The Midwich Cuckoos (Village of the Damned)

read by Jeremy Clyde

Wyndham's 1957 novel justly deserves its 'classic' label, presciently proposing the startling idea of human artificial insemination - although in this instance brought about following alien visitation.

Perfectly capturing the mood of a comfortable mid-twentieth century English village, the tension and anticipation are famously terrifying and the implications of the story and its conclusion are profound and unsettling.

Jeremy Clyde's reading cannot be faulted. His characterisations are subtle and he brings considerable drama to the unfolding narrative. This is a gem.

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