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  • The Chrysalids

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

The Chrysalids is set in the future after a devastating global nuclear war. David, the young hero of the novel, lives in a tight-knit community of religious and genetic fundamentalists, always on the alert for any deviation from the norm of God's creation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an exceptional recording of an exceptional novel.

  • By Andrew David Hunt on 09-04-19

Creepy, thought-provoking, classic Wyndham

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-19

This might just be my favourite Wyndham novel (they're all excellent) and whilst I do partially agree with some criticisms of the ending, that doesn't spoil it for me and even if it did, I'd recommend it for the first three quarters alone. Give it a go. If you enjoyed Wyndham's other works (especially Chocky and The Midwich Cuckoos) then you'll enjoy this.

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  • Chocky

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Matthew is a normal 11-year-old boy living with his parents and little sister in Surrey. He's too old and sensible to have an imaginary friend really. Yet when Matthew's parents keep finding him talking and arguing with a strange presence whom Matthew calls Chocky, that's what they believe it must be…at first. But Chocky is oddly sinister, and keeps asking Matthew all sorts of complicated questions about the world and making him behave in unusual and erratic ways. Then Matthew suddenly does something heroic, well beyond his capabilities; the media become interested and the interest in Matthew widens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too good

  • By Alan on 14-03-13

Classic Wyndham - recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-19

Perhaps my biggest criticism of this book is the title. "Chocky" evokes either childishness or tones of b-movie schlock, where in fact this story is Wyndham's usual blend of an ordinary setting with an added unsettling factor that continues to provoke thought long after you've finished the novel. I first read this many years ago as a child having been loaned it by a teacher at my primary school to whom I'd mentioned my love of classic sci fi (and Wyndham in particular), and it was a delight to rediscover it again now in audio form. The narrator got that 1950s middle class father delivery just right, and it really suits the story. If you're a Wyndham fan, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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    Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
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  • Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On Audible at last!

  • By Peter on 01-03-11

An absolute classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-19

This is a classic sci fi novel, mainly concerned with shrewd men making devious political schemes to steer their society safely through the maelstrom of the breakdown of the galactic empire. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a novel written in the 50s, there are virtually no women characters and the societies of the future are very much run by great men (who might have wives, but they're seldom mentioned) - a bit of an unfortunate anachronism, and I did find that jarring a couple of times, but if you can get past it the story is excellent - full of suspense and intrigue. The narrator is fine - not the best ever, but perfectly good and his delivery fits the tone of the novel.

  • Witches Abroad

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,145

What could be easier than preventing a servant girl from marrying a prince, especially for three clever witches? But Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick face more than they bargained for when they journey to the distant city of Genua. For one thing, their power is limited to Mrs. Gogol's weak voodoo spells, a one-eyed cat, and a secondhand magic wand that works only on pumpkins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly the best of the Witches series

  • By Katharin on 14-02-08

Looking to try out a Discworld book?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-15

What did you like most about Witches Abroad?

Witches Abroad was the first Terry Pratchett that I read and the first that I downloaded on here. It is the twelth of the Discworld books but don't necessarily let that put you off it being your first read - they do have some sort of order but you don't necessarily need to start right at the beginning - they break off into a sort of series of mini-series which feature core sets of characters, and even then Witches Abroad is the third in the "Witches" mini-series chronologically. Basically, if the story takes your fancy then don't worry about it and dive in.

The combination of the three witches in these books - Granny, the sharp, dry witted cynic; Nanny a jovial lady with a will to experience happiness and joy in all its forms while at the same time using this as a counterbalance and to an extent camouflage for her own deep wisdom; and Magrat the naive, kind optimist - allows for exploration of human nature wrapped up in a brilliant comedy. That's what makes this book so amazing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Witches Abroad?

Meeting Mrs. Gogol, the voodoo witch.

What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Very well read - the accents of the Witches in particular.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a lot - it's one of those books that gives you frequent chuckles and catches you out with them unexpectedly.