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My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client: Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.
Robert’s surprise turns into horror when he and Carina find human remains in a cellar the boy has led them to. The remains of a man whose head has been split with an axe 15 years ago - just like Simon claimed he had. Things go from bad to worse within hours when Stern discovers more dead bodies, the investigating police officer Engler (Andy Serkis) starts to chase him as a suspect in the murder cases, and his own past comes to haunt him. Stern’s friend and former criminal Andi Borchert (Stephen Marcus) is the only one to believe Stern and Carina. Hunted by the police, and led by Simon’s memories, they start to investigate shady sub cultures of Berlin, and soon discover things that are more gruesome than anything they could have imagined…
Audible Studios London presents a gripping audio dramatisation by Sebastian Fitzek, Germany’s most successful thriller writer, whose books are read around the world in more than 20 different languages. This unabridged dramatisation introduces listeners to a completely new approach to audio entertainment, a full-length dramatised book adaption with an original score and soundscapes from the heart of Berlin. Featuring amazing performances by a cast of over 20 actors in a breathtaking plot, The Child provides a truly immersive listening experience.
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By @MrBookChief on 10-12-14
My favourite listening experience to date
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
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Knitterati on 10-02-14
Sound Editing Subpar
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.
38 of 41 people found this review helpful
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By jo on 08-14-14
Like watching a great thriller on TV...
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.
21 of 23 people found this review helpful
By Simon on 06-07-15
Chilling, Difficult in places, but damn good!
I'd definitely recommend this. The additional dimensions added by the multiple actors and sound effects make this a very engrossing format. All of the actors were very good in their roles and the narration was top notch.
The story strays into some difficult areas, there is violence and it descends into the world of the paedophile although it steers clear of going too far. The plot builds well and the very chilling "Voice" works very well.
I think some people might find the ending just a little weak but I liked it well enough. I will look out for more of these "radio plays" from Audible in the future.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By Kate on 03-14-15
This was just awful! Completely unbelievable storyline, strange character reactions to situations - stuck with it for a while but just couldn't finish it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Katherine on 09-11-14
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.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful