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The Invasion of the Body Snatchers | [Jack Finney]

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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.
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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.

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  • Nominee, 2008 Audie Award, Science Fiction

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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.

    2 of 3 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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    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.


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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.

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    Deborah MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 05-14-13
    Deborah MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Watch the movie"

    This book was entertaining but I thought it was one of those rare circumstances where the movie was better than the book.

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    Simone 03-09-13
    Simone 03-09-13 Member Since 2006

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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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!

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    "Good Narration, Slow Story"

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers / B002VACTHE

    I bought this audiobook on the recommendation of a friend and I'm still uncertain how to rate it, especially as I haven't rated the book text itself elsewhere. I'll try to address both here, the book content and the quality of the audio book.

    The audiobook itself is quite good. The narration is strong and does a lot to flesh out the narration voice -- indeed, I think the narrator manages to make an otherwise forgettable or even unlikeable character very sympathetic. The wry humor and deep weariness of the narrative voice comes through loud and clear, and it does a lot towards creating the atmosphere that this book is trying to evoke: when a major plot point is that the weary heroes cannot sleep or all will be lost, it's a plus to have a weary-sounding narrator. And it works very well as a whole.

    The book itself I'm less enthused over. I recognize that this is a book from the 1950s and was revolutionary in its own way, but sometimes it doesn't feel like it has aged well. There's some casual misogyny here that may be distracting to the reader, and the heroes don't always face their apocalypse very sensibly. Readers will figure out major plot points long before the characters do, which makes them sometimes seem willfully obtuse. (This is one of the unfortunate side-effects of modern readers being genre-savvy to this form of literature, I suppose.)

    Early in the stages of the apocalypse, the reasons given for why the heroes can't go to the authorities for help seem sort of flimsy, culminating at a point where they manage to call someone in Washington in order to register concern only to be talked out of it because, meh, it all seems kind of silly so nevermind. I get that this is supposed to be a commentary on the inefficient authorities against internal threats, but you'd think once you got through the phone lines, you'd at least TRY to register that stuff is about to go very, very badly.

    Overall, if you already know you enjoy this book, I think you'll be pleased with the audiobook version. If you've heard of the book because it was groundbreaking for its time, and if you don't mind some of the usual flaws of 1950s science fiction -- genre-ignorant characters and sometimes very slow pacing -- then you may well enjoy this book. I give it 3 stars for the text and 5 stars for the narration itself.

    ~ Ana Mardoll

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 10-24-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "very entertaining story--better than the movie"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes but not to everyone. the story is good. i know someone who could enjoy this story but because it is science fiction, he will never give it a try.

    if you saw the movie the audiobook is great. but if you never saw the movie i think the book will be even better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers?

    when the bady snatchers were in town waiting for the truck.


    What about Kristoffer Tabori’s performance did you like?

    the book was well read, great voice, enjoyable reader!


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

    many moments. moments when miles and rebecca were fighting to save their existance


    Any additional comments?

    i wish i never saw the movie. i do for some reason think the audiobook would be even better. but it was a great entertaining read.

    the book was a little different than the movie. i liked the book better.

    i don't want to be a spoiler in case some readers don't know the story tho.

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-17-12
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-17-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Different from the film"

    I found this book to be one of the exceptions to the rule that books are better than the film version. It was different to the film as it was simple and I found the ending disappointing. I preferred the ending in the film version.

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    Gilma United States 12-07-11
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    "Nail biting"
    Which character – as performed by Kristoffer Tabori – was your favorite?

    Kristoffer played all the characters very well but I liked the main character the best. You can tell he envisioned the scene and channeled the character's emotions through the tone of his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I never saw the movie but Im glad I heard this audio instead.

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    Donna Queensland, Australia 08-17-11
    Donna Queensland, Australia 08-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved It"

    I've always loved this story, and the narrator does a fabulous job - he's just perfect for it. The interview at the end is interesting too :)

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