The best read of 2008 -- but wait, 2008 isn't over yet! True, but if there's a novel out there better than Child 44, it will have to be the best read of the decade. Child 44 is that good!
Add to that the fact that this is a debut novel, and I'm left in astonishment. Where does an author go when he's this good out of the starting gate?
The story of Child 44 is the story of Leo, an agent of the security police in Russia at the end of the Stalinist and the beginning of the Krushchev periods. It is the story of his wife, Raisa, and it is the story of Russia during a time when she feared her own people more than any other. The story would have been fascinating in any setting, but in the stark world of Russian communism, it is riveting.
Truly the best of 2008!
The narration was flat and uninspired, so poor, in fact, that I was unable to finish listening to the book.
I was never quite certain where the story was going. I love it when a mystery is unpredictable.
I had no favorites -- they were all entertaining!
No tears but quite a few giggles.
Clearly, this book was written for the Christian literature audience.
It was dull, stilted, and the main character was very shallow.
Not sure how to improve the performance when you're working with such a limited book.
It was so dull and disappointing that I could not make it through the entire book.
Please fix Audible sales page for this book to clearly indicate that this is Christian literature and not to be confused with a thriller.
Death keeps a diary. Not every story is recorded in his diary, just the special ones, and the book thief wove a very special story of her life. Tears, laughter, sorrows, joys -- all were the weft of her tale as told by Death.
I found a treasure when I found The Book Thief. Filled with characters I really cared about, situations so distressing I stopped to reflect on humanity and how we, as humans, could do such terrible things to our children. But all was not dark for the book thief. Adopted by a couple whose children were already grown, she came to love her new parents and a special friend.
I highly recommend this book, one of Audible's best!
Matthew serves as clerk for a magistrate. He's not only a clerk but a remarkable thinker. What makes Matthew unique among so many literary heros is that Matthew's thoughts don't always lead him to the right conclusion, but always to conclusions that will interest the listener.
McCammon offers listeners well fleshed out characters, characters you will come to appreciate. In addition, he spins a tale worth listening to and listening to again.
Although his tale is set in a time of hardship and superstitions, McCammon touches many of the weaknesses and strengths of people of any era. Greed and murder are balanced by love and tenderness in a timeless story.
I highly recommend "Speaks the Nightbird."
In fact, I have recommended this audiobook to a friend who loved "The Graveyard Book" and "Chivalry." Gaiman's sense of humor makes us both very happy. And times are such that a good chuckle is the best of medicine!
Definitely the end.
I had to laugh out loud.
Was this a scary story? Well . . . . perhaps.
Normally, I prefer listening to books rather than reading them, but, this book, so dense in scientific references and theories, needs to be read rather than heard. With a book, you can jump back to something you need to reread to understand, but this is very difficult to accomplish in an audio book.
Content is amazing, so it's not the book that deserves a three star rating; however, I suggest reading as the best way to get the most out of the book.
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