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On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovers an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms are taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loves, and the world as he knows it.

This classic 1955 thriller of the triumph of the human spirit over an invisible enemy inspired the acclaimed 1956 film, directed by Don Siegel and named one of Time magazine's 100 Best Films. Blackstone's edition is read by Don Siegel's son, actor-director Kristoffer Tabori, an Emmy and Audie Award winner, and concludes with the narrator's insider reminiscences of his father's work on the film.

©1955, 1983 Jack Finney (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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  • Nominee, 2008 Audie Award, Science Fiction

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  • Randall
  • 25-04-2009

GOOD READ

Old, dated but a classic, and must read.

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  • Charles Grey
  • 04-05-2018

The Perfect Alien Invasion Story

There are many fine examples of this kind of alien-as-doppelgänger tale, for example Heinlein’s ‘The Puppet Masters’ or John W. Campbell’s ‘Who Goes There?’ But I think this is the best of the bunch. The quality of the writing, the crisp dialogue, the masterful evocation of the strange and terrible in the midst of the ordinary and mundane, and the steadily building sense of dread and menace that characterize this short piece of fiction place it in the first rank of 20th-Century science fiction/horror novels. I first read this in high school and in the decades since it has still not lost its ability to captivate me. My appreciation for it has only grown over the years.

As far as the reading goes, you could not ask for a better performance. Kristoffer Tabori really brings the text to life for the listener.

This is the perfect audiobook for a long nighttime drive. It will definitely keep you awake.

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  • Bella Footsie
  • 13-11-2017

classic, stands the test of time

this book kept me at the edge of my seat. I actually enjoyed being in traffic. the story was great, the suspense...i just can't say anything bad about this book. yes it's the cliche "something bad is happening and nobody believes it".... But it still feels fresh. the narrator did a great job. excited when needed to be excited. calm when he needed to be calm. the only thing is that I could tell the narrator (by his voice) was much older than the character.

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  • Granthum
  • 05-10-2017

A timeless classic

After all this time it's still a chilling, paranoid, and suspenseful story. Finney"s writing does get clunky at times, but overall a great story. Tabori's narration is faultless, so I highly recommend the audible version over the print version. Enjoy!

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  • Linda M. Harp
  • 12-11-2015

Classic

Loved this one! What self-respecting child of the 70's doesn't love IBS! This audio version was just as gripping and scary thanks to Mr. Tabori! Wonderful job!

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  • Thomas
  • 18-11-2007

Classic Fun

Very fun and exciting read. It really does "grab hold of you" from the beginning and doesnt let go. Jack Finney is an amazing writer, and it almost seems like such a "campy" horror story is beneath his skills, but it just works so well. It's fast paced and thrilling, but it also has that 50's "black and white detective story" flare to it.

This is a fun and easy listen... the production was good and the narration was especially well done. The reader does a great job capturing the mood of the characters....something that might be lost in a straight read.

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  • Jenna
  • 13-01-2009

Warning!

Do not start this audiobook unless you have 6hrs free to sit and listen! You'll be snagged in the first 5 minutes and it won't let you go. Finney's writing style is fluid and captivating. The narrator must also be commended...phenomenal job! My favorite audiobook thus far.

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  • Vincent H. Bartning
  • 15-12-2017

better than expected!

the story takes place locally for me. In addition, it's very somewhat from the movie versions.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 26-05-2016

The Pod People

DIAL PHONES
An excellent Sci-Fi Horror. It is amazing how scary a writer can get without gore, very little violence, no sex and no swearing. I am not a prude, I love sex and violence, just surprised, how much can be accomplished without these old stand-bys. I thought it was funny when the main character complained about the fast new society, with its new fangled inventions like dial phones. This is a masterpiece, don't let the time it was written hold you back. At least three movies have been made from this and they are good, but the book is also good. This has to be one of the more imaginative invasions every written.
Narrator is excellent.

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  • Jason
  • 11-06-2007

Sci-Fi Pulp

While writing this review, I would be amiss to not mention Heinlein’s “Puppet Master’s” which preceded it, or the 3 direct interpretations that followed it in the late 50’s, 70’s and 90’s. Not to mention the uncountable knockoff’s, the good and bad, and homage’s that this book and the aforementioned titles, inspired. They gave voice to a growing paranoia that was beginning to be understood in the 50’s with the cold war heating up. It asked such questions as, can you trust your neighbor? Can you trust your family and friends? Are they who they say they are? Are YOU who you say you are? Deeper than McCarthyism and the Red Scare, in spite of itself or with full intention, this pulp novel dug its heels into its subject matter and tackled such ideas the only way good sci-fi can, through speculation.

In listening to 6 plus hours straight through I was impressed with this overall. There are minor quibbles that must be mentioned, that it does have some weaker moments and may drag a little. It must also be said this was published in 1955 and is dated a bit, in tone, (the same can be said of "War of the Worlds" for example). One must expect that. The characters can be seen as being 1 dimensional and the main character makes leaps in logic that make little sense, or the opposite and not putting 2 and 2 together faster. These are very minor narrative criticisms, despite these, the novel flows well and has a surprisingly fast pace to it. The Narrator also is spot on and keeps your attention riveted. A very minor complaint is that he can, momentarily, be “overenthusiastic” and can be quite excitable, but still a very good narration.

I would recommend this as a paranoia suspense sci-fi thriller and a study of the Pulp 1950’s era that is still with us today and just as relevant but keep in mind the minor flaws
Enjoyable listen overall.

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  • DarkSkies
  • 04-05-2015

Classic story told well.

The production values are all that let this book down which is a shame as the performance is great. The dates are altered to move the story into the seventies but when you hear it you can't help but be in 1950s America. The ending of the book is different from the filmic endings I have seen and perhaps not as strong but all the sense of dread and abnormalities hidden amongst the everyday is here. Well worth a listen.

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