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The Child: An Audible Drama Audio Download – Original recording

3.9 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 6 hours and 56 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Original recording
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Aug. 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LF9X0TS

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After reading the reviews for this I was expecting to get my mind blown away. All I can say is people must be easily pleased.
For me the story lacked something and it was just quite - unbelievable to the point of becoming a fantasy tale of cops and villains. Good cops bad cops Sorry the plot did nothing for me at all
Simon the young boy wasn't believable . In fact none of the characters were
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It is extraordinary that so many people have rated this book so highly. The start is interesting but already includes enough inconsistencies and co-incidences to make me worry about the creaking plot. I read on because I could not believe so many reviewers could be so wrong and I kept expecting the story to take off. It didn't. Lots of rambling and contrived stuff that could have been made less ful (though no more compelling) with some serious editing leads us to the denouement which was as completely unbelievable as it was clear that it would have to be. Even the translation was unpleasantly clunky. Naturally not speaking any other language fluently I could not have done better, but it surprises me that a copy editor did not change some of the most glaring instances of colloquies so from different decades that clashed when they popped up. Others have said that this book is not as good as others by the same author. All I can say if that this feeble nonsense doesn't inspire me to try any others. Very disappointing indeed.
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By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2014
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Ten-year-old Simon feels he needs a lawyer, because he believes that fifteen years ago, he murdered someone - in fact, more than one person - in a previous life, and now he wants to tell the police. The boy is suffering from a terminal brain tumour, so when his nurse Carina contacts her old boyfriend, lawyer Robert Stern, he believes at first that Simon must be hallucinating. But when Simon leads him to discover the body of a man, killed by an axe just as Simon said, Stern suddenly finds himself sucked in to a strange and dangerous investigation...

Very unusually the book is being issued in audio form first, in the UK - quite often audiobooks still come a long time after the printed word. Also the audio presentation of the book takes a new approach - half narration, half-dramatisation. Normally audiobooks are entirely narrated, with just one or occasionally two voices throughout, or they are abridged and adapted for dramatisation. This one is completely unabridged, with a running time of just under 7 hours. All sections where there is dialogue have been dramatised, and the bits in between are superbly narrated by Robert Glenister. The cast list for the dramatised pieces is amazing, with some of the top UK actors in the big roles - Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks, Whitechapel) as Stern, Emilia Fox (Silent Witness) as Carina, Stephen Marcus (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) as Stern's sidekick and Andy Serkis (aka Gollum) as the police officer. Jack Boulter gives a great performance as young Simon, and there are loads of good minor performances from the cast of 20.

Not only is the acting of an extremely high quality throughout, the whole sound throughout the production is great and, in my experience, innovative for audiobooks.
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I was looking forward to this - but found it rather implausible in places. However I did finish the book purely to find out how/what/why... this however won't put me off reading more books by this author - just for me personally it was frustrating rather than enjoyable.
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Really do like this author. This still isn't as good as The Eye Collector however still turns what you think is happening on its head, particularly towards the end. Well worth a read if you want to go down a rabbit hole and suspend reality for a few hours :).
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Robert and his ex-wife Sophie lost a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 10 years ago, which has left Robert devastated. Sophie has remarried and is now a mother to twin girls.
It is difficult to say whose story this is, is it Roberts or Simons, but it is a tale that brings them together with an intriquing plot of re-incarnation. Simon is given a regression in order to help him not to be scared of dying.

Set in Berlin, it does not give you a scenic description of the place nor does it endear you. It really does take you on a terrible and horrific journey.

If you are going to write a psychological thriller then this is the way to do it, and if you are going to read one then you can’t get better than this. The Child starts and ends brilliantly and is a novel that grips you and makes you sit there and read till the last page.

I am rarely speechless about a novel but this one has it all, mystery, excitement, drama, it is simply a novel to get your teeth into. It covers a dark subject that is quite upsetting, it tells of murder and blackmail and leads you steadily and cleverly to the final twist.

Sebastian Fitzek is an author that I will be watching out for.
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Having finished the book, I’m not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t what I got. This was dark and twisty and everything I expected but I think I was too focused on finding out the “how” rather than letting the story flow. Therefore I was frustrated when reading and found myself skim reading bits in order to get to it.
I gave it four stars because there was no reason not to, it was exactly what it purported to be, it delivered exactly what the reader would expect and therefore was a good book. I think, for me, having to suspend disbelief and allow the story to run along the lines of re-incarnation or some other supernatural theme just didn’t sit easily with a quite gritty crime book. I have read others by this author and think I preferred them.
Thank you to Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Company for allowing me a copy to read in exchange for my honest review.
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