A father and daughter try to survive the steady decline of all they know in this haunting thriller from award-winning author Ronald Malfi.
First the birds disappeared.
Then the insects took over.
Then the madness began.
They call it Wanderer's Folly - a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race.
After two years of creeping decay, David Arlen woke up one morning thinking that the worst was over. By midnight, he's bleeding and terrified, his wife is dead, and he's on the run in a stolen car with his eight-year-old daughter, who may be the key to a cure.
Ellie is a special girl - deep, insightful - and she knows David is lying to her. Lying about her mother. Lying about what they're running from. And lying about what he sees when he takes his eyes off the road.
©2016 Ronald Malfi (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The ending was absolutely cliched and incredibly stupid. It ruined an otherwise good book that for whatever reason touched me and kept my interest. How could and author who could create the feeling in this loving relationship be so trite in the end.
Still worth reading but......
Another mixed review. Good voices and characterizations.
Sloppy edits at the end. Demonstrates the narrator's distain for the reader. If he had a sense of craft he would have re-narrated the whole chapter, instead of the intrusive edits if he weren't so lazy.
Former Executive Producer for Adventures in Scifi Publishing.
Ronald Malfi is one of the best. My original thought after finishing this book is that Malfi is one of the best horror authors out there, partly because of how he is able to creatively expand the limits of horror, but really, "horror" doesn't feel like an adequate qualifier for his work. I feel others hear "horror" and think of Chainsaw Massacre or Freddy Krueger...though there is a little Krueger mind games in this. They hear "horror" and think the story to come is going to be full of violence. Malfi has a little violence, but is mainly focused, as usual for his stories, on the relationship between parents and their children. His work in this book is an outstanding vignette on loss and the desire to survive and provide for your children in a terrifying world.
In The Night Parade, there is a virus that scientists can't explain how it is transmitted, and which turns people mad until they lose it and take their lives. A father has swept his daughter onto a cross country trip as he fears that virus is infecting him. In this aspect, it is unsettling, and as he tries to keep his daughter safe, not only from this virus, but also the collapsing world around them, we are taken on a dark and emotionally deep experience.
For me, good horror is that which makes me want to hold my family tighter, and this is one of the best examples I've read. The end brought tears as the unexpected turn opened a flood of emotion I didn't think possible.
As to the audiobook quality: the narrator does a great job, and the production is spot on.
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This story follows a father and daughter, David and Ellie Arlen, travelling across the country, trying to evade the authorities and infection from a new disease which is sweeping the nation. ‘Wanderer’s Folly’ is a disease which causes a bunch of hallucinations and ultimately death – no one knows how it started or how to treat it, causing widespread paranoia and fear.
Ellie is only 8 years old and may be the key to the cure but her father is scared about what that will mean for her future. She knows that she hasn’t been told the full truth about why they’re now on the road but she’s a very intuitive child and starts to piece the clues together.
This is very much a slow starter, the author withholds a lot of the story which he shares through a series of flashbacks along the way but we can’t be sure that everything is as it seems, after all the tagline of this book is ‘don’t believe everything you see’. The relationships between characters is what drives this story, particularly the father-daughter dynamic as time goes on and Ellie starts to figure out what’s going on.
Along the way, they meet other people who are surviving in this world overcome by disease and we get to see how people are coping with the world as it is now.
Truth be told, I was struggling a bit around the middle when I realised that there were another 6 hours to go and very little actually had actually happened beyond flashbacks and a lot of driving. A LOT of driving.
You might wonder in that case why I’ve given it 4 stars, and that’s because despite it being apparently dull… I never considered stopping and worked my way through to the end.
Tom Taylorson is a very effective narrator and keeps the story flowing. The only problem that I found is that his little girl voice was annoying – especially his ‘panicking little girl’ voice which felt like nails on a chalkboard to me. Thankfully Ellie’s a chilled out little girl so there wasn’t too much panicking on her part.
The description of this book does mention that all the birds have died and that the insect population has increased, even now I’m wondering if there’s something I missed. Yes, both of those facts are true in the course of this book but neither seem to affect the plot to any extent…. If anyone has any idea what the meaning behind it was… please let me know?
I would recommend this as an atmospheric road trip audiobook rather than something to sit and listen to while doing other things.
Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.
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The story kept repeating itself. By halfway through it I was just ready for the story to be over. Had to return it.
This is my second book by Malfi. I enjoyed the last. This was a major disappointment. It can be summed up easily: man with daughter possessing special abilities eludes bad guys in a pre apocalyptic world. Natural phenomena plagues them and is never explained away. Then the story ends.
I kept waiting for something to happen. At hour ten I had the sinking feeling this was it, but hung in their for the surprise twist/ending. Nada. I can only believe this is the beginning of a series. Because the only other reason the book would end so quickly is the author had to escape a burning building.
Save your money. Even the bugs were bad. Take half of the story star away above.
I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it
I found myself incorporating the listening of Night Parade into every single thing I did (except sleeping) until I finished this book. This book is quite simply Blake Crouch at his finest! I highly recommend this book!
Sci-Fi/Horror lover, going through a Zombie book phase due to my life long love for George Romero movies.
I Don't Know.
If they're interested in medium pace, low action... then yes.
David.Tom Taylorson does a great job with the characters. He actually made the story ok to listen too.
Not really. Actually, I stopped 3/4's the way through, and may finish it sometime in the future, probably. I mean, I just became bored with it . The story does not have enough action, or any scare factor to it. It reminds me a little bit of Stephen Kings's "Fire Starter", just with a lot less impact, and story telling style.
If you looking for a fast paced, Horror/Action story, then try another audio book. The story isn't bad, it just didn't hold me. To be fair, it wasn't a style for my taste.
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