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Ships are sinking for no apparent reason, carrying hundreds to a dark underwater grave. Strange fireballs race through the sky above the deepest trenches of the oceans. Something is about to show itself, something terrible and alien, a force capable of causing global catastrophe.

©1953 John Wyndham (P)2022 Audible, Ltd

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  • D. V. Cole
  • 05-27-22

Better this time

I read this book about forty years ago, and didn’t like it much. Now, post pandemic and with an eco awareness it seems much more prescient. As always with a John Wyndham book, it moves right along and becomes compulsive listening. Even the 1952 touches of anti Soviet rhetoric are once again in vogue. A most thoughtful book, well read and well written. Worth listening to imo.

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  • Jacob D.
  • 04-25-22

Brilliant

Really good audio book. Narration and story were excellent. Bit odd that chapter three was a repeat of chapter one, must have been a mistake with the edit.

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  • kieran watkins
  • 07-14-22

Great free novel

A great short story from John Wyndham and holds up really well today, only down side is the narrator, he is ok but a lot of voices sound the same and ends most sentences like hes just run out of breath. Odd, other than that would highly recommend.

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  • Debbie
  • 06-12-22

A good story v well read

Not at all what I was expecting. A story about extraterrestrial invasion as told by a journalist & his wife. Well narrated. Very much enjoyed - good variant of the invasion theme.

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  • L. Thornton
  • 06-04-22

Prescient...

Imagine global warming sped up x20, plus a dash of Brexit and you have a feeling of The Kraken Awakes. Chillingly observed and insightful, as are all the best John Wyndham stories.

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  • patrick
  • 05-23-22

fantastic

classic story with excellent narration. BBC dramatisation is better but this is a cheap and cheerful masterpiece

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  • MR HAROLD
  • 08-08-22

John Wyndham classic

Science Fiction of best quality. Excellent text and narration. Story is so purposeful. What if? Realistic.

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  • JB
  • 08-03-22

Masterful narration

Listen to this for first class narration and a trip back to 1950s British sensibilities. The story is eerily apt for today's climate-damaged world.

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  • Colin Peel
  • 07-31-22

Global warming in the 1950's ?

Nothings new, as they say and this work goes to prove that.🤔
Written in the fifties but still fresh today.
And when global warming does cause the sea levels to rise, here is what might happen.😱

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-31-22

A Brilliant Story

Although written in a language reflecting an earlier generation, this is a fantastic story, full of excitement and suspense.

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  • Tony Wood
  • 07-18-22

A great read

Although the writing style is a bit stilted and dated I found this novel to be very well thought through.
I couldn't help seeing parallels with current events - Covid and global warming - and the ways in which Wyndham saw how people, the media and administrations handled the catastrophes.
I read most of Wyndham's books back in the Sixties and am really appreciating meeting up with them again, sixty years later.

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  • Tezza
  • 06-29-22

Prophetic?

Sounds like a pre-glimpse of severe climate change. Considering how long ago this was written it seems horribly feasible.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 05-29-22

superb performance

Wyndham was so clever. the Kraken is well and truly here but he nailed this decades ago. one of the best performers I've encountered

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  • Cashy Yates
  • 05-06-22

Fault in recording

Very dated, but still fascinating to hear how earlier generations thought about potential global catastrophes.

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  • Robert Fletcher
  • 05-03-22

chapter missing

Good but chapter 3 is a repeat of chapter 1. There seems to be a chapter missing as the story jumps between chapter 2 and 4