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John Wyndham , Samuel West
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13 Oct 2011 BBC Audiobooks
The Triffids are a monstrous species of stinging plant; they walk, they talk, they dominate the world...The narrator of this superbly terrifying novel wakes up in hospital to find that, by missing the end of the world as he knew it, he has survived to witness a new one. But the new world that awaits him is fantastic, horrific - and entirely plausible. In 'The Day of the Triffids', John Wyndham achieves a razor-edge balance between wry satire and stark tragedy. The story cuts deep into the imagination, leaving the reader shaken by its violent insights.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (13 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445877236
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445877235
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* I had forgotten just how real this 1951 classic seems - and am impressed by how eerily relevant it now appears. The Observer * ...read by Alex Jennings, the clear-cut narration lends itself well to Bill's creeping sense of doom. The Bookseller * Jennings carries all the characters with consummate skill. audiobooksreview.co.uk * Remains fresh and disturbing in an entirely unexpected way. The Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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'One of those books that haunts you for the rest of your life' Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite ever novel! 15 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
Here I sit at 19, about to go back to university for my second year studying English and I find myself wondering how I can value a mid 20th century science fiction novel over all the classics and anything else on my bookshelf.

Then I look at the front cover and see the quote "One of those books that haunts you for the rest of your life" and realise that quote sums up in one sentence exactly why I love this book to the exclusion of all others.

I must have first read this at age 11/12 and having done so many times since it NEVER loses its appeal. A love story, a story of immense tragedy, of politics, of the fragility of modern life and above all of the undeniable essential nature of mankind Wyndham incorporates all these facets into a perfect tale.

Perhaps I am viewing it through rose tinted glasses because of the effect it had on me at such an impressionable age, but judging by everyone else's reviews I doubt this very much. I don't think I am being melodramatic when I say this novel opened my eyes to the true nature of the world. The characters are perfect, I felt like they were real people and at the end of every reading I am sad to close the last page and say good bye to them, if only for a short while.

My dog eared and much loved copy takes pride of place on my bookshelf. This is a novel for anybody out there who looked at the world around them and wondered... what if?
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pageturner that poses countless questions 28 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
Forget all the mental images you may have of this book; forget the film; in fact, forget men-eating plants altogether. Because this book is not about any of those things.
What it is about is hard to pin down. About how thin the veneer of civilisation is; about the dangers of global weaponry; about how different people would react to an apocalypse; about how society itself is best organised, or why societies are organised the way they are. What is certain is that, at various points in reading this book, you are forced to ask yourself questions to which there are no correct answers. And that is the mark of truly classic fiction.
What's more, this is a terrific story, impeccably told. A true pageturner that had me desperate to know what happened next, and yet wishing it never to end. And enough twists and turns to pack it full of incident. I'm now off to read Wyndham's other works, but I recommend you buy this now.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Published in 1951 and continues to satisfy 2 Mar 2005
Format:Paperback
Some of the best sci-fi has a long shelf-life because it's long-sighted, prescient - prophetic even. Day of the Triffids is a fine example of a science fiction tale that has as much to say about what worries and frightens people today as it did over 50 years ago. It all starts in a comfortable, well ordered, peaceful Britain, where a man who has suffered an accident at work is waiting in his hospital bed, to have the bandages removed from his eyes. As far as he knows, everything is fine, except the clock has struck 8 O'clock and he hasn't heard any sign of the medical staff. The quiet, orderly peacefulness is deceptive though. Politics, economics, technology and, most of all, hubris have the world balancing on a knife edge and it will only take a chance slip or two to plunge human civilisation into chaos. The situation:
1) There are satellite weapons hanging in the sky - out of sight and out of mind, but threatening the world with germ-warfare, nuclear attack and other ghastly inventions of amoral science;
2) A plant has been bred or genetically modified by the dastardly enemies of democracy, to provide a very useful type of oil that is going to make fish oil and a range of other profitable oils obsolete, thereby threatening certain Western economic interests.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Day of the Triffids 13 Jun 2003
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This novel is the story of a disaster that is caused by ecological disaster, genetically altered plants and satellite warfare. These are such modern and relevant themes today it's amazing to consider how ahead of it's time this book was when it was written. The recent hugely successful movie 28 Days Later borrows most of it's ideas from this book, and the other "ruined earth" novels of this period by John Christopher, John Wyndham and (earlier) by HG Wells. This shows that this book, or at least it's ideas, can still be popular after all this time.
The hero and narrator Bill awakes in hospital following an accident. He finds that just about the entire population of London has gone blind following a comet and it seems that he is the only one who can still see. He emerges into the silent, ruined, confused & helpless world and begins his journey to survive. Now that no one can see there is no longer any order and blind people very quickly die or descend into anarchy. Meanwhile the Triffids, a new genetically modified stinging plant, become a very real and dangerous threat now that human superiority is gone.
The first couple of chapters of this novel have never been bettered in painting an electric atmosphere. The reader gets a very real sense of the isolation and danger in the new world. It's no surprise that "Wyndhamesque" is an adjective often used to describe gripping and eerie atmospheres in books and film. Reading the opening you are left biting your nails watching the action unfold as if you were actually there.
As well as a great story there is a great deal of thought behind this book. There is much discussion about what the new society of survivors need to survive, and some augments about religion, class and morals along the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The day of the Triffids
As just as good as when I first read it so many years ago. Obviously, it's dated with the passing of time but is still an excellent read.
Published 7 days ago by Graham Watkins
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Published 11 days ago by Mr. K. M. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking book revisited
A very easy read keeping you gripped in wonder as to now you might survive. Placing practical and moral dilemmas in your mind. Thoroughly enjoyed
Published 17 days ago by timmyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a Cracking Good Story
I saw the film years ago, and really enjoyed it, but didn't read the book. I really like the book, although I know the story from the film, the book obviously has so much more to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jackie
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is my second reading of 'The Day of The Triffids', I enjoyed it this time as much as I did the first time I read it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paula Mc
5.0 out of 5 stars Better late
Having first seen the Triffids in the movies back in 1962 and again in the 1981 BBC serialisation it was a case of better late than never reading the book in the 21st century. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DW
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did I wait so long.
This is a great story that has stemmed great sci-fi story's as a result. The frightening realism of his apocalyptic future is brilliant and made even better with the stereotypical... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Plants
It is an absolutely brilliant book. It's an excellent story and there needs to be more like it. It took me a while to get round to reading it however it is much better than I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nathaniel Plumtree
5.0 out of 5 stars Still fresh today as it was when it was written
The book deals what happens during a collapse of civilization and how the survivors rebuild. As we go into population overshoot as a result of declining world oil production... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eduardo
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