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The Child

Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (697 ratings)

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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

Critic Reviews

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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great story!

engrossing tale..well woven and beautifully narrated. Highly recommended , the story became so real. I became addicted to listening whenever I could.

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  • Jane S
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  • 12-07-2017

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.

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Wow. What a well performed story.

Love twists and intrigue?
Download this book. It's brilliant.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you.

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Great story line but!

A good tale. Sadly far too transparant with regard to the outcome. I did listen to the end just to confirm that what I had deduced very early on in the telling was what I had suspected was the case.

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FANTASTIC

This was one of the best audiobooks I've listened to for a while. I worked out the mystery before I was even halfway through the book but that took nothing away at all. The narrators were perfect for each part and I loved hearing the same story from different angles.

Highly recommended

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Amazing!

This book is fantastic, the story is full of twists and turns and I couldn’t stop listening! The narrators do an amazing job and are really engaging. Highly recommend!

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Amazing performance

Great story that is told from multiple perspectives. the stand out is the narrators, really pulls you into the chrarcters.
Recommend this book for people who like drama, crime and family twists.

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Predictable but still enjoyable

Loved the narration but the main twist was easy to pick up on early in the book leaving me feeling like the rest of the story was treading water waiting for the characters to catch up.

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Excellent

I struggled with Narrator but other than this the storey was excellent. Well written and held my attention.

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Another Surprising Twist

Fiona Barton is so good at writing stories that captivate and intrigue. This one is no different. I enjoyed the characters, and while I found the story at some parts exhausting (it does get a little slow in the middle), the end twist genuinely shocked me. I don't know how I didn't see it coming, but it was a great conclusion. Really enjoyed the experience of reading this one.

Narration was wonderful, couldn't fault it.