• Who Goes There?

  • The Novella That Formed the Basis of 'THE THING'
  • By: John W. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Steve Cooper
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-19-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Rocket Ride Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (1,554 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.
©1966 John W. Campbell (P)2009 Rocket Ride Books
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Critic Reviews

“John W. Campbell is the most powerful force in science fiction ever.” (Isaac Asimov)
"One of the finest science fiction novellas ever written." (Science Fiction Writers of America)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Joel D Offenberg on 05-21-10

An Absolute Classic!

The plot is quite simple: a scientific expedition isolated in Antarctica discovers a long-frozen alien ship, and a long-frozen alien corpse...

"Who Goes There?" is one of the top science-fiction novellas ever published. Well written, carefully thought out plot, (mostly) realistic characters and setting. Although the plot revolves around alien monsters, the interplay of the human characters makes the story very real and very well-balanced.

In addition to being a great story in itself, many of the themes and concepts have crept into many places in sci-fi and horror. The 1950's movie, "The Thing," and John Carpenter's later remake, are (loosely) based on "Who Goes There?".

William F. Nolan's narration is good, if a little slowly-paced. He is hampered by the fact that there are about a dozen speaking characters (all men), and making them all sound distinct is rough. I think a professional narrator might have done a better job, but Nolan's narration is more than acceptable.

The audiobook edition opens with a 6-or-7 minute introduction written by the narrator which provides background on Campbell, the story and "The Thing." Useful, but longer than needed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Old Hippy on 10-03-16

Astounding ... Incredible ...

So unbelievably good! Up there with anything from Matheson, Asimov, Clark. Great economy of words, while weaving intense suspense. Makes the two movies that followed feel like pale imitations. Also, terrific narration, gripping.

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5 out of 5 stars
By "pcaldredbann" on 05-09-18

Explains more than the film

Really enjoyed it. It was less visceral than the renowned film but explains a whole other side to the 'thing' while adding a lot more mystery to the story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 02-27-18

Timeless Classic

excellent story, classic sci-fi. The narrator does a fantastic job. My only gripe is that a few parts seem to jump ahead a bit. If this was fixed it would be an excellent experience.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 10-22-17

Fantastic.

Just as suspensful as the movie. (By John Carpenter) It definitely sheds light on why movie goers and critiques who may have read the book said that his movie was a 'splatter fest' as The Thing in this book is more peaceful. Waiting to the very last moment to strike in self defence. It definitely gives a new perspective and it's fun to see the story beats that lead to the film. Unfortunately short, but a great listen.

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