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  • The Cabin at the End of the World

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  • Written by: Paul Tremblay
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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The Cabin at the End of the World

Written by: Paul Tremblay
Narrated by: Amy Landon
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Publisher's Summary

Paul Tremblay’s terrifying twist to the home invasion novel—inspiration for the upcoming major motion picture from Universal Pictures

“Tremblay’s personal best. It’s that good.”—Stephen King

Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road.

One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen, but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, “None of what’s going to happen is your fault.” Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: “Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.”

Thus begins an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. The Cabin at the End of the World is a masterpiece of terror and suspense from the fantastically fertile imagination of Paul Tremblay.

©2018 Paul Tremblay (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

What the critics say

“A tremendous book - thought-provoking and terrifying, with tension that winds up like a chain. The Cabin at the End of the World is Tremblay’s personal best. It’s that good.” (Stephen King)

Editorial Review

When a group of foreboding strangers disrupts their vacation, Wen and his family are thrust into a situation out of their worst nightmares. The Cabin at the End of the World is a story full of horror and suspense that will leave listeners breathless.

American writer Paul Tremblay has brought the literary world psychological thrillers like No Sleep Till Wonderland and short stories like “The Disappearance at Devil’s Rock” and “The Little Sleep.” He is no stranger to weaving unforgettable plot twists into his gripping horror novels, and this audiobook is no exception. The Cabin at the End of the World is a fascinating take on the home invasion trope. It explores central themes like homophobia and the apocalypse with horrible and consuming perfection.

Book reviews from outlets like NPR describe this novel as the best kind of horror—so rooted in reality that it will take a long time to leave the minds of those who dive into its twists and turns. The experience of this terrifying fantasy novel is elevated to new heights in this audio version. In her performance of this maddening tale, Amy Landon takes listeners to the edge of anticipation and makes this audiobook as pause-resistant as it is spine-tingling.

A film adaptation of Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World from Universal Pictures was announced in 2022. The legendary M. Night Shyamalan will produce and direct the film, with actors Rupert Grint and Dave Bautista among the cast.

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Disappointing

The female narrator’s impression of a man’s voice is the same voice you use when trying make someone sound dumb. And she used the same dumb voice for every male character. It was so annoying it took me out of the story many many times.

Throughout the story I asked myself what I would do in their difficult situation but the pointless ending made me lose interest.

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wish I read this instead of listening

didnt like the narrator at all but didnt return it because I was liking the story. the narrator really ruined this one for me. she didnt didnt keep my attention and was so monotone. the story was great, she was not. read it instead.

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Excellent book marred by poor choice of Narrator

Really great story…. A little hard to process the ending, since it’s pretty vague.
The choice to use a Female narrator for a story where there’s so much male dialogue, is jarring. Her impression of Male voices is pretty bad.

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Movie is Much Better

I echo the comments made by previous reviewers who said the narrator was awful. In addition, I much preferred the ending in the film over this novel.

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Meh

The voice acting was distracting from the story at times. Anticlimactic ending isn’t for me

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Well written, awful narration

The prose and descriptions are fantastic, but the dialogue was tiresome. Just awful narration.

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narrator is ridiculous

It's like they took the voice from the self-checkout aisle at the grocery store and had it read a children's bedtime story. She speaks in these elongated, breathy tones, barely above a whisper, and the last word of every sentence is twice as long as the others, like she's voicing a shampoo commercial.

Another major annoyance is that she voices EVERY male character in this slow, dumb, mocking tone, as if every guy in the book has Down Syndrome, or possibly Cerebral Palsy. It sucks all the tension out of the story and makes you cringe. It gives you the feeling that the narrator doesn't even know what the words mean as she's reading them. It's impossible to get immersed in the story this way.

It feels sort of like she's telling you how to scan your items and place them in the bag- while simultaneously making fun of your intelligence.

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Crazy story and very unique

I love this and found it quite thrilling. Looking forward to the upcoming movie adaptation

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The narrator kind of ruined it

Every male voice was the same. I couldn’t help but picture them all as the same big dumb guy by the way she did the voice. The story was also lacking big time… no depth

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Mild spoiler/plot reference.

Not entirely unpredictable but kept me engaged throughout. The characters were likable and the underlying message (that we live in a time where misinformed people can connect with other likeminded individuals, spreading their baseless beliefs/claims like wildfire) made this contemporary thriller/horror very plausible and all the more distressing. The varying perspectives/narratives made the story engrossing. As a parent, I think Wen's character just hit home even more, thinking of my own child, my partner, and myself going through this made it all the more unsettling and emotionally taxing.

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