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John Wyndham: A BBC Radio Drama Collection

Six classic BBC radio adaptations
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

Bill Nighy, Barbara Shelley and Peter Sallis are among the cast in six classic BBC Radio dramatisations of stories by one of Britain's most popular science fiction authors.

'The Day of the Triffids', first broadcast in 1968, is set in a world in which most people have been left blind after a meteor shower, and lethal carnivorous triffids are roaming the land. 'The Kraken Wakes', dramatised for radio in 1998, is a gripping story of monsters from the deep, alien invasion and ecological disaster.

'The Chrysalids', first broadcast in 1981, explores the dangers of being different, while the 1989 adaptation of short story 'Survival' focuses on the lengths people will go to in order to survive.

'The Midwich Cuckoos', broadcast in 2003, is a disturbing tale of a village sealed off from the world for a day and subsequently taken over by terrifying inhuman children.

Dramatised for radio in 1998, 'Chocky' is a chilling tale of a boy who appears to be communicating with an invisible friend. Also included is 'Beware the Stare!', a half-hour radio documentary looking at 'The Midwich Cuckoos' in print and on screen.

Note: These are the BBC Transcription versions of The Day of the Triffids, prepared for sale to overseas territories. At the time, 12 minutes of material was deleted from these episodes to bring down the running time. However, these deleted scenes have been recovered and are included as bonus extra content at the end of the final episode.

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A poorly assembled collection by Audible

I love these stories, stories of my childhood and the dramatic delivery is enjoyable.

Except, in some of the stories the chapters have been put in the wrong order, huge jumps between events, some mid sentence, then at the end all the missing parts are thrown on the end of the story.

Has been reported to Audible but they are unwilling to do anything about it.

They should, at the very least mark this up as having a chaotic edit that will leave readers bemused.

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Fun, nostalgic, but too abridged?

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Fun, nostalgic, but too abridged. Only a couple of JW's books seem audiobooked - Kraken and Triffids. Otherwise this trip into childhood nostalgia and the Great Brish Disaster Story only available in these BBC productions. Reading now difficult, and I really could not remember the plots of some at all - this was the only way to get at them. Come on audidible, get on with recording more of the SF classics.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

BBC and actors great, as usual from auntie.

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Classic adaptations of classic stories

A little treasure trove of apocalyptic gems. Wyndham was a pioneer and, although the adaptations are somewhat abridged, they capture the spirit of the novels nicely. The vast majority of the voice acting is great and the effects suitably atmospheric, personally I had no problem hearing the voices over them. As for the review that states the Triffids has parts out if sequence - the reviewer didn’t read that these were 10 minutes trimmed from the overseas version and included here as bonus material! The collection wraps up with a short piece on Wyndham’s life which gives us a tiny glimpse into a very private man.

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Riveting and superb performance

I was hooked on this from the moment it started playing. The BBC have done a great job in adapting Wyndham's stories and the voice actors give a delightful performance that really brings the stories to life. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

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Oh my god sooooo good

I absolutely loved this. The dramatization was excellent. I was completely sucked into every story. Wyndham is a legend and these adaptations are classics I will listen to over and over again.

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Brilliant adaptations with excellent cast.

I enjoyed each of these radio dramatisations enormously. I have only read The Crysalids, Day of the Triffids and The Kraken Wakes, so can't comment on how faithful the other adaptations are. I wasn't familiar with the story 'Survival', which was a nice, enjoyably creepy addition. Highly recommend this audio book.

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A mixed bag

One of the drawbacks which is presumably something that Audible control, is the lack of named books and chapters on the sidebar so you can choose easily to pick up or miss a particular story.
The Day of the Triffids and The Midwich Cuckoos are well known to most people some of the other stories may not be as well known . Overall despite the fact that they are unsettling, scary stories what struck me most was how dated they sounded . I found the portrayal of women just wearing in the end. It's been a long time since I read the Day of the Triffids, for example, perhaps it's the radio production focuses attention of the listener to this aspect more than reading the books. Perhaps it's simply because the books are a product of their time but it got in the way of my enjoyment. The highlight however was listening to Bill Nighys performance in the Midwich Cuckoos, such a great delivery, I could listen to him reading the phone book.

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Overall not bad..

Classic stories delivered in radio performances from different eras. Some better than others, spoilt only by some poor indexing of the segments making bits confusing in places.

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Masterfully done great voice performance

Hard to fault this radio play. Great listening and cracking stories. Highly Recommended. For lovers of a strange yarns and weird tales

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Listen to the originals instead

These are not good adaptations of some really rather good stories. Day Of The Triffids isn't bad but they get progressively worse and I genuinely cannot fathom why they did what they did to The Midwich Cuckoos. I advise you to get the original stories which are brilliant and interesting.

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  • Dr. Joe de Beauchamp
  • 21-02-19

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Legend of Midwich is a must read by SciFi folks... narraration superior in this BBC brodcast.

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  • A. West
  • 21-02-19

A great group of Wyndham stories on radio!

as I've seen the film and TV versions of several of these it was very interesting to hear what the radio versions brought to it.

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  • Old ManParker
  • 25-07-20

The best (and the worst) of BBC radio adaptations

There are four stores. Two really good ones, and a two bad - these are terrible and you fast forward through 'em. Story 1.) - "The Day of the Triffids" - is very good. An awesome (classic) story that predates the whole "zombie apocalypse" story (that's been done to death, so to speak) before there were zombies. Not a plague of the man-eating walking dead, but of the man-eating walking PLANTS! (not zombies, but Triffids, got it?) It's so terrifyingly good that it's delicious in it's horror. Then there's two really awful stories that are very badly adapted into audio rubbish. It's all about voice actors 2.) "The Kraken Wakes" - bad - this was really awful! Another audio “drama” that's audio torture about annoying people with annoying accents, and you have to wade through hours of their tedious married life to finally get to not nearly enough, and quite badly done, Lovecraftian monsters on the move from the great deep. (Fast Forward.) 3.) The Chrysalids - so bad I couldn't tell what it was about. Terrible audio drama that was un listenable to - because listening to someone “eat” into a microphone and tell you ( with a mouth full of food) “These sweets are quite good you should have one.” is the worst possible audio anyone could be forced to hear. Worse than "The Kraken Wakes". (even Faster forward!) Then I think there were was another tale in there called "Survival", but I was so irritated by then I couldn't listen to it's overly dramatic slop. Story 4.) "The Midwich Cuckoos" - with BILL NIGHY! - This is AWESOME! This radio drama has Bill Nighy in it. BILL NIGHY! One of the best actors alive. "The Midwich Cuckoos" is dramatized for radio by Dan Revalatto - Well written. This shows how audio drama can be either the worst or the best experience. The incredible talent of Bill Nghly -(sigh)- Bill Nghly is the whole show here. Bill Nigly is a sheer joy to listen to. Everything he says seems so 'real'. Someone with this much talent makes or breaks “radio theater drama”. Bill Nghly's performance makes this audio-drama's-slice-of-married-life warm-up bit interesting & funny. How he communicates with his slightly-shrewish & not so logical wife is highly entertaining. He’s hysterical, he's tense, he's exciting, he breaths life into every scene. These's a scene with Bill Nighy and his wife trying to figure out what’s wrong with Midwich; they are walking down the street talking to people they meet… and it’s brilliant. It made me wish there was a whole series of audio books with these two actors playing these two quirky married people solving weird mysteries. Bill Nigly plays an impatient. easily bored man tossed into a mystery he could care less about, until, it’s unearthly weirdness rises & rises 'til it smoothly escalates into the impossible, then rises yet again into blood chillingly strange. By then you are completely hooked into this story, as they say, you're listening on the edge of your seat. This is audio GOLD, and worth the one credit for this whole book. BILL NIGHY - We need much more of this man as a narrator.