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The Boy on the Bridge

Narrated by: Finty Williams
Series: The Girl with All the Gifts, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)

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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.

In The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey returns to the world of his phenomenal word-of-mouth best seller, The Girl With All the Gifts, for the very first time.

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

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  • Rick
  • Perth, Australia
  • 07-06-2017

Great story with moments of genuine suspense

I bought this audiobook on the strength of The Girl With All the Gifts. At first the story didn't grab me, but as the story unfolded and the pace increased my buy in increased also. There are interesting characters, realistic interpersonal dynamics, and moments of genuine suspense. And there are tie ins to the previous book and a satisfying epilogue. If you loved the first book you will also love this one.

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Excellent!

Just a brilliant prequel that also manages to be a sequel as well. You'll love it if your a fan of "The Girl with all the Gifts". Highly recommended.

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Standing Ovation from me. More!

Harder to get into than the last one but by god the ending was f*&@ worth it! LITTERALY i want to hear both stoys again, and thats somthing i never do.

Cocky after reading other reviews ranting about the twist i was shure i had it... Morons spoiling it for me. But gladly i was hit by the iceberg of suprise at the end. Wept.

So many charicters. But. If you pay attention to the robot and his friend as well as the commander - the story will grasp ur hand and lead you through a naritive that is told so personally, you will miss the charicters and the narrator equally at it takes all the hope from the last book and winds that expertly in to a most uplifting, beleavable, and triumphant ending.

Standing f*# ovation from me.

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A lovely listen.

Diverse and high-quality character development.

Ties in neatly with 'the girl with all the gifts'.

Delightfully unpredictable.

My favourite audible narrator so far.

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A solid sequel that can be read solo.

Not as mind blowing as the first book but a great ride all the same. Plenty of surprises, action and moments of horror along the way. Lovely to read an author that has so successfully re-asserted the genre as one that can discuss what is “human” and human agency in the context of crisis and survival. I very much enjoyed and would love to see another but happy with how it ended all the same.

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Nice .....but not nearly as good as the first book

Nice .....but not nearly as good as the first book. TGWATG provided a solid foundation. TBOTB included too much of that info which bogged it down.

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loved it<br />

loved these 2 books, could not get enough and did not want it to end.

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boring but worth it?

i loved the first book but this one was really quite boring. i couldn't wait for it to end really... i feel bad saying that because i do still appreciate the story and characters. the ending was worth it though. it wrapped it all up really really well with a great twist!! so i feel better now.

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  • Tyler
  • Australia
  • 02-01-2018

Gripping followup to The Girl With All The Gifts

I found this book to really resonate with me personally and I wish to make that bias clear for this review. As a young boy growing up without understanding that I had a autistic spectrum disorder, I had many social experiences that filled me with terror and despair but also with hope and joy. M. R. Carey really captures the experience and must have either done exceptional research or has personal experience. I recommend this book to people who want to read about a realistic autistic character portrayed in a positive light.

Aside from that, the The Boy on the Bridge continues the themes of tragedy, tension and persistence that are first set in The Girl with all the Gifts. I found the prequel nature sort of gave away the ending but I would not recommend reading this before The Girl with all the Gifts. The pressure that builds up both from the drama and the fear of infection is intense and persists all of the way until the end. I think that this is a good read that is elevated by the authenticity and world building that preserves the suspension of disbelief.

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Just ok

The story was ok though I would have preferred it if I could have been more invested in a smaller number of characters. The narration was good. All in all it was a perfectly listenable book.

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  • Danny Keating
  • 06-05-2018

Not as good as Girl With All The Gifts, but still great

M. R. Carey continues to add a fresh take on a genre that became stale somewhere around Walking Dead Season 6.

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  • Annie Armstrong
  • 28-06-2017

Extraordinary. Best book ever, along with The Girl With All the Gifts. Thank you so so much, MR CAREY and FINTY.

Extraordinary. Best book ever, along with The Girl With All the Gifts. Thank you so so much, MR CAREY and FINTY. You make the world a much better place.

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  • Katrine
  • 18-08-2019

A worthy second in series

Loved it. Both the story and the narrator. Gripping, exciting, surprising, edge-of-my-seat suspense. I loved the different views of a situation.
Kept me wondering the whole book how in the world Rosy ended up abandoned in London, where they found it in book 1.
It’s not hard to imagine this scenario happening to our world.

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  • Irene
  • 27-12-2017

Immersive

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Beautifully written. Pulls on the heartstrings in so many ways because of the inevitability of the outcome. Just like The Girl with all the Gifts, extrapolates logically from the initial premise. Totally satisfying book.

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  • Joanne S.
  • 20-10-2017

Excellent Follow-up for the Girl with all the gift

Absolutely loved the first book in the series and this second book didn't disappoint. I found this hard to put down, I couldn't wait to hear what was happening next. I love the pictures painted by the words. Highly recommend.

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  • Robyn
  • 05-02-2018

So clever. Tension all the way...

The Girl with All the Gifts was always going to be a hard act to follow, and I was therefore a little underwhelmed by Fellside, but The Boy on the Bridge is easily another 5 star listen

The Boy is the second book in this series, and although it is set in a time which precedes the events of The Girl, it should definitely only be read second - otherwise you will spoil the surprise of The Girl! Arguably, The Boy was more of a challenge for the author to keep the reader gripped because, given the events of the Girl, you know where it's all headed, so no real opportunities for the author to give too many twists to the plot - instead, M.R. Carey keeps the engagement up through tension - from start to finish. Indeed, it's one of those tales where you know it's going to go wrong.....and then it doesn't....and it doesn't.....and then it does! and then it doesn't , doesn't, doesn't, and then it does....... a tension roller coaster, and the fact that you know the inevitable path they're all on only adds to the suspense. Cleverly done.

And what an ending! The Girl's final scene has stayed with me long after the detail of the story itself has faded. With The Boy, Carey delivers another blinder.

Excellent listen. 5/5.

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  • Simon
  • 06-05-2017

Boy Meets Girl!

The "Boy on the Bridge" sees MR Carey return to the world of his simply stunning debut "The Girl With All The Gifts".  It is reasonably described as a prequel but it most certainly should not be read first!  Part of the sheer joy of reading "The Girl" was an extremely cleverly-written voyage of discovery to the very nature of its lead character and her story.  Even the genre of the book takes some time to reveal itself.  So, while this could be read as a standalone it will take a lot away from any subsequent reading of the original volume.  Likewise of course reviews of this one such as this are bound to contain spoilers, read on at your peril! 

This book follows a crew of soldiers and scientists sent out from Beacon to see if they can discover ways to combat the cordyceps infestation that has devastated mankind.  They are an interesting mix and there are things to recommend this over the original book.  The research that has gone into it is naturally deeper and the characters felt more rounded to me.  Finty Williams does her usual fine job of narration and the world does maintain consistency and fit well.  The epilogue really ties it all together and removed a huge doubt from my mind.

So, I really enjoyed this and would very happily recommend it to anyone who read and enjoyed the first book.  I personally don't think that it quite hits the same dizzy heights though. "The Girl With All The Gifts" was extremely original and clever in that it delivered a genuine voyage of discovery.  I think this one is very enjoyable but I wasn't left with quite the same sense of wonder and it didn't have the same page-turning qualities.  Still, "The Boy" is a very worthy companion to "The Girl" as the epilogue proves.

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  • amanda
  • 20-01-2018

Slow start

I am so glad I persevered with this book, it felt like a long time to get going, but really enjoyed it
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  • RESampson
  • 21-06-2017

Good but not as good as the girl with all the gifts

I was blown away by the girl with all the gifts. M.R.Cary is a fantastic writer.

This book is still good but doesn't have the same wow factor / emotional buy in. You come to love and root for Melanie in the first book and this book, although good and worth a listen isn't quite as good.

If you enjoyed the girl with all the gifts this is worth persevering with and the epilogue is my favourite part!

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  • neil O'keeffe
  • 14-06-2017

Better then the first

Stunning. I drive a lot-so I listen to audiobooks .. this one had me sitting in car parks not wanting to get out of the car.

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  • Alexander Sutherland
  • 05-06-2017

A fantastic sequel

What made the experience of listening to The Boy on the Bridge the most enjoyable?

The first book and the narration was still by a long way superior and excellent in all ways. However, this book still stands up well - even in isolation aside from the epilogue which requires the first book to make sense of.
Good narration, fun characters - a lot of thought went into this.

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  • Galbally
  • 01-06-2017

The prefect follow up

A great prequel to The Girl With All The Gifts. Definitely worth a listen and the epilogue is worth the price of admission alone.

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  • TomzMullen
  • 25-05-2017

Wonderful story- highly recommended

Like all good books, I was so disappointed when this book came to an end. I recommend this book in conjunction with 'The Girl with all the Gifts, that should be read first. Both are wonderful stories. I enjoyed them so much. M. R. Carey you are a master story teller and Finty Williams is a brilliant narrator. Thank you both for providing me with an engrossing listen.

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  • Brian
  • 19-01-2018

Extraordinary!! Surpasses The Girl!

The 2 best audiobooks that I have listened to in the last few years. I was worried that the Boy wouldn't live upto The Girl but it certainly did. Compulsive listening. Loved every minute.
Narration is perfect.

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  • Tallulah Edwards
  • 10-05-2017

Adored it!

Absolutely adore The Girl with all The Gifts. And this was just a brilliant. I always love the characters and how differed they are from one another.
Certainly not your usual post-apocolphtic story!

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