The Night of the Triffids Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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On the Isle of Wight, a colony of survivors wakes to a world plunged into darkness. Before long, the triffids, thought safely out of the way on the mainland, attack....
In John Wyndham’s classic best seller The Day of the Triffids the world has been overwhelmed by killer plants. As the novel ends, Wyndham’s narrator scientist Bill Masen is escaping, with his wife and four-year-old son, to the Isle of Wight where a small colony of survivors is holding out. Simon Clark’s sequel picks up the story 25 years on.
The survivors are safe, for the time being at least, on their island, where they have continued efforts to combat the triffids, while also striving in various ways to build a new civilization. Elsewhere in the world, similar colonies cling to survival, while the triffids persist in their attempts to destroy humanity.
One morning Bill Masen’s son, David, now grown up, wakes to a world plunged into darkness. Now, the triffids have an advantage over humanity.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 27 minutes|
|Narrator||Sam Troughton, Nicola Bryant, Paul Clayton|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||24 August 2015|
|Publisher||Big Finish Productions|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 46,091 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
7 in Dramatisations
1,364 in Classic Literature
3,931 in Classic Literature & Fiction
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Obviously not written by John Wyndham , but a great follow on from Day of the Triffids
Set 20 yrs later, involving Bill Masen's son, the sky is darkening and the triffids return.
its action packed and a worthy successor to the original
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Writing style - it is written as a first-person narrative, very much like Wyndham's style - not exactly Wyndham, but pretty "near-as-dammit".
There were a few parts in the book which I felt were definitely not Wyndham's style - one notable example (for me) being where the lead character is planning how he is going to rescue his girlfriend. We are allowed to share his thoughts, and are subjected to his "Softly, softly, catchee monkey!" inner rationale. This grated upon me slightly because I'm used to Wyndham's more restrained, plodding style.
Having said that, Simon Clark is NOT John Wyndham, and I need to be realistic. I think that overall, he did a good job of making this feel like a believable sequel.
Story - we start on the Isle of Wight, where we are swiftly updated with events since the original volume ended, and provided with enough links to the previous story to keep us interested; ie the colony's development, and Bill Mason's family/achievements. Our location soon changes to Manhatton, however, where the bulk of the story takes place. Our narrator/protagonist is Bill Mason's son, David - thereby continuing to provide that link to the original. In many ways, David is very much like his father, and it is easy to sympathise with, and identify with him.
The story is definitely entertaining and gripping, gradually becoming more and more dramatic until the finale, where it starts to resemble a Bruce Willis movie, albeit an entertaining one. I suspect that Simon Clark was trying to give us a little more excitement, and a little more action - was he trying to develop Wyndham's original idea for a more modern readership?
I preferred the quiet, thoughtful pedestrian style of the original, however I'm not such a purist that I won't admit that I like this one too.
I don't really mind accepting this easy-to-read action-hero story as Clark's suggested sequel. He has done his homework and produced a believable plot to entertain us.
I think the best way to describe this book is that "Night of the Triffids" is to "Day of the Triffids" as the film "Aliens" is to "Alien". Same monsters, different style of story. And that's fine.
If you liked day of the Triffids give this a miss
That said I will use my best efforts here; the narrative is really about survival in the midst of disintegrating and dead society. Add into the mix a relatively unique plant the Triffid - that is large, venomous carnivorous, capable of locomotion, communication and shows a degree of intelligence.
__________ "Better eat my greens, before the greens eat me"_____________
Both books envision the apocalypse that follows from an almost universal blinding of the population after an extreme fall of brightly colour-laden meteorites - that somehow burns out the optic nerve. The Triffids had been used as a food crop, as a substitute for food oil (although in the TV serials the oil is petrol substitute). However, due to the resulting collapse of their careful management and harvesting. They then get loose from their `farms' and literally walk out; they became the killers of humankind. They are also happy to eat the resultant decaying remains. As the Triffids become more entrenched, they begin to squeeze any and all surviving human enclaves. Night of the Triffids is based some 25 years after the events ending in the first book as the narrative continues.