• The Kraken Wakes

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-10-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: CSA Word
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Journalist Mike Watson and his wife, Phyllis, trace it back to the strange showering lights they noticed on the final day of their honeymoon cruise; lights which appeared to land and disappear into the water. Reports mount of similar sightings all over the world. Governments embark on missions to investigate the sea, but ships disappear and diving crews never return to the surface. Something deep in the ocean does not want to be disturbed.
The Kraken Wakes is a tale of humanity’s efforts to resist alien invasion, narrated by Mike who unfolds the story as experienced by the couple - from the earliest signs of trouble, to the conflict between the sea-dwelling creatures and the human world. John Wyndham’s classic science-fiction masterpiece is powerfully brought to life in this unabridged production. His other titles - The Midwich Cuckoos and The Day Of the Triffids - are also published as audiobooks by CSA Word.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Ross Henderson on 07-20-12

Something of a Disappointment

I had loved this book when I read it some 30 years ago, but upon revisiting in audio form it I was quite disappointed. While the basic story line is good I found the writing style very dated and slow moving. The dialog between husband and wife is particularly hard to take; very stiff, upper class English diction, and the endless "darling, darling, darling" as they address each other is at times nothing short of grating. But I struggled through it and it does pick up in the last quarter. It has however caused me to reconsider purchasing the other Wyndham works.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 08-08-13

Classic Sci-Fi!

I remember reading this book when I was going to college a long time ago and loving it. Now, re-"reading" it many years later, it stands up to time and I still love it! Alex Jennings is a fantastic narrator - I especially like his Russian voice. The Kraken Wakes and The Day of the Triffids are both classics from John Wyndham. Download it now!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dr Caterpillar on 10-03-16

They come over here stealing our deep places...

Would you consider the audio edition of The Kraken Wakes to be better than the print version?

Yes, in the sense that there are some dull and directionless bits that I would have found hard going if I was reading it myself.
There is one scene in which the Prime Minister makes an announcement. We are not told the name of the PM, but Jennings does a rather good impersonation of Winston Churchill.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kraken Wakes?

The early indications that there is something hostile in the deep sea is suitably unsettling. After the first bad experience with a diving bell, we think the navy is taking sufficient precautions - so what happens next comes as something of a shock.
Mostly though it's not about moments so much as the gradual change as the effects of the invasion take effect.

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

No. Too many of his readings are of abridged books. I might try the Susan Cooper Dark is Rising series though, and maybe Shakespeare's Sonnets.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really. Actually that's a problem I've had with some of Wyndham's other works (Triffids, Cuckoos) - a lack of immediacy. Often outcomes are given before the events leading up to them, killing any possibility of suspense.

Any additional comments?

It's understood that The Kraken Wakes was Wyndham's attempt to do an alien invasion story that was different to The War of the Worlds. I think he succeeded admirably. I particularly liked his deliberate echoes of the H.G. Wells book (strange lights appearing in the general direction of Mars), presumably included to highlight the differences.
On reflection, I'd say that if you only ever read two alien invasion novels, The War of the Worlds and The Kraken Wakes are probably the ones to go for.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Malcolm on 01-01-13


I've always been a big John Wyndham fan and I love the way the story and the way it is structured and written

But on specific points on the audio books

- I love the musical interludes. It really adds a poignancy to the story

- I love the Alex Jenning's narration, and I would be more than happy listening to more of his recordings. The way he did all the different accents and voices was great.

Would be good to see this story become a movie

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