© Jack Finney; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"1950's writing is half the fun..."
Didn't expect to like this but was curious, as I had never seen the movie. It is actually a fun little sci-fi read, obviously written in 50's and the flaws are part of charm. Great reader. I'd buy it again.
"An Unfairly-Overlooked Classic"
Jack Finney was one of the great popular writers of the 50s through 70s, with a couple of his books rising above their sci-fi/horror genres. "The Body Snatchers" (its original published name) and "Time and Again" are both mini-classics. This one is very different from most of the 5 (!) movies based upon it, with a breezy, swingin' 50s feel to the narrative in spite of the horrifying subject manner. The story is superb (sure, it couldn't REALLY have happened this way from a scientific standpoint, but who cares?), the writing simple and direct, and the main character flawed-but-heroic, just as we like 'em. George Wilson's performance hits that perfect cheesy 50s vibe. Listened to this during a cross country trip with my 18 year-old daughter, and we both were hooked by the second chapter.
"The Original Story is the best"
Lots of fun to read the original version of this classic B-movie. There is a cinematic quality to the writing, making it easy to "see" the story as it unfolds.There are (2) audio versions available, and I chose this one because George Wilson's voice and inflections were exactly right for the story.
"Unsatisfying; would've been better as short story"
This story is told with too much tangential information and musings, to the point where I was jealous half way through the book in which the protagonist tells another person everything that had happened thus far in “less than 30 minutes” – why couldn't he have given the poor reader the same treatment?
A more concise telling may have made the book entertaining, but there would still be problems with unsatisfying actions taken by the characters, as well as the unsatisfying ending.
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