• The Children of Men

  • By: P.D. James
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-20-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (182 ratings)

Regular price: $28.00

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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.
©1993 P.D. James (P)2012 Random House
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Critic Reviews

“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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3 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 03-10-13

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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15 of 16 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Marie on 09-19-13

Needs another narrator

I must agree with other reviewers that the narration could be better. I was too aware of his breathing, pauses and well, him. It's like going to see a play and you're seated where you can see the backstage so well it distracts from time to time from the play.
I saw the movie before listening to the book, so another distraction was the mental comparisons between the movie and the book. The ex-wife plays less of a role than she did in the movie, the government structure becomes more prominent, and the environment gets more rural than urban. Yet, as always the book is far better than the movie.
Another, and this could be annoying, distraction was how the author wrote the book with two voices. One is in the first person of Theo as he fills his diary. The other is written in the third person. At times I had to ask myself and wonder if the book was in diary mode or not.
Though the main character is pretty much an atheist/agnostic the story is dripping with Christian themes and references. There are no perfect Christians in this story, everyone is broken in one way or another.
Overall it is an engaging book, despite the narration.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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