The Children of Men

  • by P.D. James
  • Narrated by David Case
  • 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Children of Men begins in England in 2021, in a world where all human males have become sterile and no child will be born again. The final generation has turned 25, and civilization is giving way to strange faiths and cruelties, mass suicides and despair. Theodore Faron, Oxford historian and cousin to the omnipotent Warden of England, a dictator of great subtlety, has resigned himself to apathy. Then he meets Julian, a bright, attractive woman, who wants Theo to join her circle of unlikely revolutionaries, a move that may shatter his shell of passivity... And maybe, just maybe, hold the key to survival for the human race.


What the Critics Say

“Extraordinary … daring … frightening in its implications.”(The New York Times)
“She writes like an angel. Every character is closely drawn. Her atmosphere is unerringly, chillingly convincing. And she manages all this without for a moment slowing down the drive and tension of an exciting mystery.” (The Times (UK))


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Narrator Nearly Ruins the Story

The Narrator is so unbelievably poor it makes the main character sort of annoying. Who speaks like this? Great story though, read the book for yourself and watch the movie for some awesome visuals to go with it.
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- Mark

Don't do it.

What would have made The Children of Men better?

A different narrator; this was possibly the worst book recording I've ever listened to. The narration made it unbearable. The reading was, in parts, oddly timed and, at others, too pompous sounding for the storyline.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I couldn't listen for long enough to develop a favorite.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Case?

Patrick Stewart. or Michael Caine. or any actor with a less grating voice, but these are the two that came to mind.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I loved the story from the movie, and think the story of the book was far more detailed and nuanced. The narration just took so much from the story, and from Theo (the main character) that I couldn't hold on to the story. really quite sad, because I was very much looking forward to listening to this.

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- claire

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-20-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio