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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?

©2014 Craig DiLouie (P)2014 Tantor

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Brilliant, Well Done!!!!!

HIRE SLOW, FIRE FAST
This is why I slog through all those other books in which I write all those negative reviews. This is why I don't spend more than three hours with most books. Why spend precious time listening to crap, when you can listen to something as good as this.

IT WAS A STRANGE FEELING TO BE IN LOVE WITH A CRAZY PERSON
This does not really approach being a horror story until toward the end. Until than it is a heart rending, sad story. This will make you appreciate your children more than ever. You will hold your loved ones tighter after this. The story is a study in how we love our children and what we would do to save them. Do not confuse this with a B rated gore fest. While toward the end it starts to get gruesome, this is a brilliantly well crafted story with in depth characters.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE GONE?
I have always been a R.C. Bray fan, but he really out does himself with this reading. I have always admired his voice, but in this, he shows his acting talents. No one could have read this better.

NOBODY KNOWS NOTHING
I write a lot of bad reviews, so when I say I like a book, you know I mean it. Give this one a try.

36 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 11-02-14

Completely Surprising, A Horrifying Delight

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...

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Hauntingly Creepy

Would you consider the audio edition of Suffer the Children to be better than the print version?

Yes, I would. I loved hearing the creepy narration over what I would hear in my own head.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Suffer the Children?

I don't want to give anything away.

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

It was chilling

Any additional comments?

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely chilling

What other book might you compare Suffer the Children to and why?

The book actually reminded me of the movie "Blindness" (2008) in the tone of it.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

RC Bray is a favorite narrator of mine - he never fails to bring forth the right emotion and voice to the story and characters.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Thomas
  • Hoover, AL, United States
  • 11-17-14

What we are willing to do for our Kids!!!

Would you listen to Suffer the Children again? Why?

Yes, I listened to the book in 4 days meaning I averaged 2.75 hours a day. Could not get enough.

What did you like best about this story?

The children's voices narrated by R.C. Bray. He is such a great voice actor and narrator.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to several R.C. Bray's books. He makes every book come to life!

If you could rename Suffer the Children, what would you call it?

The Herrod Syndrome. Or There is never enough time.<br/>

Any additional comments?

Please check out R.C. Bray's other narrated books on Audible. you can find him in the search box.

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  • Andrew
  • Drexel Hill, PA, United States
  • 08-17-14

Very Original

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes...because with the right producer and director this would be a great horror movie....

Who was your favorite character and why?

Doug... actually reminded me of the character in mountain man a little...maybe it was just because of Bray narrating...

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

He's the best in the biz, in my opinion.

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

laugh a little but mostly cringe?

Any additional comments?

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • BJS
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 06-02-14

Not just horror: Horrifying

Where does Suffer the Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High in the pack

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not a good question

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

Not a good question

If you could take any character from Suffer the Children out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Terribly dumb question

Any additional comments?

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Wonderfully horrific!

Delightfully twisted, and disturbing story that will fill your heart with dread. If that's your thing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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omg

loved it. this book was horrifying. I highly recommend for fans of horror. super scary.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Suffer the children indeed

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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...

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

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...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful