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The Child Thief Audiobook

The Child Thief

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Publisher's Summary

In the vein of Gregory Maguire’s bestselling works, the award-winning artist Brom takes us on a haunting look at the true world of Peter Pan, in his first full-length novel. From modern day New York to the dying land of Faerie, The Child Thief reveals the world of Peter Pan through the eyes of an insecure runaway who is seduced by Peter’s charm. But any dreams of a fairy wonderland are quickly replaced by the reality of life and death survival as Peter’s recruits are forced into a lethal battle in which the line between good and evil is blurred.

©2010 Brom (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    bobby fairfield, CA, United States 08-28-12
    bobby fairfield, CA, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Very cool take on an age old story"
    If you could sum up The Child Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Fresh, original, sinister


    What did you like best about this story?

    A fresh take on an old story is always fascinating. I love how Brom took the world of Peter Pan and turned it completely on its ear AND gave you something much more dark and violent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the arc with Nick and the last scene between him and Peter was very well done. Unless of course you're talking about action! The scene in the swamp where Nick gets stuck in the bog is definitely a good time!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How would you like to stay a kid forever...and kill everyone?OrThis ain't your mom's Peter Pan.OrCome to Avalon...Neverland is for fairies!


    Any additional comments?

    The Child Thief was a great read and I looked forward to my drives to and from work just to hear more. It's dark, violent, sinister, and yet at its core, it has a heart...even if that heart is twisted and shriveled with rage and vengeance!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina 10-07-11
    Christina 10-07-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed"

    First of all, this book is way more violent than anything I read led on. I kept having to pull my earbuds out when it got too gory but then I couldn't tell when the gruesome bits were over. I'm not overly squeamish, either, but this proved too much for me.

    Also, in terms of performance, the narrator did something strange with his voice every time someone "screamed" or "cried" something, which happened about twice every chapter. I found it extremely distracting and it frequently pulled me out of the story.

    Overall, I don't think this is a bad read, it just isn't for me. But if you, like me, have an aversion to five minute descriptions of someone's intestines being ripped out or to narrators doing strange grunt/screams mid-chapter, it might be best to skip this one.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Valdemar 09-24-16
    Valdemar 09-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This made my top 5 in a heartbeat."

    The author did a WONDERFUL job forming all of the legend and folklore found in this story. I have always loved the darker concept of Peter Pan, but this Peter, by far, takes the cake.

    My favorite part about it would have to be how everything is described- perfect enough to create pictures in your head as if all of these events happened right before your eyes. I almost cringe and some of the more disturbing parts because of how well I could picture it.

    I am not really a reader , so I am very glad to have found this book in audio form - with a very good performer / reader I might add - My fiancee and good friend where just raving about how good it is. I defiantly see why now! I recommend this book to any one who loves the darker side of Peter Pan or to anyone that loves a good haunting fantasy!

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    Thomas 08-12-16
    Thomas 08-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "exciting and unpredictable"

    Great performance by kirby and wonderful and interesting folklore by Brom. I hope brom makes many more.

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    Fi 07-19-16
    Fi 07-19-16
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    "Not at all for children"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Child Thief to be better than the print version?

    There is give and take. The book has art by Brom which is beautiful, but the audio has Kirby and his adept skill at reading and pronouncing words and names I wasn't sure on.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Child Thief?

    There are a lot in the book and all of them dark and dreadful and if I were to explain them, it would ruin the surprises of the book. But I will say one, Ulfger being flogged butt naked by Peter in revenge for when they were kids was kinda funny.


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    He has a very nice voice, one that doesn't drone on and on and one that holds emotion and inflexion to the voices he uses. He is also able to create a wide range of discernable voices with the large cast of characters the book has and I rarely got lost on who was talking at what point.


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

    Not really, although the ending did really surprise me considering they were a main character throughout the book. Then again, this book is very dark.


    Any additional comments?

    Like the title of the review says, this is nowhere near a book for children. It opens up talking about statutory rape of the character I believe to be Cricket later on in the book. It freely talks about killing and drugs and other topics that kids below the age of sixteen really shouldn't be listening to.
    Aside from that, it is a really great book and deals with such conflicts in an interesting manner, especially since it is kids who have to deal with such things in the book. The presentation of different morals and ethics and how the characters try to deal with them in their own ways, not to mention Kirby capturing the emotion of the characters and expressing them clearly in his reading. It all helps to create clear scenes in the mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen 07-19-16
    Kristen 07-19-16
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    "EXCELLENT LISTEN!"

    A beautiful dark twist on an old tale. Absolutely worth buying. The narrarator is remakrable at playing the different characters. LOVE!

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    Zippy 07-16-16
    Zippy 07-16-16
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    "absolutely addictive"

    I like the narrator. it was the same guy that did Krampus. it's so hard to find good narrators, he's a great one.

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    Stephen 05-30-16
    Stephen 05-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "lovely story frustrating characters"

    this is a surprisingly good story. I enjoyed it thoroughly I am a little bit frustrated at some of the characters because true to their nature they remain foolish and blind. this fact upon retrospect is fantastic and I'm delighted about it. It does however make me want to go "no one trusts or respects you because you're an asshole and not very good at your job" during the story. A trope, that while I do not love I understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara J. Black 04-24-16
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    "grusome. narrator is annoying with this screaming."

    it was good. more gory than i expected. the narrator was awesome until he started his screaming voice for any tense situation/if the character was yelling in the book. It was like nails on a chalk board. made me want to punch him in the face every time. I get that a character is yelling without the narrator actually yelling/screeching in my speakers. Took me out of the book every time which is a bummer when you're into a book to be distracted by the narrator's voice... but the story was so addicting i kept listening, and the narrator awesome in every other respect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Geekella Louisiana 04-21-16
    Geekella Louisiana 04-21-16

    Meggo

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    "BREATHTAKING EXPERIENCE"
    What made the experience of listening to The Child Thief the most enjoyable?

    EVERYTHING!! The story is gripping and the narrator is extremely talented


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can there be such thing as favorites??? How about a quadruple tie between Peter, Nick, Redbone, and Sekeu? haha


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The drowning exorcism scene. Leeroy's confession was so disgustingly chilling and Kirby's voice acting for him just made everything far more real. I get chills thinking about it


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    To die would be an awfully big adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    GET THIS AUDIOBOOK

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