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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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Different Take on an Apocolyptic Tale.

I really liked this... I wanted to listen before I watched the film. The book is (as always) so much better than the book. The narrator in this instance does a great job.. I was with her all the way. great variations in the characters voices and believable!!
I love the way the writer takes us on the journey, I felt I was there all the way.. I don't want to say to much as I’m aware of spoilers. Great novel, Great characters, Great story and a really interesting take on the end of the world as we know it... I've an Apocolyptic addiction and this hit the spot.

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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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Good, but....

This was a good story, but I didn't enjoy the narration. Make sure you click on the "sample" before purchasing. She's not terrible, but just not good. The story itself is really good.

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Intriguing horror with a sub par performance

I’m not saying the narrator is bad. She is not. However she brings nothing to the table, and does nothing to enhance the experience. Often sounding fed up, or bored with the material, she makes no effort to portray the emotions, tone, nuances of the characters dialogue. This story has tremendous potential for a narrator to bring the story to life, yet Catharine Mangold misses the mark so frequently during tense or exciting moments that it often becomes tedious. I was surprised to find out she is an actor. Well Miss Mangold, I beg to differ! Otherwise, a thoroughly enjoyable story with plenty of suspense and subtle horror. For all of you that complain that nothing happens, I recommend a closer examination of the story, or failing that, go back to your jump scare driven, subtle as a brick to the dome - shock horror, and stop review bombing fine literature just because you lack an imagination and thus the capacity to appreciate the understated. I truly pity you.

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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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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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Inconsistencies and a Monotonous Narrator

I fancied listening to this book because I enjoyed the film “A Quiet Place” and the premise of this story looked to be in a similar vein. It turned out that the story didn’t work as well as I’d like and I wasn’t sorry to reach the end. The first problem was the narrator’s rather monotonous tone which didn’t immerse you into the story. There were times when you didn’t know who was supposed to be speaking, no emotion injected into the dialogue, and this helped to make the story drag along. There were also inconsistencies, not limited to finding bodies in an advanced state of decomposition, yet their pet dogs fit and healthy with no food or water.

Based upon this reading, there’s nothing to compel me to listen to the next volume in the story.

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It's well read and a good story but preferred the movie, still glad I listened to it.

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Chilling, Captivating, Unforgettable.

"You are saving their lives for a life not worth living."

💛 Bird Box grabbed me and didn’t let go 'til it was good and done with me.

💚 The concept alone is brilliantly inventive, but the execution is utterly captivating. Malorie's choices, her challenges, felt like my own. I stepped into her shoes and experienced every horror and every dilemma.

💜 It raises so many questions about when life stops becoming worth it for the sake of living. The children in particular become symbolic of this. I didn't always like Malorie or her decisions, but I rooted for her, heart in my throat, at every step.

❤️️ And as a bonus, there’s a sequel. A GOOD sequel. Malorie.
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🎧 Katharine Mangold delivers a masterful portrayal of Malorie, showcasing her doubts, hopes and fears with simple inflections. The production is just what it needs to be - wistful, expressive, claustrophobic, moving - and all the because its simplicity allows her performance to shine.
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SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO...

The Road has a similar bare bones quality, as well as a central parent-child dynamic.

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Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys cosmic horror!

I spoiled this for myself by watching the movie first, it’s one of my favs does overshadow this book a bit for me. While the book is really well done, it doesn’t quite have the level of world building the movie managed to achieve.

I did really enjoy it though, the writing is very blunt but carries a lot of emotion. I’m also kind of obsessed with Malorie and her strength, I could never.

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Rivetting

Hooked from the first. I had to keep listening. I had to finish. Katherine Mangold did justice to a brilliant idea. She read with an intuitive idea of each character. It was well worth the just over 7 hours I spent on listening to this story. Do yourself a favour. Listen too.

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