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Bird Box: A Novel
Bird Box: A Novel
Bird Box: A Novel
Audiobook9 hours

Bird Box: A Novel

Written by Josh Malerman

Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

3.5/5

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About this audiobook

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, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but Malorie's 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 motley 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 Maler-man's breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final minute.

Editor's Note

On the screen…

Instead of walking around blindfolded for the “Bird Box” challenge, read the original novel. Josh Malerman’s chilling, apocalyptic debut has been favorably compared to the likes of Stephen King. It’s no wonder the Netflix adaptation starring Sandra Bullock has become such a craze.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherHarperAudio
Release dateMay 13, 2014
ISBN9780062331908
Bird Box: A Novel
Author

Josh Malerman

Josh Malerman is the acclaimed author of Bird Box, as well as the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band The High Strung. He lives in Michigan.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    A very suspenseful, scary, and chilling post apocalyptic story of people surviving in a terrifying world that has been invaded with extra terrestrials that drive humans insane if they are looked upon. Survivors must wear blindfolds when outsideand have all windows covered to the point of "blackout" so no beings could possibly look in any window. Many friends and relatives of the survivors have already gone insane and killed themselves or killed others. To begin the story, the main character, Mallory, and her sister who live together listen to the news about the strange suicide deaths all over the world until the stations quit broadcasting and Mallory finds her sister has committed suicide. Mallory has just discovered that she is pregnant. However, she comes across an add in the news paper offering a safe house that is opening it's doors to people before it is too late. Mallory sets off with a blindfold to find the house. When she does, the people there take her in. She finds some refuge until suspicions take hold of her by the throat. One more person, a man, comes knocking on the door and needs sanctuary just like she did............ A truly frightening book that makes you realize just how dark the world could get as described in the Book of Revelation. Mallory has been influenced by the hope and determination of some of her roommates which drives the story to it's conclusion. The book has been made into a movie on Netflix and stars Sandra Bullock .
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This was a short book, but it packs a punch. There were several points where I realized I was physically leaning forward while reading because I was so on edge about what would happen next. Josh Malerman does a great job of conveying the isolation and claustrophobia of a world where simply opening your eyes can lead to madness and suicide, and what that would do to your choices as a person and as a mother. The subtle elements that convey this world is both like ours and not like ours often pay off in unexpected ways (instead of names, Malorie calls her children Boy and Girl). I haven’t yet seen the Netflix movie, but if it does half as good a job of building tension and suspense as the novel does, I’m definitely going to be sleeping with the lights on that night.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    The post-apocalypse genre saturates so much of pop culture these days that I try my best to avoid it whenever I can. Color me surprised when I picked up Josh Malerman’s Bird Box, expecting more of the same, and discovered that post-apocalyptic novels are not quite dead yet. Malerman’s debut tells the story of Malorie, Boy, and Girl, an unconventional family living in a world where using one’s sight has become dangerous, and too often leads to horrific acts of violence, murder, and eventually, suicide. The novel shifts between past and present, providing glimpses into Malorie’s life before and after the world started to unravel.

    Malerman provides just the right amount of background information to compel the reader from the very start. He also withholds information brilliantly, as he establishes the haunting atmosphere, pulls you into the mystery behind the sudden acts of violence, and then leaves you wondering who or what could be causing so much chaos and death. The time shifts are also written in such a way that the reader is aware of an absence or is wary of a character, but they don’t yet know why. Putting the pieces together will become a desperate need, but Malerman only gives out information when he feels it is the right time. The anticipation is a killer.

    Malorie desperately attempts to bond to her children in the present and her housemates in the past, but struggles immensely, as she has already lost so much and cannot fathom more death and isolation. While her thoughts dominate much of the narrative, important deviations to the minds of the other members of the household emphasize their similarities and differences. Everyone in the house has seen terrible things and they all have a common motivation, but they want to approach the solution in different ways. This tension and distrust causes much of the conflict in the house, and often makes the reader wonder whether living in the house is as safe as everyone seems to think.

    What makes Bird Box so unique is that it relies heavily on the reader’s imagination. The people in the house must use blindfolds whenever they venture outdoors to fetch water or to make a supply run. Hearing, touch, and smell become imperative to their survival, and when strange objects, sounds, or odors appear, the mind jumps to the worst conclusions. Large portions of the novel focus on journeys outdoors, and these sections are the most nerve-wracking of all. Nobody knows what lurks around the corner, and most of the time, they will never find out.

    Such a fast-paced and unpredictable novel begs for a marathon read. Bird Box by Josh Malerman will make you question your sanity and redefine your sense of humanity. It may also give you nightmares for weeks to come. In other words, it’s the perfect Halloween read.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Wow! I haven't flown through a book this quickly in a long time. I picked this up about three, maybe four days ago, and I just finished tonight. (For me, that's pretty fast.) I'd seen a few things about the movie, but as it was on Netflix, I wasn't able to watch it. I'm so glad I read the book. This is an edge-of-your-seat, who-can-you-trust kind of book!!! I LOVE that the protagonist is a woman and a mother! This book had me mildly frightened most of the time, and at times I was exclaiming out loud in fear! Loved it!!!!!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Spoilers: A horror/post-apocalypse hybrid and the author's first novel, intensely creepy and an absolute page-turner in the best sense of the word. The underlying phenomenon is never explained as it would be if it were Science Fiction, but it's grounded by a hugely sympathetic progagonist. It alternates between real time and flashbacks, and during the parts of the book that take place outside with the characters blindfolded, it becomes almost hallucinatory, with the author having to describe things without visual imagery. There's only one really hardcore shock, but it's as doozy. Doesn't read like somebody's first book, it's very sure-handed, fully realized and well written. The Special Edition includes a short story set in the same world, turning the concept inside out by getting into the head of an actual victim. A great read, whichever genre you're a fan of.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    The author is a master at tension building, which made this a very hard to put down book.I read it in two sittings and never got bored with it once.