• The Chrysalids

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Noah Reid
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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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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So good

This story was intriguing and easy to follow. Noah Reid’s reading is really great and easy to listen to. Overall, I would recommend this book!

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My Favourite in Secondary School

...and still a favourite. I have and reread this book at least a dozen times and now I can listen to it over and over. I was skeptical about the narrator at first, but he does a great job of bringing the story to life. I've always felt that this could have been a series. I always keep wanting more to the story when I finish it.

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wonderful

The novel was an intriguing mix of the Giver, and so many ideas I can scarcely interpret. listen, and enjoy.

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anticlimactic

So while I did enjoy this book I felt he could've done so much more with it. it's a nice story and I'd not dissuade anyone from reading it but I was left feeling like I needed a part 2.

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All around brilliant

I cannot believe this wasn’t required reading through my HS years, and that I hadn’t heard of it until now. This is such a masterful piece of writing by John Wyndham. Further praise to Noah Reid’s brilliant interpretation of characters, his inflection giving way to each person within the story without being a distraction. His smooth voice easily guided this story though my mind, painting a vivid picture for me to ponder for some time to come.
Highly recommend & hope to hear Noah do more projects like this!

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Years ahead of its time

Although I had read Day of the Triffids, and so was familiar with the author, I didn't know what to expect. Was pleasantly surprised by this truly timeless story.

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second time just as good

This was one of my favorites and really enjoyed the audio book some 30 years later

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Why had I never heard of this book

This should be mandatory reading in high school. Great performance to compliment a great piece of post apocalyptic literature.