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Summary

Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn't look outside anymore.

Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors. The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there. She might let them in. The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall. Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them. Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.

©2014 Josh Malerman (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A book that demands to be read in a single sitting, and through the cracks between one's fingers. There has never been a horror story quite like this. Josh Malerman truly delivers" (Hugh Howey bestselling author of )

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Possibly one of my favourite books in a long time!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and felt immersed in the story. Katharine the narrator is excellent and I really believed the characters and voices of the children. I actually got goosebumps at the end of the story. Loved every minute of this audio book.

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  • Helen
  • Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
  • 31-01-17

Disappointing in so many ways

Didn't enjoy this at all. The narration was fine but the story was full of holes. The premise was promising enough - some sort of "phenomenon" that seems to devastate the whole world - but the author never really gets into what or why. I got the feeling that he just didn't have the answer so just avoided it. Plenty of speculation from the various characters, but I would have liked more depth on what actually happened and how the human race could prevail. I didn't feel any sense of dread and didn't care what happened to any of the characters. I mostly left waiting for ANYTHING to happen to move the story along. It wasn't horror, it wasn't scary, it wasn't creepy and the ending was just frustrating.

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Pants

What disappointed you about Bird Box?

Was very disappointed with this I have not listened to the end I think it was a mixture of narrator and very slow story

What will your next listen be?

Joseph Delaney

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was horrendous

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No redeeming qualities

Any additional comments?

Can I swap it

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I am totally gripped!

What a great horror/psychological suspense novel.

It is a chilling story! As the world as we know it falls prey to an apocalyptic plague of suicidal, murderous behaviour triggered by glimpsing an unknown creature, Malorie must do all she can to survive. DO NOT OPEN YOUR EYES!

I have half an hour left until the end of the book and I don't want it to end! It is so gripping and will have you on the edge of your seat with anxiety for the characters involved.

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A chore

The book could have been 1/3 of the length if the writer did not over-use the extremely irritating technique of repeating what feels like every other sentence / phrase over and over again. This is exacerbated by the narrator droning through the story making the whole thing seem unbearably long.

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gripping from start to finish,

brilliant book. well read, grips you right from the beginning, the characters you either love or hate,

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A gripping tale.

a well told and captivating story which brings vivid images to life. A new take on the blinded people/leathal aggressor scenario as seen in John Wyndham's Day of The Triffids.

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  • Baz94
  • United Kingdom
  • 16-01-19

Potential, but not as good as expected.

This story had a lot of potential but unfortunately there are countless potholes and mistakes.
But even so, it was still an interesting story and worth listening to/reading.

The Narration... Unfortunately the Naration (To me) was very monotoned and not very good at all.
I am not knocking Katherine Mangold but on this occasion, her work wasn't brilliant.
My wife heard a bit and actually thought it was a computer generated voice as it was that flat.

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Really enjoyable.

Different from the film both equally as enjoyable but almost like 2 stories that reflect each other. My first audio. Very good.

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I thought the film was great till I read the book

Love it, I was picturing Sandra Bullock actor as the story was read. few bits I got lost when it jumps forward and back but really enjoyed it.