A very original story line, main character and plot. Very compelling. I was moved thoroughly entertained. It gave what appears to be a very likely feel for Stalinist's Soviet Union - and you'll be amazed that you're glad to have visited such a place!
The Narrator was excellent, the story was excellent, it gripped me from the first minutes right till the last. I downloaded the sequel right away and was so glad not to have to say goodbye to Leo and Rieesa. I don't like description and there was barely a wasted word in this novel. Amazing story and a lesson in what Russia was like when Stalin ruled. Would highly recommend.
I am a child of the 50's, love kids, animals, plants. I adopted a Sulphur mustang mare (desendant of the warhorses of the Conquistadors).
I would recommend this book, and I would also encourage the listener to stay with it. It seemed like the author took a long time to begin to tie the story elements together, and I almost quit listening. By about a third of the way into the book I was hooked. I liked the character development, and the development of hope through relationship with people.
I liked both Leo and Raisa, but I have to admit I liked her more.
I thought he did accents well...
The moment before they came to the village when Raisa encouraged Leo to trust the villagers moved me. Even though this is a fictional series, I believe there are many times that people are heroic through standing up to fear, and this moment in the book reminds the read of humanity in its finer moments. Later, Leo shows he's taken this lesson to heart when he refuses to harm the truck driver.
I found I like the book so well I'm downloading the next book in the series, instead of my planned next book...
GREAT narration, and frankly, a GREAT story. This series gets BETTER with each book. I LOVE this series. It is not a
I've been to Russia, his accents and gender changes are AWESOME! He really makes listening to this series better than reading it.
I purchased this book on a whim and I am so glad I did! The narrator does a great job of putting you right there in the story. Although I love historical novels, this is not the sort I would usually listen to. I would highly recommend this one. I have already purchased Tom Rob Smith's two other novels on Audible!
Wonderfully written, ESPECIALLY if you like detailed accounting of young child murders! I gave it 5 stars because nobody reads the 1 star reviews. Don't buy it, it'll make you sick. Not really sure how someoone could make this stuff up?!
Yes. It was a fascinating book, interesting characters, intricate plot, and layers of story.
Yes, it did. The story kept unfolding new twists. Lots of tense action.
Good voice; nice presentation.
Yes, I really didn't want to stop. Couldn't do it, had to sleep, etc. Read it in 3 sittings, though.
Definitely an adult book. Mature subject matter. Violence. Adult themes.
One of the top 10 books I've read. Once I'd made it through the first chapter, which I found particularly troubling, I couldn't put it down. There are so many twists and turns, I would hold my breath in anticipation of the next surprising chapter.
I can't think of any other book I've read or listened to that comes close to this one. It was disturbingly addictive.
Without giving anything away, I'd have to say it was the moment that Leo and his wife really understood each other.
Prepare yourself for a nightmarish, fascinating tale of horror, fear, love and life in Stalin's Russia.
Dennis Boutsikaris's narration was near perfection.
Child 44 is probably one of the best stories I've read/heard in a long time. The characters and setting were deep and rich. Smith draws you into their lives, the paranoia, despair, and frustration of living and working in Stalin's Soviet Union. Although the setting and characters are the strength of the story, Smith doesn't use them as a crutch. The plot and story telling is well done and make it worth it. Definitely a must listen! I plan to get the rest of Smith's works.
I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
The beginning will be confusing and hard to get through but if you bear with the story it will all become clear. It's very good and the narrator does a very good job with the accents.