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I Am Behind You

Narrated by: Peter Noble
Series: Platserna (English Edition), Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A compelling, eerie new audiobook from the internationally best-selling author of Let the Right One In.

Four families wake up one morning in their trailer on an ordinary campsite. However, during the night, something strange has happened. Everything outside the camping grounds has disappeared, and the world has been transformed into an endless expanse of grass. The sky is blue, but there is no sign of the sun; there are no trees, no flowers, no birds. And every radio plays nothing but the songs of '60s pop icon Peter Himmelstrand.  

As the holiday-makers try to come to terms with what has happened, they are forced to confront their deepest fears and secret desires. Past events that each of them has tried to bury rise to the surface and take on terrifying physical forms. Can any of them find a way back to reality?

©2014; 2016 Text Copyright John Ajvide Lindqvist; Translation copyright Marlaine Delargy (P)2017 WF Howes Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"At the top of his game, Lindqvist gives Stephen King and John Saul at their best a run for the money." (Library Journal (starred))

"Dubbed the Stephen King of Sweden, Lindqvist lives up to the billing." (New York Post)

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A masterpiece of surrealist horror

This is the second title I have read by Mr. Lindqvist. Let Me In was the first, and after that Lindqvist had my complete and utter trust, so I was not put off by the middling reviews here and plunged right into this novel. I was not disappointed.
It is a slow burn to be sure, but not a word is wasted in its depiction of fascinating characters with rich and tragic backstories, and the strange and completely original nightmare they find themselves in. There are no easy answers about how they have found themselves in their desperate situation, nor for the mechanics of this new terrible world, but there are just enough breadcrumbs to savor and reflect upon as you are taken through a wild and nailbiting existential ride.
There were several instances where I had to pause the story and digest the next bleak turn of events, and at least one part towards the end where I felt I might not be able to take it anymore. But I'm glad I stuck with it, as things don't go quite as poorly as I feared. There are certainly lighter moments, especially the sections where the story is told from the perspective of a dog, As the story shifts from character to character, your investment in them and their predicament grows, and each development is felt viscerally.
Kudos to the narrator for clearly delineating each character's voice and attitude.

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Incredible

This book is so incredible, parts of it so beautifully detailed I feel like I am there, and then parts so devastating and painful, I can barely stand to listen. How fantastic.

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Liked it but confused

Lindquist has an interesting style. I like his development of characters but I had problems connecting the dots. I never really understood what was happening in the end but still worth a listen. When you figure it out let me know!

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WOW! Five stars all around!!!

Okay this book was incredible. Genuinely I think it has to be one of my favorite ever. I was so confused in the best way. I'm still confused?? But not mad about it. The author creates such a picture in my mind with the way he writes. I was dying to get this book finished to figure out what was going on, but sad to be done with it. The characters are all so dynamic and my favorite part was the flashbacks to their past- getting to understand who they really are and learning the things that they have done or had happen to them. I can't wait to get into some of John Lindqvist's other books! FIVE. STARS. !!!!

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What the hell?

Don’t even get this. I feel like the plot was a once-interesting idea and the author just gave up on developing it. They never really explained why all of this was happening. It’s just way too weird with no reason for it.