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Publisher's Summary

Booktrack editions are essentially a new genre of digital storytelling entertainment. Music and ambient audio are added to complement and enhance the audiobook experience. It is a synchronized movie-style soundtrack that complements the narration of existing audiobooks; the tempo and rhythm of the score harmonize with action, dialogue and the characters' emotional arcs. 

The USA Today best seller 

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. 

The Girl with All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end. 

©2014 M. R. Carey (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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The soundtrack made me feel the book more.

I like the fact that the soundtrack made me feel the book more than just listening to the narrator. I think the ambient music really goes well with this book as well. Of course, first and foremost, the narration was already excellent in the first place. And together with the soundtrack, this book was a perfect listen.

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Really good!

I’d seen the movie and was interested in reading the book. The additional sound design is an interesting idea. It certainly made it more enjoyable but wasn’t necessary. The story is excellent.

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Didn’t know

Not my favorite genre. Good if you like apocalyptic storytelling. after sticking with it, I liked the ending.

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excellent book

Excellent book, great plot, interesting characters. I liked how descriptive the writer was and the narrator does a great job.

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Great story - but what's with the background noise

What did you like best about The Girl with All the Gifts? What did you like least?

The storyline was surprising and things transpired in unexpected ways. I like stories that are difficult for me to predict. I absolutely hated the background noise and music. It was distracting to the story.

What other book might you compare The Girl with All the Gifts to and why?

I really haven't read anything like it! The point of view is unique in terms of the content.

What three words best describe Finty Williams’s voice?

British, great inflection, good emotional interpretation

Do you think The Girl with All the Gifts needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I'm a fan of sequels, so I'm always game.

Any additional comments?

I really, really, really hated the background noise and music. At times it rivaled the volume of the reader, and it was distracting when listening.

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Whose world is it anyway?

Single mindedness of characters kept the story moving through conflicts but not likely to find such diversely focus people in one setting at the crucial moment. Overall enjoyable read

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Audible disappointment

I was so excited to listen to this book but could not get past the constant, “background noise”. The ominous music and sound effects were too loud and distracted me from properly listening to the narrator. I returned my Audible version. I wish there was a way to distinguish narrated books from these newer “radio story” narrations that have been coming out lately. When the author is reading aloud about a scraping sound, I can easily imagine it, I don’t have to hear it too.

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Background music is awful

I couldn’t make it 2 minutes in with the background noise screeching. Extremely distracting! Couldn’t even listen to the story. Can you have an option to remove this?? Please help.

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