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Publisher's Summary

In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone and everyone awakens unharmed - except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant. The resultant children of Midwich do not belong to their parents: all are blonde, all are golden eyed. They grow up too fast, and their minds exhibit frightening abilities that give them control over others and brings them into conflict with the villagers just as a chilling realization dawns on the world outside.
The Midwich Cuckoos is the classic tale of aliens in our midst, exploring how we respond when confronted by those who are innately superior to us in every conceivable way.
©1957 John Wyndham (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jeff Koeppen on 04-14-18

Another fine Wyndham book

The Midwich Cuckoos follows much the same script as other Wyndham books I've read: weird things happening to ordinary people. In this one, an entire small English town falls unconscious for a day and wakes up to find all the women of child-bearing age to be pregnant. A total of sixty-one children are born and they are not your typical children. The good folks of Midwich have to decide how to handle their predicament.

The story is told mainly through dialogue between several key characters and is conveyed by Midwich resident, Richard Gayford, who happened to be returning from London the night when the event occurs. There is little action in the book at all, but plenty of philosophical discussions about ethics and humanity. The story reminded me a bit of the classic Twilight Zone episode "It's a Good Life". I wonder if Rod Serling was influenced by this 1957 novel?

This was another excellent book by John Wyndham. I must read more by him, although I think I've digested his best novels. His writing style and stories remind me a lot of another favorite of mine, Clifford Simak.

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4 out of 5 stars
By John Bull US on 06-15-17

Different!

I had seen the 1960 film several times but it was very interesting to listen to the original story and note the differences. The reader was superb! Recommended.

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