The Kraken Wakes

  • by John Wyndham
  • Narrated by Alex Jennings
  • 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Journalist Mike Watson and his wife, Phyllis, trace it back to the strange showering lights they noticed on the final day of their honeymoon cruise; lights which appeared to land and disappear into the water. Reports mount of similar sightings all over the world. Governments embark on missions to investigate the sea, but ships disappear and diving crews never return to the surface. Something deep in the ocean does not want to be disturbed.
The Kraken Wakes is a tale of humanity's efforts to resist alien invasion, narrated by Mike who unfolds the story as experienced by the couple - from the earliest signs of trouble, to the conflict between the sea-dwelling creatures and the human world. John Wyndham's classic science-fiction masterpiece is powerfully brought to life in this unabridged production. His other titles - The Midwich Cuckoos and The Day Of the Triffids - are also published as audiobooks by CSA Word.


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One of my favourites

I first came across this story as an extract we studied in English Lit at school many years ago. It intrigued me so much that, after speaking to my teacher, I immediately tracked down a copy of the full novel from the library to read. I wasn't disappointed.

I've been waiting for an audio version to appear and probably missed it because, as another reviewer says, John Wyndham's surname is spelled wrongly and won't appear if you carry out a surname search. I even phoned customer services to point it out, some time ago now, but it still hasn't been corrected.

Anyway. this is a very good narration of the story. Alex Jennings does a very good job. I particularly like his use of accents when referring to the US and USSR points of view. His use of voice and voices is very well done indeed. OK, some aspects of the story are somewhat dated now, but it's definitely a product of it's time. As a child of those times, I can appreciate that but it by no means spoils my appreciation of it. I enjoyed this retelling as much as my original reading all those years ago.

If I say any more, I'd spoil things for other listeners, so I won't.

More John Wyndham please!!

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- Anji Dale


I've always been a big John Wyndham fan and I love the way the story and the way it is structured and written

But on specific points on the audio books

- I love the musical interludes. It really adds a poignancy to the story

- I love the Alex Jenning's narration, and I would be more than happy listening to more of his recordings. The way he did all the different accents and voices was great.

Would be good to see this story become a movie
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- Malcolm

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2011
  • Publisher: CSA Word