Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as listeners are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave, and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were, but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds 10 pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?
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First we are introduced to several families and how happy and content they are together. Painting a picture of true love and contentment. Until it isn't. Suffer the Children is a tale of extreme loss and heartbreak. As every child that has yet to reach puberty dies almost instantly, for no good reason and no warning signs.
We then get to watch how the parents, that have lost their young ones, get sucked into depression and angst. Especially with those that are forced to clean up the communities of the plethora of small dead bodies. As the world starts to finally make so sense of what happen to all the children, something no one expected happens. Some of the kids return home.
Everything is gumdrops and popsicles again until again the children appear to die and reawaken. Until one mother figures out what they need to survive, her blood. What if a pint of blood would only guarantee another hour of time with your little one? How far would you go? If I was a parent I can only imagine that I would be happy to do anything for my child survival, would you?
DiLouie masterfully crafts a twisted take on the typical vampire story. Making the listener ask themselves those very questions. While tearing your heart out with anticipation only to forcefully shove it back in so the adrenaline can pump. Until it is ripped out again. I was glued to my earbuds, wanting more. I devoured this audiobook in less that two sittings. If you want a uniquely terrifying, that questions your morals, you need this audiobook.
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The book actually reminded me of the movie "Blindness" (2008) in the tone of it.
RC Bray is a favorite narrator of mine - he never fails to bring forth the right emotion and voice to the story and characters.
Absolutely chilling look at parents, children, and parental actions/responsibilities. The writing is great and the narration is spot on and excellent. I found it an interesting study on what parents are willing to do for their kids. Pretty horrifying stuff. Definitely check this out if you aren't easily shaken by children in horror settings.
yes...because with the right producer and director this would be a great horror movie....
Doug... actually reminded me of the character in mountain man a little...maybe it was just because of Bray narrating...
He's the best in the biz, in my opinion.
laugh a little but mostly cringe?
I never really had a WOW moment, but the originality of the idea made up for that. If Bray wasn't narrating it might have just been ok.
At the candlelight vigil- when the children start to come back.
I didn't really have a favorite, but I could identify with all the parents to some degree.
How far would you go?
This is an amazing story full of chills that makes your heart and stomach hurt.
Yes, I would. I loved hearing the creepy narration over what I would hear in my own head.
I don't want to give anything away.
It was chilling
It did have some slow moments but had many more chilling moments that made it all worth it. Definitely would recommend this to my friends.
High in the pack
Not a good question
Not a good question
Terribly dumb question
A superb read but not for the faint of heart. Truly chlling. A cross between Pet Cemetary, Children of Men and The Walking Dead ... But even more disturbing than that implies. Just a brilliant dark vision.
Accountant addicted to Audiobooks. I was never a reader until I started my Audible Subscription.
Yes, I listened to the book in 4 days meaning I averaged 2.75 hours a day. Could not get enough.
The children's voices narrated by R.C. Bray. He is such a great voice actor and narrator.
I have listened to several R.C. Bray's books. He makes every book come to life!
The Herrod Syndrome. Or There is never enough time.
Please check out R.C. Bray's other narrated books on Audible. you can find him in the search box.
Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
I googled 'Suffer the Children' because I was trying to find the author to the book. But, it wasn't this book I was looking for. When the book by Craig Dilouie popped up I read the description, and I immediately ordered it on audible. I gobbled it up voraciously- which may be a bad play on words..
Dilouie delivers something original, fresh, and exciting. For people who are tired of vampires, no need to worry- reading this sheds another light on thirsting for blood. It's incomparable to Sookie Stackhouse or Bram Stoker himself..
A disease has wiped out every single child and unborn baby who has not reached puberty-- in the entire world. This poses a lot of problems of course. Grieving parents, full graves, rotting corpses, miscarriages, and a stunned world. It seems as though humans will be extinct with no future generation.
When some children flutter their eyes and come back from the dead asking for blood.. yes.. blood... desperate parents everywhere try the quite 'natural' remedy and see their children with rosy cheeks and smiles again. But when the cure works for a small amount of time, and more and more blood or 'medicine' is needed to stir the sleeping/dead children, things get ugly. People with money can afford to buy blood from those willing to sell, however regular folks have to rely on their own bodies.. and one pint gives an hour of life..
I have read a lot of scary books, and Stephen King is my favourite author, but this book is completely original. In fact, if I didn't know better, I would have thought that King was the author because of the fresh content and ultimate creepy factor.
The ending takes on an entirely new twist which will delight horror lovers and leave a scar in the memories of parents everywhere. This would make a most excellent movie if done correctly.
The narration is nearly perfect- with that 'matter of factness' which makes a scary story even more terrifying. The only thing worse than things you can see in a horror novel.. are the things you can't.
5 stars, highly recommended- be prepared to binge read.. and hug your children...
Hell yes. It's interesting and the story has a magnetic pull the whole way through. Overall a very good horror story, and if I was looking for a recommendation I would want someone to recommend it to me.
That would probably be david. I liked him because he was able to keep a straight head and think logically through some seriously effed up stuff. If only more people had listened to him...
The voices and the emotions. You could feel the hurt the parents felt when the children died, you could feel the anger you could tell who was talking at any given time. He really brings the book to life. Plus no tripping over words no mispronunciations he was just awesome!
It would have to be when the children died. Having listened to this book at a time when I have a two year old brother this part was particularly heartbreaking and scary.
If your a parent be careful with this one. You might just start stockpiling blood just in case. What would you do for your little one. Or more importantly, what wouldn't you do...
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