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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (18,570 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Rob Smith Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Child 44 Trilogy Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • Child 44 not only is one of the best mysteries of this year, but it is one of the most remarkable and original debuts in recent years. Set in post WWII Stalinist Russia, Child 44 works equally well as a hard-boiled novel, a political thriller, a regional mystery and an emotional, even romantic story about a couple rediscovering each other. It is at once gritty, chilling, depressing, hopeful and, above all, fascinating...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
  • Child 44 is a remarkable debut novel—inventive, edgy, and relentlessly gripping from the first page to the last.”

    Scott Turow, New York Times bestselling author of Ordinary Heroes

  • 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 of The Last Templar and Sanctuary

  • “A rare blend of great insight, excellent writing, and a refreshingly original story…Child 44 is in a class of its own.”

    Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of Wild Fire

  • “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)

  • “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

  • “Sensational…Smith captures the rhythm of day-to-day paranoia in Stalinist Russia and the ways that personal jealousies can balloon into ruthless vendettas…His real genius is his careful plotting. Like a matryoshka, the clues to his elaborate mystery are unveiled in sudden bursts, with another doll-like surprise nesting just beneath the surface of the latest revelation.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “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 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)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Longlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize
  • Winner of the 2008 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
  • Winner of the 2009 Audie Award
  • Winner of the 2009 Barry Award for Best First Novel
  • A 2009 Anthony Award Finalist for Best First Novel
  • A 2009 Dilys Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 2009 International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel
  • A 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eli Heriges | 2/20/2014

    " Thought this book was an awesome read! Couldn't put it down:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dara Mccarroll harms | 2/14/2014

    " Wow! So many twists and turns throughout the book. It is a page-turner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alan Winterman | 2/4/2014

    " Great book, really evocative of Soviet times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rita | 1/31/2014

    " I'm not sure what to say about this book. I found the first half alternating between boring and disturbing. I don't always shy away from books about tragic human conditions but child murders and the brutality of Stalinist USSR were not pleasant evening reading and the characters not likeable. Toward the second half of the book the story becomes a page turner, I found myself rooting for the characters and the plot twists were surprising and exciting. That being said, I'm not really motivated to keep reading the next book in the trilogy...but you never know. "

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