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Matthew is a normal 11-year-old boy living with his parents and little sister in Surrey. He's too old and sensible to have an imaginary friend really. Yet when Matthew's parents keep finding him talking and arguing with a strange presence whom Matthew calls Chocky, that's what they believe it must be…at first. But Chocky is oddly sinister, and keeps asking Matthew all sorts of complicated questions about the world and making him behave in unusual and erratic ways. Then Matthew suddenly does something heroic, well beyond his capabilities; the media become interested and the interest in Matthew widens. His parents refer him to a psychologist. Who is Chocky? And what could he or she want with their son?
©1968 John Wyndham (P)2013 Canongate Books Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By colleen on 05-16-15


This book was written in the 60's but reads like it was published yesterday. I loved it. Original, fascinating and hard to put down. Not as action packed as modern sci-fi and I wish it ran longer but I'm not complaining. I'm going to check out a few other titles from the same author.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sharon on 11-03-13

Imaginative story well told

I have never read this story but enjoyed other outings by John Wyndham, so I thought… why not? I am glad I did.

NARRATOR – The narrator does an excellent job of keeping this story together. His voice differentiation is great so there is no confusion. His accents are appropriate and inflections keep the story moving along without being overly dramatic. Very well done.

STORY – A story that adds a new dimension to the usual nasty imaginary friend dross. I kept on expecting the nastiness that often accompanies these stories but it didn’t happen, thank goodness. The story was well written and had good character development. I even felt a bit sorry for the oh so superior Chocky. It had some interesting ideas in it too.

I would recommend this book unreservedly.

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By Alan on 03-14-13

Too good

I read all the John Wyndam novels when I was younger, having had the Chrysalids as a set book in school. I have all the unabridged John Wyndham novels already on audio book and was therefore extremely pleased when Chocky came out. Didn't know Daniel Weyman (the reader is crucial in my opinion) so after Googling and finding he had won awards I purchased the audio book. My only complaint was that it was so good I finished within two days - now I've run out of good audio again!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kaggy on 02-23-16

A view through Chocky's eyes

A young boy begins to talk about having an invisible friend. The family are rightly concerned but have experienced this kind of thing before, so expect it will just go away. Gradually it is revealed that this friend, named Chocky, is chillingly different.

John Wyndham was described, somewhat unflatteringly, as the Master of the cosy catastrophe. Certainly this story seems to fit the bill. The family are the epitome of middle class Britain in the 1950s. Daddy is an accountant and Mummy is a housewife educated to degree standard, but is content to clear the dining table, helped by her young daughter, while father and son have a man-to-man chat about important family problems. The alien visitation and possible possession are handled in a very stiff upper lip kind of way, with only a slight wobble from Mummy, and anybody who is looking for a rip roaring kind of plot will not find it here. What I did enjoy was the insight into life in the middle part of the last century. As we are now, people were concerned about mankind’s dependency on a degenerating asset, the Earth’s resources, but remained cynical about our ability to tackle the problem in a mire of corruption and big business vested interests. These are big problems but Chocky is mainly a moving and tender story revolving around a family’s undying love for their adopted son and their desire to protect, but also to understand what is happening to him.

John Wyndham is a master storyteller and some of the most frightening things happen when our cosy lives are threatened. For this reason his science fiction continues to be relevant despite all the social and technological changes we have gone through. Daniel Weyman reads this story with admirable restraint and portrays the father’s compassion for his boy with perfection.

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5 out of 5 stars
By TooT on 06-28-17

Thought provoking and well read

If you could sum up Chocky in three words, what would they be?

Interesting. Humbling. Hopeful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chocky. Because she's Chocky.

Which character – as performed by Daniel Weyman – was your favourite?

The little sister. Very funny segues about her pony.

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

Yes. And I did, but I have listened a number of times.

Any additional comments?

John Wyndham novels tend to be thought-provoking. With Daniel Weyman, it's just like having a really smart friend around all the time who wants to read you a story. THE BEST of everything right there - a good story and a good narrator, and you get to have a good think too.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 07-19-15

Chocky. Not bad.

My least fav Wyndham novel but still worth a read if you like his style.

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