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The Child Audiobook

The Child

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Publisher's Summary

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore.

For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Child's story will be told.

©2017 Fiona Barton (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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What the Critics Say

Our members are our most important critics and this is what they have to say about the narrators of The Child....

Clare Corbett:
"The narration is excellent and I would say it is more like listening to a dramatisation than a reading." (Iris on The Widow)
"Clare Corbett is a fabulous narrator." (Chris on The Missing)

Adjoa Andoh:
"Honourable mention should go to the narrator who is *phenomenal*. Great dramatic performance AND she's very good at the many different international and regional accents, which is often such an irritation. Can't praise it highly (or articulately) enough." (Jo on The Power)
"The narration was the best I've ever heard on an audiobook. Wonderful." (Raine on The Power)

Finty Williams:
"Mention must also go to Finty Williams for some beautiful characterisation and a warm and textured performance." (Simon on The Girl with All the Gifts)
"I thought Finty Williams was perfect!" (Z. OConnor on The Girl Before)

Fenella Woolgar:
"The reading too is excellent, Fenella Woolgar added an extra dimension to what is an excellent novel. Her characterisation was superb, and her wonderful modulation kept me spellbound." (Pj on Life After Life)

Steven Pacey:
"It is beautifully read, with a wide range of distinctive character voices - another triumph for Steven Pacey!" (Jill on Let the Right One In)

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    Jane Syd 12/07/2017
    Jane Syd 12/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Bloody brilliant!"

    I have been hanging for a good story for a while and loved Fiona's debut novel. Boy her second story doesn't disappoint! Truly brilliant storyline, great twist, fantastic character development coupled with outstanding narrators the book is in the "can't put down" types. Fiona Barton is now one of my favourite crime writers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bec 16/10/2017
    Bec 16/10/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Great mystery well performed"

    Loved this book, really good story, predominantly female characters and really well performed by multiple narrators.
    Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 16/10/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "The Child"

    Sad and interesting to start but soon able to guess the answer to the who done it
    A little over the top

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    Sarah 16/10/2017
    Sarah 16/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Absolutely amazing! Plot twists are great!"

    This book was a great read for me, definitely heavy in parts, keep in mind that it may trigger someone with sensitivity to subjects surrounding abuse or assault. I found it very real, and hard to predict in a good way. The way the plot twists and turns, while telling a story from multiple perspectives and branches is amazing! Would read again and would highly recommend for someone like me who likes sinking their teeth into a mystery/puzzle of events and timelines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh Melbourne, Australia 12/10/2017
    Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh Melbourne, Australia 12/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "whats with the trend to separate narrators?"

    Better than the last book which I returned but the fractured narrative with different points of view is so clunky. Tell the story without all the Tues 2 April 2012 Emma or Kate or whoever. Great writers don't do that.

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    Kindle Customer 08/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "review on The Child"

    Absolutely brilliantly read. Very clever plot. Well worth the read. Highly recommend this book. End

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    Lara 28/09/2017
    Lara 28/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "brilliant"

    Took me a while to get into but glad i kept going. really great novel!

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    Trish, from Oz 24/09/2017
    Trish, from Oz 24/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "A great listen"

    I really enjoyed this book. Having the different narrators for each character was great, it was so much easier hearing the different voice, therefore knowing who each chapter was about. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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    Jacqui Daniels-Gillen 16/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "So many characters! "

    I just found the way it jumped around interesting but annoying. It was hard to empathise with any of them in the end and I kept falling asleep! The idea behind the story was good but it was told in a kind of detached way that ..well detached me from the characters to the point where I didn't feel involved in any of their stories.

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    Patricia 14/09/2017
    Patricia 14/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Did not enjoy this book"

    Did not like this book at all ,to much jumping from one person to other

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  • joanna Prendergast
    30/06/17
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    "Great story!"

    I've never written a review before, but I thought this book was worth it. The narration is excellent and the story is brilliant, I couldn't stop listening. Very engaging storyline and although I'd worked out the outcome early on, I still wanted to continue listening.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah Power
    14/07/17
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    "Equally as great as The Widow"

    Wonderful to remeet Kate in this gripping novel. Perfectly formed, narrated and paced, just a pleasure to keep grabbing some me time and immersing myself into the characters worlds. Looking forward to the next on already.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Somewhere between a pair of headphones.
    30/06/17
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    "A Rich Drama of Complex Emotions"

    The Child is a very satisfying read, let me say that right up front. Fiona Barton continues with Kate Waters, an experienced reporter with a genuine moral compass and the nose for a story. Out of a two-line minor pages snippet she sniffs out an intriguing mystery. She’s a great lead and around her Barton creates a full cast of genuine characters on which to build her plot. And this is a very character-driven plot. I’m not personally sure what the precise definition of a thriller should be but this is no all-action book and it takes it’s time to flesh out the characters and the background. So, some might find it a slow-starter but it does have genuine drama and to me the acid test is how much I care about the characters come the ending. In this case my litmus paper turned a pleasing crimson. The writing is simple, direct, warm and empathetic. There are one or two scenes that are difficult to listen to but in the main this is hard emotion conveyed with a gentle touch.

    The narration is first class. You only have to look at the cast that were assembled to know that this was always likely to be a top class production and so it proved. I have sometimes been critical of books with multiple narrators not being used effectively but here the structure of the book supported it perfectly with each of the chapters being written from the point of view of one of the main characters. Each narrator in combination with the writing gave their individual characters their own persona and the raw emotion of the piece was conveyed expertly.

    Given what I’ve said the obvious question is why only a four star review? The answer is simply that there were a couple of weaknesses for me. While the plotting is intricate the big mystery starts becoming obvious pretty early in the piece. It’s hard to describe why without giving spoilers and it may be because I have a small amount of knowledge about the subject, but I found it stretched credibility that characters with far more knowledge and experience than me would not even guess at it. I also felt that while most of the characters were extremely well developed a couple of the male characters verged on clichés and how one defends himself at the very end lacked credibility for a man of his background. Other than that though I thought Barton rounded off her story in a very satisfying manner.

    Despite those being weaknesses for me (and I doubt I’ll be alone in this) I really enjoyed this as a read and would recommend it regardless because most of the characters and the writing are extremely satisfying. So much so that it more than made up for the weaknesses that I felt existed.

    36 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Caron
    Scotland
    2/07/17
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    "Heart wrenching drama"

    I listened to this over 2 days. Wonderful characterization, great plot tempo and super narration. The best audio book I've listened to in ages and definitely in my top 10 of all time.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah James
    RUISLIP, United Kingdom
    5/07/17
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    "Another winner from Fiona Barton"

    Well done and thank you to whoever decided to use multiple narrators on 'The Child'. All of the readers were superb and made this book so much more riveting. The audiobook has become such an important medium so it was a touch of genius producing such a masterful recording. I'm partially sighted so rely on audio format and as you can tell, I'm delighted with this audiobook. The story was good. The characters were dark. Dare I say there was a hint of the great Ruth Rendell here. Fiona Barton is a great storyteller. I highly recommend this novel and I think that the audible version will prove to be the best way to experience it.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Vivienne
    30/06/17
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    "An enjoyable story with twists and turns."

    I enjoyed The Widow & found The Child just as gripping a tale. I enjoyed the narration too & ended up listening almost non-stop, & was quite caught out by the ending!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • KatMari
    3/07/17
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    "Bestseller"

    Was gripped. Empathy developed skillfully for characters. Truly excellent narration, well-cast, fluent, emotive, paced perfectly.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • CurlyShark
    13/08/17
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    "Excellent!"

    Really enjoyed this story, a good mystery slowly unfolding, with superb narration by all. Very much recommend!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • melanie harvey
    31/07/17
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    "intricate story a good listen"

    this book didn't grip me immediately and I found the first couple of chapters confusing (could just be me not listening properly) but it quickly became interesting. the performance is good. unfortunately I second guessed the twist early on but it was still a good listen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J B
    26/07/17
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    "Fantastic book"

    My first book by Fiona Barton and I will definitely be listening/reading other books. Great storyline and narration

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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