The Kraken Wakes (Dramatised)

  • by John Wyndham
  • Narrated by Jonathan Cake, Saira Todd, David Fleeshman
  • 1 hrs and 26 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

John Wyndham's classic tale of monsters from the deep, alien invasion, and ecological disaster comes alive in this full-cast BBC radio dramatisation. At first, the fireballs seemed to be nothing more than a dazzling display of lights in the sky, plunging into the deepest oceans and disappearing without trace. But when ships started sinking inexplicably and the sea-lanes became impassable, it seemed that the world was facing a threat of unprecedented proportions.


What the Critics Say

"A shower of flaming meteorites disappears into the sea to re-emerge in horrific form, sucking down ships, attacking coastal towns and changing the direction of ocean currents so that the poles melt and the world begins to flood." (The Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wasn't sure ... but wow!

I wasn't sure what to expect with a 'dramatised' version of one of my favourite books by one of my favourite authors. Sure it was the BBC but...

I sure didn't want something that detracted from what I had already imagined. I usually buy unabridged and undramatised versions.

All I can conclude is wow.

Well done to the cast, writers, sound engineers and producers/directors. Thank you for sticking to the story, themes and atmosphere of the original.

I have added the rest of the set to my wishlist.
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- Paul Conder

A wonderful timeless story

The Kraken Wakes is one of my favourite books and this radio version doesn't disappoint. Obviously dated but still excellent.

Considering the book was written in the 1950's, amazing how even then John Wyndham saw the melting of the ice caps as causing an ecological disaster!
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- philip radley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-08-2007
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited