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The Girl with All the Gifts Audiobook

The Girl with All the Gifts

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award 2014

Not every gift is a blessing.

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'.

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up.

Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, The Girl with all the Gifts is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will listen to this year.

The phenomenal word-of-mouth best seller The Girl with all the Gifts is now a major film on widespread distribution starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine.

©2014 M. R. Carey (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"A great read that takes hold of you and doesn´t let go." (John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of Let The Right One In)
"Brilliant... Gripping right to the end." (Sunday Times best-selling author Carole Matthews)

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    Mariechen 02-06-16
    Mariechen 02-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wholly Unique"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with All the Gifts to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I thoroughly enjoyed the audio. There were some fantastic quotables that I would have liked to underline or at least page back to, but otherwise I'm quite satisfied.


    Have you listened to any of Finty Williams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I enjoyed this performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Carey writes so touchingly about Melanie that my heart wants to break. I adore how she gets the reader closer and closer to her characters. The characters are also fallible, and sometimes downright unlikeable, but generally not stereotypically so. They seem human. Sometimes Dr Caldwell seemed a bit like the Mad Scientist stereotype, though...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DebB 09-02-14
    DebB 09-02-14
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    "Fabulous!"

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks, in lots of different genres, and every now and then you come across one that is extra good. And I have to say 'The Girl with Al the Gifts' is really quite wonderful.
    It's really well written, and the narration is perfect. I loved everything about it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hilde Bergen, Norway 10-18-17
    Hilde Bergen, Norway 10-18-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Very unexpected"

    This is a very interresting twist on a well known genre.
    I normally dont like this genre at all, but this book is actually good.
    (Cant say the genre as it spoils a bit of the book.)

    It is far from perfect, bit to graphical and expected at times.
    But the medical theories and sience is very good.

    I liked it.
    The narrator is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    natasha soudek 07-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book ever"

    Perfect . Best book ever.. Best audiobook ever. Thank you. Thank you MR Carey and Finty. An absolute gem

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    David 03-07-17
    David 03-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    "it was an incredible journey"

    from the beginning to the end it had me captured in beautiful Style contrasted by a well-planned well-researched devastating story

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    Amazon Customer 02-05-17
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    "Not what I expected... but enjoyable non the less"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with All the Gifts to be better than the print version?

    It does add to the rhythm of the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Melanie, obviously. She is very interesting, and changes throughout the book.


    Which character – as performed by Finty Williams – was your favorite?

    Dr. Caldwell - I could actually see and hear Glen Close in her portrayal of her.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SPM Baschi - TR, Italy 01-25-17
    SPM Baschi - TR, Italy 01-25-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book, which surprised me as I'm not usually a fan of this genre. It kept me listening when I should have been doing other things. The story was great, the writing very good, the narration superb - well done Flinty Williams - and the ending totally 'right'.
    Highly recommended.

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    Amazon Customer 01-03-17
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    "The walking, talking dead"
    Any additional comments?

    I went into the story with mixed expectations. I'm not usually one for zombies, but I did like the spin this book took on the topic. I listened to the story in audiobook format, and I really enjoyed the narration by Finty Williams.

    I found the characters believable and the plot interesting and, at least to me, original. Throughout the book I kept thinking about how the story would end, and how I'd like it to end. I didn't expect the ending that the story had, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I was worried the resolution of the story would have been either catastrophic (in so much as it could, in the context of a zombie apocalypse) or tropy and clishéd. To me, it felt like neither. The conclusion felt very right, and left me satisfied with the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ali Almohsen Bahrain 12-04-16
    Ali Almohsen Bahrain 12-04-16
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    "Had the Potential to be so Much More"

    The book had a great story and a great progression. What the book lacked was excitement and climactic moments. It really could have been much better.

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    Claudia Washington, DC 10-19-16
    Claudia Washington, DC 10-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Perfect book for horror lovers and not only..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would totally recommend this book for a number of reasons.
    1. If you're a horror movie lover, this book is perfect for you!

    2. Finty William's performance was incredibly good and it really made me feel like I was in the book running from these creepy hungry zombies.

    3. The plot is extremely interesting and, that which may appear predictable at the beginning, turns out to be such an original take on the usual zombie post-apocalyptic world.

    4. It's got the perfect blend of action, narrative and dialogue.

    5. There is no typical perfect hero or heroine, who makes no mistake and who always knows what to do. Instead the protagonists do have flaws as well as good qualities that make them much more relatable.

    6. Again, it's like watching, or rather listening, and taking part to a horror movie that is also a thriller and action one.

    Just get it!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes yes yes! Absolutely, in fact I had to adjust the speed to 1.25x sometimes 1.5x as I was too excited and curious to know what was coming next :D


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Simon
    Wokingham, United Kingdom
    1/19/14
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    "A stunning read"
    Any additional comments?

    Having listened to hundreds of audiobooks, this is the first review that I've written … and I'm doing so only because my opinion is so at odds with the two-and-a-half stars that this book has been awarded so far.
    I found this a thoroughly gripping and thought-provoking tale; a highly original take on, to be honest, a somewhat hackneyed genre. (I won't mention the genre, as the part of the joy is the gradual unfolding of the protagonist's identity.)
    The characters are satisfyingly rounded and the plot both engaging and pacey. From the outset through to the final few minutes, I had no idea of the book's conclusion and, when it finally came, I was far from disappointed.
    Mention must also go to Finty Williams for some beautiful characterisation and a warm and textured performance.
    So, if I’m waxing so lyrical about this production, why has it been so poorly received elsewhere? Well, I have to admit that it's not the book I had anticipated; and this is due to the necessarily vague publisher’s description. (As I mentioned earlier, giving too much away at the beginning would leach the joy from the first section of the book). So, like me, perhaps other listeners didn’t end up with the book they’d anticipated but, unlike me, found themselves in too much of an unfamiliar setting to enjoy their surroundings.
    So, without giving too much away, what you get in the box is, ostensibly, a somewhat bleak post-apocalyptic drama, laced with plenty of warmth to balance the grit and revolving around an intriguingly textured central character. I hope that you find the surprises as pleasing as I did.

    134 of 143 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    Malmesbury, United Kingdom
    6/21/14
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    "worth it"

    I really struggle sometimes to find a book that hits the spot. Having been spoiled with Sanderson and Rothfuss, whose epic fantasies tick every box, it's regularly hard to find a viable alternative. This book was it. Not a true fantasy by my standards, rather it's of the apocalyptic variety.

    Enough new stuff to keep me interested - and keep me thinking. Well written too. One of those books that will stay with me for many years, I'm sure.

    It has a slight shock factor - probably hits different people at different stages. Well narrated.

    Certainly worth a credit - even if not your normal genre.

    63 of 70 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    NW
    5/10/16
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    "Totally gripping"
    Where does The Girl with All the Gifts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there, I couldn't switch it off, kept saying to myself, "just one more chapter" and always ended up listening to more than that, so it only lasted 2 days!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with All the Gifts?

    The action in the lab while the characters are still at the base, and the central protagonist i.e. the first character we're introduced to and asked to view the story through her eyes, is in mortal peril, and I had no idea how she'd get out of it or where the story would go from there. Brilliant, fast-moving action which never dulls for a second. Never read anything by M.R. Carey (or whoever he is behind the pen-name) before, but definitely will seek his novels out from now on - witty, intelligent, compassionate.


    What does Finty Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A really solid, professional narrator. Takes the story seriously, gives each of the characters equal weight and doesn't try to steer the listener towards seeing any one of them as more or less villainous or heroic than the others. Subtle and steady narration which was very easy to follow (even for the long scientific descriptions which I didn't totally understand but got the gist, and how they suited the rigid character of Dr. Caldwell). Seeing a book is narrated by Finty Williams gives me confidence in the quality.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The title itself is already a great tagline in the way it alludes to Pandora, and the mystery behind Melanie.


    Any additional comments?

    Really well written, excellent descriptions, absorbing changes of narrative perspective between characters for almost every chapter. Shares similarities with Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, particularly at the beginning, as well as countless Zombie horror movies, and apocalyptic fiction. Really accessible even if you don't normally like the genre. Just a great read.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gavingks
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    2/19/14
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    "Not the story i expected but very good"

    Not my normal sort of read but this was a class act and I am so glad I followed the recommendation. My only complaint and it shows how picky I am, was the use of the word "Hungries" it just jagged a bit. The hard hitting story being told with the child view to the front makes the whole much more sinister and disturbing.
    The end is to die for, loads of pun intended. I had not seen that coming.
    Not sure if there could ever be a sequel or prequel. I can but hope.
    Slight surprise was to find out the author was a man. I had assumed it was a female author all the way through. Now I need to find out who M R Carey really is.
    Basically this a great read and I would recommend to anyone, provided they are OK with a bit of horror and gore.
    Nice one M R

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mara
    Nr Penrith, United Kingdom
    1/22/14
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    "STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK"
    If you could sum up The Girl with All the Gifts in three words, what would they be?

    time to think


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with All the Gifts?

    My house has never been so clean, I made up jobs to carry on listening, The whole concept of what we could become


    Any additional comments?

    I have not stopped thinking about the play of characters since I finished this. I forgot time and place and lost myself in this book.

    55 of 63 people found this review helpful
  • Lulu
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    2/3/14
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    "A very tantalising thriller!!"
    Where does The Girl with All the Gifts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3, definitely!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miss Justanou because she identified, accepted and sought to protect the childlike innocence of Melanie despite the danger of Melanie's nature.


    Did Finty Williams do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Yes, definitely yes!! She almost had a distinct voice for each character and through the appropriate voice she reflected their intended character extremely well!!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't know.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Newport, United Kingdom
    2/2/14
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    "An interesting twist on a horror classic."

    I loved everything about this book. The story was gripping from start to finish, the characterisation pulled me in from the beginning and Carey rapidly built a world I wanted to know more about. The genre was familiar but this was such a different take that it never felt clichéd, and the very British nature of the story also made it more haunting for me. And the ending - perfect.
    I had never heard this narrator before but she captured the voices and the tone perfectly and really added to the novel.
    I admit that I was sad that there was no new Felix Castor but if this is an example of what we can expect from Carey in the future then I'm very happy indeed.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Krys
    Harrow, United Kingdom
    1/21/14
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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely. You immediately get drawn into the main characters and I finished the book in 24 hrs


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Actually the teacher. I found her to be both likeable and naive.


    What about Finty Williams’s performance did you like?

    The pace of the narration was perfect as was the pitch. I was extremely content to listen for hours on end.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. I cried at the end. Not giving anything away but it was a satisfactory ending.


    35 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Tolliedee
    Romsey, Hampshire United Kingdom
    5/10/14
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    "Surprised !"

    If I had realised what this story was about I would NOT have chosen it....
    It was only once I was into the story that I slowly started to realise that Melanie wasn't normal, nor was her environment. Something made me continue to listen and I became more and more engrossed!
    I ended up listening avidly to the whole book and eagerly returning for more.
    I really enjoyed it and, as I said at the begining, I would not have chosen it or anything of this ilk....very pleasantly surprised!

    29 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. D. Cooper
    London UK
    1/24/14
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    "Cracking Story"
    Any additional comments?

    An unexpected story, I wouldn't normally listen to a book where the main character is a child, but this was a real surprise as a fast moving story with an original theme
    Well worth a read !

    25 of 31 people found this review helpful

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