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David Strorm's father doesn't approve of Angus Morton's unusually large horses, calling them blasphemies against nature. Little does he realise that his own son, his niece Rosalind and their friends have their own secret aberration that would label them as mutants. But as David and Rosalind grow older it becomes more difficult to conceal their differences from the village elders. Soon they face a choice: wait for eventual discovery or flee to the terrifying and mutable Badland.... 

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'.

©1955 John Wyndham (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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an old favourite

This is an old favourite revisited. It is much better than I remember from my teenage years... perhaps now I am mature enough to understand the emotions better.

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One of the best stories I’ve ever heard.

This book is going straight to the top of my favourites it’s that fantastic. It was written a long time ago but it feels as if it could’ve been written yesterday. It’s so hard to describe & other reviewers do a much better job than I do. All ill add is that It’s got an amazing kind of fantasy world morality to it that makes you think deeply about the way you view cultures & the people in them without being at all preachy or contrived.

The narrator is equally as brilliant & does a phenomenal job at conveying every emotion whilst still being even keeled. I can’t think of a single thing he could’ve done better. I will not only be checking out other books by this author, I’ll also be on the look out for other books read by this narrator.

10/10 on all front!

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Wow! Fabulous

I’ve just gotta say it…this book is wonderful! I’m a little shocked that a book written in 1955 can feel so fresh and relevant. I’ve read John Wyndhams other books (Day of the Triffids, Midwich Cuckoos, Trouble with Lichen etc) and those ones feel a little dated. But The Chrysalids was a complete surprise. A wonderful story and absolutely beautifully narrated, it’s definitely going on my Favourite Book list. I love everything about it…thanks so much Audible for putting it in the Plus Catalogue.

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A New Way to Enjoy an Old Classic

I’ve loved John Wyndham’s book since discovering sci-fi as a teenager. I am so surprised at how current the themes of the story still are. Would highly recommend it!

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  • 21-01-2022

a great classic!

What a fantastic story.
I read the book in parallel and when I couldn't read, O listened, and when I couldn't listen, I read.
highly recommended. Reid's narration really does the book justice too 😊

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Bloody brilliant!

I have never read this book but it’s on par with The Day off the Triffids.
Great narrator too.

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Very interesting story

I listened to The Triffids and thought I'd find something else to listen to by John Wyndham. This didn't disappoint. Quite a lovely and sometimes harrowing story.

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A great performance of a classic!

This is the book that inspired my love of science fiction/fantasy. The actor does a terrific job.

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Great story

Well read, classic story, still frightening in its concept.
I really enjoyed it well done.

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I remember this from the BBC radio play

I remember this from the BBC Radio play decades ago. I was struck how much of it had stuck with me all those years. A prophetic writer

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  • littlemisspee
  • 27-11-2021

Enthralling Tale of Celebrating Difference

Loved listening to The Chryslids. Despite being written in the 50’s this is a timely allegory of a world that is all too familiar. Where differences are feared and reviled by the narrow minded. The humanity in the lead characters burst through as did the fear, anger and hatred of the antagonists. The story is beautifully performed by Noah Reid. His warm and gentle narration nurtures the listener through some very tense and sometimes upsetting content. I was gripped throughout. Thoroughly recommend.

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  • Rosemary White
  • 03-12-2021

Timeless

Although this book was published nearly 70 years ago, it stands up really well and is quite remarkable. It's story is in the far future after an apparent nuclear war and its consequences, possibly John Wyndham was considering the potentials of the cold war that was threatening the world in those post WWII years. Very plausible forward thinking and not beyond our current potential future even now, though by different causes. I discovered this author in high school and his work provoked my love of sci fi; to be able to imagine a future and then communicate that in fantastic detail in book or film form is a wonderful skill. The narrator, Noah Reid, who I haven't heard before, gave a brilliant performance which added to my enjoyment. Very highly recommended. I'm off to listen to another John Wyndham book!

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  • Julie
  • 07-12-2021

Had such a long term affect on me.

I last read this book in 1976, I was 16yrs old, along with the rear of my tutor Group. I don't know how they found it although they said it was good. I don't know why but I have thought of it often over the years. I found it accidentally on Audio & till thought it brilliant. I am now 61. The narrative was brilliant also. Thank you.

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  • Marspain
  • 04-12-2021

Very different

A very different type of story that evokes some deep thinking, worth a listen !

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  • Grandma Julie
  • 04-12-2021

Timeless read

I've read this book many times since Doing my chest English lit and other John Wyndham books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-2021

why is this book not more well known!

what an interesting story! I can't believe it was published in the 1950s, it's very modern and unique. the narration is brilliant and I'm amazed that it's not more well known. it would also make an amazing film! I'd definitely read more books by this author. thank you audible!

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  • Nick Stevens
  • 26-01-2022

Imaginative science fiction at its best

I we evolve who claims purity? This story explores the consciences of a world out of control with mutant strains.

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  • Elliot Edward Smith
  • 25-01-2022

Excellent!

Loved it. First read this book over 40 years ago. Wonderful to revisit it. love Audible!

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  • L. H. De Laune
  • 21-01-2022

Classic revisited & didn’t disappoint

It’s been a joy to be able to hear the full catalogue of John Wyndham genius 40 years after first discovering them. Unlike so many others these stand the test of time & are just as enthralling & engaging as when I first read them. The Chrysalids is incredible when you think of JW’s foresight & imagination!
Thank you Audible for making them available.

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  • jessycamden
  • 20-01-2022

This is John Wyndham’s best book ... well done!

An excellent performance of a terrific piece of science fiction. I loved this when I first read it in my early teens and I’ve re-read it more than once. The audible version does not disappoint. Terrific!

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