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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan is a Booker and Whitbread Prize winner. In this powerful tour de force, two parents come to appreciate the forces of love and time after the disappearance of their daughter, Kate.
©1987 Ian McEwan; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC.
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By Silverfish on 04-23-15

A sustaining pleasure

Where does A Child in Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

So far, at the top -- right up there with the later McEwans.

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Prebble is a steady, reliable, articulate reader. He's able to give each character subtle shadings that pull the narrative forward without intruding or overacting.

Any additional comments?

Both Sweet Tooth and Child in Time take place, for the most part in a London and at a time that's familiar to me. A personal bias -- a kind of hungry homesickness for time and place and old friends -- makes the choice of five stars inevitable!

But well beyond that is admiration for McEwan's ability to write a complex story of love and loss with great intelligence and humor.

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By K. Byrd Humphreys on 01-17-15

Ian McEwan doesn't disappoint.

Narrator was excellent. McEwan writes beautifully. For me, his books are more about the journey: each sentence is so well crafted, and the plot is a bonus.

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