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The Boy on the Bridge Audiobook

The Boy on the Bridge

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Publisher's Summary

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.

The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.

To where the monsters lived.

In The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey returns to the world of his phenomenal word-of-mouth best seller, The Girl With All the Gifts, for the very first time.

©2017 M. R. Carey (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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  • Simon
    Somewhere between a pair of headphones.
    5/6/17
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    "Boy Meets Girl!"

    The "Boy on the Bridge" sees MR Carey return to the world of his simply stunning debut "The Girl With All The Gifts".  It is reasonably described as a prequel but it most certainly should not be read first!  Part of the sheer joy of reading "The Girl" was an extremely cleverly-written voyage of discovery to the very nature of its lead character and her story.  Even the genre of the book takes some time to reveal itself.  So, while this could be read as a standalone it will take a lot away from any subsequent reading of the original volume.  Likewise of course reviews of this one such as this are bound to contain spoilers, read on at your peril! 

    This book follows a crew of soldiers and scientists sent out from Beacon to see if they can discover ways to combat the cordyceps infestation that has devastated mankind.  They are an interesting mix and there are things to recommend this over the original book.  The research that has gone into it is naturally deeper and the characters felt more rounded to me.  Finty Williams does her usual fine job of narration and the world does maintain consistency and fit well.  The epilogue really ties it all together and removed a huge doubt from my mind.

    So, I really enjoyed this and would very happily recommend it to anyone who read and enjoyed the first book.  I personally don't think that it quite hits the same dizzy heights though. "The Girl With All The Gifts" was extremely original and clever in that it delivered a genuine voyage of discovery.  I think this one is very enjoyable but I wasn't left with quite the same sense of wonder and it didn't have the same page-turning qualities.  Still, "The Boy" is a very worthy companion to "The Girl" as the epilogue proves.

    22 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • neil O'keeffe
    6/14/17
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    "Better then the first"

    Stunning. I drive a lot-so I listen to audiobooks .. this one had me sitting in car parks not wanting to get out of the car.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • RESampson
    6/21/17
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    "Good but not as good as the girl with all the gifts"

    I was blown away by the girl with all the gifts. M.R.Cary is a fantastic writer.

    This book is still good but doesn't have the same wow factor / emotional buy in. You come to love and root for Melanie in the first book and this book, although good and worth a listen isn't quite as good.

    If you enjoyed the girl with all the gifts this is worth persevering with and the epilogue is my favourite part!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Sutherland
    UK
    6/5/17
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    "A fantastic sequel"
    What made the experience of listening to The Boy on the Bridge the most enjoyable?

    The first book and the narration was still by a long way superior and excellent in all ways. However, this book still stands up well - even in isolation aside from the epilogue which requires the first book to make sense of.
    Good narration, fun characters - a lot of thought went into this.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Galbally Jr.
    6/1/17
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    "The prefect follow up"

    A great prequel to The Girl With All The Gifts. Definitely worth a listen and the epilogue is worth the price of admission alone.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • TomzMullen
    UK
    5/25/17
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    "Wonderful story- highly recommended"

    Like all good books, I was so disappointed when this book came to an end. I recommend this book in conjunction with 'The Girl with all the Gifts, that should be read first. Both are wonderful stories. I enjoyed them so much. M. R. Carey you are a master story teller and Finty Williams is a brilliant narrator. Thank you both for providing me with an engrossing listen.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tallulah Edwards
    5/10/17
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    "Adored it!"

    Absolutely adore The Girl with all The Gifts. And this was just a brilliant. I always love the characters and how differed they are from one another.
    Certainly not your usual post-apocolphtic story!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • cath
    10/9/17
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    "exceptional"

    I normally hate this kind of thing, but the delivery, content and human context leaves me incapable of not wanting to hear more. Depressing, encouraging and sadly believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louise Ramshaw
    10/5/17
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    "I loved it"

    It's as good as the first. I can't wait to listen to more by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janice Kenney
    10/3/17
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    "great story!"

    great prequel to girl with all the gifts. answered some questions left by the first book. great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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