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By Don Gilbert on 06-28-12
A Different Logan's Run
Throughout the years since its release in 1976, I???ve watched the movie more times than I can remember and is a favorite of mine but have never read the book, so the audio book intrigued me. What I found is this is a very different Logan???s Run; but still entertaining. The basic premise is the same; people must die at a certain age and Logan has reached that age and decides to run.
Written in 1967 Logan???s Run is set in a future world of 2116. The population has reached ???critical mass??? and a law has been passed dictating all people must report to ???Sleep Centers??? at the age of 21, If anyone refuses to report, a Deep Sleep Operative, (also called a Sandman) is assigned to hunt the runner down and terminate their existence. Logan is a Sandman who has reached his twenty first birthday and while on an assignment discovers there might be another alternative to the Sleep Centers called ???Sanctuary.???
It took me a little time getting used to the narrator, Oliver Wyman, because I was used to Michael York???s English accent as Logan in the movie, but after adjusting I thought he did a good job. I would recommend this audio book for those, like me, who have known the story from the movie and everyone else as well.
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By Nothing really matters on 06-28-15
Logan 3 <3 Jessica 6
Most science fiction stories have some action components and some more cerebral components. Logan's Run definitely has both, but excels in the action components. That's nice for a change. I really enjoyed being able to turn off my brain at times in the story and just go along for the exciting ride. Wun Logan, WUN!
And even though it was written in the late 1960s, the story has a next sci-fi generation (post-Asimov, etc.) feel, with lots of freaky drug and sex references. Another really neat thing about the story is that it takes a refreshingly brave poke at the youth culture, which was very strong when the book was published. Take that, you self-absorbed hippies (and future yuppies)!
I wish I had read the book before I saw the movie. I couldn't get Michael York and Jenny Agutter out of my head even though I saw it back in the 1970s. I guess the movie made a big impression because it was one of the first sci fi films I saw. I've read that someone is now making another movie adaptation that is supposed to be truer to the book. If so, that's good news. I look forward to it. I hope they can capture the story's great dystopian feel and unique messages.
The book is very well narrated and I highly recommend it to fans of sci-fi.
PS: Coincidentally, I just saw the Family Guy tribute to Logan's Run, in which Brian imagines himself as a runner. Great timing. Very funny.
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By andrew on 05-11-14
Get ready for carrousel
What did you like most about Logan's Run?
I've been a fan of the film from an early age, so was interested to see how the original source material compared to the film. The story contains interesting social comment, and you can certainly tell it was penned in the late sixties.
I enjoyed the utopian feel and hedonistic life style portrayed in the book and the "idea" of a voluntary euthanasia system force upon people who reach 21, not the liberal 30 as indicated in the film.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Logan, he's an unusual anti-hero with a skill for violence.
What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Great reading; you know who's speaking all the time and he fills the characters with depth and emotion.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Been there, done that!
Any additional comments?
Highly recommend even if you've seen the film.
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By Mendo Shutaro on 02-13-14
A stunningly awful book
Having always enjoyed the Logan's Run film adaptation, I was keen to listen to the book, as I heard it was rather different. Different it is, at least after the first quarter or so. What follows is an insane, incoherent, fever dream of a book, which is far and away the worst written book I have ever read. Sentences are often a random collection of unmatched words, character names are usually omitted leading to confusion, and the plot bounces around from one utterly bizarre scenario to the next with nothing to connect it. It's like The Wizard of Oz as written by someone on extra strength hallucinogenic drugs.
The narrator is unfortunately no help at all, speaking as he does at a lugubrious pace, and so dragging out this dreadful story even further. I ended up using the 1.25x and 1.5x playback options in the Audible app to get him to speak at a more normal pace.
This book is a mess. It makes no sense, the story is the type of thing a small child would come up with, and it's technically so poorly written it should never have been published. The movie took the one good idea of the book (that everyone dies very young due to over population) and span it out into an entertaining film, although even it couldn't free itself entirely from the insanity of the book's ideas.
There are lots of great sci-fi books, but this certainly isn't one of them. Avoid at all costs.
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