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Summary

Bill Masen wakes up one morning in his hospital bed. His eyes are completely bandaged after an eye operation so he is unable to see. He immediately notices how still and quiet everything is. Having taken off his bandages, he discovers that both inside the hospital and out, the majority of the population (who watched a display of startlingly bright comets in the night sky the previous evening) have all gone blind, and realises that there is a terrifying new enemy for humankind to contend with. This is his thrilling, chilling and enthralling story....

When Bill Masen leaves hospital and goes into the centre of London, he finds that looting is rife as people are grabbing anything from the shelves of shops that they think they might find useful - mainly food.

While surveying the scene he comes across an attractive young woman who also wasn't blinded, Josella. Together they return in her car to her parents' home, only to discover everyone at the house has been murdered by the Triffids. The Triffids are walking plants which carry a vicious and lethal sting. Bill used to have one in his back garden, but far from being completely harmless they have now developed and are threatening to take over the world. They are also strongly linked to the mysterious comet shower.

Bill has an advantage over other surviors in that his job had involved him researching the Triffids. In fact, it was a Triffid sting that was one of the reasons he had been in hospital on the night of the comets, and this incident saved him from blindness. Together, Josella and Bill, whose bond to each other is growing, join a group of people, many of whom are blind but some of whom can see, with plans to head into the country...and their true struggle begins.

©1951 CSA Word; (P)2009 CSA Word

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Beautifully narrated but RUINED by "music"

It goes without saying this is a great book and it is beautifully narrated, but it is ruined by horrendously loud discordant music that jumps up and catches you out every time. Its completely random and unless you keep your finger on the volume button it WILL startle you. I think this sort of musical addition during the narration to be completely unnecessary.
I wont be returning the book but will be looking for another version.

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Such a pity large chunks of the book are removed

What did you like about this audiobook?

the storyline is brilliant and the reading is very good. music a bit irritating

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

The narrator is excellent but the random music is irritating.

Do you have any additional comments?

Its not a long book so why shorten it ?

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shame about the loud music

enjoyable book & well read but was interspersed with rather loud music which was a bit grating. If you were listening & dropping off to sleep it would wake you up!

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Love Love Love this book

I first read this book in high school, we did it for English and I loved it straight away then. Funnily enough I got fined by the school because they said that I hadn't returned my school copy of the book. I was sure I had bit I paid the fine. Needless to say years later whilst sorting through my many books I came across a copy and loe and behold it was my high school copy.

Anyway, I love this book, the writing is brilliant, so evocative and compelling. There's the horror of what the characters are dealing with in the immediate aftermath of the comet etc, then there are those moments of reflection on what life had once been and saying goodbye to it. My imagination is very vivid with this book.

I also love Alex Jennings reading of it. The voices he produces are perfect for the characters, in fact I am a big fan of his work and will search it out.

This is a book that I will come back to time and time again, love it.

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Book of the Triffids

Better than the film and BBC version. Very well read. The music adds to dramatic chapter ends.

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All time classic

Sounding a little dated in places, but still an all time classic. Great to rediscover it.

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The original modern classic horror

Would you listen to The Day of the Triffids again? Why?

This story never gets old.
So many other books and films borrow from Wyndham.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Day of the Triffids?

The hospital

Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes - 'The Kraken Wakes' also by Wyndham. Alex does an excellent job narrating both.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Danger - heavy plant crossing

Any additional comments?

Wyndham knows how to tell a great story - A classic.

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Timeless Classic

I read this in the 60's and was taken with it then. It's still a great read.
Although written in 1951, it provides a remarkable insight into the future and like HG Wells it is uncanny how much the author predicted has come true as are issues that we as a society are grappling with today.

That said it's also a great adventure story and will appeal to many ages.

Alex Jennings as usual produces his incredible acting and story telling talents in presenting this great British classic. Don't miss it.

Ken Millett

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Excellent

The story is slightly dated of its time but food for thought,
How would you be?

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Pleasantly surprised

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I watched the BBC adaptation as a boy and thoroughly enjoyed it. Never reading the book I thought it deserved a read and I was delighted with the experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main protagonist, Bill Mason has to be my favourite character. His actions throughout the story never felt out of place and in his scientific mind always followed his biological logic.

Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I have not, but I will not shy away from him.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Without giving too much away I enjoyed the closing moments of the book. It captivated a claustrophobic feel with a glimmert of hope, whilst maintaining an element of inevitability.

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend this book and endeavour to explore more of Wyndhams work.

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  • Noe
  • 24-12-09

Brilliant, classic sci-fi.

I love this classic novel of an insidious invasion of Earth by the least expected of organisms. Wyndham's original narrative, read beautifully by Alex Jennings, is much more enjoyable than either the movie or the BBC radio production based upon the book. A truly enjoyable listen and a fabulous narrator.

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  • Ben
  • 22-02-17

annoying music between each chapter.

creepy music between each chapter sounded cool at first but got very annoying later on