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... And maybe, just maybe, hold the key to survival for the human race.
©1993 P.D. James (P)2012 Random House
“Extraordinary … daring … frightening in its implications.”(The New York Times)
“She writes like an angel. Every character is closely drawn. Her atmosphere is unerringly, chillingly convincing. And she manages all this without for a moment slowing down the drive and tension of an exciting mystery.” (The Times (UK))
The Narrator is so unbelievably poor it makes the main character sort of annoying. Who speaks like this? Great story though, read the book for yourself and watch the movie for some awesome visuals to go with it.
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.
I couldn't listen for long enough to develop a favorite.
Patrick Stewart. or Michael Caine. or any actor with a less grating voice, but these are the two that came to mind.
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.
I did this book with Whispersync for Voice, but I found David Case (aka Frederick Davidson) unbearable. I find him to be one of the worst narrators ever. So, I read 99% on my Kindle, but I really enjoyed it.
If you're into the whole dystopian apocalypse thing, you definitely need to add this to the repertoire.
Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
I must agree with other reviewers that the narration could be better. I was too aware of his breathing, pauses and well, him. It's like going to see a play and you're seated where you can see the backstage so well it distracts from time to time from the play.
I saw the movie before listening to the book, so another distraction was the mental comparisons between the movie and the book. The ex-wife plays less of a role than she did in the movie, the government structure becomes more prominent, and the environment gets more rural than urban. Yet, as always the book is far better than the movie.
Another, and this could be annoying, distraction was how the author wrote the book with two voices. One is in the first person of Theo as he fills his diary. The other is written in the third person. At times I had to ask myself and wonder if the book was in diary mode or not.
Though the main character is pretty much an atheist/agnostic the story is dripping with Christian themes and references. There are no perfect Christians in this story, everyone is broken in one way or another.
Overall it is an engaging book, despite the narration.
I enjoyed the story however, personally I will avoid future audios by this Narrator. There was never any real emotion in his voice. Worse was the long silenced and sudden pause between sentences causing several times for me to reach for my phone thinking the audio app had stopped working.
I was originally asked to read this for my college English class. I found that thoroughly enjoyed it and have recommended it to friends and family. One of those books that make you wonder if it could really happen.
Julian is my favorite. She's strong, intelligent, knows what she wants and is not afraid to go for it.
The final scene with Julian and Theo in the cabin in the woods.
It definitely made me cry.
One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. — Andre Gide
I feel the complaints about David Case's narration are entirely unjustified (and no, I have no connection with him).
Theo, the main character, is an Oxford don and much of the first part of the novel is told from his first person perspective -- so it's only natural Case would adopt a hyper-educated, overly posh British accent. Sure, few people talk like this, but that's very much the point: few people are like Theo.
To an American ear (and I'm American) I can understand Case's voice might seem exaggerated and grating -- even to a British ear -- but the whole novel is an exaggeration: it's satire, after all. Listened to with this in mind, the narration clicks right into place.
Case manages the wide variety of characters with such skill it's hard to believe it's always just the one person narrating. The women's voices are particularly remarkable: Julian's insipidity, Miriam's core strength, Harriet Marwood's brittle authority.
If you forget the negative reviews and give Case a chance, his telling of Jame's serrated satire will very likely cut you some good chuckles.
If you like being pulled into an interesting world and aren't too hung up on where the story is going, you may like this book better than I did.
Hmm...unlikely. Unless a trusted friend told me it was REALLY good and it had a different narrator.
Let me make a list.
1 - He sounds dismissive, snotty & elitist
2 - He tries to do accents and different voices for people and they are just terrible. One guy just sounds like he's dying.
3 - It's clearly an old recording that needs to be redone. It's fuzzy and you can hear him stop to take sips of water, and whatnot.
I found it to be an interesting idea but I was a little disappointed by the execution. I felt like this was not even close to how people would react in this situation, plus a LOT of nothing happened in this book. A LOT.
I read this as part of a book club and a lot of the ladies liked it better than me, so...that's something!
The book took you through the progression of the main character's evolution very effectively. It started out very bleak and was often difficult to take (intentionally), but if you can continue though it the reward is great.
I was listening to this in preparation for teaching the film of this novel for a high school English class. I thought it'd give me a deeper understanding of the story. Unfortunately, I simply can't listen any more as the reading is just awful. The speaker does not appear to have read the story before recording, so he doesn't seem to know how to convey it meaningfully. Nor does he appear to be trained, as he breathes in the middle of sentences. (I'm a singer as well, and know this is a big no-no!) He sounds so completely disinterested in the story that I've struggled to maintain my own interest. Initially I just took this disinterest as his attempt at delivering some aspect of the character, but his range of expression is so small that it's just boring. I honestly don't know how this person got the job of reading this book, and I hope the publishers hire someone else to read it properly. It's doing a great disservice to the book! (P.S. I'm really not usually this big a whinger!)
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