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Bird Box: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Josh Malerman

Narrated By: Cassandra Campbell

Date: May 2014

Duration: 9 hours 9 minutes


Now a Netflix film starring Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar and John Malkovich!

Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world—a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.

Something is out there . . .

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?

Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?

Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.


  • Richard F.

    If you think you know the story after seeing the NETFLIX film- you MUST read the novel! Though there are similarities in both there are just as many events and changes to turn this novel into a separate yet equal read. The tone of the novel is more ominous than action. Mallory and her “people” walk you through a suspenseful journey into the unknown and the frightening. I was so glad I decided to pick this Audiobook! Hopefully you will enjoy both the movie and the novel equally. The Thai phrase: “Same Same but Different” certainly in applicable with BIRD BOX.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • C Barba

    I great narrator I have read her before. Book has a great concept. Tail biting from start to finish. This book would make an amazing movie! A must read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Debi A.

    I thought this was a long drawn out boring book. the narrator was good the book was awful. if I could give it 0 stars I would. in my opinion which is my own dont bother and dont watch the movie its not better its awful also. I listened to the book hopefully thinking it had to make sense since the movie made none and I was wrong the book made no difference it just took longer and I fell asleep twice trying to listen again. I dont recommend this at all.

  • Florentina G.

    I loved the book. I loved the movie. I loved the narrator. It is as the book is written from Sandra Bullock. As I saw in another comment: the book and the movie are same same, but different. The book has a different narrative flow than the movie. It kept me on the edge most of the times. Even the ending is edgy. I can't wait for the second book.

  • Lori T.

    Excellent Book!! So different from the film! I enjoy this book a lot. Recommend to anyone to read. T

  • Don S.

    Finally a movie that was better then the book. Don’t get me wrong the story is original and amazing. I enjoyed every minute of it. My only criticism is there was not enough character development. I wanted to know more about these folks. All in all I recommend this novel.

  • Cindy P.

    Very interesting concept, I was intrigued the whole time. Narrator was great, but reading at a higher speed made her sound a bit distorted, but I blame that on the app and not the narration. Overall, a suspenseful story that kept me wanting to know more.

  • Vinicius M.

    Story is OK, a good old survival horror, with a linear plot. I am writing this due to the narration. Cassandra Campbell is perfect. In my opinion, she is the reason this book keeps you on the edge, not the story itself. I will ask for people who read the paper version of this book for their thoughts; i believe that the audio version is much better.

  • Marchell I.

    This book was strange at first, then become so intense I couldn't stop listening. Loved it Unknown horrors Loved it

  • Tracy k

    I liked the story, pretty cool concept. I liked that the creatures were up for interpretation. I was totally drawn in to the story, and was never bored. I like the narrator too, I've listened to her before and she does a great job.

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