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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (May 19 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600245765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600245763
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 4.4 x 14.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,133,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a truly remarkable debut novel. CHILD 44 is a rare blend of great insight, excellent writing, and a refreshingly original story. Favorable comparisons to GORKY PARK are inevitable, but CHILD 44 is in a class of its own." (Nelson DeMille )

"Smith's pacing is relentless; readers wanting to put the book down for a brief rest may find themselves persevering regardless. Expect the same kind of critical acclaim for this compelling tale that greeted the publication of Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park (1981) more than 25 years ago...a very, very good read. Don't miss it." (Starred BOOKLIST )

"Stellar debut...completely original and absolutely satisfying." (Starred PUBLISHERS WEEKLY )

This is an outstanding book, one of the best I have listened to this year! The author succeeds in recreating the living conditions in Stalinist Russia and weaving a terrifying novel of suspense, intrigue and horror. The resolution at the end of the book is beautifully set up by the various turns of fate that befall the protagonist. This book gave me chills, and it was nearly impossible to break away while listening....Dennis Boutsikaris' performance made me feel like I was living in Stalinist Russia, and I was totally swept away by his work on this audio prduction. (RoadTripAmerica )

*Starred Review* Dennis Boutsikaris expertly conveys the fear and paranoia that permeates Smith's outstanding debut novel of murder in 1950s Stalinist Russia....Using Russian accents to their full advantage, Boutsikaris infuses his characters' dialogue with a deep sense of downtrodden melancholia. (Publishers Weekly )

Looking for un-put-downable suspense, guaranteed to give you chills during the dog days of August? Then Child 44, Tom Rob Smith's dazzling debut novel, enhanced by Dennis Boutsikaris' race-paced, authentically accented performance, is it....As Leo hunts the killer, the MGB hunt Leo, investigator becomes fugitive and the pulse-pounding excitement ratchets up in this transporting thriller-diller. (BookPage Sukey Howard )

"Dennis Boutsikaris's Russian accents are superb. He brings even minor characters to life..." (AudioFile 2009)

About the Author

Tom Rob Smith graduated from Cambridge in 2001 and lives in London.

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By Prairie Pal TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 31 2011
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It would take a powerful piece of writing to surpass Tom Rob Smith's first novel in this series,"Child 44" an absolutely chilling look at the paranoia and horror of life in Joseph Stalin's Russia as seen through the eyes of a member of the secret police. "The Secret Speech" doesn't quite measure up to its predecessor but it is a very good novel nonetheless. It examines the shockwaves that went through the USSR when Stalin was denounced to the 20th Party Congress by Nikita Khrushchev and Russians could contemplate the possibility of a relaxation of the police state. Our secret police hero must confront more crimes from his past and delve into the gulag to find absolution. Well worth reading.
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It would have been hard to top his first novel, which was an excellent book, but this book dwells a bit more on the mundane and frankly less interesting elements of Soviet culture and society. It's still somewhat enjoyable, but the bar was set very high with his first foray, and this book isn't at that level or perhaps even one level below.
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Tom Rob Smith is an absolute genius..his writing is all consuming..how do I rate a book? Well, I missed my subway stop, I have NEVER missed my subway stop..this is how engrossed I was..do yourself a favor, start with Child 44 and prepare to be memorized and captivated..!
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I bought this book having just finished Shalamov's Kolyma Tales. Well, I soon realized it's been a long, long time since I read a page-burner like this... Angels and Demons maybe? I knew right off the top it would be fluffy with the 1.5 line spacing but was willing to give it a try. Made it to page 150 in the first read, whereas normally I wouldn't get more than 20 pages in a session with a weightier tome. Unfortunately, at about page 150 Smith begins his imagined description how the first ever female gang leader in the gulag came to power, and it was too much to continue. I would have sworn Smith was American from the style of the novel... can't think of a current British author I've read who depicts such a Rambo-style mission of revenge-justice, especially in a historical milieu where virtually no such justice was ever meted out. Another disturbing bit was how readily Smith had scattered little factoids clearly lifted directly from Solzhenitsyn throughout the prose in a form of gratuitous authenticity... maybe some people will like it but it doesn't work for me. The Dan Brown of stalinism as far as I'm concerned.
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Loved it. Fast pace, liked the historical elements. Good description of a nation torn in two. The hardship of the Stalin era displayed through the weakness of man kind.
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This book was very good following child 44 its a good complementary to the story two thumbs up for the writer
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Very well writen I like to read bout history and this book met my expectations
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l liked child 44 but find these are getting rather formulaic and predictable.
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