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The Boy on the Bridge Audiobook

The Boy on the Bridge

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of USA Today best seller The Girl with All the Gifts, a terrifying new novel set in the same post-apocalyptic world.

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.

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

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    NMwritergal 05-06-17
    NMwritergal 05-06-17
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    "Not as good as The Girl with All the Gifts"

    TGWATG was one of my favorite books of 2014. I listened to it twice—and again after this one. The Boy on the Bridge has none of the character development and likeable charcters or (initial) mystery of TGWATG.

    The writing was solid (as was the audio narrator) but I really didn’t connect with any of the characters, in part because the author doesn’t delve nearly as deeply into their heads as with the first book. With the characters that he does explore, I didn’t particularly like or dislike them. And Stephen…like unreliable narrators are all the rage these days, so are books with Aspergers or autism, and it took me till nearly the end of the book to feel anything other than annoyance with him.

    As for the story, it starts slowly and rolls along at that pace for the entire book. Great epilogue, however.

    At any rate, it was interesting enough to keep listening, I won’t return it, but won’t listen again.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    ilene 05-06-17
    ilene 05-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Great"

    Also, like many other readers, I loved Girl With All The Gifts, so this was a disappointment. Of course the narration and voice of Finty Williams was impeccable and beautiful to listen to. But I have to agree with the reviewer who stated 5 hours in and still nothing . The first hour was good especially due to the anticipation of going back to this incredible storyline. The next several hours were extremely boring, slow moving and every event was excruciatingly frustrating. Very few moments if satisfaction throughout the entire story. I did want to see it through hoping it would take a turn and it finally did- but not until the last hour and a half . The epilogue I have to say was beautiful . Emotional and finally satisfying. Almost made up for the painful experience of getting through this story - but not quite.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 05-07-17
    Tango Texas 05-07-17

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "The Boy with None of the Gifts"

    Sigh...The Boy is definitely NOT The Girl. After listening to the transcendent TGWATG for the second time before listening to the TBONTB, The Boy was a crashing disappointment. Where M.R.Carey went far beyond entertaining in The Girl and gave me wonderful days worth of things to ponder, The Boy didn't even hit the bar for entertaining. Leave aside the lack of deep questions The Girl explored so well without preaching, The Boy didn't even deliver on the basics of engaging characters and captivating plot. Until the epilogue, the only character I gave a flip about in this zombified world was Rosie the mobile science lab. With stock characters and a plot line that rarely evoked much tension, I only finished the book because I kept hoping to find the Carey magic I loved from The Girl.

    If you are like me, you will probably pick up this book in spite of some negative reviews because The Girl was so, SO good. And it might be worth it in spite of its shortcomings. You will still find Carey's crafty way with words, you will still hear the lovely voice of Finty Williams, and the epilogue is wonderful. I'm not sorry I read this, but I do believe The Girl was better on its own without this disappointing prequel.

    As another reviewer quite rightly noted, although The Boy is mostly a prequel to The Girl, don't read this one first. If you do, you probably won't read The Girl and that would be a real shame!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa C. 05-21-17
    Lisa C. 05-21-17
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    "Brilliant story and wonderful performance!"

    Loved it! This book was brilliantly written and I thoroughly enjoyed the performance! As with the first book, I didn't want this to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth 05-15-17
    Beth 05-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Did The Publisher Read The Same Book I Did?"

    The publishers summary doesn't quite match up with the story. But I don't want to give any spoilers. Let's just say that the world didn't "open the gates and send the boy out to save them." This story was so infuriatingly bland and I would have been fine never knowing the prequel to "Girl With All The Gifts", which was a fantastic story. Boy On The Bridge might have made an interesting short story, but falls flat as a novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim N Chicago, IL 05-08-17
    Jim N Chicago, IL 05-08-17 Member Since 2008
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    "An Engrossing Prequel"

    I'm not a big fan of zombie novels but I've always liked M. R. Carey's writing so I gave The Girl With All the Gifts a chance when it was published and enjoyed it very much. The Boy on the Bridge is a solid follow-up to that book, although it takes place prior to the events of it's predecessor. Carey wisely avoids dwelling too much on "zombies" in this book (technically, they are infected humans called "hungries"—alive but cannibalistic). He keeps the focus squarely on his human characters, particularly Greaves, the titular boy. There are rewarding references to the The Girl With All the Gifts but The Boy on the Bridge can easily be enjoyed on it's own. It features action, drama, some unsettling horror and a central mystery that's pretty effectively revealed, all read effectively by Finty Williams.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DobieChuck Colorado 05-06-17
    DobieChuck Colorado 05-06-17 Member Since 2017

    Blind listener reading everything, especially mystery/thrillers and sf&f. Restricted to audio so picky where credits spent. #BooksRule

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    "A Mind Is a Beautiful Thing"

    A good read, but imo not as good as Girl With All The Gifts... This is more of a prequel, and can be read outta sequence, but if so you might not pick up the first... I enjoyed it, but can see how many might give up due to a seemingly slow and slogging start... Lotta setup here, and the solemn and understated progression might not appeal, but you might realize the slowly increasing tension, pace, and mystery for what it is, some nice craftsmanship... The perspective and viewpoint delivered by Steven is moving and sensitively done, and I see a mirroring w/ the feral hungry children... A bit of seeing oneself in the mind of something completely new and other... Some uncomfortable decision making, naturally occurring twists, and a simply beautiful and thought provoking ending make it a worthwhile read for those appreciating some cogitation and mastication over their preferred titles;). The narration is excellent, and along w/ a stellar climax and epilogue took this from a 3* to a 4* selection...

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lewca Florida 05-06-17
    Lewca Florida 05-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "About five hours in and eh..."

    I loved The Girl With All The Gifts and had high hopes for this sequel but I'm five hours in and still have to make myself listen. I'd hoped it was just a slow start but five hours is way past the starting point. I'm going to try to finish it, but I'm disappointed to say I honestly don't know if I'll be able to.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Runk 05-24-17
    Robert Runk 05-24-17
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    "The GIRL and BOY books together are pure pleasure!"

    The GIRL with all the Gifts / The Boy on the Bridge together are intellectual genius and English gifts for the sci-fi field. 5 STARS among the best written. Thank you Michel & Mike for ALL the work and energy!!

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    Seth Anthem Crain 05-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Exciting"

    I read this after "The girl with all the gifts" and loved it just as much! Has some explicit language, but added to the intensity. I highly recommend both books.

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