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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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by Jack Finney

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On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovered an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms were taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loved — the world as he knew it.
First published in 1955, this


On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovered an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms were taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loved — the world as he knew it.
First published in 1955, this classic thriller of the ultimate alien invasion and the triumph of the human spirit over an invisible enemy inspired three major motion pictures.

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While Miles's patients start remarking about loved ones not seeming to be themselves, he merely chalks it up to paranoia. However, when he becomes witness to a distinct but subtle change in the personality of some townspeople, he and his friends realize something is afoot. Their fears are realized as they stumble upon faceless corpses and strange pods. But the "pod people" are spreading fast, and Miles is running out of places to hide and people to help him. 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. His lightly raspy and mature voice works perfectly through the first-person perspective of Miles. He captures the mood and adjusts his pitch, speed and tone accordingly. By the end of this production, listeners will believe they are listening to Miles himself and not just some narrator. A brief interview with Tabori at the end reveals that he's the son of Don Siegel, who directed the original 1957 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers. A Touchstone paperback. (July)

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Jack Finney was the author of the much-loved and critically acclaimed novel Time and Again, and its sequel, From Time to Time. Best known for his thrillers and science fiction, a number of his books were made into movies. Mr. Finney died in 1995.

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The Invasion of the Body Snatchers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a big fan of the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers, I enjoyed reading the 1955 novel on which it was based. Finney's book inspired Steven King in fact he wrote the introduction to my copy. The story is simple patients begin fearfully complaining to Doctor Miles Bennell that their loved ones have been replaced by identical duplicates. Bennell, dubious at first, begins to believe the assertions when he is confronted with more concrete evidence. The novel works by slowly building an eerie sense of foreboding. This isn't a typical horror book in fact I would qualify it more as science fiction. Finney errs by explaining a bit too much in the last third of the story, and the ending seems contrived -- the original film corrected this to a degree but still had a tacked-on happy ending at the studio's insistence. I enjoyed it, but it does feel somewhat dated and the plot doesn't really hold together well down the stretch. NOTE: Finney re-wrote portions of the book in the mid-1970s, moving the story from the fictional Santa Mira to the real-life town of Mill Valley, California, and some plot details were changed as well. I read the revised version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scarier than the movie versions and they were both great
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall, the story was pretty good. The first 50 pages started out kinda slow. It had it's few suspenseful moments, but all-in-all it was an enjoyable read. It was no edge-of-your-seat thriller, but it was pretty good. I liked the idea of the pods and the importance of the pods and what happens to the people later. I keep in consideration that this story was written in the 1950's so maybe that has something to do with it's mild-intensity. If this story was written today, it may have been more intense with blood or gore. Who knows, but overall I was pleased. I never for one moment wanted to stop reading it because of boredom. It kept my interest peaked. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. With Barnes & Noble standards that means it's ok but not great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dont you want to know how it feels like to think that your loved ones are not actually what you think they appear to be? They are aliens who tooken over their bodies. And had planned to take over the world? Wouldnt you like to know how that'll feel like? Well this book is amazing for that, it builds up alotta suspense in this story, alotta freaky things happen in this book. The major theme for the dominant way of looking at life in this book is that life is short, some pretty freaky unexpected things can happen. The significant characters of the story is Dr. Miles Bennell, a local doctor, sotic health inspector, who finds a rash of patients accusing their loved ones of being impostors and discovers that the people of his home city are being replaced by simulations grown from plantlike pods, perfect physical duplicates that kill and dispose of their human victims. Another significant character is Becky, the one who tells Dr. Miles about Wilma and her not thinking that her loved ones, which is her uncle and aunt, are acting like themselves lately. And how this case ever gotten opened up with. She is like Dr. Miles assistant or sidekick in this investigation. Another character is Dr. Dan Kaufman, the town's only psychiatrist, indifferent doctor, who also has had a number of troubling referrals in the past few weeks, and who dismisses the cases of delusional paranoia as in 'epidemic mass hysteria'. Another character Jack Belicec, an intellectual friend of Dr. Miles, who asks Dr. Miles and Becky to come over. He shows them both a strange, corpse-like cadaver lying on his pool table-with an unfinished, half-formed, mannequin-like humanoid face and no fingerprints. The setting of this story is significant to the story because it shows that the setting which is California, LA. Is a normal, peaceful, quiet place and that anything could unexpectedly happen to a kind of place like that. It has some relative importance to the story. A different setting for this story wouldn't make it possible to work. This story can work with any setting whatsoever. The major conflict or controversy in this story is between the people who knows what has been going on and are trying to find out how in an investigation and the aliens or whatever they're called whom replaced the bodies of the characters' loved one. The writer, Jack Finney, likes to use dark elements of evil, and he uses suspense alot, because he wants to make his readers want to know what happens next. He uses some flashbacks in the story. Suspense he uses of how the ending is going to turn out like. The author uses this time of element to give readers, and get them hooked on this book and interested. The significance to the character and the overall story/point of the author is that Dr. Miles Bennell plays a good part in trying to find out what's wrong with the investigation and the people who say that their loved ones have been replaced by aliens and at the same time he's trying to rekindle his romantic/love life with Becky. This book is a 1st point of view, you can only see through Dr. Miles mind. The narrator is full reliable, the point of view cannot be changed. The author did everything well, I really liked this book and I recommend to book to anyone who likes suspense and crime investigation kinds of book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dr. Miles Bennell is a small town practitioner in a small town in the middle of no where in California with one road in and out, either way. He is confronted by his nurse and several people in town with a sudden epidemic. Everyone is not the same anymore. Becky Driscoll (Miles' highschool girlfriend) has an uncle, Uncle Ira, who came down with this 'disease' only his middle aged neice, Wilma, can notice. With this in mind, everyone else comes down with this sickness that only close friends notice. Soon enough, Becky and Miles are on the run in a Sci-fi horror classic. A must read for science fiction junkies. Drink and enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is this not available as a nook book???
Guest More than 1 year ago
So far I am on page 50 and some interesting stuff is starting to happen. This is my first 'sci-fi' and right now it's not too bad. It started out a little slow, but then some interesting events have started happening so now my interest is peaked. Not an edge of the seat thriller so far, but pretty good nonetheless. I will rate again once I am finished.