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The Kraken Wakes

By: John Wyndham
Narrated by: John Sackville
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Ships are sinking for no apparent reason, carrying hundreds to a dark underwater grave. Strange fireballs race through the sky above the deepest trenches of the oceans. Something is about to show itself, something terrible and alien, a force capable of causing global catastrophe.

©1953 John Wyndham (P)2022 Audible, Ltd

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Prophetic?

Sounds like a pre-glimpse of severe climate change. Considering how long ago this was written it seems horribly feasible.

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what a story!

The story of surviving an apocalypse, errifying and charming at the same time. the reader is wonderful

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Best of its kind

I found this story to be utterly captivating from start to finish.
The tone was perfect with plenty of British good humour and a certain twinkle throughout. The relationship between the narrator and his wife was beautifully handled and provided the perfect lens to see the events of the story through.
Some sci-fi from the Cold War Era feels very dated, but this does not.
The actual science it contains feels spot on and authentic, as do the consequences and subsequent reactions of the people and peoples involved.
John Sackville's narration is similarly pitched perfectly.
Loved it.

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Prescient Story

John Wyndham has a good understanding of human nature. It touches on many of the crises of our era.

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Scarily accurate to climate crisis

Another incredible book by John Wyndham. I can see why he’s such a massive influence. Still fresh today. I love the relationship the main characters have. It’s a little shocking how much this seems to be how journalism and politics play out today as well. So concise and clever.

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Brilliant

A great story from beginning to end a twist on The War of The Worlds but from the sea well worth the listen.

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A captivating listen

I read the book years ago, but listening to the story now, I’m startled by how relevant it is to our world now. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. Thanks Audible!!

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Another amazing book by Wyndam

Kraken Wakes is yet another brilliant end times battle for genetic supremacy story. Wyndam gold!

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A great read

Although the writing style is a bit stilted and dated I found this novel to be very well thought through.
I couldn't help seeing parallels with current events - Covid and global warming - and the ways in which Wyndham saw how people, the media and administrations handled the catastrophes.
I read most of Wyndham's books back in the Sixties and am really appreciating meeting up with them again, sixty years later.

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superb performance

Wyndham was so clever. the Kraken is well and truly here but he nailed this decades ago. one of the best performers I've encountered

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