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The Day Of The Triffids

Classic Radio Sci-fi
Narrated by: full cast
Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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Summary

This full-cast drama, part of BBC Audiobooks' Classic Radio Sci-Fi series, is based on the classic post-war 'science fantasy' novel which made John Wyndham famous, and whose appeal endures to this day. Giles Cooper's six-part adaptation stars Gary Watson, Barbara Shelley and Peter Sallis, with appearances from Doctor Who names Peter Pratt, Christopher Bidmead and David Brierley. Divided by blindness and societal breakdown, humanity is at the mercy of the carniverous Triffids....

This BBC Radio 4 production was made and broadcast in 1968, and later transmitted via World Service.

©2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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The Day Of The Triffids

Even at the end you wanted more. It is a thrilling story about the triffids and completely different from the film of the same name. At times you are on the edge of your chair and want to fast forward but can't because you will miss vital parts of the story!! Fantastic read.

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classic

its an unlikely premise, zombie plants take over when an err something makes virtually everyone blind. However its no less likely than many sci fi premises and it does a reasonable job of societal breakdown, small group under attack. This a pleasing 1968 bbc radio version.

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Very good

Excellent! True to the book. Bit dated , probably why the diction was so clear!! Enjoyable to be able to listen to it.

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Classic radio play

Thorough adaptation, but for some reason the last chapter is in fact a bunch of extras that have been cut from the main performance - still a really solid attempt at a story that has always defied a satisfactory visual version...as in all dystopian visions the bad guys aren't the aliens or the monsters but the humans and how they react to change

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This is one of my favorite storys. I love it.

Like most people I have seen the film, but I just love this audio story it is one of my favourite story's I like to listen too. I find I can think to myself what would i do if something like this was too happen too me or what would I do if It was me that was blind what would I do how would I cope with Triffids roaming around and not being able to see, it makes me shudder at the thought. I just love this story.

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Precious adaptation of a great story

Have to say it is worthy to listen this adaptation of classical story. Specially me as non native English speaker I enjoy this radio version because of the characters which are narrated by different artists. All is done in a good pace which goes along with original book. Only one drawback I have found is that crazy sound closing and opening each chapter. This is probably all right when you are not listening using a headset. With headset on and little bit higher volume it makes you feel like the man on the cover of this audiobook feels like. Otherwise - great piece of audio book. Thank you for publishing this stuff.

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It's not the end

This is an old BBC audio (full cast) dramatization set I would guess in the 1960s. Whilst the story is somewhat abridged ii is well acted and engaging. Good value for the money and has infinite replayability.

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dated version

I felt this version was very light on detail with little depth in relation to the story.

the performances were good but clearly made for a previous era

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Why is the main character always so out of breath?

I’m a fan of the book. This dramatisation starts ok. It’s very old fashioned radio drama, and nothing wrong with that in itself. I had to stop listening though. Maybe I’m just too fussy but the main character is just so breathy, like over using the technique on the microphone the whole time. Everything is a strain requiring a grunt and a sharp exhalation. *pulls curtains* Ugh. Oof. Wheeze. I can’t stand it!

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A Classic, Very Much of its Time

A fantastic performance of an apocalyptic tale, wherein ladies swoon, children coo, and men teach.

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  • Brian
  • 16-06-08

Good as the book?

Having read the book and also listened to another audio narration of this classic, I was looking foward to hearing it once again.
I can say that this dramatised version would appeal to those who prefer an enacted potrayal of the book rather than an accurate literary presentation.
My evaluation of this novel is born from appreciation of John Wyndhams' writing talent rather than attempted immersion in a dramatised rendition. I would have much preferred this story to be an audio book in it's truest sense.

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  • Autumn
  • 30-10-07

I only wish it were longer

I liked this fun but very un-pc tale. It was a short listen... Less than 3 hours but if you are fan of classic sci-fi this is a must. I can really see that people have borrowed plot devices from this story to make other modern horror films.

I think I would like it if audible would narrate the novel rather than just the radio program. It might be a tad longer. Overall, great

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  • Linda B
  • 26-10-08

great story!

This is such a classic story, and a very well done adaptation...except that it REALLY could use some tweaking in terms of the sound quality. The music is piercing and painful in relation to the speech. It really was painful when I wasn't fast enough to turn down the volume between chapters, when the music cuts in... Whoever put this out should have that adjusted.

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  • Abdulfattah M Obeid
  • 01-01-20

Not an audio book

The content is written as a script for a movie that is meant to be watched, it has very little details for thr listener.
The audio and sounds are noisy and unclear.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-19

Pitty it's not a book

Story is amazing, but it suffers being radio play instead of just book reading.
I'm hoping for reading version in furure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-19

its not a book version

Careful, ts not an original story! audible searching didnt show a book version while looking for it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-19

Good first audio book. Loved it !

The only things I have to critics is that the transition music is very loud compare to the narration volume but other then that it was a very good story telling and a perfect tone for an old book !

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  • Jason Hood
  • 06-08-18

Entertqaining, but not really wonderful

The audible eddition of this book was fun and entertaining, just dont expect more than a NPR special presentation.
Just listen and enjoy.

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  • diana
  • 30-03-17

Terrible

Terrible at all points. I loved the movie, and the book. This was j---0))oooooo999o9oooooooooooooooooooooiiiiiioiioiiioiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit awful!!!

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  • stuart hamilton
  • 04-12-15

corny but fun

famous uk story of walking plants teaching over the world and the minds resistance. ww