Genre: Horror

Audio Review: Creepy! Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Posted September 5, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 7 Comments

Audio Review: Creepy! Bird Box by Josh MalermanBird Box by Josh Malerman
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Published by HarperAudio on May 13, 2014
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hours, 8 minutes
Source: Library
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Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, 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 remains, 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's 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. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

 

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This was a creepy story, not necessarily thrilling. It’s an apocalyptic world where sight outside of a closed environment puts a person at risk. It’s told in the voice of Malorie, a young woman who is pregnant at the time the threat escalates and changes everyday existence for those on the planet.

 
It was an interesting story, made more intriguing by the transitions between the past and present as Malorie reflects on the beginning in the context of her thinking and journey in the present. Other characters in the story were described more so from their human nature perspectives rather than anything about their backgrounds prior to the apocalypse.

 
I liked the story though didn’t love it. It was longer than necessary given the limits of what was actually told. The narrator was excellent, however, adding a sinister element to the story.

 

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About Josh Malerman

Josh Malerman is an American author and the lead singer for the rock band The High Strung. Malerman currently lives in Ferndale, Michigan.

Malerman first began writing while in the fifth grade, where he began writing about a space-traveling dog. Since then he has written several unpublished novels and his debut novel Bird Box was published in the United Kingdom and United States in 2014 to much critical acclaim. It is currently in development as a feature film.

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