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The Invasion of the Body Snatchers Audiobook

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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Publisher's Summary

On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovers an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms are taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loves, and the world as he knows it.

This classic 1955 thriller of the triumph of the human spirit over an invisible enemy inspired the acclaimed 1956 film, directed by Don Siegel and named one of Time magazine's 100 Best Films. Blackstone's edition is read by Don Siegel's son, actor-director Kristoffer Tabori, an Emmy and Audie Award winner, and concludes with the narrator's insider reminiscences of his father's work on the film.

©1955, 1983 Jack Finney; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Nominee, 2008 Audie Award, Science Fiction

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    Hans Australia 02-07-09
    Hans Australia 02-07-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Good old fashion SF / Horror"

    A well written good old fashion story. Well read and keeps you interested from start to finish. If you like a horror story without blood and guts, this is it.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 07-16-08
    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 07-16-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Okay"

    I like these old-fashioned science fiction stories, and this was entertaining, but not repeatable. The main character didn't thrill me that much.

    If you like this, try Day of the Triffids, and War of the Worlds, both even better than this one.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    David Eggerschwiler Switzerland 11-16-07
    David Eggerschwiler Switzerland 11-16-07 Member Since 2004
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    "A thrilling listening experience"

    An eerie tale of a small town where people start behaving slightly different then they used to. At first this is attributed to a mass delusion, but soon the real threat to humanity reveals itself...
    A fascinating story written in 1955 about an alien invasion of a special kind. The plot is mostly dense and fast paced making it a thrilling listening experience.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 06-20-07
    Jim 06-20-07
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    "nice"

    Engaging and fun even after seeing the original movie years ago.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 02-18-15
    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 02-18-15 Member Since 2016

    I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!

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    "Better than the movie"

    I saw the movie way back when. I had no idea it was based on a book. I was too young to bother with this fact. I saw this and got it in part because I remember how that movie scared my younger self. I was not disappointed. It is very well done. Kristoffer Tabori does a great job reading it. By his voice, I could picture myself running huffing and puffing through the woods in an attempt to get away. The frustration as our main characters try to get away is riveting. So nice to have a STORY surrounding a little sex instead of having SEX surrounding a little story. I really enjoyed this book glad to have discovered it.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 11-28-15
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 11-28-15 Member Since 2012

    Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."

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    "Not the Capgras Delusion"

    I listened to Jack Finney's "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1955) during several evening hikes in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The Santa Ana winds were blowing, and it was warm. The lights across the valley shimmered and danced with each gust. Homes, people and safety are never too far in Los Angeles County, but on the dusty fire roads, with only coyotes and other night animals close, the aliens that sailed on cosmic winds to make the clones in Finney's book seem not only very near but very possible.

    Some critics/teachers argue that Finney's book is intended to be an allegory for the fear of communism that was the hallmark of Dwight D. Eisenhower's America. Maybe it was, or maybe, just maybe, Finney came up with a good story and let nascent psychiatrists and pop psychologists think what they wanted.

    I do have a complaint, and it's not one I have often: I would have liked a longer book. Not on the plot - that's fine - but on the description. Finney analyzes and draws Freudian conclusions in ways that successful modern fictions writers don't today (although non fiction writers, presupposing the reader has some familiarity with a topic do). The result is a book that's too sparse. In print, it's 191 pages; as a listen, it's only 6 1/2 hours.

    Finney's spartan language allowed some truly great movie adaptations of the book, which overshadow (over-echo?) the listen for me. I've seen the original 1956 black and white movie, first on late night Channel 13 back when there were only 5 channels on TV; and then the 1978 remake in its original theater run. During this listen, I kept imagining Donald Sutherland as Matthew Bennell - especially at the end. A little Donald Sutherland can resonate for years. I've heard that there was an exceptionally mediocre more recent remake, but I'm not going to torture myself.

    The narration was a little uneven, a little mechanical in places.

    The title of the review is from a psychological disorder. "People experiencing the Capgras delusion claim that others, usually those quite close emotionally, have been replaced by near-identical impostors." (Ellis H..D. et al, "Reduced autonomic responses to faces in Capgras delusion" Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B (1997) 264, 1085–1092, available at PubMed.)

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    7 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    jenny 10-12-15
    jenny 10-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining"

    I enjoyed hearing this book. I saw this as a movie years ago. The book was better. The reader was excellent.

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    Ana Mardoll 10-28-12
    Ana Mardoll 10-28-12
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    "Good Narration, Slow Story"

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers / B002VACTHE

    I bought this audiobook on the recommendation of a friend and I'm still uncertain how to rate it, especially as I haven't rated the book text itself elsewhere. I'll try to address both here, the book content and the quality of the audio book.

    The audiobook itself is quite good. The narration is strong and does a lot to flesh out the narration voice -- indeed, I think the narrator manages to make an otherwise forgettable or even unlikeable character very sympathetic. The wry humor and deep weariness of the narrative voice comes through loud and clear, and it does a lot towards creating the atmosphere that this book is trying to evoke: when a major plot point is that the weary heroes cannot sleep or all will be lost, it's a plus to have a weary-sounding narrator. And it works very well as a whole.

    The book itself I'm less enthused over. I recognize that this is a book from the 1950s and was revolutionary in its own way, but sometimes it doesn't feel like it has aged well. There's some casual misogyny here that may be distracting to the reader, and the heroes don't always face their apocalypse very sensibly. Readers will figure out major plot points long before the characters do, which makes them sometimes seem willfully obtuse. (This is one of the unfortunate side-effects of modern readers being genre-savvy to this form of literature, I suppose.)

    Early in the stages of the apocalypse, the reasons given for why the heroes can't go to the authorities for help seem sort of flimsy, culminating at a point where they manage to call someone in Washington in order to register concern only to be talked out of it because, meh, it all seems kind of silly so nevermind. I get that this is supposed to be a commentary on the inefficient authorities against internal threats, but you'd think once you got through the phone lines, you'd at least TRY to register that stuff is about to go very, very badly.

    Overall, if you already know you enjoy this book, I think you'll be pleased with the audiobook version. If you've heard of the book because it was groundbreaking for its time, and if you don't mind some of the usual flaws of 1950s science fiction -- genre-ignorant characters and sometimes very slow pacing -- then you may well enjoy this book. I give it 3 stars for the text and 5 stars for the narration itself.

    ~ Ana Mardoll

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gilma United States 12-07-11
    Gilma United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Nail biting"
    Which character – as performed by Kristoffer Tabori – was your favorite?

    Kristoffer played all the characters very well but I liked the main character the best. You can tell he envisioned the scene and channeled the character's emotions through the tone of his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I never saw the movie but Im glad I heard this audio instead.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Queensland, Australia 08-17-11
    Donna Queensland, Australia 08-17-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Loved It"

    I've always loved this story, and the narrator does a fabulous job - he's just perfect for it. The interview at the end is interesting too :)

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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