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John Wyndham: A BBC Radio Drama Collection: Six classic BBC radio adaptations

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Publisher's 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.

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    miss christina bengston 21/03/2017 Member Since 2014
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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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Wassim 24/04/2017
    Wassim 24/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Len Moss, Norway 23/05/2017
    Len Moss, Norway 23/05/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "SPOILED BY BACKGROUND "EFFECTS" OF THE DAY"
    What did you like best about John Wyndham: A BBC Radio Drama Collection? What did you like least?

    The books are classic although changed a little in these presentations


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Wyndham: A BBC Radio Drama Collection?

    Day of The Triffids is the best, the BOOK is even better


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    No narrator but the background Si Fi noises were really on edge and off-putting but I guess were effects of the day


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No, ones imagination is by far the best.For example the WAR OF THE WORLDS film/films were, in my opinion,a disaster.


    Any additional comments?

    A journey back to the BBC of that time!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Bennewith 09/05/2017
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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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    Krats Dillion 19/08/2017
    Krats Dillion 19/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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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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    M.K.Blackmore 06/08/2017
    M.K.Blackmore 06/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun, nostalgic, but too abridged?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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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    Gwen Seller 25/07/2017
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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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    dot_stockport 02/07/2017
    dot_stockport 02/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic"

    This is a great collection of bbc wyndham adaptations. Absolutely classic radio with an interesting short documentary piece about the hard to find out about author.

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