Regular price: $31.49

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

In one terrifying moment, Dynah Carey's perfect life is shattered by rape, her future irrevocably altered by an unwanted pregnancy, and her doting family torn apart. Her seemingly rock-solid faith is pushed to the limits as she faces the most momentous choice of her life - to embrace or to end the untimely life within her.

With over a quarter-million print copies sold, The Atonement Child explores the devastating consequences of rape and resulting pregnancy on innocent victims, their families, and their faith.

Honored with the Holt Medallion, three RITAs, and membership in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, Christy Award-winning author Francine Rivers is acclaimed for perennial best sellers like Redeeming Love.

©1997 Francine Rivers (P)2008 Recorded Books

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    394
  • 4 Stars
    104
  • 3 Stars
    38
  • 2 Stars
    9
  • 1 Stars
    12

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    274
  • 4 Stars
    98
  • 3 Stars
    53
  • 2 Stars
    18
  • 1 Stars
    13

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    338
  • 4 Stars
    84
  • 3 Stars
    20
  • 2 Stars
    9
  • 1 Stars
    8
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Candace
  • Amarillo, TX, United States
  • 09-07-09

Almost perfect

I gave this audiobook 5 stars based on the novel itself. It's incredibly poignant, as well as controversial. I love how she handles everything from a strict Biblical standpoint, while still making the characters very very real. It's also a very hard look at modern day Christians (though the copyright is over 10 years ago0: hypocrisy, showing how Christians are prone to attacking their wounded, and how compromise based on pity and what's easiest is not always what's right. Incredible, heart-wrenching book.

That said... I hated the narration. Ruth Ann Phimister is an excellent narrator, don't get me wrong... but I did not feel that her voice fit this book in the slightest. I could understand her narrating And The Shofar Blew, because the main characters were older, one even elderly, so I could understand... However, with the main character of this story being 18, with a lot of other young characters, her voice was just not believable to me, and took away from what I consider to be an amazing novel. Kate Forbes would have been a better choice (narrator for Redeeming Love).

Overall though, I highly recommend this book. It pulls your heart in two directions, while gently steering you toward sound Biblical principles. A must read for any woman, or man for that matter.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

another awesome read from Francine

I'm a huge fan of Francine Rivers, and this book was not disappointing at all. What I love about Mrs. Rivers' writing is her ability for the reader to really see how the characters feel. i found myself arguing with characters as I read through the novel. It was as if i was there inside the novel somewhere. I felt everyone's emotions, and to me, that is a sign of a good author. The narator is really good as well. Another must read from Francine:).

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ralph
  • Newberry, SC, United States
  • 07-12-11

This book changed my mind about a lot of things.

When I started listening to this book, I thought I would hate it. I've always considered myself to be pro-choice. This book is about a girl who was raped, found out she was going to have a baby, and decided to carry the child to term even though everyone around her suggested abortion. Some of her closest friends even demanded it. I started reading the book thinking that I could understand a girl in such a situation deciding not to have the child. The story was really enjoyable, and I found myself wondering if the guilt and shame a young mother would have after aborting a child would be something hard to get over. Maybe, even in such a horrible situation, bringing a life into this world can still be a beautiful thing.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I keep thinking of the characters in this book

What made the experience of listening to The Atonement Child the most enjoyable?

The depth to the characters. The only thing wrong was that it ended.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joe! He is steadfast and true!

Have you listened to any of Ruth Ann Phimister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

God's Timing, Not Ours

Any additional comments?

I would LOVE for this to be a movie!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The BEST

This book is outstanding. It is very relatable, with amazingly developed characters, lots of unexpected twists, an inspiring and engaging storyline, and an ending that is heart-warming. This book challenges the Christian Church to be better, extend grace, and love people where they are at. My favorite book of all time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Preaching

I love all things Francine Rivers. This was my 9th book of hers to read, and I couldn't finish it fast enough. There were so many places it seemed false and not good in story telling...just to talk about how terrible abortion is. Bringing in a grandmother who had had one early in life...and giving her breast cancer??? I know that there are increased risk of breast cancer if one has an abortion, but one is also increased chance if she doesn't nurse a baby. I was annoyed, frustrated and completely turned off by this book. What I have loved about Rivers's books in the past...the lack of judging, the love of God.....was completely lacking in this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Oustanding!! I Love Francine Rivers!

Where does The Atonement Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have read several of Francine River's books and it is hard to say which is my favorite but this book is one that means more to me as a mother and as a daughter. I truly appreciate how Francine creates character's that are so real and relatable. Especially when they are struggling with their faith. Her ability to just sneak in truth into her stories in a way that makes the reader really contemplates the true message of hope and love is remarkable. Her books make me thirsty for living water and leave me feeling the Love of Jesus in a profound and personal way.

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

I always enjoy the love story even when there is a twist.

Which scene was your favorite?

The end but I don't want to give it away so that is all I will say.

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

I would not make a film of this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Love Francine Rivers Books!!!

What did you love best about The Atonement Child?

Showing if the human struggle for a Christian on a topic where we already know where God stands especially when you are in the situation due to no fault of your own but because we leave in a world where we cross paths with evil acts.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ruth Ann Phimister?

I don't have a specific person in mind but someone better able to transition voices believably for each character. Everyone sounds like an elderly person. At times it was difficult to distinguish characters when she was reading dialogue between characters. I've even listened to narration by men where age, gender etc. is not lost in the narration.

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

I love how it shows that we all can hear the voice of God if we only learn to listen.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amber
  • Charlotte, NC, United States
  • 04-25-18

I love this author but the reader makes...

everyone sound elderly! The poor reading is so distracting, I can’t finish listening. The story is interesting and compelling, it a little difficult to hear because of the topic. However I’ll have to read it for myself to finish as the reading style is difficult to get past.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Utterly Captivating, Deeply Touching

The Atonement Child is an extraordinary look at abortion, the seeds of destruction it sows, the bitter harvest it yields, and the redemption that is available just for the asking. I was deeply moved.