It's the 23rd Century and at age 21... your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they're both running for their lives. When Last Day comes, will you lie down and die... or run!
©1967 William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"[T]he story of a reluctant rebel fighting back in a computer-run world in which people voluntarily submit to death at the age of 21 is a fascinating adventure. Narrator Oliver Wyman's excellent vocal performance guides listeners into this harsh world where children rule. He does a credible job imitating children's and women's voices. When he speaks as Jenny, Logan's running mate, one can clearly see the character in one's mind. The book differs from the popular film of the same name-and has a far superior ending." (AudioFile)
Having always enjoyed the Logan's Run film adaptation, I was keen to listen to the book, as I heard it was rather different. Different it is, at least after the first quarter or so. What follows is an insane, incoherent, fever dream of a book, which is far and away the worst written book I have ever read. Sentences are often a random collection of unmatched words, character names are usually omitted leading to confusion, and the plot bounces around from one utterly bizarre scenario to the next with nothing to connect it. It's like The Wizard of Oz as written by someone on extra strength hallucinogenic drugs.
The narrator is unfortunately no help at all, speaking as he does at a lugubrious pace, and so dragging out this dreadful story even further. I ended up using the 1.25x and 1.5x playback options in the Audible app to get him to speak at a more normal pace.
This book is a mess. It makes no sense, the story is the type of thing a small child would come up with, and it's technically so poorly written it should never have been published. The movie took the one good idea of the book (that everyone dies very young due to over population) and span it out into an entertaining film, although even it couldn't free itself entirely from the insanity of the book's ideas.
There are lots of great sci-fi books, but this certainly isn't one of them. Avoid at all costs.
"A Different Logan's Run"
Throughout the years since its release in 1976, I???ve watched the movie more times than I can remember and is a favorite of mine but have never read the book, so the audio book intrigued me. What I found is this is a very different Logan???s Run; but still entertaining. The basic premise is the same; people must die at a certain age and Logan has reached that age and decides to run.
Written in 1967 Logan???s Run is set in a future world of 2116. The population has reached ???critical mass??? and a law has been passed dictating all people must report to ???Sleep Centers??? at the age of 21, If anyone refuses to report, a Deep Sleep Operative, (also called a Sandman) is assigned to hunt the runner down and terminate their existence. Logan is a Sandman who has reached his twenty first birthday and while on an assignment discovers there might be another alternative to the Sleep Centers called ???Sanctuary.???
It took me a little time getting used to the narrator, Oliver Wyman, because I was used to Michael York???s English accent as Logan in the movie, but after adjusting I thought he did a good job. I would recommend this audio book for those, like me, who have known the story from the movie and everyone else as well.
"I really did try to like this book."
I read Dan Brown's new book 'Inferno', and this book was referenced in it. The idea of voluntary suicide at the age of 21 in order to control the world population was very intriguing to me. I was expecting a book with more depth... this book was more like listening to a star trek tv episode. There were a few interesting parts - but overall, it didn't hold my attention.
I didn't like the main characters at all. They had no depth - and I had no idea what their motives were throughout the entire book.
Needless to say, I won't be reading the rest of the books in the Logan's Run series.
"Vintage SciFi Experience!"
Retro Distopian Classic! Somehow the subtle 70's infleuence seeps into the weave of the fabric of this accessable SciFi Classic. With its own unique mix of futurism and societal decay it is Not an experience to miss!
Easily at home among others of its day, I would compare it to Issac Asimov, or similar...
Somehow accomplishes the impression of sound effects in the background in retrospect... With such an adventurous tale in such futuristic locations, one not only finds each character represented well and seemlessly, but afterward you find yourself questioning just which of the various environments were actually presented as expressly as you remember them...
In the right environment, I could see myself listening to this completely in a single day, however, I think it more reasonable to break it up into two or three bits...
not Too long to stop you, but quite possible to take in smaller doses...
Having been familiar with the movie, I went into this read with an interest in discovering the hidden depths of the original novel... As is almost cliche in its occurrence, I was pleasantly rewarded in uncovering a deeper understanding to the more complete reality presented by the author and was additionally surprised to find the novel a Series of books to go on with...
Beyond the simple reality and poorly explained spectacle of the film, there is a deeper commentary on society which is the rare mindstretch I seek out most actively in all my reading. While I've had other series prove less enthralling in future installments, I am nevertheless left with higher hopes and greater interest in persuing the rest of the story having read this book.
A Classic in its tone, texture, and underlying principles... everything I most look for in my delvings into the older science fiction genre... Worth a Look.
"Goss rendition of an excellent book"
The story and the faithful way that the narrator had in evoking the feel of the book.
There were many, but I particularly liked the way that the story opened.
His feeling for the characters, and his characterisations.
"took long enough"
Yes because it was awesome
where logan was running
i did and loved every minuit of it
it was really awesome worth the wait
"Completely Different from the Movie"
Wow. I can't believe how different the novel is from the 70s movie. It's incredible and deserves to be remade today to follow the original plot. The greatest aspect of this production is the narration -- Oliver Wyman -- who delivers a spectacular and captivating performance. Looking forward to getting the remainder of the series.
"Different rendition but still a good story"
Run Logan Run
Logan. He had all of the best parts of the story.
Traveling through the maze and visiting the Florida Keys.
The audio book was okay. I have seen the movie a couple of times, years ago. I figured I should "read" the book.
"Grat movie. Fun listen"
It is always fun to listen to or read the book that inspired the movie. Visualizing the movie as I listen to the book it was interesting to see the change in characters and scenes. You could almost hear the writers. say well we can't do it the way they did it in the book but we can do it this way. This is a case where at this point in time the movie is definitely better than the book. The plot loses its way considerably And the ending is a letdown. But the author indulges himself in some fantastically described scenes that make up for that loss. All in all, a fun listen.
"Good book ruined by horrible narration"
The book/story itself is a good example of 60's sci-fi, a bit campy by modern standards but well worth reading. Compared to the movie, the book is a much more expansive world that tells a richer story.
The narrator was absolutely horrible, he reads it in a tedious monotone that makes it impossible to enjoy the story. I just gave up after about an hour, and only finished it a month later when I ran out of books on my device but still had this one. It doesn't improve.
I would have been better off getting a text version and having the computer read it to me in its monotone, I think that would still have more expression than Mr. Wyman.
"If you liked the movie, you'll like this series"
This is book 1 of 3, which I'm reviewing as a set. I enjoyed the movie (and somewhat, the TV series), so I was drawn to the audiobook. I wouldn't consider Logan's run good writing, at all, but I found it entertaining, none-the-less. The characters are extremely shallow, the plot contrived, and there are serious flaws in the whole concept. Still, if you have good feelings about the movie, you'll find this series tolerable.
The first book in the series is the movie (with some differences). The second two books in the series continue the story. Book two is essentially a "return of Logan" that quickly breaks down into a haphazard search for his lost wife ending in a somewhat disappointing battle royal. Book three is an alternative reality 'cheat' to put a different twist on the first book.
The performance is not good. The reader talks very slow which tends to sap the energy out of the story. However, I found that my iPod allows me to increase the speed (x2) which made it very comfortable with minimal distortion in only a few spots. I would totally recommend you do the same. I find it hard to beleive that the producers couldn't do this for us!
All-in-all, if you are listening to the series for the sake of nostalgia, then you'll probably have a good time.
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