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Publisher's Summary

Matthew is a normal 11-year-old boy living with his parents and little sister in Surrey. He's too old and sensible to have an imaginary friend really. Yet when Matthew's parents keep finding him talking and arguing with a strange presence whom Matthew calls Chocky, that's what they believe it must be…at first. But Chocky is oddly sinister, and keeps asking Matthew all sorts of complicated questions about the world and making him behave in unusual and erratic ways. Then Matthew suddenly does something heroic, well beyond his capabilities; the media become interested and the interest in Matthew widens. His parents refer him to a psychologist. Who is Chocky? And what could he or she want with their son?

©1968 John Wyndham (P)2013 Canongate Books Ltd

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Thought provoking and well read

If you could sum up Chocky in three words, what would they be?

Interesting. Humbling. Hopeful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chocky. Because she's Chocky.

Which character – as performed by Daniel Weyman – was your favourite?

The little sister. Very funny segues about her pony.

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

Yes. And I did, but I have listened a number of times.

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John Wyndham novels tend to be thought-provoking. With Daniel Weyman, it's just like having a really smart friend around all the time who wants to read you a story. THE BEST of everything right there - a good story and a good narrator, and you get to have a good think too.

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  • Nic
  • 09-03-2020

My new favourite Wyndham book

Excellent book and we'll ahead of its time, containing a number of interesting philosophical issues wrapped in a amazing story.

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what a book what a reader

loved the book
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couldn't recommend enough
well worth the listen

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Chocky. Not bad.

My least fav Wyndham novel but still worth a read if you like his style.

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  • colleen
  • 16-05-2015

Impressed

This book was written in the 60's but reads like it was published yesterday. I loved it. Original, fascinating and hard to put down. Not as action packed as modern sci-fi and I wish it ran longer but I'm not complaining. I'm going to check out a few other titles from the same author.

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  • Darryl
  • 24-02-2013

very good no-tech novel

I liked this partially due to the fact there is no tech involved. for the most part it is applicable to everyday life in the ?s surrounding the imaginary friend of the boy. well written and not drawn out. it has a story and sticks to it, something modern writers who go on for hundreds of pages before arriving nowhere should learn from. (are you listening Stephen King, Peter Straub? etc.)

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  • Sharon
  • 03-11-2013

Imaginative story well told

I have never read this story but enjoyed other outings by John Wyndham, so I thought… why not? I am glad I did.

NARRATOR – The narrator does an excellent job of keeping this story together. His voice differentiation is great so there is no confusion. His accents are appropriate and inflections keep the story moving along without being overly dramatic. Very well done.

STORY – A story that adds a new dimension to the usual nasty imaginary friend dross. I kept on expecting the nastiness that often accompanies these stories but it didn’t happen, thank goodness. The story was well written and had good character development. I even felt a bit sorry for the oh so superior Chocky. It had some interesting ideas in it too.

I would recommend this book unreservedly.

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  • Mark
  • 19-02-2016

Highly Entertaining!

If you like science fiction just buy the book already. It was great when I read it years ago, and it is now great in the audio-book format too.

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  • amy
  • 19-11-2013

unexpectedly fun and memorable

Would you listen to Chocky again? Why?

maybe, I hesitate because I don't have enough time for the 'next' book/podcast, etc, not bec of the book. It was superb!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I related best to the dad (though I'm a mom) & connected w/the worrying-mom but not surprisingly, loved best the main child character, Matthew.

What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?

Daily listening on the way home from school was an unexpected treat for ME and my 10 year old too. I felt that the narrator was really excellent. I like to not notice a narrator, but ow I'll look for him.

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

no

Any additional comments?

really a great book on so many levels, especially to be enjoyed by the young reader. But the bond that I enjoy w/my son after and during this 'read' is best of all. Its sticks w/you.

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  • ryan masingale
  • 10-02-2020

very good

I quite enjoyed this from John Wyndham. if you have read any of his others, give his one a try.

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  • Tyler Tanner
  • 19-03-2019

Nice Find

A voice in a child's head turns out to be real. Because this was first published in 1963, I thought this was going to be a bit dated and formulaic and I was pleasantly surprised to find some nice twists. The book clips along nicely thanks to Daniel Weyman's superb narration and his vocal range when playing different roles. My only criticism is that here are some decisions that the characters make that strain credulity but those can easily be overlooked. After reading this and The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham has been my favorite find while pursuing the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list / challenge. Now I plan on going through his entire canon. Definitely recommend if you haven't heard of him already.

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  • Alan
  • 14-03-2013

Too good

I read all the John Wyndam novels when I was younger, having had the Chrysalids as a set book in school. I have all the unabridged John Wyndham novels already on audio book and was therefore extremely pleased when Chocky came out. Didn't know Daniel Weyman (the reader is crucial in my opinion) so after Googling and finding he had won awards I purchased the audio book. My only complaint was that it was so good I finished within two days - now I've run out of good audio again!

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  • Kaggy
  • 23-02-2016

A view through Chocky's eyes

A young boy begins to talk about having an invisible friend. The family are rightly concerned but have experienced this kind of thing before, so expect it will just go away. Gradually it is revealed that this friend, named Chocky, is chillingly different.

John Wyndham was described, somewhat unflatteringly, as the Master of the cosy catastrophe. Certainly this story seems to fit the bill. The family are the epitome of middle class Britain in the 1950s. Daddy is an accountant and Mummy is a housewife educated to degree standard, but is content to clear the dining table, helped by her young daughter, while father and son have a man-to-man chat about important family problems. The alien visitation and possible possession are handled in a very stiff upper lip kind of way, with only a slight wobble from Mummy, and anybody who is looking for a rip roaring kind of plot will not find it here. What I did enjoy was the insight into life in the middle part of the last century. As we are now, people were concerned about mankind’s dependency on a degenerating asset, the Earth’s resources, but remained cynical about our ability to tackle the problem in a mire of corruption and big business vested interests. These are big problems but Chocky is mainly a moving and tender story revolving around a family’s undying love for their adopted son and their desire to protect, but also to understand what is happening to him.

John Wyndham is a master storyteller and some of the most frightening things happen when our cosy lives are threatened. For this reason his science fiction continues to be relevant despite all the social and technological changes we have gone through. Daniel Weyman reads this story with admirable restraint and portrays the father’s compassion for his boy with perfection.

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  • Miko
  • 12-05-2018

Not at all what I expected

I’m constantly looking for quality science fiction literature performed by British narrators (I tend to find them easiest on the ears despite my own accent being Canadian), and I enjoyed Day of The Triffids, so this book has been on my radar for some time. I was reluctant to try it, though, as I had the impression it was horror and was going to be too disturbing for me - this couldn’t have been farther from reality! I’m so glad I finally decided to take the gamble; I found the story entertaining, thought-provoking, and, given when it was written, ahead of its time. Daniel Weyman was a joy to listen to, as always. I do hope he narrates more science fiction in the future.

All in all, I’m very pleased with this addition to my audible library and I’d recommend Chocky to anyone with an interest in science fiction or speculative fiction.

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  • Katherine
  • 28-06-2014

Brilliantly engaging, perfect science fiction

What did you like most about Chocky?

Chocky is a perfect example of an exploration of a single science fiction idea, where the extraterrestrial element, the existence of Chocky, is explained to the point of plausibility but the real focus of the book is how the world react to it, even without knowing it exists.

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This short book is exciting and engaging from start to finish and leaves you feeling both satisfied but still questioning the issues it brings up. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether you enjoy science fiction or not.

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  • Rosie Black
  • 17-02-2019

Classic Wyndham - recommended

Perhaps my biggest criticism of this book is the title. "Chocky" evokes either childishness or tones of b-movie schlock, where in fact this story is Wyndham's usual blend of an ordinary setting with an added unsettling factor that continues to provoke thought long after you've finished the novel. I first read this many years ago as a child having been loaned it by a teacher at my primary school to whom I'd mentioned my love of classic sci fi (and Wyndham in particular), and it was a delight to rediscover it again now in audio form. The narrator got that 1950s middle class father delivery just right, and it really suits the story. If you're a Wyndham fan, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 12-08-2015

chocky

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I loved the tv serial chocky and later chocky;s children and chocky's challenge and decided to try to book,.
I wasn't disappointed. told by Mathew's father all the elements I had seen on the tv screen were there which shows how good the story is.
Daniel weyman did an excellent job of performing the book.

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  • Frankieboy
  • 08-11-2018

very interesting storylines

Love John Wyndham novel this is a very good story I did not think I would like it. But it was very good very middle class.enjoyed it very much

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  • R. T.
  • 14-06-2015

An outstanding story.

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

Yes, for me, this is near perfect science fiction.

What did you like best about this story?

John Wydham's reserved non-sensational style is so very powerful and convincing.

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

Brought tears several times.

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  • Treesy
  • 17-05-2018

Ok...

Not as exciting as it sounded and the narrator got a little annoying after a while

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  • WoodWild
  • 19-03-2015

Standalone story

In the years this book has been out it has had many covers, many blurbs and none do it justice, and for that reason I didn't bother with it for a long time...wrong....great story and uncommonly upbeat for the genre.

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