• The Midwich Cuckoos

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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'.

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  • 11-29-21

Stephen Fry is totally over the top

I really struggled listening to this book. Stephen Fry was awful. He managed to turn a John Wyndham classic into an Olde English farce. He needs putting back in his box and Audible should find one of many excellent actors we have in this country to re-read this book.

I'm sorry Audible but this one is certainly not up to the standard I have come to expect!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-31-22

Disappointed

not read for years but story a bit far fetched and strung out. Stephen Fry was good at first but made it too comedic by silly voices like To the Manor Born style! Not a good combination. Took the horror out of the story.

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  • barjil
  • 01-01-22

Spoiled by narrator

I agree with others who have criticised Stephen Fry’s narration. We know he can read well - the Harry Potter series was superb - but why he had to read this as if to a small child is incomprehensible and at such a speed that I had to increase it by two notches. Such a wonderful book spoiled.

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  • Nikki
  • 12-30-21

Unbearable

This is an awesome story from a master , but I couldn't continue to listen to this version as it is read by Stephen Fry - whose idea was that ? I know the story is good but if I had paid for this ( it's an Audible 'freebie' ) I would have demanded my money back as Stephen Fry made a mockery of it. He should read Noddy books and not much else.

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  • Piddlydog
  • 12-04-21

Much better than the film

I loved the narration by Stephen Fry. I was hooked from the first sentence. Always adored the writer

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  • G. Inns
  • 01-20-22

great story but Fry annoying

fab story by Wyndham as ever, but I found Nd Fry's narration a bit grating at times, too up-and-down.

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  • Bibliobob
  • 01-10-22

Couldn't finish it.

A veeeeery slow and frankly boring narration by Stephen Fry meant I really struggled with this and I've just decided that life is too short to listen to books that bore me.
Will listen to the BBC adaptation instead.

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  • Andy Boddington
  • 12-05-21

Fry disappoints

This is an excellent John Wyndham novel that has barely dated. But the reading by Stephen Fry lets it down. He has chosen voices that really do not suit most of the characters, especially the children.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-02-21

Great story, enjoyable audiobook

Having only listened to John Wyndham stories as radio dramas, I was eager to try a full book, and this was even better than I expected. I don't always enjoy Stephen Fry's narration, but I felt it was well suited to this book, and didn't find it over the top. The story addresses an interesting idea, that is only minimally affected by the passage of time since it was written, and I enjoyed the presentation of various differing viewpoints in the story. It held my interest throughout, and I was sorry when it had ended.

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  • R Wood
  • 12-04-21

A gripping tale but a ghastly telling.

I am a fan both of John Wyndham and of Stephen Fry but on this performance the two just don't go together. The invariably jolly "Right ho Jeeves" style of the narration is just so inappropriate and in places just plain ludicrous. I have to agree with the previous reviewer who said that Fry had turned a John Wyndham classic into an Olde English farce - got it in one - a shame because the book is a great read.

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  • steve cushnahan
  • 01-03-22

Narrator spoilt story

Compared with other narrators I found Stephen Fry too pompous and boring. I preferred the narrator of the Lichen story

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  • Graham Williams
  • 12-21-21

A Cold War Tale

Stephen Fry was exactly the right choice to narrate this story. No one better to embody the fundamental decency and the waffling wordiness of the 1950s, for which you might as well read the 1930s which the English dreamed of returning to after the war. So Wyndham wraps a thoroughly modern tale in the unbearable country coziness of his time. If you can put up with the style the story still stands up.

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  • IanKH
  • 12-11-21

Horrible Narration

This is horrible. I've read this in the past and it's one of the creepiest, tense and gripping science fiction novels you're likely to read, and Mr Fry preforms it like a "Boys Own" adventure or Biggles Bags the Hun. If you have ever seen Fry perform one of his comic British military officer characters then you'll have a good idea of how the characters in this adaption come across. It's all very "Jolly good and tally ho!"

The first 30 seconds built a great atmosphere and then... I listened to 6 chapters and couldn't continue and it's a real shame because I was really looking forward to listening to this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-22

Philosophical debates still relevant

John Wyndham's writing and characterisation sounds even more of its time than it did when I first read Midwich Cuckoos in my mid-20s. But then, I am now 60.

However, I found his trademark philosophical debates still relevant. And I loved Stephen Fry's narration, as always!

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  • patricia
  • 01-04-22

Wordy and over acted

Very wordy and the narrative over exaggerated. Expected more from Stephen Fry. Very disappointing and hard to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-18-21

Struggled with this one.

The prose! The prose! The prose! I stopped 4 or 5 times to listen to something else, just so I wouldn't stop altogether.
Stephen Fry had me convinced I was listening to Wooster and Jeeves for several chapters but he did calm down and do a solid job. The story was good, but you need to be patient in this long winded tale.

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  • deirdre
  • 08-13-22

perfect

loved it. well written, thought provoking words delivered by the tones of Stephen Fry. what more could you want

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  • Saraswati
  • 07-17-22

Long-winded but throught provoking

Many people have objected to Fry's hail-fellow-well-met style of narration, but I felt it suited the time and place. At times I felt this story dragged, but it was setting up the situation in a way that made the reader think. What would people do in this situation? Ethical dilemmas and social observances were all well picked over. The ending was satisfying.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-26-22

Adorable.

This audible is engaging and warm, doesn't feel old, more quaint. Charmingly delivered. Very enjoyable.

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  • Care Bear
  • 05-24-22

Brilliant

Great story, compelling to listen to. Stephen Fry's narration was wonderful. He is always a delight!