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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!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful