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The Girl with All the Gifts

Lu par : Finty Williams
Série : The Girl with All the Gifts, Volume 1
Durée : 13 h et 3 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 notations)

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‘Not every gift is a blessing.’ In M. R. Carey’s thrilling audiobook, Melanie is a special child – The Girl with All the Gifts. She has an unusually high IQ, and yet she does not understand why she is subject to such high security – cared for at gunpoint, locked in a cell, strapped to a wheelchair. She loves school and tells her teacher, Helen Justineau, what she plans to do when she grows up, but Miss Justineau just looks sad. Narrated by the wonderful Finty Williams, The Girl with All the Gifts is available for download from Audible.

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Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award 2014

Not every gift is a blessing.

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'.

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up.

Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, The Girl with all the Gifts is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will listen to this year.

The phenomenal word-of-mouth best seller The Girl with all the Gifts is now a major film on widespread distribution starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine.

©2014 M. R. Carey (P)2014 Hachette Audio

Critiques

"A great read that takes hold of you and doesn´t let go." (John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of Let The Right One In)
"Brilliant... Gripping right to the end." ( Sunday Times best-selling author Carole Matthews)

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Great characters, great story, great twists

This is an entirely fresh take on a particular apocalypse genre - I won't spoil it by saying which one.

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  • Mariechen
  • 06/02/2016

Wholly Unique

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with All the Gifts to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I thoroughly enjoyed the audio. There were some fantastic quotables that I would have liked to underline or at least page back to, but otherwise I'm quite satisfied.

Have you listened to any of Finty Williams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I enjoyed this performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Carey writes so touchingly about Melanie that my heart wants to break. I adore how she gets the reader closer and closer to her characters. The characters are also fallible, and sometimes downright unlikeable, but generally not stereotypically so. They seem human. Sometimes Dr Caldwell seemed a bit like the Mad Scientist stereotype, though...

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  • DebB
  • 02/09/2014

Fabulous!

I listen to a lot of audiobooks, in lots of different genres, and every now and then you come across one that is extra good. And I have to say 'The Girl with Al the Gifts' is really quite wonderful.
It's really well written, and the narration is perfect. I loved everything about it!

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  • Jefferson
  • 01/10/2016

"I won't hurt you. I just want to examine you."

Ten-year-old Melanie thinks she's a normal girl (maybe a little better at maths and myths than her classmates) who'll grow up to be a princess and to maybe rescue her beloved teacher Miss Justineau from monsters. To Miss Justineau, Melanie is a special child. To Sergeant Parks, she is a dangerous monster. To Private Gallagher, she is uncanny. To Dr. Caldwell, she is Test Subject Number 1.

That complexity is one of the virtues of M. R. Carey's The Girl with All the Gifts (2014), a zombie genre retelling of the Greek myth about Pandora (whose name, Melanie explains, means "the girl with all the gifts"). All five point of view characters are right and wrong about Melanie, and reading to find out if and how they'll learn they're wrong and right is a suspenseful pleasure--if pleasure is the right word for a story set in a near future twenty years after a parasitic fungus mutated so as to colonize human hosts, commandeering their nervous systems and consuming their brains to turn people into "hungries," virtually mindless predators driven to eat raw meat to provide protein to the fungus, resulting in "the Breakdown" of civilization and the probable eventual extinction of homo sapiens.

Narrated from Melanie's point of view, the first three of seventy-four chapters recall Never Let Me Go, for she is confined to a place with her life organized around classes, and her fellow pupils and she are destined for a special terminal purpose, which her favorite teacher, Miss Justineau, is finding increasingly difficult to deal with. Melanie and her classmates live in small individual cells on a kind of military base. Despite not being free to leave the cellblock, despite not even being able to leave her cell unless she's strapped head and foot to a wheel chair, Melanie has picked up various clues about her world from what her teachers and to Sergeant Parks, who's in charge of the kids' confinement, say. But she still doesn't quite know what she is.

After a band of "junkers," "survivalist assholes" who live by scavenging, pay the base a call, the novel kicks into high page-turning gear. Although Carey includes some typical zombie genre tropes (e.g., the old trapped in a house surrounded by zombies situation), he does most everything with a refreshing, unsparing, and convincing authenticity, while adding enough surprises and fresh takes on the typical tropes to make his book bracing. And because we care about his characters, it's all very suspenseful.

Yes, the strongest part of this novel is its convincing point of view characters, each with their own personal history shaping and driving them, often in conflict with others: Miss Justineau (psychologist brought in to study the children's emotional responses and cognitive processes), Dr. Caldwell (uber scientist out to save homo sapiens via vivisection), scar-faced Sergeant Parks (essential soldier aiming to do his job), Private Gallagher (hapless, gormless, sweet). And wonderful Melanie of course. She wishes her name were Pandora, because she has learnt that Pandora didn't only release harmful things into the world but also some good things and figures that Pandora shouldn't be blamed because Zeus made her with curiosity and set up the whole trap. She's like any kid sensually experiencing and building an overwhelming new world around herself--and she's something very different. She has great presence and poise, fears and bravery.

Carey works in plenty of allusions to Greek/Roman myths (like Acteon) and legends (like The Aeneid). And his similes/metaphors are apt, telling, vivid, fresh, sometimes humorous.
--"The laugh you'd make if you rubbed out a mistake in a sum and accidentally tore the paper."
--"Her first taste of blood and warm flesh gives her a rush of pleasure bigger than she is… the part of her that can think bends in the cataract of mindless pleasure and hunger, and she goes on eating, feeling like a torrent of waterfall poured in a cup."
--Hungries standing still in different stages of decomposition "look like they're posing for paintings."
--"a fine fractal froth" of spores.

It is not a horror fantasy novel so much as a science fiction suspense novel. The biology of the fungus is convincingly detailed, with plenty of scientific language and behavior. As with much of the best sf, it comments on how we live now: "It's like before the breakdown people used to spend their whole lives making cocoons for themselves out of furniture and ornaments and books and toys and pictures and any kind of shit they could find."

And the ending! It is perfect: surprising, inevitable, disturbing, and moving.

The audiobook is finely read by Flinty Williams. She is the kind of reader who doesn't try to perform vocal gymnastics to differentiate among different characters, but only slightly lowers or raises her voice for men or kids, etc., and just reads every word and sentence with pitch perfect pronunciation, pacing, and emphasis. And she has an appealing British accent, voice, and manner.

People who like the zombie genre's potential and are willing to sample its more intelligent and original examples, like Daryl Gregory's Raising Stony Mayhall (2011), should like this book. (Refreshingly, it doesn't appear to be the first in a series.)

**Note: Just because one of the main characters is ten years old, don't think that this is exactly a YA book: its attack on human pride may be disturbing, and many scenes are graphic.**

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  • Nicky Furniss
  • 13/05/2019

Excellent, gripping story from start to end

Narrator was superb, as was the story. Made this genre accessible even for those who may not usually choose to read this kind of book. Riveting. I raced through it, but now wish there was more!

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  • Tac
  • 25/04/2019

Holy crap!! The end was AMAZING!!

The end to thIs book took it from a 8/10 to a 10/10!!I highly recommend this book!!

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  • Petroise van Driessel
  • 10/02/2019

Brilliant

The writer kept me on the very edge, sometimes too disturbed too listen, but too intrigued not too. Great story, very well read.

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  • Julie Gray
  • 18/01/2019

When U Thought Every Zombie Story Has Been Told...

I enjoyed this book so, so much. The narrator, Finty Williams is as gifted as her mother, Judi Dench. Really suspenseful story, written with humanity and artfulness that one might not expect from a story about zombies! Just when you thought every zombie story possible has already been told, along comes The Girl With All the Gifts. I am not normally a fan of this genre (I'm a fraidy cat and I don't go for the gruesome) but I am so glad that I read this book. I couldn't stop listening. And the end - wow. I did NOT see that coming.

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  • Maria Ves
  • 11/11/2018

Amazing amazing amazing!

i started this book without knowing much about it, but it drew me right in!
The whole storyline is well crafted and the ending is terribly satisfying.

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  • Scratchy
  • 06/10/2018

Intersting and very well written.

Loved the way this story unfolded and the well chosen and well written characters. The child character being the age she is was integral (genius really), the story would not have worked if this character was an adult. Gave me lots to think about but still took me away from my daily grind, which is my favourite kind of tale.

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  • milton
  • 03/09/2018

Not new but not old

I loved it! The narrator is really good, to bad she's only done this and the sequal that is for adults. The story is well written and the different points of view for the characters are interesting! I loved it and getting the sequal!

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  • papercuts1
  • Deutschland
  • 07/10/2014

Was bedeutet es, ein Mensch zu sein?

Die Inhaltsangabe lässt es erahnen - es geht um Zombies. Aber halt! Das hier hat nichts mit Zombie-Pandemie-Geschichten à la The Walking Dead oder World War Z zu tun! Gar nichts!

Das hier ist ein echter Roman. Die Zombie-Attacken sind Nebensache. Vielmehr geht es um die Frage, was einen Menschen eigentlich ausmacht: Seine Gene, seine Veranlagung? Oder seine Erziehung? Können Menschen Monster sein, und Monster dafür Menschen?

Diese Fragen werden größtenteils durch die Augen einer ganz besonderen 10jährigen betrachtet, für die die Welt sich auf eine Zelle und ein Klassenzimmer begrenzt - bis sie sich, zusammen mit einer Lehrerin, einer Wissenschaftlerin und einem Soldaten dem 'Draußen' stellen muss.

Die Figuren mögen teils sehr typisiert sein, sind aber dennoch interessant. Einige machen eine starke Entwicklung durch. Und neben den elementaren Fragen um 'Menschsein' und 'Menschlichkeit' gibt es noch viel Spannung, eine angemessene Menge Blut - und einen Schluss, der ebenso konsequent wie unerwartet ist. Da stockt einem der Atem.

Sprecherin Finty Williams spricht sich die Seele aus dem Leib. Ihre 'Melanie' ist neugierig, nachdenklich, klug, berührend. Bei den erwachsenen Perspektiven macht ihr Sgt. Parks am meisten Freude: Seine Entwicklung im Laufe der Geschichte ist auch stimmlich ein Erlebnis.

Ein ganz außergewöhnlicher Roman, der das 'Zombie-Genre' von einer ganz anderen, überraschenden Seite anpackt. Für mich eine der Entdeckungen des Jahres 2014!

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  • Normen Behr
  • Bad Kissingen, Bayern Deutschland
  • 17/07/2015

Untypische Zombiegeschichte

Was mir an dieser Zombiegeschichte besonders gefallen hat, sind die dem Genre neu hinzugedachten Ideen, was Herkunft und Verlauf der Zombie-Epidemie betrifft ... und natürlich die Tatsache, dass ein infiziertes Mädchen im Mittelpunkt steht, das selbst nicht weiß, was sie eigentlich ist. Sprachlich ist das Buch anspruchsvoll und elegant geschrieben, sodass die Grausamkeit der Handlung oft im Kontrast zur Sprache steht, was für mich den besonderen Reiz des Werks ausmacht. Das geschliffene Oxford-Englisch der Vorleserin ist toll, allerdings versäumt sie es, spannende Momente mit der entsprechenden Intonation zu untermalen. Ansonsten aber ein kurzweiliges Hörvergnügen mit einem Schluss zum Staunen.

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  • BikerJoe
  • 20/04/2015

Children in an Apocalyptic World

What a story. Heart breaking, powerful, thrilling and intelligently written. Best fiction I read in a while.

It is difficult to classify this book. It is science fiction, but it does not throw a lot of nonsensical science at you. Yes, there are something like Zombies in the story, but it is very different from something like "the walking dead".

I do not want to give away too much and this makes it very difficult to review the book. A lot of the fascination of the book is derived from the slow revelation of the terrible truth. Every time you think, it can't be that bad, it is getting worse.

It is the story of Melanie, an unusual young girl, growing up in an extremely bizarre environment. Most of the time, hand cuffed and strapped in a chair, she is locked up in a prison like facility and spends her time in class with some other kids or in her little cell. She is smart and learns very fast and she is fascinated to hear about a world outside of her personal experience, because she never left the confinement of the classroom and her little sleeping cubicle. The highlight of her life are the lessons with her favorite teacher Ms. Justineau, who is really nice and Melanie would do anything for her.

Life would not be so bad, if there were not the guards, who are cruel sometimes and Ms. Caldwell, a scientist, who does nasty things to the kids. Melanie does not really know, what is going on, but sometimes kids disappear and do not come back. And then, things really go crazy...

It is a great story, read it.

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  • Finn
  • 30/05/2015

Leider etwas flach. Eine Zombiegeschichte halt...

Leider hat mich die Geschichte nicht besonders mitgenommen. Die Charaktere sind mir zu flach und vorhersehbar.
Als Kurzgeschichte oder Film wäre der Stoff deutlich besser geeignet.

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  • Manfred A. Heimgartner
  • 18/02/2015

Interesting beginning but gradually got worse.

The start was very interesting but basicall it was "standard" Zombie story with an ending that is very similar to another book.

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  • E. Schulz
  • 08/06/2017

Bisschen gruselig, bisschen viel Wissenschaft

... Aber trotzdem gut. vor allem die Sprecherin macht das hörenswert und die Geschichte ist ganz amüsant

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  • Doctor
  • 20/03/2017

Simply amazing!

One of the best audiobooks I had in a while. Amazing narrator and a thought-through story full of surprises.

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  • Harald Mandl
  • München, Bayern
  • 07/10/2016

Outstanding

From all end-of-the-world stories, this is one of the greatest. Intense, gripping, read with a wonderful British accent.

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  • Markus
  • 20/08/2016

excellent

After quite a long while finally a book again with an captivating story and excellent reader. I thought I was through with Zombie stories, but that really stands out.
Ich bin wirklich froh, dieses Buch auf Englisch gehört zu haben. Nie im Leben wäre ich auf die Idee gekommen ein Buch zu kaufen, welches "die Berufene" heißt, was für ein bescheuerter Titel ist das denn!!? Egal wie gut die Rezensionen sind.

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  • Dominik
  • 16/02/2016

eines der besten Hörbucher aller Zeiten!

grandios! kunstvoll erzählt, spannend bis zum Ende. eine fantastische Zombie - apokalypse , aber anders als alles, was es sonst so zu diesem thema gibt. philosophischer, nachdenklich und einfach sehr sehr gut geschrieben! auch die Sprecherin ist großartig. absolute empfehlung!