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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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    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander 01-19-15
    Alexander 01-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "my true love"

    I drink this book at least once a year, and while the audio format is perfect I strongly recommend reading the physical book, it is laced with exquisite illustrations.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa and Josh 07-26-17 Member Since 2016

    Josh enjoys sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, and LitRPG books while Melissa enjoys paranormal and romance/drama.

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    "Peter Pan, the dark side"

    Where to begin with this emotional journey. As a fan of BROM’s work, I will say that I had no choice but to listen to this book as well (having completed Lost Gods and Krampus). I was not disappointed as BROM’s talent for writing, story-telling, and world development continue to shine.

    With a very unique twist on the age-old tale of Peter Pan, the Child Thief takes us into a very dark world filled with fairies, flesh eaters, devils, and kidnapping. The world of Avalon was described in extremely vivid detail and the illustrations/art on BROM’s site definitely helped me to visualize the characters. If you have not seen his depictions of the characters, do yourself a favor and check them out. He has Sekeu, The Lady, Peter (multiple versions), The Captain, and The Reverend.

    My wife listened to this story before I did and she warned me that the ending would leave me upset. To a point, she was right. It did not end as I expected although I should have to a point given the history of BROM’s previous writings. That said, there are several characters in this story that brought out some very deep emotions in me. Between Nick’s interactions with Leroy, Peter’s deep “connection” to the Lady, and the relationship between the Captain and the Reverend, there were certain characters whose fate I actually cheered for when the occurrence came about.

    This is another great addition to the literary genre that I can only describe as “The BROM genre”. With such vivid and detailed worlds, deep relationships, and well thought out plots, this is a great addition to any library. If you are tied to traditional telling of the storyline and not, as BROM refers to it in the author’s notes, the “politically uncorrected version”, this could be a shock to your understanding of the world. Either way, I recommend this without any reservation.

    A final note, the narrator did an absolutely wonderful job of bringing BROM’s words to life. The accents, differentiation of characters, and pace were perfect. I didn’t realize before but this was the same narrator who produced “Krampus” for BROM. He definitely has new fans in my wife and I.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephenie Werner 07-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "My favorite book of all time"

    This is in my opinion the best book I ever read! For lovers of peter pan this is a twist on the classic story you can't miss

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    April 05-18-17
    April 05-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW"

    Wow! This book is fantastic, but super dark. Be aware that there are very graphic descriptions of violence. It is an incredible book that I heartily recommend to all fantasy lovers, Brom is incredible! I've read all of his books and can't wait for the next one!

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    Thomas Fletcher 04-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my New Favorites!!!"
    Would you listen to The Child Thief again? Why?

    Yes- Very Creative & engaging. The Narration fit the tone of the book


    What other book might you compare The Child Thief to and why?

    American McGee's Alice (A video game that puts a dark twist on another classic children's tale)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    SPOILER ALERT- Rescuing "Tinkerbell" and the unexpected sinking of Avalon and the results that follow


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

    See above


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mark 03-15-17
    mark 03-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Really awesome book"

    I really like how the author changed a lot of the characters and scenery for avalon

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    Mark Silverman 03-01-17

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    "Diverse characters and good voices"

    Not your regular Pan! He's completely likeable, yet not completely sane...what you would expect a centuries old boy-man living in a fantasy world to be like. Book isn't any blood-red than what you'd probably expect, so don't fret that part. Solid listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jessica crabtree 02-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great"

    I love this author he brings storys to life the way no other has and brings great detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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