We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Boy on the Bridge Audiobook

The Boy on the Bridge

Regular Price:$29.65
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (1099 )
5 star
 (728)
4 star
 (278)
3 star
 (73)
2 star
 (18)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.5 (1031 )
5 star
 (662)
4 star
 (257)
3 star
 (82)
2 star
 (27)
1 star
 (3)
Story
4.8 (1033 )
5 star
 (845)
4 star
 (149)
3 star
 (30)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Beth 05-15-17
    Beth 05-15-17 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    87
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John 05-23-17
    John 05-23-17 Member Since 2017

    I applaud all authors in the zombie apocalypse genre - even the "bad" ones. Keep doing what you do!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    99
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    149
    58
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    7
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Bridge Worth Crossing"
    Any additional comments?

    With the Boy on the Bridge, author Carey provides an excellent foreshadowing for his previous book the Girl with All the Gifts and Williams makes a wonderful voice for the narrative.

    Bridge is not so much a prequel, although it does take place before Gifts and incorporates some of its hardware, as it is a spin off. A crew of scientists and military are sent out of the last human strong hold in Britain to pick up samples, left by a previous mission that went missing. Their mission is to find a cure for the zombie plague (not really a plague but a fungus). The tie in is that the vehicle is the same armored RV (the Rosalind Franklin or Rosie) that will be used in Gifts.

    Inside the Rosie they cross country largely able to ignore the hungries. But, they can't ignore themselves and since they are basically locked in a box they eventually all end up at each other's throats or in each others arms. The underlying drama is that a coup back home results in conflicting orders and loyalties for the crew. Meanwhile, they are besieged by 2nd generation child hungries who pursue the Rosie after the body of one of their own is taken aboard for study. To the shock and surprise of the crew the little hungries cunning and abilities make them an even match for their well armed human adversaries.

    Overall a highly enjoyable read/listen. The only downside is that in the epilogue Carey makes it clear that he isn't interested in writing any more in this series by leaping ahead 20 years. In this short interaction at the end we get two decades in bullet form when it would have been a lot more fun to have read about it in subsequent books.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    NMwritergal 05-06-17
    NMwritergal 05-06-17

    Reader and Writer

    HELPFUL VOTES
    450
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    638
    116
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    14
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ilene 05-06-17
    ilene 05-06-17 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    414
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    85
    68
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    10
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  •  
    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.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3272
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    995
    159
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    437
    27
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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!

    35 of 46 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jim N Chicago, IL 05-08-17
    Jim N Chicago, IL 05-08-17 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    413
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    367
    81
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    33
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 05-23-17
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 05-23-17 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

    HELPFUL VOTES
    239
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    201
    127
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    11
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Worthy Sequel"

    I went into this knowing that others who read "The Girl with all the Gifts" felt it was a letdown. That tempered my expectations a bit, but still left me interested in continuing. I wasn't disappointed.

    Carey takes a world that was created in TGwatG and manages to touch and expand on it without changing or cheapening it in any way. It's clear that time was spent reflecting on the first book and making sure that everything "fit", while delivering a whole new story.

    The pacing did leave a bit to be desired early on, but the slow sections were interesting enough for me not to mind. While there was less mystery at the outset than in book 1, there was character development which all built to a bit of mystery and surprise in the end. As others have stated, the epilogue was great. I honestly think Carey could do another entry in this series and not harm it in the least.

    Finty Williams did a super job with narration!

    I've deducted a star for the long drawn out sections of the book. I get that they were either necessary to establish baselines or to explain passages of time, but they did nothing to help a book that can already be considered a bit slow-paced.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    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

    HELPFUL VOTES
    994
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    857
    231
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    36
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 05-12-17
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 05-12-17 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2889
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    311
    269
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    369
    84
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not as good as The Girl, but 2nd half is great."

    At first, I was SO disappointed. I had so loved The Girl with All the Gifts. In part, The Boy lacks the slow dawning surprise that "something is not as it should be" that grabs you from the start inThe Girl. It actually took me a while to really get into the story (ergo the three stars for "story")...but once I did, I could not put it down (ergo the four stars for "overall"). The characters become more and more real and, when it's over, you feel a tremendous sense of loss. I sure hope Carey writes another one. I will be the first to download it. And the narrator is, as always, STELLAR.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lewca Florida 05-06-17
    Lewca Florida 05-06-17 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    24
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.