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Bird Box

Narrated by: Katharine Mangold
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (323 ratings)
Regular price: £11.99
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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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  • Sharon
  • Bournemouth/Poole
  • 18-01-19

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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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

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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The narrator has a very annoying voice ruining the story! Not worth £10 as her voice was hard the listen to

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Tense

I'm sure there have been tonnes of reviews of this, so I'll not add too much more. The main plus for this book is that it carries a high level of tension throughout which builds to a genuine climax in the final chapters. On the whole the narrator feels cold and distant, which is off-putting for the first half of the story. Later, however, this is more in keeping with the reader's understanding of Malorie, so it does pay off to a large extent. Worth a listen if, like me, you had heard little of Bird Box before purchasing the book. However, I imagine it could be more disappointing if you picked it up amid the hype of the film.

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Wow- haven't seen the movie but this book's amazin

using purely monologue this book gives a completely immersive, gripping story of an apocalyptic world.

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couldn't stop listening

an absolutely compelling book with an original plot. i couldn't stop listening. I can highly recommend.

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Heart racing!

Reading while listening to the audiobook definitely made me heart race in parts! Would recommend!