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Odd John

Written by: Olaf Stapledon
Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min

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Publisher's Summary

John Wainwright is a freak, a human mutation with an extraordinary intelligence which is both awesome and frightening to behold. Ordinary humans are mere playthings to him. And Odd John has a plan - to create a new order on Earth, a new supernormal species. But the world is not ready for such a change...The front cover image is by Eamon O’Donoghue.”
©2012 Olaf Stapledon (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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  • D. Raynal
  • 02-06-14

Fascinating, Suburb and Thoughtful

Where does Odd John rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I totally enjoyed listening to Odd John. It was extremely creative and extraordinarily well written. I believe Stapleton was well ahead of his time and that his works ought to have a revival as his topics are completely relevant today.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As the story was about Odd John I would have to say he was my favorite character. Stapleton created a completely unique individual that I believe most readers will be able to relate to on some level. Ingenious writing really.

What about Nigel Carrington’s performance did you like?

Very good. He has a very pleasant sounding voice that I never tired of.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Far too long to listen to in one sitting but it held my complete interest all the way until the end.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable...this is what listening to books is all about. A total pleasure.

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  • Tomccfry
  • 13-03-19

Science Fiction Foundations

If Scifi is your defining genre then you must prop your collection with the works of Olaf Stapledon. You must be able to point him out on your bookshelf to kindred spirits. If he is missing, you will be called up on it. Odd John is His Masterwork and paired with Nigel Carrington's narration I'm struggling to think of a more potent audio book session. I was rendering a wall through most of it and could literally feel the inferiority of Homo Sapiens in my aching body. In my Top Five.

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  • D. S. Roberts
  • 07-01-16

Excellent!

Near perfect reading of this quirky but absorbing story. Just the right tone of voice for this slightly dated but very modern tale of Homo Superior.