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What is more frightening than a quiet, pastoral village being invaded by alien children? Wyndham may have been the first to put this modern twist to the old "changeling" story.
Short as this novel is, it gradually and clearly develops the nature of the children's power and their menace to a seemingly impotent human race.
The escalating horror of The Midwich Cuckoos is enhanced by the reader's perfect British composure.
I don't understand why audible won't offer the unabridged version, which is only 3 hours more. There were parts of the story that didnt make sense, presumably because their circumstances were left out entirely. Early is mentioned that one of the children didnt survive but without any indication as to why. The unabridged version was at least at one point available, as I see it's page on amazon, so I'm not sure why we arent at least given the option to have it here. I love John Wyndham, so this is disappointing.
I could wile away the hours...
This cleverly written science-fiction about alien possession in a rural hamlet is a worthwhile listen if you have a four-hour drive. It has that wonderful British blend of proper diction, understated elegance, subdued horror, good pacing, and just enough biological theory to keep you engaged. The aliens are strange, beautiful, and deadly competitors for an overmatched human race. The conclusion--how we deal with them--will bring to mind contemporary terrorist tactics. Recommended.
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