The Midwich Cuckoos

Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
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In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone and everyone awakens unharmed - except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant. The resultant children of Midwich do not belong to their parents: all are blonde, all are golden eyed. They grow up too fast, and their minds exhibit frightening abilities that give them control over others and brings them into conflict with the villagers just as a chilling realization dawns on the world outside.

The Midwich Cuckoos is the classic tale of aliens in our midst, exploring how we respond when confronted by those who are innately superior to us in every conceivable way.

©1957 John Wyndham (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Unabridged My Irish A**

Anthea Zellaby is now Angela. Technically an edit, but still I call abridgement!

The admittedly tedious exchange between the doctor and the vicar was very much improved by some extensive redaction. That doesn't make it any less an abridgement!

Smaller changes exist throughout. ABRIDGEMENT I say!

I love this book and I love this performance, but don't lie about it! Duplicity in Wyndham's world! Don't make me fetch the Triffids.

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Another fine Wyndham book

The Midwich Cuckoos follows much the same script as other Wyndham books I've read: weird things happening to ordinary people. In this one, an entire small English town falls unconscious for a day and wakes up to find all the women of child-bearing age to be pregnant. A total of sixty-one children are born and they are not your typical children. The good folks of Midwich have to decide how to handle their predicament.

The story is told mainly through dialogue between several key characters and is conveyed by Midwich resident, Richard Gayford, who happened to be returning from London the night when the event occurs. There is little action in the book at all, but plenty of philosophical discussions about ethics and humanity. The story reminded me a bit of the classic Twilight Zone episode "It's a Good Life". I wonder if Rod Serling was influenced by this 1957 novel?

This was another excellent book by John Wyndham. I must read more by him, although I think I've digested his best novels. His writing style and stories remind me a lot of another favorite of mine, Clifford Simak.

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Twilight Zone

What a great book. reminds me of The Twilight Zone in a much better and more thought-out means.

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Different!

I had seen the 1960 film several times but it was very interesting to listen to the original story and note the differences. The reader was superb! Recommended.

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Golden! This is a classic, a must read!

I loved this book, and I loved the movie as well.  The movie was released in 1995 and entitled "Village of the Damned" and starred Kirstie Alley and Christopher Reeve (original Superman) and still remains one of my favorites.  

Lately, I've been looking for books that were made into movies and stumbled across this one with a different name, that's why I didn't find it a long time ago.  Now that I bought it and devoured it, it is still a favorite!  

It takes place in a small town/village that is a bit cut off from larger cities.  When the residents wake up and later discover the women in the town are pregnant it is total chaos.  Some of the couples have been going through marital issues and have not had sex in a long time and this raises issues of infidelity.  Another case is when a young girl (virgin) becomes pregnant and her father is outraged. 

When the children are born everything seems fine except the entire situation is odd, you would think things would be fine, the children are cold and a bit callus and the townspeople are trying to figure out who and what they are when the children begin to realize they have abilities and begin to experiment with them without regard for the welfare of the town.  It becomes clear that the children are a supreme race and may want to exterminate not only the town but all humans.

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The movie was better than the book

I remember the 1960s movie based on this book. This Unabridged audio needs some abridgment. It's incredibly wordy and a little repetitive

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Abridged?

It's really disgusting that Audible is trying to pass off abridged versions of books as unabridged-- this is the second one I've discovered in my library-- thanks to the reviewers who pointed it out. I did think, as I listened, that this one, along with Wyndham's Day of the Triffids, seemed oddly paced, but i did not have a print copy to compare, and I didn't think the producers would just lie.
That "Only From audible" sticker is now a warning to book buyers that "Audible studios" has not only recorded the book badly but also that they've taken bits out and lied about it.

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An intellectual, cogent write up on alien invasion

An intellectual, cogent write up on alien invasion and its effects, and how humanity would react.

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Only OK

The plot concept was interesting but as I read further it just fell flat. Felt like there was so much more potential with this topic and it never really developed into what I was expecting.