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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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    Granthum San Diego, CA 10-05-17
    Granthum San Diego, CA 10-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A timeless classic"

    After all this time it's still a chilling, paranoid, and suspenseful story. Finney"s writing does get clunky at times, but overall a great story. Tabori's narration is faultless, so I highly recommend the audible version over the print version. Enjoy!

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    Knut 10-05-17
    Knut 10-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fine story!"

    The story is good. A few shortcomings, but altogether excellent.

    One can definitely notice its age, but somehow I found that it enhanced the tale rather than detract from it.

    The narrator also does a great job. He does not rely on different voices but instead uses his richly textured voice to great effect. Some might say he is a one trick pony, but I say that's a neat trick!

    Overall a very enjoyable experience.

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    Imagine Beyond france 08-14-17
    Imagine Beyond france 08-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Thank you !"
    What made the experience of listening to The Invasion of the Body Snatchers the most enjoyable?

    Perfectly credible and what a great reader !


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reader


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

    No but will do !


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn t stop listening to it


    Any additional comments?

    The best audible experience so far ! Wish I could contact the reader to thank him for the great time I had !

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gunther 03-09-15
    Gunther 03-09-15
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    "I loved the whole package"

    I knew the story from the movie adaptation from 1978.  Young as I was, it was a story that scared me. Now, almost 30 years later, I listened to this audible version of the book narrated by Kristoffer Tabori. The way the narrator tells this story is so good. It really gives character to the story and the characters. Sometimes my hair stood on end. 5 stars for me!

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    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 02-18-15
    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 02-18-15 Member Since 2017
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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
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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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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 10-21-15
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 10-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Riveting Psychological Suspense"
    What made the experience of listening to The Invasion of the Body Snatchers the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, who had an obvious flair for the material and for drama.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The long, weirdly relaxed, highly intellectual explanations of the science behind the invasion....especially when delivered by scientists who had themselves been replaced by pod people. I also LOVED the ending, which I never saw coming!!


    What about Kristoffer Tabori’s performance did you like?

    Loved his voices, his vocal inflection and expressions. Disliked his very occasional tendency to over-emote at odd, non-nail-biting moments.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Oh, Audible! What a silly question for this particular title! Of course there have probably been MANY movies (I know of at least two), and although I'm not positive I've ever seen one, I sure would like to now that I've listened to the book! I'll bet the tag lines to the films were along the lines of "Terror in Mill Valley," "Who Can You Trust?," "They Came From Outer Space" and "Is it Mass Hysteria, or Something More Insidious?"


    Any additional comments?

    4 1/2 Stars for this surprisingly fresh page-turner! Thank you, Audible, for offering it on sale--hate to think how I nearly missed this hidden-in-plain-sight gem! I hadn't even known it was a book, and I'm not sure what I would have expected had I known, but not this!!

    One important caveat: This book is DATED, being from the 1950's, not just in terms of the technological limitations of the times but in terms of gender roles. Go into it knowing that and you won't be disappointed. Expect some of what a modern audience would have called blatant sexism, and also a weird little joke about abortion that I don't even think I fully understood.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    T. Redwood Santa Cruz 11-13-16
    T. Redwood Santa Cruz 11-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Stunning performance . . . Terrifying suspense."
    What made the experience of listening to The Invasion of the Body Snatchers the most enjoyable?

    The suspense presented by the performer was simply amazing. This, by far, has become one of my all-time favorite audible choices.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers?

    Probably the time when Miles and Becky are trapped in the office with the four persons who have 'turned' and they must devise a way to escape the inevitable act of falling asleep to become one of 'them.'


    Which character – as performed by Kristoffer Tabori – was your favorite?

    Oh, without a doubt, the main character, Miles. But they were ALL excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No laughing or crying, but I look forward to making this book an annual listen around Halloween time, along with Ray Bradbury's 'Something Wicked This Way Comes."


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 10-17-15
    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 10-17-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Engrossing"

    I, too, have seen both movie versions of this book and I thoroughly enjoyed this audio version.
    I'm not sure if this will be a "Spoiler Alert", but I will give it anyway.
    I was very surprised by the hopeful ending. Didn't the most recent film version show Donald Sutherland screaming for the lead character?
    I thought the book was really well-written and despite the rather easy way they figured things out, the story is terrific. I loved the first-person narrative, however, I feel almost disrespectful to say that I was not enamored of Kristoffer Tabori's narration. I found his vocal quality to be too old sounding for the characters and the interpretations at times sounded different than the author's intent. I realize this might be subjective, but often when I'm listening to a book, the spoken words come across differently than the written, if that makes sense.
    I did enjoy the insights into the original film.

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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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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