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- 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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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
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.5 stars for this dramatisation version of The Child. I really enjoyed listening to a story this way, it was like listening to a radio play, different actors for different... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Book reviews
This audiobook was absolutely terrible. In an effort to be dramatic they have incorporated excessively creepy music and disruptive background noises that at times make listening... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gaye Plona
I found this very weird. the beginning was absolutely gripping and I couldn't stop turning the pages. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm really not sure if it was parts of the subject matter that made me not really enjoy this book. It is a good concept. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Genie
Wow what a thriller! It started off in a darkened carpark, moody atmosphere setting the scene for a dark noiresque thriller that ratchetted through the gears at a break knot speed... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Munkee
A confession of murder usually signifies the end of a case, but not this time. Why? Because the confession came from a 10 year old boy, for a crime that happened 15 years... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ana
A really dark thriller/chiller.
Robert Stern is called to a new case and the client is a 10 year old boy who says he was a serial killer in a previous life. Read more
The Child is Simon. A sweet young boy, dying of cancer, who also happens to be a serial killer. Simon meets Robert Stern and asks the lawyer to represent him because he's a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by H. Stevenson