‘Leave the World Behind’: Where to Read the Book Behind the Hit Netflix Film

Netflix has scored another hit with the new film, Leave the World Behind. Starring Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke, Mahershala Ali, Myha’la and Kevin Bacon, the film follows two families who must band together to survive as the world’s technological services slowly break down.

Written and directed by Sam Esmail, Leave the World Behind is based on the 2020 book of the same name by Rumaan Alam. A finalist for the 2020 National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller, you can now read the novel online through Amazon, which has “Leave the World Behind” on sale for 20% off as of this writing.

$22.49 $27.99 20% off


You can also read “Leave the World Behind” on paperback and on your Kindle. The book has returned to number one on the Kindle book charts for women’s fiction.

Prefer an audiobook version? Listen to the “Leave the World Behind” audiobook through Audible online. You can purchase a download of the audiobook for $5.95 or listen to it for free with a free trial to Audible here. The audiobook run time is just over seven hours and the book is narrated by Marin Ireland.

“Leave the World Behind” was an instant critical darling when the book was released in 2020, topping “Best Of” lists from everyone from The Washington Post to NPR to the New York Public Library. It also made the list of former president Barack Obama’s 2020 “Summer Reads,” and Barack and Michelle Obama are listed as executive producers on the new Netflix film.

From publisher Ecco Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, “Leave the World Behind” is “a magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong.”

The publisher’s notes call the book, “a suspenseful and provocative novel keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. ‘Leave the World Behind’ explores how our closest bonds are reshaped—and unexpected new ones are forged—in moments of crisis.”

Read the book behind the Netflix film now by purchasing it on Amazon.com or downloading the audiobook on Audible.

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