At first, the fireballs seemed to be nothing more than a dazzling display of lights in the sky, plunging into the deepest oceans and disappearing without trace. But when ships started sinking inexplicably and the sea-lanes became impassable, it seemed that the world was facing a threat of unprecedented proportions.
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Interesting story marred by incessant pillow talk and glib reporters. When it's the end of the world from an alien invasion you would think that people would act differently.
I did not like it very much. It was stylized like an old radio show, but it just did not translate well that way. And it developed slow.
Main interests are crime, some science fiction, fantasy & comedy. Also very interested in playback hardware for audio books.
What a disappointment. Hopefully the writer of this dreadful dramatisation went on to a different career. The story is almost unrecognizable. Wyndham must be turning in his grave.
"Wasn't sure ... but wow!"
I wasn't sure what to expect with a 'dramatised' version of one of my favourite books by one of my favourite authors. Sure it was the BBC but...
I sure didn't want something that detracted from what I had already imagined. I usually buy unabridged and undramatised versions.
All I can conclude is wow.
Well done to the cast, writers, sound engineers and producers/directors. Thank you for sticking to the story, themes and atmosphere of the original.
I have added the rest of the set to my wishlist.
"A wonderful timeless story"
The Kraken Wakes is one of my favourite books and this radio version doesn't disappoint. Obviously dated but still excellent.
Considering the book was written in the 1950's, amazing how even then John Wyndham saw the melting of the ice caps as causing an ecological disaster!
"A Good Scifi yarn"
Loved it! This was a great production, totally recommend it to others. Will be buying more by John Wyndham.
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