Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith audiobook

Child 44

By Tom Rob Smith
Read by Dennis Boutsikaris

The Child 44 Trilogy: Book 1

12.42 Hours 04/29/2008 Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin’s Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. Leo Demidov knows this better than most. A rising, prominent officer in the State Security force, Leo is a former war hero whose only ambition is to serve his country. To defend this workers’ paradise—and to guarantee a secure life for his parents, and for his wife, Raisa—Leo has spent his career guarding against threats to the State. Ideological crimes—crimes of thought, crimes of disloyalty, crimes against the revolution—are forcefully suppressed, without question. And then the impossible happens. A different kind of criminal—a murderer—is on the loose, killing at will. At the same time, Leo finds himself demoted and denounced by his enemies, all but sentenced to death. The only way to salvage what remains of his life is to uncover this criminal. But in a society that is officially paradise, it’s a crime against the state to suggest that a murderer—much less a serial killer—is in their midst. To save his life and the lives of his family, Leo must confront the vast resources and reach of the security forces with only Raisa remaining at his side, to find and stop a criminal that the State won’t admit even exists.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2009 Audie Award for Best Narration

A BookRiot Pick of 50 of the Best Thriller Audiobooks

A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

Winner of the 2009 International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel

Winner of the 2008 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

Winner of the 2009 Barry Award for Best First Novel

Longlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize

A 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

A 2009 Anthony Award Finalist for Best First Novel

A 2009 Dilys Award Finalist

It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin’s Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State.

Leo Demidov knows this better than most. A rising, prominent officer in the State Security force, Leo is a former war hero whose only ambition is to serve his country. To defend this workers’ paradise—and to guarantee a secure life for his parents, and for his wife, Raisa—Leo has spent his career guarding against threats to the State. Ideological crimes—crimes of thought, crimes of disloyalty, crimes against the revolution—are forcefully suppressed, without question.

And then the impossible happens. A different kind of criminal—a murderer—is on the loose, killing at will. At the same time, Leo finds himself demoted and denounced by his enemies, all but sentenced to death. The only way to salvage what remains of his life is to uncover this criminal. But in a society that is officially paradise, it’s a crime against the state to suggest that a murderer—much less a serial killer—is in their midst. To save his life and the lives of his family, Leo must confront the vast resources and reach of the security forces with only Raisa remaining at his side, to find and stop a criminal that the State won’t admit even exists.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Stellar…The evocation of the deadly cloud-cuckoo-land of Russia during Stalin’s final days will remind many of Gorky Park and Darkness at Noon, but the novel remains Smith’s alone, completely original and absolutely satisfying.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Dennis Boutsikaris’ nuanced delivery, especially his deftly varied tones, adds significantly to the book’s allure and, perhaps, makes this audio version more intense than mere written words.” AudioFile
One of the most remarkable and original debuts in recent years…Dennis Boutsikaris is the perfect reader for this story. Boutsikaris, who frequently shows up on Law & Order, captures the story’s angst, nuances, and accents.” Sun Sentinel (audio review)
“Inventive, edgy, and relentlessly gripping from the first page to the last.” Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A rare blend of great insight, excellent writing, and a refreshingly original story.” Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author
“Few novels…have touched so eloquently on the complex moral climate of life in the Soviet Union while delivering all the pleasures of a brilliant airport read.” Guardian (London)
Sensational...crackling...Smith's prose is propulsive...his real genius is his careful potting...an elaborate mystery. Entertainment Weekly
Child 44 telegraphs the talent and class of its writer from its opening pages, transporting you back to the darkest days of postwar Soviet Russia with assured efficiency and ruthlessly drawing you into its richly atmospheric and engrossing tale.” Raymond Khoury, New York Times bestselling author
“One of the rare pleasures of the book-reviewing trade is first hearing all sorts of advance hype about a novel and then finding out that every word was true.” Chicago Tribune
“Dennis Boutsikaris expertly conveys the fear and paranoia that permeates Smith’s outstanding debut novel…Using Russian accents to their full advantage, Boutsikaris infuses his characters’ dialogue with a deep sense of downtrodden melancholia. His staid, deliberate reading captures the soul-numbing oppressiveness of life under a totalitarian regime, as well as one man’s desperate fight against it in order to do what’s right.” Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

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Author Bio: Tom Rob Smith

Author Bio: Tom Rob Smith

Tom Rob Smith graduated from Cambridge University in 2001 and lives in London. His first novel, Child 44, was a New York Times bestseller and an international success. Among its many honors, Child 44 won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He wrote the follow up to Child 44, The Secret Speech, in 2009, and the third installment in the series, Agent 6, was released in 2011. Smith lives in Central London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 12.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English