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  • The Kraken Wakes

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Journalist Mike Watson and his wife, Phyllis, trace it back to the strange showering lights they noticed on the final day of their honeymoon cruise; lights which appeared to land and disappear into the water. Reports mount of similar sightings all over the world. Governments embark on missions to investigate the sea, but ships disappear and diving crews never return to the surface. Something deep in the ocean does not want to be disturbed.

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  • Something of a Disappointment

  • By Ross Henderson on 07-20-12


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Reviewed: 08-05-15

If you could sum up The Kraken Wakes in three words, what would they be?

Deal with meteors.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the atmosphere, the premise and the outcome. Alex Jennings gets the characters down pat, and I could actually see them in my mind. The main characters do exactly what I would do myself, and I can totally relate to them. I love the excitement, the frustration and the brilliance with which Wyndham creates the wife - she has the perfect balance between femininity, resourcefulness and intelligence.

Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard Jennings do anything else, but I love his voice, and his delivery. His character voices are spot on, and I'm looking through his recordings now.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I have not only listened to this in one sitting, but I play it often as a bedtime story, while I'm doing chores, in the car - in fact everywhere.

Any additional comments?

I love the dated feel of Wyndham's writing, the nostalgia of bygone days but with the suspense and creepiness of impending doom. I have read his books over and over, and my only gripe is that he didn't write more.