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Publisher's Summary

In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone and everyone awakens unharmed - except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant.

The resultant children of Midwich do not belong to their parents: all are blonde, all are golden eyed. They grow up too fast, and their minds exhibit frightening abilities that give them control over others and brings them into conflict with the villagers just as a chilling realisation dawns on the world outside.... 

The Midwich Cuckoos is the classic tale of aliens in our midst, exploring how we respond when confronted by those who are innately superior to us in every conceivable way.

About the author: John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903, the son of a barrister. He tried a number of careers, including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, and started writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925. From 1930 to 1939 he wrote stories of various kinds under different names, almost exclusively for American publications, while also writing detective novels. During the war he was in the Civil Service and then the Army. In 1946 he went back to writing stories for publication in the USA and decided to try a modified form of science fiction, a form he called 'logical fantasy'.

©2008 John Wyndham (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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  • 29-11-21

Stephen Fry is totally over the top

I really struggled listening to this book. Stephen Fry was awful. He managed to turn a John Wyndham classic into an Olde English farce. He needs putting back in his box and Audible should find one of many excellent actors we have in this country to re-read this book.

I'm sorry Audible but this one is certainly not up to the standard I have come to expect!

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  • 02-12-21

Great story, enjoyable audiobook

Having only listened to John Wyndham stories as radio dramas, I was eager to try a full book, and this was even better than I expected. I don't always enjoy Stephen Fry's narration, but I felt it was well suited to this book, and didn't find it over the top. The story addresses an interesting idea, that is only minimally affected by the passage of time since it was written, and I enjoyed the presentation of various differing viewpoints in the story. It held my interest throughout, and I was sorry when it had ended.

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  • Piddlydog
  • 04-12-21

Much better than the film

I loved the narration by Stephen Fry. I was hooked from the first sentence. Always adored the writer

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  • Lyndylulu
  • 30-11-21

A timeless classic

The Midwich Cuckoos is one of the great classic works of science fiction, the template for so many other films and novels, and it is no less compelling in this engaging new reading by Stephen Fry. A tale of love and fear, exploring at the same time what these qualities actually mean on an individual and communal level, but above all, it's a great, atmospheric fantasy.

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  • Weliza
  • 30-11-21

Very Enjoyable

I first read the book when I was 14, and remember recommending it to my friends. I'm now 75 and I will again recommend it to my friends. it has not dated very much. The science fiction concept of this type of alien infiltration still holds plausibility . The writing is immediate and held this reader's interest. Very well narrated by Stephen Fry.

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  • JanettheGannet
  • 07-12-21

classic combination

fantastic as always to hear a John Wyndham story but with the great delivery of an excellent narrator. Maybe Stephen Fry and Anton Lesser could give lessons to some of the other narrators!

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  • 06-12-21

Wyndham at his best.

Beautifully narrated....a story that reminds you know fragile life is. A true classic for all.

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  • Machiavelli
  • 05-12-21

Great book, excellent performance

Read the book as a teenager, and it remains along with The Day of the Triffids, The Chrysalids, and The Kraken Wakes one of the seminal works of science fiction. Extremely well written and here well read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-21

An allegory on difference

Read, re-read, watched and now listened to this excellent story. Stephen Fry’s narration jarred somewhat with his “Jeeves-ish” intonations but nevertheless a tale of “what-if” that is timeless.

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  • Andy Boddington
  • 05-12-21

Fry disappoints

This is an excellent John Wyndham novel that has barely dated. But the reading by Stephen Fry lets it down. He has chosen voices that really do not suit most of the characters, especially the children.