• The Boy on the Bridge

  • Booktrack Edition
  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (283 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Boy on the Bridge: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!* 

If you fell in love with Melanie in the million-copy-selling post-apocalyptic phenomenon The Girl With All the Gifts - there's more to the story... 

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. 

*Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.  

©2017 M. R. Carey (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A wonderful trip back into the universe of The Girl With All the Gifts" (100 Percent Rock Magazine)

"A tense story with superbly rendered characters and the same blend of tragedy and hope." (SciFiNow)

"The Boy on the Bridge is a careful companion, including thematic parallels that remind us, in sometimes horrific ways, that our actions always have wider consequences than we think." (NPR)

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Couldn't get through the performance

I listened to - and LOVED - The Girl with All the Gifts. But inexplicably the producers decided to infuse every moment of this book with dreamy new-aged background music that has zero to do with the tempo or emotional content of the story. It's like they found some cheap royalty-free music and let an intern just layer in whatever whenever. The incongruity between the music and the story was so distracting I had to stop listening at Chapter 8. Maybe I'll try the Kindle version to give the story a fair chance, but I would have to say, a pass on this version. Unfortunate waste of a credit!

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what is with the music. disappointed massively.

I love Carey's works but the odd and inappropriate music and neutral narration killed this one for me. quit at chapter 15. wish this could be redone with no music and better narration.

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Fantastic!

An excellent journey from a different crew in the 'Girl with all the gifts" universe. I chose the version with the soundtrack. The music was sometimes soft and appropriate. other times it was a total distraction. I totally love these characters and thier journey. Highly recommend!! but maybe choose the one without the added music.

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A great listen for the thoughtful horror

As a prequel, I found myself actually enjoying this one more than “The Girl With All the Gifts”. Which may be because I am already invested in this world and eager to hear more about it. These characters were not quite cookie cutter zombie crew but also not too far from it. However, the author does give each necessary character a bit of charm or arch that allows them to feel more authentic. Some voices were not easy to distinguish through the narrator but most were done efficiently. And overall great listen.

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Good Prequel to the Girl With All the Gifts

This is a good prequel but does drag a bit. The background music is annoying and does not add to the story. I will avoid audio books that have this in the future.

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music w/ narration, big issue hearing impaired.

why? it's not sound effects that add to the story, it's just a noise that makes it harder to parse the words for those of use who are hearing impaired

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Who thought music was a good idea?

It was an enjoyable journey start to finish. Maybe not as strong as The Girl With All The Gifts, but good nonetheless.
The book however has incidental music throughout its entirety that I found extremely distracting.

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Was confused about the timeline, but...

The more this story went along, the more I liked it. I was confused about how it related to the Girl with all the Gifts, but that was answered by the end. I really liked this story! I didn't expect the fates of the people to end up like they did, so it wasn't totally cliched. but now that I'm done with the story I miss it. I highly recommend, if you like GWATG, you'll like this one too!

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Even better than the first book of the series!

This book is AMAZING! I really hope that the author decides to continue the story. After reading The Girl With All The Gifts and then finishing this one, the story definitely would be complete with just these two. However, my fangirl heart yearns for more!

This book was wonderfully written and narrated. You delve so deep into the story when you listen that it's almost as if you are living it. The epilogue gave me goosebumps more than once (I even replayed just the epilogue and got the same response). I listened at work and almost had to stop listening because I was getting so emotional during the epilogue!

PLEASE KEEP WRITING MORE BOOKS, M. R. CAREY, EVEN IF THEY HAVE OTHER STORY PLOTS. The gift you share with us all through writing deserves to be heard and read! You have such a talent ❤

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Amazing Performance, and an even better story

I started this book immediately after finishing The Girl With All The Gifts.... and now I want to immediately go back and listen to the Booktrack edition of that one again! Highly recommend this incredibly moving tale which transcends its genre to teach something about humanity.

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