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Where does The Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It reminded me very much of HBO's True Detective and was a very different listening experience to other audiobooks. It felt more akin to a good film and I thoroughly enjoyed each listening session that I had with it.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Child?
Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It opened my eyes to child trafficking
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Sebastian Fitzek and/or the narrators?
What was most disappointing about Sebastian Fitzek’s story?
Promising start. Around the middle the wheels came off.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?
The narrators were fine. I like the concept of using a group of narrators. It reminded me of a radio drama, in a good way.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Child?
The pedophile scene was gratuitous and disturbing. I would have cut pretty much everything from the midpoint and asked for a different ending.
Any additional comments?
This recording can be salvaged to some degree by remixing the sound. Often the spoken word was obscured by what was supposed to be the background noise. The opening scene was a prime example--the rain was so disproportionately loud, they may have just as well been standing next to Niagra Falls.
34 of 37 people found this review helpful
This is such an obvious concept, it is surely is only the cost of getting big names and sound effects people involved which makes a fully dramatised book so rare. It really is just like watching a cracking drama on TV, so if you really want straight narration, you'd better steer clear. If you want something which you feel like you've actually seen because it paints a picture so vivid, you'll like it.
It is in truth not as exciting a plot as some others I've enjoyed such as The Woodcutter, but there was plenty of interest to keep me completely gripped right from the opening scene. Rupert Penry-Jones and Andy Serkis are particularly excellent - they're acting, not narrating. Meanwhile there is a narrator: Robert Glenister, who is fantastic. I wasn't so keen on the child who understandably wasn't up to the standard of the others (he's fine, it's just that he sounds like a child who's acting rather than enabling the belief that he IS the character he is portraying).
On the whole it's a very enjoyable listen. I listened to it all the same day, which is a first for me.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Child in three words, what would they be?
gripping and scary
What did you like best about this story?
The story was gripping but some of the content, without giving a spoiler, the pedophile scenes were very uncomfortable. It followed one disaster after another and maybe wasn't entirely believable at times and the end was a bit weak but that didn't stop me enjoying it.
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Robert Glenister as the narrator was excellent. As I really like dramatisations this was an a perfect choice for me, most audible dramas are about an hour long but this was like having a good film in my ears.I can put myself in the situation, the little unobtrusive sounds effects added to the drama.
Any additional comments?
More dramatised books please
16 of 18 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
One person narrating the story with NO sound effects. The sound effects were totally invasive, blocking out the voices. The villain's voice was so distorted that I just gave up listening to it. I haven't even finished listening to the story because it just became one ludicrous event after another.
Has The Child put you off other books in this genre?
Yes, I will not buy another dramatisation.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
No, none at all. I bought it because of the exceptional cast. I imagine they are ashamed of this.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Thought provoking. I became addicted. Even the non reading partner became involved, despite his self.