• The Chrysalids

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-14-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Chrysalids is set in the future after a devastating global nuclear war. David, the young hero of the novel, lives in a tight-knit community of religious and genetic fundamentalists, always on the alert for any deviation from the norm of God's creation.
Abnormal plants are publicly burned, with much singing of hymns. Abnormal humans (who are not really human) are also condemned to destruction - unless they succeed in fleeing to the Fringes, that Wild Country where, as the authorities say, nothing is reliable and the devil does his work.
David grows up ringed by admonitions: KEEP PURE THE STOCK OF THE LORD; WATCH THOU FOR THE MUTANT.
At first he does not question. Then, however, he realizes that he, too, is out of the ordinary, in possession of a power that could doom him to death or introduce him to a new, hitherto unimagined world of freedom.
The Chrysalids is a perfectly conceived and constructed work from the classic era of science fiction, a Voltairean philosophical tale that has as much resonance in our own day, when religious and scientific dogmatism are both on the march, as when it was written during the Cold War.
©2008 John Wyndham (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Caleigh on 03-11-18

Good reading of great story

This is such a classic novel and I am glad the audiobook measured up. My husband had never read the book and found the audiobook very easy to follow.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tyson on 10-15-17

great listen

one of my favourite books ever. this was very well done. screw Flanders, screw Flanders.

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5 out of 5 stars
By martin harrison on 09-05-17

classic

I have read this so many times but I think this is the best way to enjoy a great story

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rover on 06-16-18

The Chrysalids.

Writing style a bit dated obviously, but none the worse for it. This is the third John Wyndham book I have listened to recently, and thoroughly enjoyed them all. Brings back memories of when I first read them more than 50 years ago !

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5 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 01-14-17

vive la difference...

A classic John Wyndham story of post apocalyptic survival and life amongst peoples with unexplainable difference..

Differences physical, mental and moral..

Bigotry gone mad...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 09-11-17

A compelling story with great insight.

I read this as a young man and loved returning to it.
Ever so insightful and expertly executed as a novel and we'll presented as an audio book.

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