The Child Thief

  • by Brom
  • Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
  • 19 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the vein of Gregory Maguire’s bestselling works, the award-winning artist Brom takes us on a haunting look at the true world of Peter Pan, in his first full-length novel. From modern day New York to the dying land of Faerie, The Child Thief reveals the world of Peter Pan through the eyes of an insecure runaway who is seduced by Peter’s charm. But any dreams of a fairy wonderland are quickly replaced by the reality of life and death survival as Peter’s recruits are forced into a lethal battle in which the line between good and evil is blurred.


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Very well done.

The Child Thief was interesting and cleverly written. I enjoyed the new and interesting take on a very classic story. The story is told from many perspectives, so you know how each of the main characters feel, which makes them easy to relate to. It was a fairly violent book, but it only seemed to make the book seem more authentic. The danger seemed somewhat more real when described in such detail. I couldn't listen to this book all at one. It was dark and I often had to listen to some happy music because the story bummed me out so much.I wasn't sure I'd really like the book very much, and skipped over it several times. Then I read Krampus, also by Brom, and after reading that I was hooked on his style.

All in all it was a fantastic book, that I would be happy to forget- ONLY so that I could read it again as if it were the first time.
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- Elijah


Starts with Rape
I am pretty sure that no one at Audible has listened to any part of this book. If they had it would not be listed under Kids. The book starts with the rape of Wendy. We are told it is a frequent event. It is a fairly detailed account. MOVE YOUR POCKED MARKED ASSES. The book is filled with the F word and lots of cussing. Continual, almost every sentence, swearing. THREE TINY BLUE PEOPLE WERE PEEING ON ME. All of this is fine for a Horror or some modern novel on the ills of the day, but what kid is old enough to hear this?

I got the book, because of Brom and Krampus. I really liked that very adult and unusual story. A story that is based on legends in Europe. A legend where this Santa's helper goes into the houses of children who have been bad and drags the kids out of bed, puts them in a bag and carries them away. This book is extremely dark and seems to be a commentary on children who are abused. All the children in the book have been abused and are run a ways. When they run away they turn to drugs and prostitution. At one point the main character is offered a blow job for five bucks. Peter Pan is not a likeable character. He is recruiting kids to fight in a war. He leads them to Avalon (not Neverland) to train them for fighting. Many are killed just getting to Avalon and Peter does nothing to save them, as he believes only the strong should survive. Once the kids get to Avalon, life is still awful. They are bullied and mistreated, etc... I got as far as chapter nine, when the kids started Boot Camp. The book was not worth 20 hours and was starting to bore me.

Kirby Heybourne is the narrator and I have always liked his voice. He sounds similar to David Sedaris. It is an unique voice and pleasant to listen to.

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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-09-2010
  • Publisher: HarperAudio