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Publisher's Summary

In 1951 John Wyndham published his novel The Day of the Triffids to moderate acclaim. Fifty-two years later, this horrifying story is a science-fiction classic, touted by The Times (London) as having 'all the reality of a vividly realised nightmare'.

Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere 24 hours before is gone forever.

But to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one must survive the Triffids, strange plants that years before began appearing all over the world. The Triffids can grow to over seven feet tall, pull their roots from the ground to walk and kill a man with one quick lash of their poisonous stingers. With society in shambles, they are now poised to prey on humankind. Wyndham chillingly anticipates bio-warfare and mass destruction, 50 years before their realisation, in this prescient account of Cold War paranoia.

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'.

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A classic, and well produced

The book is a classic, and a very good piece of early post-apocalyptic science fiction. It’s well-performed, though I (with no expertise in this at all) would probably have chosen a slightly more literate, educated sounding accent. It definitely has the sound of a reading rather than a storytelling. On the other hand, it’s a memoir written in the first person, and actually works well presented this way.

Definitely Recommended.

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  • 11-27-21

Great material, questionable narration

Fantastic story very well-written. Spoiled a bit by over-hurried narration and a lot of 't's lost - be'er (better), ye' (yet), go' (got). No reason the protagonist shouldn't use demotic English except that there is nothing in the book that supports that (certainly no glottal stops). But I cavil ...

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  • M. Nilsen
  • 12-01-21

Awful narration

The narrator is so droll and tiresome I couldn’t even finish this novel. Sounds interesting though, might get a hard copy and read it the old fashioned way.

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  • pinknglittery
  • 12-04-21

love the story

The narrator was so dull and monotone. I did not enjoy the reading at all! I recommend you listen to a sample before purchasing this version.

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  • 12-08-21

Narrator spoils great book

I lasted about 20 minutes before I gave in and admitted that the emotionless drone was robbing me of the will to live. What a shame.

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  • 12-22-21

Great story

Although most reviews complained about the narrators pace and accent , I found it natural and like if told without reading from a text ,
I loved it makes a change from American accent and feels homey

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  • Sigrin
  • 01-08-22

Just brilliant

I read this in my teens, and watched the adaptation on the BBC in the 80s. It has always held me in awe of what if…..

This was a great production of this classic by John Wyndham superbly narrated by Kingsley Ben Adir .

Even better that it’s free in the plus catalogue so I shall start on another of his classics.

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  • 12-06-21

good story, not so good narration

I like this book, it's a classic and it's so easy to imagine the environment, however the narration did not suit the style of the writing AT ALL!!! The narrator has a strong London accent and his attempts at different characters was just cringe inducing. I'd listen to it again because I like the story but I don't think I'd listen to other books performed by this narrator sorry.

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  • The Goat
  • 01-17-22

Worst narrator ever

Story was ok but the terrible narration is a concern. He’s unable to read or emphasise words correctly.

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  • Angela
  • 01-04-22

Atrocious Narration

I can't cope with this narrator. He is monotonous and killing the story. I'll just get a print edition and read it for myself. This fellow is going on my black-list.

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  • Jim R.
  • 12-21-21

Classic story, abysmal narration.

I had to give up listening to this after an hour or so, the narration is that bad.

At first the narration was too fast, as if Mr Ben-Adir couldn't be bothered reading the book and was trying to get the job done as fast as possible. Dropping the listening speed to 0.9 helped, but that's when the main problem with the narration became evident.

Mr Ben-Adir reads this like me reading a shopping list. His delivery is flat and lifeless. He's boring.

This is an Audible Plus release, so subscribers don't have to worry about wasting a credit on it, but this is a book that's crying out for a decent unabridged recording, and sadly this version fails miserably.

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  • Catherine Eiszele
  • 12-23-21

Classic novel let down by poor narration

I was looking forward to revisiting this John Wyndham classic but was very disappointed with the reading (it couldn't be called a performance). Mr Ben-Nadir sounds like he is reading a laundry list and can't wait to get to the end. He needs to take some lessons from the brilliant Davina Porter.

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  • Tony Wood
  • 12-23-21

Great to revisit my teen years

I really enjoyed going back to the mid fifties to recall the time spent with the Wyndham Scifi stories
The writing is a little dated now, and the narrator tended to get a bit monotonous at times, but overall I really enjoyed listening to this book.

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  • Mark Anderson
  • 01-08-22

Excellent version of a sci-fi classic

Although I've read and heard various versions of this a number of times over the years, I found the narration engaging and sympathetic and certainly not deserving of the criticism made by some reviewers. On the contrary, I liked the laid back but involving style.
One of the best renditions and a great introduction to the works of John Wyndham.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-17-21

Great story read poorly

Sorry, but the narration is so bad I just couldn’t get through it. Sounds like a bad computer generated voice.

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  • Carol Welsh
  • 12-12-21

Fantastic!!!

Never judge a book by its movie and this is ESPECIALLY relevant to Wyndham's books. The movies were insults. John Wndham was a genius. What an imagination. I listen to his best 4 -5 books every few years. Brilliant!! But the Triffids is the best. And here we are messing with genes in plants and animals .... If a strange meteorite storm happens ... dont look at it and carry weed killer(or flame throwers). Highly recommend. Thank you Audible. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-22

Good story.

The story was good. I enjoyed it. The narrator however was hard to listen to for the hours from beginning to end.
Kingsley Ben-Adir in my opinion does not have the voice range to tell a good, convincing story.

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  • Steven Frew
  • 01-05-22

great book

a great book even though it was written long ago. I enjoyed both the story and the narrator of the story. definitely worth the listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-22

Good story bolstered by a great narrator.

Kingsley really sells the story and I felt as though I was really listening to a friend telling me a personal experience, rather than listening to someone read someone else's book. Great inflection and pacing, and I expect the bad reviews are from people expecting to just be read a book and not be told a story.

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  • alan briers
  • 06-23-22

Classic

I've enjoyed the book, the movie, the series, and now the reading. Very enjoyable.


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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-22

Took me back

First read this book at high school and was enthralled. But normally a re-reader but as an adult I found quite a few concepts which the author included and I missed as a teen.
Well worth it!