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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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The reading is really excellent, no complaints at all but please kindly take out and shoot whoever it was who is responsible for dubbing the dreadful, artificial music into the recording. It is awfully badly done, the music has never been anywhere near an actual REAL musical instrument. Anyone musical could have made some useful suggestions that would have been better. Rather avoid music all together.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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
3 of 3 people found this review helpful