The Martian Child

  • by David Gerrold
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gerrold, a science-fiction writer from California, adopts a son who has a slight behavioral problem. He believes himself to be a Martian. Gerrold begins the long, involving work of trying to earn the acceptance of Dennis, a hyperactive eight-year-old who desperately wants a father's love, but is so insecure he feels he must be an alien. Gerrold's semi-autobiographical memoir of the first two years with Dennis is a funny, endearing, heartbreaking, and beautifully written testament to fatherhood.


What the Critics Say

Hugo Award, Best Novelette, 1995
Nebula Award, Best Novelette, 1994
"The heart-searing moments are many but never overwritten, thanks to Gerrold's bright, efficient exposition." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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It is a great story, maybe a little Pollyanna for some. I am a sucker for misfit children happy ending stories. This book flew by, warmed my heart and was just plain fun to listen to.

I did not realize it when I listened, but do see now how the author glorified himself. This is to be expected when written in first person, plus it is an author. To be a writer, you have to believe you have something so important to say that people will pay money to hear you say it. I also thought that for most of the book things went a little too smoothly. I know several parents who have adopted and there are always problems, especially with special needs children or trouble children. I was also not crazy about the direction the story went when the parent started questioning the Martian child part of the story. It is still a really good book, and I will be checking out Gerrold's Science Fiction Books now.

Brick did an excellent job.
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- Jim "The Impatient" "My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books."


I was disappointed by this audio book. I've never heard such a boring reading. It was delivered in a monotone. The book itself needed more editorial pruning. It had many long segments of self-glorification by the author. It stated that it was a novel, but based on a true story. It shuld have simply been written as a memoir. it would have been easier to take. The subject of adoption of a school-age child is one that could be of interest to many, but not the way this one was told.
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- Beverly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-10-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.