This novel was the basis for the classic science-fiction film, Village of the Damned.
©1957 John Wyndham; (P)2000, 2007 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
I have listened many times, largely due to the narrator. Nathaniel Parker is the finest story performer and best male voice in the business. He doesn't merely read a story; he transforms it into a multi-character
Aside from Mr. Parker's wonderful narration, I liked the story quite a lot. It is well-written and I enjoyed the psychological implications of the dilemma presented in the book.
Everything! Best male voice and finest story performer in the business. Natural gift for accents and dialogue and giving characters their own voice. Other titles by Mr. Parker, in particular the Artemis Fowl series with its myriad of characters, show off his gift for presenting snappy dialogue in a multitude of character's unique voices.
This book is very good. And I highly recommend all Nathaniel Parker offerings. One that I return to again and again is
This is a classic science fiction story from a classic (but often overlooked) science fiction writer. It's got an intriguing ending and a great finish, though it can get a wee bit plodding in the middle. Still a great story, though.
I have a DLitt and Phil Degree which must imply a level of discernment? I just clocked over at 60. The significance is that I have read a whole lot of books. I'm now revisiting some of my all time favourites - and enjoying some first time round books. Books are my friends. Audible is JUST AMAZING - takes me back to pre -TV days, with my ear pressed to a crackly transistor radio - but now SO MUCH better and more 'classy' from a Kindle!
I remember with fondness the Wyndham Triffids; so instead of re-visiting that I decided to give the Cuckoos a go. It was OK. Short, simple, easy listening. Nothing particularly terrifying, nail biting or engaging. Average, unremarkable.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry. I also love to listen to the same whilst not paying attention to other things. I aim for my reviews to be short and succinct so that they are easy to read.
This is a story that we have heard before in so many ways. This is not as creepy as it should have been and the ending was oh so predictable. I didn't care a great deal about the characters. I sort of felt that the author was hurrying through the book and didn't have time to "flesh the characters out" to the extent that they were real. Still worth a listen though.
Not as good as The Triffids, but still an interesting what-if story. Well narrated and written, although the only criticism is that it does not go as deep as I expected into why the event happened and who the children were. Also, I felt the children could have been engaged a bit more in the story rather than discussed by the narrator from afar, until the last half-hour. nevertheless very good and highly recommended.
This is a beautifully dated science fiction horror novel. The tone, style and language - brilliantly performed by the narrator in the audiobook I listened to - is of its time, in postwar little England, and what it lacks in action and pace it more than makes up for in tension and moral exploration. A great idea, excellently crafted, and thoroughly enjoyed.
"Not quite as good as Triffids but a good read"
As many other I found Midwich after The Day of the Triffids became one of my favorite reads. Nathaniel Parker does an excellent job reading the book. I found the writing of the female characters of the book much less appealing than in the Triffids. I know the book was written in the 50s, but it irritated me that the central female character fussed about bringing the men brandy or tobacco and saying things like "You men are so clever with your complicated talk. I don't understand any of it. I'll go back to the kitchen."
John Wyndham is still very readable after all these years: as well as writing a cracking good tale he also looks at the moral and ethical dilemmas which the cuckoos of the title produce. You find yourself thinking about how you would respond yourself in the same situation, both in resolving the problem or as one of the inadvertent hosts. One of Wyndham's chilliest stories, which will remain with you long after you finish listening to it. The narration is good, which of course is a bonus!
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