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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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This is a classic and is recommended by "Must Read 501, Sci Fi" This was written in 1938 and you should keep that in mind when reading it. I believe three movies have been made from this Novella. This is about an alien ship that lands on earth before man even exists. The ship gets buried in Antarctica. Each and every cell in the alien body is an entity in itself and can duplicate other living beings. If one cell escapes and gets into our population then it will take over the world. The whole concept of this story is just so freaking cool.
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The novella that inspired three movies. The Thing from another world, The Thing and it's 2011 prequel, also called The Thing. The audible version is well read and explains more than all the films put together. Very entertaining!
As a huge fan of the John Carpenter's Thing movie, I wanted to listen to the source material and wasn't disappointed - well worth a listen whether you have seen the movies or not
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.