The Night Parade

  • by Ronald Malfi
  • Narrated by Tom Taylorson
  • 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Mo Devlin

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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- Tim Ward

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-26-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.