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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Finney Narrator: Kristoffer Tabori Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455187461
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On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovers an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms are taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loves—the world as he knows it. Miles knows the invasion is linked to the mysterious seed pods that have been turning up everywhere—and the pod people are spreading fast.

This classic 1955 thriller of the triumph of the human spirit over an invisible enemy inspired the acclaimed 1956 film, directed by Don Siegel and named one of Time magazine’s 100 Best Films. Blackstone’s edition is read by Don Siegel’s son, actor-director Kristoffer Tabori, an Emmy® and Audie® Award winner, and concludes with the narrator’s insider reminiscences of his father’s work on the film.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Finney’s classic tale of alien invasion is recreated anew with more terror than the book or the film. Tabori delivers a performance that will chill listeners with his intensity and sense of urgency…By the end of this production, listeners will believe they are listening to Miles himself and not just some narrator.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Reader Tabori delivers a chillingly intense performance creating mounting terror with the carefully controlled volume of his voice. This classic SF/horror story has gone through several incarnations on the screen, but none compare to Finney’s original story; and with Tabori’s brilliantly strong reading, it remains an icon in its genre.”

    Kliatt (starred review)

  • “This science fiction classic is expertly narrated by Kristoffer Tabori, who reads the first-person narrative with gritty intensity that will remind listeners of a noir detective novel…Tabori’s narration captures the earthiness of the main character, Miles, who is ever smart and practical no matter how strange things get.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 2/17/2014

    " When I saw that a Nicole Kidman movie was coming out based on "Invasion", I had to re-read the classic. This is such a great, quick read. I have always appreciated it's simplicity. You don't need gory aliens or ray guns to make a good, scary alien story. All you need are aliens who can turn you into pod people when you are defenseless, doing something you can't avoid (sleeping). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russell Young | 2/14/2014

    " Suspenseful story, interesting characters, logical story. The quintessential formula. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 2/9/2014

    " A quick fun read, almost as cheesy as the movies! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bj | 2/8/2014

    " Fantastic! Though there's one big change in the film versions that was much for the better. No spoilers here. But, the movie's story line is a bit more satisfying in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry K | 2/7/2014

    " A classic. A really great book; my only criticism is that it slows at the end and the ending feels tacked on a bit, but well worth the read. If you know anything about the McCarthy era or have an interest in said era this is a must. I think this can also be seen as commentary on today's group think tea party crazies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya Cassingham | 2/4/2014

    " I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this classic sci-fi novel. It's well written and immediately draws you in. Interestingly, the story was written in the mid-50s but is set in the mid-70s although the tone seems more 50s to me. There are probably some "futuristic" aspects and now I wish I'd paid more attention to those details. When I picked it up to read I didn't think the story would affect me at all, but it actually creeped me out to the point that I had trouble sleeping after reading it at bedtime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 1/20/2014

    " Has your paranoia been lagging lately? Just pick this one up, then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/13/2014

    " 4.5 This was so much fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimba | 11/10/2013

    " This definitely had the feel of cold war paranoia. It is rife with anxiety and tension and this, in my opinion, is what truly terrifies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 11/7/2013

    " This book is creepy fun. Much better than the movies, of course. Finney is really good at building suspense and not letting things out too quickly. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 10/16/2013

    " I was amazed at how well this book held up--it's over 50 years, but it still felt like the majority of it could have been written today. I found myself jumping at suspenseful parts, and it was pretty great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 9/18/2013

    " Different than I expected - its an interesting story as well as parts that were very creepy. This was my Halloween read this year, was glad I picked it out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 9/7/2013

    " Suspenseful tale about a subtle yet malevolent alien invasion in a California town. Story succeeds as it builds from quiet, peaceful, smalltown happiness to delusion, paranoia, and horror. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 3/30/2013

    " What a great story and a true classic. I found myself comparing it to the two movies, and found that, while I liked the hopeless endings presented in the movies, I really like the message of hope found in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 3/24/2013

    " Very nicely written. Quite different from the film, but in a good way. The way it was narrated, I could almost see it in my head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg of A2 | 2/28/2013

    " A great classic and terrifying science fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Daniszewski | 9/8/2012

    " Not a serious read, but certainly a fun one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wingedmonkey | 7/30/2012

    " My star rating is entirely based on teenaged-me's reaction to this story when he first read it *cough-cough* years ago. I have not read it since then! Perhaps I should return to it someday to see if it holds up at all to adult me. At any rate. Yes. Teen-me totally enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 7/7/2012

    " It's surprisingly effective. Whatever the unnamed thing we're afraid of in a given time, the idea that you suddenly don't know and can't trust people you've known your whole life is pretty real and pretty scary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy Frankham-Allen | 5/9/2012

    " A stunning piece of work. Clever, intelligent, humorous, and downright scary in places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Shorten | 1/31/2012

    " a really good book and so different from the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff French | 1/30/2012

    " A classic! Finney keeps the story fast-paced and eerie. I had to Google dancing mania and the Mattoon Maniac to see if they were real. Sure enough, they are. Fascinating stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katya Kinzler | 1/14/2012

    " Very engaging and kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time! Fast moving, fun read, if you like science fiction... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 4/26/2011

    " Not a serious read, but certainly a fun one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 4/24/2011

    " A stunning piece of work. Clever, intelligent, humorous, and downright scary in places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 11/3/2010

    " Fun read! Suspenseful, but not scary. Still kind of chilling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don't | 9/18/2010

    " It's considered "soft science fiction." The best part about this book is that it has the 1970's feel to it as well as incredible descriptions. Now I see the humor in the movie "Cocoon." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 8/19/2010

    " Definitely deserving of its status as a classic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cody | 8/12/2010

    " we finally found out the aliens weakness - covering them with gasoline and setting them on fire "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 7/1/2010

    " I listened to this while driving to Oregon. It was very creepy but the ending is more hopeful than the movie versions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Konnersdad | 6/17/2010

    " A nice little thiller that's held up well over the years "

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