• The Day of the Triffids

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 23-11-2009
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: CSA Word
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (20 ratings)

Publisher's 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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3 out of 5 stars
By Zakgirl on 12-01-2018

Post-apocalyptic science fiction

"You don't seriously suggest they are talking when they make that rattling noise." Do you John Wyndham?

After reading John's book I felt a bit spooked. The wind picked up, the thunder rolled, and finally the pitter patter of rain sounded like Triffid's titter-tattling as they do. I wondered if somehow this apocalyptic Sci-Fi was about to take one paraphyletic leap out of Wyndam's novel and sting and snip away my reality. That's how this book made me feel. I can't explain it. I hardly understood it but I liked it.

Having been made to read this book many years ago for school - I was not impressed by it then, and cheatingly wrote the required book report for the teacher - you know how that goes: read the blurb, read a few paragraphs here and there, read a bit in the middle and the last chapter; generally read as little as possible then guess and write what the teacher wanted to hear. I'd hated that book (and reading in general). My how things change. Reading it again now as an adult has changed my whole perception. I will be reading it again :) Fun read.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-08-2017

Great story

the Narrator was great! really enjoyed the story and the characters. Woyld recommend this book

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5 out of 5 stars
By Noe on 24-12-2009

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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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Ben on 22-02-2017

annoying music between each chapter.

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

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2 out of 5 stars
By uksub on 12-03-2015

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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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 23-09-2017

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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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