as well - he is the son of the director of the first movie.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia Czechowski Baltimore Maryland 06-21-14
    Alicia Czechowski Baltimore Maryland 06-21-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Survival is everything"

    Jack Finney lets us contemplate the reason for existence in "Invasion". Ultimately, both man and alien will destroy anything and everything in the battle for survival. Is the human craving for emotional soap opera more valid than the pod changeling's simple instinct to exist?
    "Invasion" concludes with a "Now what?", and, also, a "So what?".
    I like a book whose ending suggests many intriguing possibilities.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Gesmer Dover, MA USA 07-05-14
    Lee Gesmer Dover, MA USA 07-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Agree with Jenna -"
    Where does The Invasion of the Body Snatchers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    "Do not start this audiobook unless you have 6hrs free to sit and listen!" Excellent novel, superb reading by Mr. Tabori. Really cannot praise this audiobook highly enough.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Derith san diego, CA, USA 01-30-08
    Derith san diego, CA, USA 01-30-08
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    "so unexpected!"

    we were so pleasantly surprise be how good this book was, and the narator was great! I had seen the movie decades ago, but the book was so much better and creepier! My 10 year old son loved it as well.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    David Eggerschwiler Switzerland 11-16-07
    David Eggerschwiler Switzerland 11-16-07 Member Since 2004
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    "A thrilling listening experience"

    An eerie tale of a small town where people start behaving slightly different then they used to. At first this is attributed to a mass delusion, but soon the real threat to humanity reveals itself...
    A fascinating story written in 1955 about an alien invasion of a special kind. The plot is mostly dense and fast paced making it a thrilling listening experience.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 03-09-13
    Simone 03-09-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Classic Thriller"

    I thought the story was great! Intriguing, suspenseful… and timeless! you wouldn’t necessarily conclude it was written in the 50s – it’s an ageless classic.

    I had vague recollections of the movie, but it didn’t spoil the story because I couldn’t remember the end, then again, the movie and the book don’t have the same ending anyway!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Hans Australia 02-07-09
    Hans Australia 02-07-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Good old fashion SF / Horror"

    A well written good old fashion story. Well read and keeps you interested from start to finish. If you like a horror story without blood and guts, this is it.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 07-16-08
    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 07-16-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Okay"

    I like these old-fashioned science fiction stories, and this was entertaining, but not repeatable. The main character didn't thrill me that much.

    If you like this, try Day of the Triffids, and War of the Worlds, both even better than this one.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    The Kindler 11-12-15
    The Kindler 11-12-15 Member Since 2014

    I like to read and listen to Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military, History, and Thillers.

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    "Great Suspense"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers to be better than the print version?

    Yes and no. I can't read as much as I like and resort to listening to books but either is doable.


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

    Sheer enjoyment


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great classic and worth the money. The characters are fun and the villain is unique and interesting.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 10-21-15
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 10-21-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid listener on my daily commute!

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    "Riveting Psychological Suspense"
    What made the experience of listening to The Invasion of the Body Snatchers the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, who had an obvious flair for the material and for drama.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The long, weirdly relaxed, highly intellectual explanations of the science behind the invasion....especially when delivered by scientists who had themselves been replaced by pod people. I also LOVED the ending, which I never saw coming!!


    What about Kristoffer Tabori’s performance did you like?

    Loved his voices, his vocal inflection and expressions. Disliked his very occasional tendency to over-emote at odd, non-nail-biting moments.


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

    Oh, Audible! What a silly question for this particular title! Of course there have probably been MANY movies (I know of at least two), and although I'm not positive I've ever seen one, I sure would like to now that I've listened to the book! I'll bet the tag lines to the films were along the lines of "Terror in Mill Valley," "Who Can You Trust?," "They Came From Outer Space" and "Is it Mass Hysteria, or Something More Insidious?"


    Any additional comments?

    4 1/2 Stars for this surprisingly fresh page-turner! Thank you, Audible, for offering it on sale--hate to think how I nearly missed this hidden-in-plain-sight gem! I hadn't even known it was a book, and I'm not sure what I would have expected had I known, but not this!!

    One important caveat: This book is DATED, being from the 1950's, not just in terms of the technological limitations of the times but in terms of gender roles. Go into it knowing that and you won't be disappointed. Expect some of what a modern audience would have called blatant sexism, and also a weird little joke about abortion that I don't even think I fully understood.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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