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SHORTLISTED FOR THE PHILIP K. DICK AWARD

The Book of Koli begins a breathtakingly original new trilogy set in a strange and deadly world of our own making.

Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognisable landscape. A place where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don't get you, the Shunned men will.

Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He believes the first rule of survival is that you don't venture too far beyond the walls.

He's wrong.

©2020 M. R. Carey (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Koli embarks upon a journey as perilous as it is enlightening." (Guardian

"The best thing i've read in a long time. I loved it." (Joanne Harris) 

"Ingenious." (Helen Marshall, World Fantasy Award-winning author)

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Looking forward to the next instalment

Really gripping start then a bit of a lull before the story picked right up again ... echoes of some of my favourite ever books, e.g., The Book of Dave (Will Self), The Second Sleep (Robert Harris), The Talisman (King & Straub), The Chrysalids (John Wyndham) - no wonder I liked this book so much ...
Absolutely brilliant narrator (at 1.25 speed), hope he reads the next instalments and other audiobooks, this couldn't have been an easy book to narrate ...
Only a couple of things niggle: the source of the cloves and the dimensions of everything hand-held ... can't say more due to spoilers ...
Oh, and a big welcome to Miss Justineau Mark 2???

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Disappointingly average

I really loved another of MR Carey's books (Girl with all the gifts) so was excited to see he'd started a trilogy.

I was nervous reading the blurb that it would be just another post apocalyptic, YA cookie cutter sci fi story and unfortunately I was right. I won't delve into details but it hit a lot of the clichés .

It was perfectly listenable and I may pick up the sequel if I'm in need of something, well written with some parts that were better, however on the whole nothing spectacular. I asked myself if I was reading it would I have finished it, and probably not.

Finally - while most of the performance was excellent, the accent used for the Japanese character was horrendous (think Little Britain) and that really took me out of it.

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Be Prepared to spend your credits

I rarely take the time to leave reviews on Audible or anywhere for that matter. Completing a book and moving onto the next barely remembering the title of the one I have just listened to. M R Carey books are the exception, and The Book of Koli being an extra special addition to Careys repertoire.

Careys writing especially in this book has the ability to set your imagination on fire. He manages to describe the characters, the environment those characters are in and actions so well that your mind becomes a cinema and as the words flow a movie plays vividly out on the big screen in your head. Imagination is not the only sense that becomes alert, the spectrum of emotions you feel towards the characters are fierce. Ranging from hopelessness, excitement, dislike, compassion, you name it, you will feel it. The Book of Koli has just sent me on one of these trips and like all Careys audible books, the outstanding narration helps to heighten that emotional experience.

I have unfortunatly reached the end of the book that I never wanted to end. And yes this is part of a trilogy and although I have just pre ordered part 2 it is not in my hands right now to consume. Very similar to how I felt after completing The Girl with all the Gifts, The Book of Koli has left a longing inside me. I am not sure if that comment will make any sense but I cannot explain it any other way. I know I will be thinking about this book for days to come.


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Excellent

Really enjoyed this story and Theo Solomon's narration was excellent. Looking forward to Book 2

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loved it can't wait for the next one.

loved it excellent world building an easy going book to spend a few hours with.

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Loved it!

I loved The Girl with all the Gifts and Boy on the Bridge so approached this with some trepidation. After a few chapters I was tuned into Theo Solomons narration and taken away to Koli's world. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for Part 2.

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A must-listen-to audiobook

I loved this book. I would have loved it to read but I especially loved listening to Theo Solomon's reading of it. The book really brought to life a post-apocalyptic Britain that I don't ever want to live through.

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Wow

Incredible, Brilliant and Amazing Audio book.
Such unusual and Fantasticle story telling by Superb Narrator.

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Gets better

Really slow start but hang on in there and keep listening because once it gets going you’re in for a fantastic story.
Can’t wait for the second book

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Great story

I loved this audiobook. Original story and I really enjoyed the narrator. I'll definitely get the next one in the series.

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  • Johanna Kavanagh
  • 16-10-20

Excellent, loved it. Couldn't stop listening.

The writing and ideas are beautiful and deftly creative. The reader is very talented. Thank you!

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  • Daniel L.
  • 30-08-20

An amazing post-apocalyptic adventure!

The start of the book is a bit slow, but once you get over it you can barely stop listening. Really recommend it if you like post-apocalyptic stories!

Also hats off for the narrator who did an amazing job. Can't wait to hear him again in the second book.