The Midwich Cuckoos

  • by BBC Audiobooks
  • Narrated by Bill Nighy, Sarah Parish
  • 1 hrs and 53 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

This is a dynamic, modern dramatisation of a classic book by John Wyndham. Bill Nighy (Love Actually and many other films) and Sarah Parish (Cutting It) play Richard and Janet, a couple caught up in the goings-on of a sleepy English village in which all the children have golden eyes, blond hair, and a sinister talent for telepathy and telekinesis. (Wyndham's novel was filmed as Village of the Damned in 1960 and 1995.)

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Quite good - except for the screaming

I hadn't read any John Wyndham books since I was a kid, but lately I've been really into BBC radio serials, so I thought I'd give this a try (and heck, who can resist Bill Nighy? I always love his performances).

Overall, this is a great production, and fairly recent, so some of the more dated aspects (the whole stereotypical '1950s housewives' attitude was one of the reasons I hadn't loved the book whn I read it years ago, for example) have been toned down or confined to a general 'women are more attached to their children than men' approach.

However.

I don't recommend listening to this while lying on the couch trying to relax on a Sunday afternoon, because every 5 minutes some female character lets out the kind of ear-piercing, sustained shriek that has you jumping out of your chair and lunging for the EQ because you feel like your eardrums are about to perforate themselves. (The Chysalids dramatization has the same problem.)

So: definitely buy this, but it's best to listen to while, say, cleaning the house.
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- Sarah

Survival of the species

Good story with descent cast. The actor playing the professor is spot on. There are often times the dialog has a definite improv feel to it. Bill Nighy doesn't lend the needed gravitas to a situation were aliens have invaded with superior powers and about to go off to propagate their species... putting at risk the future of humanity. Personally I enjoyed the 1960s movie better but this is still an enjoyable audiobook.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-17-2007
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited