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In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone, and everyone awakens unharmed - except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant.

The resultant children of Midwich do not belong to their parents: all are blonde, all are golden eyed. They grow up too fast, and their minds exhibit frightening abilities that give them control over others and brings them into conflict with the villagers just as a chilling realisation dawns on the world outside.... 

The Midwich Cuckoos is the classic tale of aliens in our midst, exploring how we respond when confronted by those who are innately superior to us in every conceivable way.

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'.

©2008 John Wyndham (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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Stephen Fry is a national treasure!

I purchased this audiobook as soon as it was released because of my love for John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids and because of the pleasant surprise that it was narrated by Stephen Fry.

The first thing i should mention is that Stephen Fry is amazing as a narrator. This book does not test his range of characters as well as the Harry Potter books or The Complete Sherlock Holmes, but he is a master of narration and his reading improved upon the book itself.

For the book itself, I found the story interesting but not overly engaging. The main character feels so distant from the story that there is never a sense of danger ir tension. Seemed more like a book written as a socialogist's take on an alien race of humans than a fully fleshed out novel. Still, it was interesting an entertaining.

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