The Cabin at the End of the World: A Novel

Written by:
Paul Tremblay
Narrated by:
Amy Landon

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
48
Narrator
14
Release Date
June 2018
Duration
9 hours 26 minutes
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.
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Steve D.

I'm a fan of this type of book, and loved all the previous books I've read by the author, but this one just... goes nowhere. It falls flat, unresolved, and thus sort of pointless.

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Emily K.

It was awful one of the worse books I’ve read ever don’t waist your money or time on this.And terrible narration.

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Cookei

I saw the movie. Excellent, Awesome!!!!!

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Lee A.

Great initial concept, painfully tedious pacing, and poor development. Over 250 pages of this 340 page novel is people having the same recurring argument. Yes, 2/3 of this is just tiresome debate. My guess, Tremblay probably originally presented this to the publisher as a novella, and it was probably good. BUT they wouldn’t publish it unless he added another 30,000 words and made it a novel. So he padded it out with meaningless debate. Had I not been obligated to finish it for my book club, I would have abandoned it and used it’s pages to line the bottom of my parakeet’s cage. The narrator was equally bad. When she does the voice of a male character it sounds like that voice a teenager makes when imitating something someone they hate said said, with that deep, dopey voice. I stopped listening an hour into it because I couldn’t stand it, and bought the paperback.

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Jo Ann S.

Love the book for 3/4 of the way through it. Then it got slow and fell flat at the end. So disappointed.

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Katie C.

Brilliantly written, unnervingly tense, and psychological. I love it.

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