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claire

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  • The Children of Men

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    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.…

    Mark says: "Narrator Nearly Ruins the Story"
    "Don't do it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Children of Men better?

    A different narrator; this was possibly the worst book recording I've ever listened to. The narration made it unbearable. The reading was, in parts, oddly timed and, at others, too pompous sounding for the storyline.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I couldn't listen for long enough to develop a favorite.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Case?

    Patrick Stewart. or Michael Caine. or any actor with a less grating voice, but these are the two that came to mind.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I loved the story from the movie, and think the story of the book was far more detailed and nuanced. The narration just took so much from the story, and from Theo (the main character) that I couldn't hold on to the story. really quite sad, because I was very much looking forward to listening to this.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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