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Publisher's Summary

John Wyndham's classic tale of monsters from the deep, alien invasion, and ecological disaster comes alive in this full-cast BBC radio dramatisation.

At first, the fireballs seemed to be nothing more than a dazzling display of lights in the sky, plunging into the deepest oceans and disappearing without trace. But when ships started sinking inexplicably and the sea-lanes became impassable, it seemed that the world was facing a threat of unprecedented proportions.

(P)1998, 2007 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A shower of flaming meteorites disappears into the sea to re-emerge in horrific form, sucking down ships, attacking coastal towns and changing the direction of ocean currents so that the poles melt and the world begins to flood." ( The Times)

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Incessant pillow talk smothers story

Interesting story marred by incessant pillow talk and glib reporters. When it's the end of the world from an alien invasion you would think that people would act differently.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • curt
  • PORTLAND, OR, United States
  • 12-23-08

Old Time Sci Fi

I did not like it very much. It was stylized like an old radio show, but it just did not translate well that way. And it developed slow.

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Kraken Wakes Appalling Dramatisation

What a disappointment. Hopefully the writer of this dreadful dramatisation went on to a different career. The story is almost unrecognizable. Wyndham must be turning in his grave.

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  • Mark
  • susanville, CA, USA
  • 04-11-09

The Kraken Wakes

Skip this and go directly to Day of the Triffids

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  • Paul Conder
  • 12-01-10

Wasn't sure ... but wow!

I wasn't sure what to expect with a 'dramatised' version of one of my favourite books by one of my favourite authors. Sure it was the BBC but...

I sure didn't want something that detracted from what I had already imagined. I usually buy unabridged and undramatised versions.

All I can conclude is wow.

Well done to the cast, writers, sound engineers and producers/directors. Thank you for sticking to the story, themes and atmosphere of the original.

I have added the rest of the set to my wishlist.

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  • Jo
  • 04-21-18

One of Wyndham's best

What made the experience of listening to The Kraken Wakes (Dramatised) the most enjoyable?

The narration was excellent. It can make or break a book and this one was definitely made.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mike and Phyllis - both were equally matched in all respects

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Yes it was excellent. I have listened to this several times and always love a re visit.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Looking for more by Alex Jennings

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  • philip radley
  • 03-23-17

A wonderful timeless story

The Kraken Wakes is one of my favourite books and this radio version doesn't disappoint. Obviously dated but still excellent.

Considering the book was written in the 1950's, amazing how even then John Wyndham saw the melting of the ice caps as causing an ecological disaster!

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  • Nick
  • 02-15-15

A Good Scifi yarn

Loved it! This was a great production, totally recommend it to others. Will be buying more by John Wyndham.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-27-17

A little lite and overly dramatic.

just ok. A bit unsatisfying. hope the other titles are better than this. Wrexham was good when I was younger.