©1955 John Wyndham; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
This story was like putting on a special pair of lenses which showed you the world you currently live in, after humanity implodes on itself.
Through this story you also view yourself differently - how capable and resilient are you when it's important? And when significant pressure is applied what kind of human being would you be?
Curiously, although written in the 50's, Wyndham has told a story which really hasn't aged, in fact it seems potently relevant for recent times. Our collective ingenuity has a seedy underbelly which could adversely affect our very existence if not managed correctly.
Wyndham grabbed me from the get-go and I was in this story, alongside Bill, all the way.
What a fabulous voice! I can't imagine Bill sounding any other way. I was 100% satisfied with his intonation/pace/sound. Loved listening to him.
Who will survive.. and how???
This story has a place in my personal top 5!
Good to listen to whilst long distant driving...Read this book as a 12 - 13 year old, like most people... re-hearing it, made me realise how TV graphics have changed the idea of 'terror'.
Very proper pronunciation!
couldn't quite get through the movie, better as a book.
My previous experiences of reading Wyndham have been in his "childrens" novels which I loved as a child and now love as a man. This is written on a more adult scale and despite the fact that time has overtake some of the ideas in the book there are others which remain absolutely plausible today. The story is well written, well narrated and thoroughly enjoyable.
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
Narration was truly excellent. Story is a classic apocalyptic yarn. I had forgotten how poignant this book can be, having not read it for years, but also I had forgotten the optimistic and humour moments. A fast paced book, not dull. Definitely worth the credit. (And will you ever view lights in the night sky the same way again?)
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