by Josh Malerman
Series: Bird Box #2
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 8 hours and 44 minutes
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.3x
In the thrilling sequel to Bird Box, the inspiration for the record-breaking Netflix film that starred Sandra Bullock and “absolutely riveted” Stephen King, New York Times best-selling author Josh Malerman brings unseen horrors to life.
Twelve years after Malorie and her children rowed up the river to safety, a blindfold is still the only thing that stands between sanity and madness. One glimpse of the creatures that stalk the world will drive a person to unspeakable violence.
There remains no explanation. No solution.
All Malorie can do is survive - and impart her fierce will to do so on her children. Don’t get lazy, she tells them. Don’t take off your blindfold. AND DON’T LOOK.
But then comes what feels like impossible news. And with it, the first time Malorie has allowed herself to hope.
Someone very dear to her, someone she believed dead, may be alive.
Malorie has already lost so much: her sister, a house full of people who meant everything, and any chance at an ordinary life. But getting her life back means returning to a world full of unknowable horrors - and risking the lives of her children again.
Because the creatures are not the only thing Malorie fears: There are the people who claim to have caught and experimented on the creatures. Murmurings of monstrous inventions and dangerous new ideas. And rumors that the creatures themselves have changed into something even more frightening.
Malorie has a harrowing choice to make: to live by the rules of survival that have served her so well, or to venture into the darkness and reach for hope once more.
Malorie by Josh Malerman is the follow up sequel to his blockbuster hit Bird Box. Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Malerman delivered a story I didn’t even know I wanted. Brilliant, thought-provoking and addictive.
I have a little confession to make. I didn’t read or listen to Bird Box even though I own both the eBook and Audible versions. I did however watch the movie with Sandra Bullock. After listening, I have a feeling I cheated myself horribly! There I feel better for having bared my soul.
This tale opens twelve years after they arrived at the school for the blind. Thomas and Olivia are teens (sixteen) when their sanctuary is evaded by the others. The three set out and find a home at an abandoned campground. They are living by the fold when a stranger appears. He is taking a census and has news. The tale was frightening and suspenseful. It highlights the struggle of youth to experience the world on their own terms, addresses our fear of change and awakens hope.
As the story unfolds, we meet fear head-on, and learn of secrets as Malorie and the teens are tested. Phew, this got intense. From not being able to see to the risks and danger they faced. The danger came not only from the creatures but also from fellow humans.
Before listening to this I would have said I was happy with how Bird Box ended, now I am grateful that the author gave us more. It was intense, creepy, and thought provoking. I loved that it tested beliefs and challenged each of us to think. Do we stay safe and live by the fold, or do we test the limits of our restraints? Is safe always better?
Cassandra Campbell was brilliant with the narration. She captured the tone, fear and atmospheric story,. Her voice allowed the listener to experience Malorie’s uncertainty, terror and desperation. I felt she enhanced an already well-written tale and elevated my enjoyment.
I will watch for the movie on Netflix, but not before I listen to Bird Box.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
I didn’t know there was a sequel!!! I scared myself silly reading Birdbox alone in the dark. Can’t wait to read Malorie! Thanks for the heads up!
Now you are making me feel guilty, because I have yet to read/listen to book one, but I did watch the movie. 🙂
Well you made me feel better because I owned the ebook & audio..but had only watched the movie! So now I know I am not the only one 🙂
Debbie S Haupt
OMG I have goosebumps
This was so good!
I am not a big fan of horror stories. I think I might see if I can find the movie for Bird Box and if it is too chilling for me, I can just turn it off. Wonderful review Kimberly. Cassandra Campbell is one of my favourite narrators as well.
It’s not horror with gory scenes…more suspense of the unknown Carla. I love to read/listen to Horror with guts and glory but cannot watch them at ALL. I had zero problems watching the movie.
I’ve had the first book on my Kindle since before the movie was a thing, but I’ve never gotten around to reading it. I think this would actually work better as an audiobook anyway.
Agreed. I have both and will be listening to it.
Tyler H. Jolley
How did I not there was a sequel to to Bird Box.
Tyler H. Jolley
Oops, didn’t finish my thought. But for real, how did I not know about this? I’m so excited! Thanks for putting this on my radar.
Happy to share!
S @ Books & Bark
I love that you listen to audiobooks on 1.3x speed! I recently started listening to audiobooks for the first time, but am perpetually annoyed at how long it takes me to read them. Will definitely have to try when I check this one out!
Most books fall around that but the current one I am listening to the woman speaks so slowly I am at 1.5 LOL I listen to the first chapter at normal speed and then select the speed that feels most comfortable.
I listen when I cannot read and thus finish 1-3 audiobooks a week while doing chores or mundane tasks and I love to set the sleep timer at night and listen with sleeping headphones. Sometimes this is bad because if I get caught up…. I keep resetting the timer..LOL
I enjoyed the movie but I haven’t tried the books
Yeah, I liked it too and was going to wait until after I listened on audio, but fam wanted to watch and I didn’t want to be a spoil-sport.
I still need to try Bird Box, I don’t know what it is that stops me from doing it…lol. I haven’t even watched the movie either, so can’t blame movie watching before reading…lol.
LOL, it happens. I plan to listen.
i haven’t read or seen bird box. the creepy cover had already caught my attention, but your review has me even more curious
I hope you decide to try them.
I really loved Bird Box, so I’m definitely planning to read Malorie. I like that the kids are teens now. It sounds great – glad to hear you loved it.
It was well done. Enjoy Lauren!
Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
Great review, I enjoyed the book too. I would definitely recommend reading/listening to Bird Box, the film is fine but the book is better!!
The book is always better?
Exciting! I didn’t know there was a second book!
I had no clue either! LOL