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Bird Box

Narrated by: Katharine Mangold
Series: Bird Box, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (535 ratings)

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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

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"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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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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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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Brilliant

great story, very engaging, sometimes terrifying, well presented, one i will listen to again and again.

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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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Wonderfully gripping tale.

Excellent story spoiled only by the narrator. Nothing particularly wrong with her, but I got this book to help me fall asleep. Her voice was too high pitched for this purpose. A male version would have been more soothing. Well worth a listen though.

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Overblown, melodramatic and bonkers. I loved it!

I had watched the film beforehand and liked it. I also really enjoyed this novel; even though the film adaptation stayed pretty close to the original material so there were no real surprises, there were times it was genuinely shocking.

The narrator is excellent and sounds quite like Sandra Bullock at times, particularly when addressing the children. She also does the children's voices very well- of course they don't sound like kids exactly, but she captures a child-like tone which brilliantly conveys their devotion to 'mummy' as well as their occasional terror and despair.

On the downside, I wanted to know more about the creatures and spent a lot of time thinking about how people would really react in such circumstances. (For example, I wondered why people couldn't sneak occasional glances at the ground at their feet once outside - surely that would have been an acceptable level of risk!)

The novel is told mostly in flashback, which creates a sense of distance between the listener/reader and all the characters, (except for Malorie and the children), as we already know it won't end well for them. However, there are moments when it is genuinely scary, (at one point, listening in bed, I caught myself chewing the sheet, with the blanket- of course- over my eyes!)

I also liked the fact that the author resists the temptation to introduce any love interest and keeps the focus on the female protagonist. I will definitely listen to the sequel. Hopefully it will be of similar quality!

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great stort

I love the story but felt the performance was a little robotic. it took me a while to get used to.

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  • 11-06-19

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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