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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5 hours into the book I just cannot believe that I'm half way through and almost nothing has happened. I am not a person to leave a book after starting it even if I don't like it but I cannot bear a single word anymore.

Unending lines of stomach turning self pity with metaphors that is surprising I haven't heard something on the line of "the cold burns like fire" though it did come very close to such thing many times.
It goes like this:
▬Main character does step 1 (yay something happens though just for a few seconds).
▬>Tens of minutes< of self pity, useless introspection and ponders of lost loves all lengthened by an annoying repetition of the same concepts using different cliche metaphors.
▬Main character does step 2, again only for a few moments something actually happens and then again with the self pity thing.

I won't say too much as I don't want to spoil the book for people intending to read it, but expect nothing original and lot's of cliches to the extent of "My point in life is: I will see the Ocean" ...yes, that is actually, basically, the unspoiled main plot of the book in a nutshell.
Do you think that is enough to make you wrinkle your nose in suspicion? Well, you haven't heard anything yet, expect soap opera-like love triangles and squares and cliche revelations such as "TSSSS... CSSSHH... I am your father!" (Well... much more soap opera cliche like, but I'm not going to spoil anything just in case).

I now know that Vane Millon has an unnerving, monotone, emotionless voice. I do apologies for my harshness Miss Vane but every sentence ended with the same exact pitch, it just felt like a punishment. I still feel that it fits well in the context of a teenage girl, but a rich high-school one, surely not a post apocalyptic, wilderness self sustaining environment survivor kind. Maybe is because I have just finished hearing to Robertson Dean in "I am legend" (boy what a book, and what a narrator. Just awesome), I don't know for sure, but sure is I felt something when he was narrating and of all those emotions, frustration wasn't one of them, while with this book it was the predominant one. If it's not clear what I'm saying you can imagine every phrase's tune going like this: ▼►▼.

I would not spend a credit on this book if you ask me, if you are looking for a good post apocalyptic story I recommend:

-Metro 2033
-I am Legend


They do not contain zombies per se, but other horrific creatures. They are both amazing, you will not be disappointed.

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- Mattia


I absolutely loved this story. It is the first ever audio book i ever listened to and i must say i am now hooked!

it starts out quite slow and the characters in the story aren't described as much as i would of liked, because throughout the whole story i did have to try and guess what the main character looked like, but other than that an absolute edge of the seat story. I listen whilst at work and i must say there were times when i was just staring into the distance just waiting for the next thing to happen leaving my work to the side.

Epic story, bit sad i just found out the next one doesn't carry on with the same character but bet its just as good. hope you enjoy it as much as me. :)
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- Kirsty

Book Details

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