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Publisher's Summary

The Chrysalids is set in the future after a devastating global nuclear war. David, the young hero of the novel, lives in a tight-knit community of religious and genetic fundamentalists, always on the alert for any deviation from the norm of God's creation.

Abnormal plants are publicly burned, with much singing of hymns. Abnormal humans (who are not really human) are also condemned to destruction - unless they succeed in fleeing to the Fringes, that Wild Country where, as the authorities say, nothing is reliable and the devil does his work.

David grows up ringed by admonitions: KEEP PURE THE STOCK OF THE LORD; WATCH THOU FOR THE MUTANT.

At first he does not question. Then, however, he realizes that he, too, is out of the ordinary, in possession of a power that could doom him to death or introduce him to a new, hitherto unimagined world of freedom.

The Chrysalids is a perfectly conceived and constructed work from the classic era of science fiction, a Voltairean philosophical tale that has as much resonance in our own day, when religious and scientific dogmatism are both on the march, as when it was written during the Cold War.

©2008 John Wyndham (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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great listen

one of my favourite books ever. this was very well done. screw Flanders, screw Flanders.

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This is how a post apocalyptic story should go

I'm not a huge fan of post apocalyptic stories, they tend to have too much in common. This said i must say i liked this one. In the style how its written you can feel its from 50 years ago and that can get a little annoying. i started reading this because i loved some of this writers other work and I don't regret it.

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  • martin harrison
  • 09-05-17

classic

I have read this so many times but I think this is the best way to enjoy a great story

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  • Peter
  • 01-14-17

vive la difference...

A classic John Wyndham story of post apocalyptic survival and life amongst peoples with unexplainable difference..

Differences physical, mental and moral..

Bigotry gone mad...

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  • Mark
  • 09-11-17

A compelling story with great insight.

I read this as a young man and loved returning to it.
Ever so insightful and expertly executed as a novel and we'll presented as an audio book.

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  • Philippe
  • 03-12-17

A post apocalyptic novel well worth your time

What did you like most about The Chrysalids?

I really enjoyed this book. I've also "read" the Day of the Triffids (same author) which got me in the post apocalyptic reading in the first place. But here you get in to a world where the apocalypse lies far back and what could happen if people have forgotten what we know today. Of course there is a twist. <br/>The narrator executed his craft flawlessly and it was hard for me to stop listening in the evening. <br/>If you liked this book, maybe you should read "Childhood's end" from Arthur C. Clarke as well. Great stuff!

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  • Dale
  • 12-15-16

Great performance of a classic story

I was absolutely captivated by this audiobook. The reader though initially sounding dry is infact a wonderful performer who truly brings the story to life. I highly recommend.