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Publisher's Summary

David Strorm's father doesn't approve of Angus Morton's unusually large horses, calling them blasphemies against nature. Little does he realise that his own son, his niece Rosalind and their friends have their own secret aberration that would label them as mutants. But as David and Rosalind grow older it becomes more difficult to conceal their differences from the village elders. Soon they face a choice: wait for eventual discovery or flee to the terrifying and mutable Badland.... 

About the author: John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903, the son of a barrister. He tried a number of careers including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, and started writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925. From 1930 to 1939 he wrote stories of various kinds under different names, almost exclusively for American publications, while also writing detective novels. During the war he was in the Civil Service and then the Army. In 1946 he went back to writing stories for publication in the USA and decided to try a modified form of science fiction, a form he called 'logical fantasy'.

©1955 John Wyndham (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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It is awfully exciting

This time, Petra darling.

I wouldn’t have picked this off of a shelf or chosen it out of a virtual library … mainly because I am a simpleton when it comes to choosing literature at this moment in my life. But, lured here by unofficial PR of Noah’s fandom, I am so glad to be here. What a beautiful story.

tldr: came here for the reader, stayed for the words.

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Great Narrator

I’m not usually a fan of audiobooks. They don’t keep my attention. But the narration of this book was absolute perfection. The subtle differences between the characters was just right. The voice was very calming. I also thoroughly enjoyed the story and was captivated throughout the whole thing.

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Completely captivating…

I had never read The Chrysalids and found the premise intriguing. Noah Reid’s performance was stellar- every voice distinct, excitement and heartbreak, anger, fear and joy all on full display. I found myself really caring about these characters- and rooting for them. I can’t wait to listen again.

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Perfectly Performed

Wow wow wow. I have to admit it has been a minute since I’ve read (or listened to) a book, and this one sucked me in immediately.

Noah Reid did a fantastic performance and I look forward to listening to more books read by him. As well as other performers, as now I am fully hooked on audible.

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Alright story with excellent narration

This story was alright but I’m not a sci-fi person. I picked it up purely because Noah Reid was the narrator and he did not disappoint. I would listen to this man read the phone book. I hope he plans for more audio books in the future.

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Compelling Narration of a Solid Story

I love a good dystopian novel, and while The Chrysalids might not top my list, it certainly ranks. Born into a post-apocalyptic, puritanical Unpleasantville called Labrador, protagonist David takes us on his journey, first of survival within the only world he has ever known, and then in attempted escape to a place where he and his companions can live safely despite their deviations from "God's image." For the most part, the story was a well-paced page turner, though I did feel it wrapped a little abruptly.

Noah Reid's narration brought the story to life, which I'm sure comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with his work. I have to think that the casting people at Audible saw his performance in Igor Drljaca's short film, The Archivists, and immediately reached out. He brought a unique voice and personality not only to the main character David, but to every major and minor character in the story. Though I imagine a career in narration is not among his plans, if he decides to narrate another book, I'll be listening.