• The Night Parade

  • By: Ronald Malfi
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (2,671 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A father and daughter try to survive the steady decline of all they know in this haunting thriller from award-winning author Ronald Malfi.

First the birds disappeared.

Then the insects took over.

Then the madness began.

They call it Wanderer's Folly - a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race.

After two years of creeping decay, David Arlen woke up one morning thinking that the worst was over. By midnight, he's bleeding and terrified, his wife is dead, and he's on the run in a stolen car with his eight-year-old daughter, who may be the key to a cure.

Ellie is a special girl - deep, insightful - and she knows David is lying to her. Lying about her mother. Lying about what they're running from. And lying about what he sees when he takes his eyes off the road.

©2016 Ronald Malfi (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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As emotional a story as he ever told

Ronald Malfi is one of the best. My original thought after finishing this book is that Malfi is one of the best horror authors out there, partly because of how he is able to creatively expand the limits of horror, but really, "horror" doesn't feel like an adequate qualifier for his work. I feel others hear "horror" and think of Chainsaw Massacre or Freddy Krueger...though there is a little Krueger mind games in this. They hear "horror" and think the story to come is going to be full of violence. Malfi has a little violence, but is mainly focused, as usual for his stories, on the relationship between parents and their children. His work in this book is an outstanding vignette on loss and the desire to survive and provide for your children in a terrifying world.

In The Night Parade, there is a virus that scientists can't explain how it is transmitted, and which turns people mad until they lose it and take their lives. A father has swept his daughter onto a cross country trip as he fears that virus is infecting him. In this aspect, it is unsettling, and as he tries to keep his daughter safe, not only from this virus, but also the collapsing world around them, we are taken on a dark and emotionally deep experience.

For me, good horror is that which makes me want to hold my family tighter, and this is one of the best examples I've read. The end brought tears as the unexpected turn opened a flood of emotion I didn't think possible.

As to the audiobook quality: the narrator does a great job, and the production is spot on.

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Unfulfilling

This is my second book by Malfi. I enjoyed the last. This was a major disappointment. It can be summed up easily: man with daughter possessing special abilities eludes bad guys in a pre apocalyptic world. Natural phenomena plagues them and is never explained away. Then the story ends.

I kept waiting for something to happen. At hour ten I had the sinking feeling this was it, but hung in their for the surprise twist/ending. Nada. I can only believe this is the beginning of a series. Because the only other reason the book would end so quickly is the author had to escape a burning building.

Save your money. Even the bugs were bad. Take half of the story star away above.

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One chapter too many.

Ok so first let me start by saying that this is a good listen and is not a bad story. However, this is a long story, a very long story, and due to that it can get a tad bit meh half way through due to the length. I found my self listening to this story in chunks of about 3 to 4 hours a night. The pacing of the story gets kind of meh about half way through, There is a quiet moment and then something happens that forces the story to move into the next chapter, rinse then wash. There are a couple things that do not get wrapped up in the story but I wont spoil them. The story jumps between the past and the present which is not all that bad. The story effectively is over around chapter 64 but it takes it one chapter too many and cheapens the ending.

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Apocalyptic Foreboding Novel

The main strength of this novel is the sense of dread in a fading world. It is an unrelenting depressing book. This is actually a good thing if you like a realistic setting and characters. The characters are well-developed. There could have been more action, but the book takes place over a few days except for the flashbacks that chart the beginning of the plague. The narration was mediocre with the female voices especially suffering.

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A well done slow burn, apocalyptic-ish type tale

I like Ronald Malfi. The dude can write. This one is a slow burn, apocalyptic-ish type tale that follows a man and his daughter as they seek comfort and shelter from those who are hunting them for their own agenda. During their travels, their stories will be revealed, secrets unburied and hope reborn. Nicely done. Had a wee Firestarter vibe to it too.

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Disappointing

Given the very positive reviews on good reads I am very disappointed with this one! It sounded REALLY good but was just very bland the entire way through. I was expecting a more spooky, suspenseful read and it just didn’t ever quite get there. You take a kid and go on the run where nothing really over the top happens. Along the way the reader is waiting for some wow moment that never arrives. I don’t get into the whole “people with special powers” thing but even that part ended up a big zero! And even though there was a somewhat moving type of ending, the entire storyline never really got wrapped up into a neat little package in my opinion.
This book was voted for and chosen out of three for my new book clubs first read for June and the month is not over so we have not discussed it yet but I’m quite sure there’s gonna be a consensus of disappointment.

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Mixed feelings

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending was absolutely cliched and incredibly stupid. It ruined an otherwise good book that for whatever reason touched me and kept my interest. How could and author who could create the feeling in this loving relationship be so trite in the end.

Still worth reading but......

What three words best describe Tom Taylorson’s voice?

Another mixed review. Good voices and characterizations.

Sloppy edits at the end. Demonstrates the narrator's distain for the reader. If he had a sense of craft he would have re-narrated the whole chapter, instead of the intrusive edits if he weren't so lazy.

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Disappointed

It was a pretty good read, but left me hanging at the end... oh, wait, it never ended. Just stopped. Very disappointing to all of a sudden end, with no real explanation of the story! Way too many things unexplained. Sometimes things are good, left to one's imagination, but not an entire book!

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Fast paced and exciting!

This was better than I expected it to be. It kept my interest even while working out - great motivation! I only wish there had been a epilogue; I wasn't ready to be done with the characters.

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Malfis' best book yet!

Nice plot, satisfying ending. Lacking a little in the "Why?" department but still a delicious read and Malfis' most polished work.

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