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The Boy on the Bridge Audiobook

The Boy on the Bridge

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Publisher's Summary

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.

The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.

To where the monsters lived.

In The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey returns to the world of his phenomenal word-of-mouth best seller, The Girl With All the Gifts, for the very first time.

©2017 M. R. Carey (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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    neil O'keeffe 14/06/2017
    neil O'keeffe 14/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Better then the first"

    Stunning. I drive a lot-so I listen to audiobooks .. this one had me sitting in car parks not wanting to get out of the car.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 06/05/2017
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 06/05/2017 Member Since 2017

    Another 20 downvotes from Wras and his other accounts. Why do audible not do something about him?

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    "Boy Meets Girl!"

    The "Boy on the Bridge" sees MR Carey return to the world of his simply stunning debut "The Girl With All The Gifts".  It is reasonably described as a prequel but it most certainly should not be read first!  Part of the sheer joy of reading "The Girl" was an extremely cleverly-written voyage of discovery to the very nature of its lead character and her story.  Even the genre of the book takes some time to reveal itself.  So, while this could be read as a standalone it will take a lot away from any subsequent reading of the original volume.  Likewise of course reviews of this one such as this are bound to contain spoilers, read on at your peril! 

    This book follows a crew of soldiers and scientists sent out from Beacon to see if they can discover ways to combat the cordyceps infestation that has devastated mankind.  They are an interesting mix and there are things to recommend this over the original book.  The research that has gone into it is naturally deeper and the characters felt more rounded to me.  Finty Williams does her usual fine job of narration and the world does maintain consistency and fit well.  The epilogue really ties it all together and removed a huge doubt from my mind.

    So, I really enjoyed this and would very happily recommend it to anyone who read and enjoyed the first book.  I personally don't think that it quite hits the same dizzy heights though. "The Girl With All The Gifts" was extremely original and clever in that it delivered a genuine voyage of discovery.  I think this one is very enjoyable but I wasn't left with quite the same sense of wonder and it didn't have the same page-turning qualities.  Still, "The Boy" is a very worthy companion to "The Girl" as the epilogue proves.

    21 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    RESampson 21/06/2017
    RESampson 21/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but not as good as the girl with all the gifts"

    I was blown away by the girl with all the gifts. M.R.Cary is a fantastic writer.

    This book is still good but doesn't have the same wow factor / emotional buy in. You come to love and root for Melanie in the first book and this book, although good and worth a listen isn't quite as good.

    If you enjoyed the girl with all the gifts this is worth persevering with and the epilogue is my favourite part!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander Sutherland UK 05/06/2017 Member Since 2017

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    "A fantastic sequel"
    What made the experience of listening to The Boy on the Bridge the most enjoyable?

    The first book and the narration was still by a long way superior and excellent in all ways. However, this book still stands up well - even in isolation aside from the epilogue which requires the first book to make sense of.<br/>Good narration, fun characters - a lot of thought went into this.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. M. J. King 11/07/2017
    Mr. M. J. King 11/07/2017 Member Since 2011

    Matt K

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    "Really enjoyable.... fantastic follow up"

    what a great second journey into the world created by M R Carey. brings much new life and back story masterfully engineered.

    no spoilers but what an ending!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Edinburgh, United Kingdom 23/06/2017
    Philip Edinburgh, United Kingdom 23/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing Story"

    I loved the first book and this was a brilliant second one. I would highly recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Galbally Jr. 01/06/2017
    Galbally Jr. 01/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "The prefect follow up"

    A great prequel to The Girl With All The Gifts. Definitely worth a listen and the epilogue is worth the price of admission alone.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    TomzMullen UK 25/05/2017
    TomzMullen UK 25/05/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "Wonderful story- highly recommended"

    Like all good books, I was so disappointed when this book came to an end. I recommend this book in conjunction with 'The Girl with all the Gifts, that should be read first. Both are wonderful stories. I enjoyed them so much. M. R. Carey you are a master story teller and Finty Williams is a brilliant narrator. Thank you both for providing me with an engrossing listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Clarence 25/05/2017
    Clarence 25/05/2017 Member Since 2017

    Ex book worm with lack of time, talking books are the way forward for me. Have a penchant for horror, crime, thrillers & young adult books.

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    "Good but not quite as good as TGWATG's"

    Bit of a slow burn to begin with.

    Whilst the story and concept is good its not quite as engaging at the Girl with all the gifts I think the author pulled out all the tricks in that book. I suppose the first book had more of a surprise factor too and you felt truly engaged with the characters and the out come.

    Its nice that it joins up the stories a little bit but its didn't quite have the same "Wow" factor for me. But don't be put off its a good book, I just think the TGWATG was exceptional so this couldn't be compared in quite the same way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Asbjørn 05/06/2017
    Asbjørn 05/06/2017 Member Since 2014

    My work takes me on frequent long distance travel. it used to be a chore. With Audible on my phone I frequently wish the flight was longer.

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    "Satisfying but faulty"

    It is a satisfying follow up but the drives of the story can be annoying at times. Generating drama from what is, inexplicably, not said is a trick used a bit too often. Some characters are a bit too caricature in nature. I was rather annoyed by this during the telling of the story - but I'm finding myself pleasantly content at the end - taking fire out of my words...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    28/06/17
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    "Extraordinary. Best book ever, along with The Girl With All the Gifts. Thank you so so much, MR CAREY and FINTY."

    Extraordinary. Best book ever, along with The Girl With All the Gifts. Thank you so so much, MR CAREY and FINTY. You make the world a much better place.

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