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Shortlisted for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2015

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.

Like this and looking for more unabridged multicast drama from Sebastian Fitzek? Then simply type ‘Amok’ in the search box, download and enjoy!

©2014 Audible Studios (P)2014 Audible Studios

Critiques

"The Child is an unmissable milestone for fans and newcomers to audio dramas alike. A compelling, star-studded drama that mixes narration, performance, music and soundscapes into a moving story about a troubled young boy and a shocking series of dark crimes in Berlin. Essential listening," (David Hewson, author of The Killing series, co-author Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel and Macbeth: A Novel.)
"Fitzek’s thrillers are breathtaking and full of wild twists. The only disappointment : there is, inevitably, an end to the story!" (Harlan Coben)

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Très bon livre.

Ecouteriez-vous à nouveau ce titre ? Pourquoi ?

Sans doute.

Quel était le moment le plus mémorable de The Child ?

Il n'y a pas un moment précis. L'ensemble est très intéressant.

Quel caractère - joué par the narrators - était votre favori ?

Celui de l'avocat joué par un acteur anglais que je connaissais et appréciais.

Avez-vous pu avoir une réaction excessive concernant ce livre ? Est-ce qu'il vous a fait rire ou pleurer ?

Ni l'un ni l'autre.

Avez-vous d'autres commentaires ?

Un petit défaut cependant. On a parfois du mal à bien entendre certains dialogues à cause des bruits d'ambiance (pluies, voiture,..)

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • @MrBookChief
  • 12/10/2014

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?

The Voice

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Robert Stern

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It opened my eyes to child trafficking

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Knitterati
  • 02/10/2014

Sound Editing Subpar

Would you try another book from Sebastian Fitzek and/or the narrators?

No.

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.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Rolando
  • 30/09/2014

Disappointing

The story wasn't that great, pretty much unbelievable. I am disappointed at the rave reviews that misled me into thinking that this would be a good experience. The characters were lame, the story was forced and unbelievable, the subject matter is intentionally disturbing. I think that what made this "book" so disappointing is that the producers have such little faith in the audience's imaginations that they decided to take it upon themselves to create the world in their image, and expecting listeners to embrace it. No thank you.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • ofanoa
  • 30/09/2014

Auditorily Noxious

Any additional comments?

The creepy voice and sound effects from screechy tires to phlegmy aspirations were intolerable to me (listening by headset). The acting was canned, harkening back to old-time radio dramas. It was an interesting endeavor for audible so I gave an extra star for that.

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  • Nancy E. Rivera
  • 21/03/2015

Hands down worst Audible title I've ever bought

What disappointed you about The Child?

Where to begin? This was a ridiculous production. Bad story. Bad writing (translation). Overwrought acting. Laughable sound effects. Bizarre production choices. There's probably a reasonable explanation for this, but why all the Cockney rhyming slang in Berlin? Is that a thing now?

Has The Child turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I love all sorts of genres, including, sometimes, these dramatized productions. This was definitely an exception.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Probably. I don't think this was the fault of any of the narrators.

What character would you cut from The Child?

All of them. Absolutely all of them.

Any additional comments?

Obviously, lots of people like this one, so if you decide to try it out anyway, remember that you can always return books to Audible with no questions asked and get your credit or money back.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Anna Chalet
  • 19/02/2015

Great Idea --- Bad Execution

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

First of all, I love radio dramas and radio plays. I listen to a lot of BBC Radio 4 so I'm used to the idea of listening in this way. From other reviews I know this style annoyed some people. Although I listen to a lot of drama, this one felt like I was listening to a TV in the next room.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I'd probably listen to anything for Rupert as I have a thing for him, but this audio book sounded like I was eavesdropping on a TV show. I didn't buy into the premise of the story either. I like the character having their own voice but I felt it was distracting at times too - again, it was less of an audio book and more like a TV production - I know I'm over stressing this point but I don't know how else to explain the OVER USE of sound effects, it was annoying.

Was The Child worth the listening time?

Yes, it was. Overall the story was captivating and I really enjoyed the lead up to the middle part. In fact, its only because the lead up was so good that I stayed around to see how it would end.

I felt that it slipped into stupid territory quite quickly after that when the reveal of how this boy is made a serial killer is exposed and by then I feel like the goodwill of the listener had been exhausted. They should have stuck with the supernatural line to give it edge. I feel that dragging us along on the ride for a few crumbs at the end was really an anti climax. All lose ends were tied up but I was left with so many 'what if' possibilities that had been sparked from the initial potential of the book that I felt a bit let down.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Cyndy
  • 03/04/2015

Good, but distracting sound effects

It was a good book that kept my interest. The performances were also good.

Although, I found the sound effects very distracting.

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  • A User
  • 12/10/2014

Wow I didn't see that coming!

The twist and turns this book has will keep you on the edge of you seat. Good story.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Alwayswalkingmydog
  • 24/09/2014

A Bone Chilling Voice Imbedded in a Unique Story

What made the experience of listening to The Child the most enjoyable?

The music, the Voice and the dramatization. Audible, please provide more just like this one! You have a winner here! :-)

What did you like best about this story?

The Voice...freaky scary

Any additional comments?

This is one of the scariest novels I have listen to, and one of the most enjoyable short audible dramatized books. I cannot count the many times I jumped, startled by the musical score or the voices of the narrators. The premise of the story is simply fascinating, raising questions about reincarnation, regression therapy, insanity, fear and revenge.

Setting: Berlin, Germany. Characters: Ten year old Simon - termally ill, does not want to die before he knows if he killed people in a former life, Rober Stern - defense attorney, Carina - nurse, Andi Borchart - former criminal, Engler - investigating police officer.

There are not many books by Sebastian Fitzek available in English translation, nor as e-books, however, being fluent in German in will read everything this fine author has in print in his native language.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • burney byrd
  • 24/03/2015

Couldn't stop listening !

The blend of the book and movie is great. It kept me on the edge non stop. Great story worth the money

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Chris Holzapfel
  • 21/12/2016

Zu konstruiert

Klar war ich zwischendurch gespannt, wie es weitergeht. Am meisten gespannt war ich, wie er eine solch un-glaubliche Geschichte löst, der Sebastian Fitzek. Na ja. Hat er ganz schön drehen müssen. Schon der Einstieg, dass eine Krankenschwester einem todkranken 10-Jährigem eine Rückführung schenkt....Die Kopfstände muss der Autor machen, damit es am Ende einigermassen plausibel wird. Ist mir zu konstruiert.
Die Sprecher fand ich toll, sehr britisch und sehr authentisch, wenn auch manchmal unverständlich. Das liegt aber eher an meinem mangelhaften Verstehen. Oder doch an der Erkältung des Kommisars?

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Elke
  • 17/08/2018

Tolle Geschichte/Sprecher, schlechte Umsetzung

Bei dem bekannten Autor Sebastian Fitzek und preisgekrönten Sprechern wie Emilia Fox, Andy Serkis und Rupert Penry-Jones konnte man ein mitreißendes Hörspiel erwarten. Leider kann sich dieses Werk nicht so recht entscheiden, ob es ein Hörbuch sein will oder ein Audiodrama. Der Text wirkt krampfhaft gekürzt, ich hatte ständig das Gefühl, das etwas fehlt. Die Charaktere sind auch zu bruchstückhaft angelegt, sodass die Sprecher allein durch ihre großartigen Fähigkeiten das gesamte Stück ein bisschen retten können. Dennoch kann ich es leider nicht empfehlen.