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Publisher's Summary

In the first book of John Christopher's classic series, it is the year 2100, and the world is controlled by the machines called Tripods. Life goes on largely as it had in the pre-industrial era, as all of humanity is subject to mental controls that prevent anyone from challenging the established order.

Will, a 13-year-old living in the small English village of Wherton, is looking forward to the transition to adulthood, which will take place on the next "Capping Day" - until a chance meeting with a mysterious Vagrant named Ozymandias sends him on a quest to discover a world beyond the Tripods' control.

©1967 Samuel Youd (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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Love the book

Would you listen to The White Mountains again? Why?

No, as it is a children's book, one reading is fine, but I will listen to the whole series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The White Mountains?

The description of the countryside and tripods are simple yet very effective.

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

Yes. I spread it over commutes, but if you wanted to you could spend the better part of a day and listen to the whole series. This first book is only just over 4 hours.

Any additional comments?

The book finishes off and you feel like it should of went on. So get the whole series and get on with the story. Loved this book, love the idea of tripods since that record came out in the late 70s, even loved the Tom Cruise movie 'War of the Worlds'. So do yourself a favour and get with the program. Listen to this book and enjoy an easy story.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Top shelf book

This series of books have been a favourite since childhood and the audible version does great justice to what is a great read.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Preeteen trilogy

As with City of Gold and Lead and Pool of Fire, John Christopher explains in the intro, how and why this series came about. He accomplished his goal, I think, in making a book that preteens would like and actually turned it into a trilogy that was entertaining and introduced adult themes such as freedom, politics, and others to young people so they can understand and form their own opinions.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 04-05-12

Dated preteen almost-science-fiction....

This review will cover the prequel (When the Tripods Came) and the trilogy (The White Mountains, The City of Gold, and The Pool of Fire.) These are all more than slightly dated, quite British, and definitely pre-teen fare. A very young male audience may enjoy this series. I found the story modestly interesting but more than a bit derivative and conventional.

The prequel can be read before the trilogy, but it does not add much that is not described in the trilogy. The characters in the prequel are less developed, the action less compelling, and the story more predictable than the trilogy. The trilogy has decent British boy character development, and an interesting story with some (not very intense) action and a few interesting twists. Perhaps being written in the 60???s is some excuse for weak science (but there is a lot of great pre-60???s science fiction.)

17 of 23 people found this review helpful

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awsome

as good as i remembered from my youth. herd it first from takking books for the blind. looking foreward to the next volume.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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still amazing!

read this book when I was in middle school, about 10yrs ago. it still holds up even as an adult. the narrator does a great job. I'm just spoiled from podcasts with music and sound effects. everything should be done with that kind of quality.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not an adults scifi

Simplistic plot, great for a kid. Lot of gaps. Reader was unengaging and honestly very easy to tune out (not a good thing).

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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great story, good narration, but, skip the intro!

Where does The White Mountains rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

very good

What was one of the most memorable moments of The White Mountains?

haven't finished listening

Which scene was your favorite?

haven't finished listening

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

not necessarily..enjoying it in "chunks"

Any additional comments?

Why the reader has to include the author's comments about writing it, getting it published, blah blah blah...not particularly interesting. A whole 10 minutes wasted on that.<br/>When you read a print book, you have the option of skipping that, so, kind of annoying to be forced to listen to it.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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even better

I read this book when it was first published. I was in 6th grade and it was listed in the scholastic catalogue. I tdad the triology but, over the years, forgot the title of the book! It was a real treat to read it again!

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  • Cage 13, Acme Lab #107
  • 05-18-17

Ignore the naysayers.......

While there are always a few cranks, hardcore sci-fi gurches, and ego-obsessed hacks out there willing to nitpick literary works they lack the ability to appreciate, it is especially bothersome to read reviews of that nature regarding this series of books. Written in the 1960's, borrowing on themes and plot devices popular at the time, there will be well-read adults who may be inclined to pass this one over due to a sense that "I've read it all before."
Doing so will be a mistake in this case.

Written for teens, with teen characters, in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by alien invaders, this book series takes this somewhat worn premise and elevates it to an engrossing thriller that quickly becomes hard to put down.

For teens and adult readers (who retain the ability to appreciate teen fiction), here's a great Sci-Fi series with superb writing, character development, and pacing. Highly enjoyable when I read it as a teen, and 20 years later, still just a fun listening to it with a fresh mind.....my only complaint now is the ride ended too quickly!

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  • Anjum
  • 03-21-11

Brilliant

This is the first book in the ?Tripods? trilogy. The tripods (for those who don?t remember the BBC series) are large, three-legged creatures who have invaded earth and enslaved mankind. White Mountains is the story of a young boy called Will and various other humans who make a dangerous journey across the ?white mountains?, in order to make a stand against the tripods. It?s a great yarn, which I think younger Sci-Fi fans would probably also enjoy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • karl
  • 09-14-13

Saw the TV programme as a kid in 80's

Would you listen to The White Mountains again? Why?

I would listen to this book again, fantastic story, timeless sci-fiction oddly comforting given the nature of the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Will stands out at first, but I think overall Beanpole as I personally identify with the character.

What does William Gaminara bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Beautifully told by William Gaminara, characterisation was spot on, and let the story paint it own picture wonderfully easily in your imagination.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

We all need our freedom

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • S Owen
  • 04-13-13

A whole new world.

The audio books and my kindle have opened up a whole new world to me. Having had reading difficulties throughout my early life I am now able to enter a whole realm of adventure. I have devoured the Tripods series starting with The White Mountains and could not wait to follow Will's challenges and struggles to evade capture; to escape; his life as a slave to discover the Tripods life style. I never ever considered I would become a bookworm but I'm well and truly hooked and can't wait to listen to the next chapters. If you like adventure, science fiction and suspense, the whole series is a must and i'm so glad I purchased them.

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  • 07-08-13

loved it

What did you like most about The White Mountains?

I remember watching the 80s series so was really glad the actual books were available on audible. Loved the story, the only thing wrong with it is it was too short.

What did you like best about this story?

Earth in the future

Have you listened to any of William Gaminara’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No