The Forest of Hands and Teeth

  • by Carrie Ryan
  • Narrated by Vane Millon
  • 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.
But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?
Carrie Ryan lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can visit Carrie at


What the Critics Say

"Mary's observant, careful narration pulls readers into a bleak but gripping story of survival and the endless capacity of humanity to persevere . . .Fresh and riveting." (Publishers Weekly)
"The suspense that Ryan has created from the very first page on entices and tempts readers so that putting the book down is not an option." (School Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


I agree that the narrator is not the best choice for this book. It feels like she emphasizes absolutley everything. It seems to be the heighth of her range. The story itself is not terrible, I was really hoping for this zombie world to unfold but it never did. But the worst part was that by halfway through the book I found myself wishing the heroine would die. She was so indecisive and selfish that she got those around her hurt or killed, and after so much of that I couldnt help it, I was ready to see her go. The narrators emotional outburst reading of it made her even more detestable. I usually save my audio books, but I deleted this one entirely after listening to it once. I couldnt stomach it again.
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- Jennifer

Interesting Idea, Blah Execution

This novel started well. I liked the premise and looked forward to learning more about the village and its people and history. But that never came. In fact, we meet maybe a dozen of the village's inhabitants and learn little about them. And then, halfway through, I became bored of Mary, the unconvincing and bland heroine. The toneless narration did nothing to help.
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- Annie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-19-2009
  • Publisher: Listening Library