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Bird Box: A Novel

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Cassandra Campbell

9 Hours 9 Minutes

HarperAudio

May 2014

Audio Book Summary

Now a Netflix film starring Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar and John Malkovich!
Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world—a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.
Something is out there . . .
Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.
Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?
Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?
Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

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Reviews

  • Richard F.

    If you think you know the story after seeing the NETFLIX film- you MUST read the novel! Though there are similarities in both there are just as many events and changes to turn this novel into a separate yet equal read. The tone of the novel is more ominous than action. Mallory and her “people” walk you through a suspenseful journey into the unknown and the frightening. I was so glad I decided to pick this Audiobook! Hopefully you will enjoy both the movie and the novel equally. The Thai phrase: “Same Same but Different” certainly in applicable with BIRD BOX.

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  • C Barba

    I great narrator I have read her before. Book has a great concept. Tail biting from start to finish. This book would make an amazing movie! A must read!

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  • Don S.

    Finally a movie that was better then the book. Don’t get me wrong the story is original and amazing. I enjoyed every minute of it. My only criticism is there was not enough character development. I wanted to know more about these folks. All in all I recommend this novel.

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  • Cindy P.

    Very interesting concept, I was intrigued the whole time. Narrator was great, but reading at a higher speed made her sound a bit distorted, but I blame that on the app and not the narration. Overall, a suspenseful story that kept me wanting to know more.

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  • Vinicius M.

    Story is OK, a good old survival horror, with a linear plot. I am writing this due to the narration. Cassandra Campbell is perfect. In my opinion, she is the reason this book keeps you on the edge, not the story itself. I will ask for people who read the paper version of this book for their thoughts; i believe that the audio version is much better.

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  • Marchell I.

    This book was strange at first, then become so intense I couldn't stop listening. Loved it Unknown horrors Loved it

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  • Tracy k

    I liked the story, pretty cool concept. I liked that the creatures were up for interpretation. I was totally drawn in to the story, and was never bored. I like the narrator too, I've listened to her before and she does a great job.

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  • Melissa B

    I have read many, many books and can honestly say I have never read one that was as intense as this one. There was never a moment that wasn't filled with suspense and worry. I hated it to end but since it had to I am going right away to find another book by this author. The narrator did an excellent job. I could always tell which time period The main character was in by the slight change in her voice. Excellent!

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  • Robert Y

    The idea is sort of original - a variation on the zombie apocalypse theme. Lots of scary parts. Overlong, I think.

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  • Jessica C

    The writer must have been killed by the creatures before she could explain what they were. That\'s the o ly possible explanation for this poor ending.

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