Child 44 : Leo Demidov

  • by Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by Steven Pacey
  • Series: Leo Demidov
  • 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the British Book Awards, New Writer of the Year, 2009.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Crime Thriller of the Year, 2009.MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife. Leo understands how the State works: Trust and check, but check particularly on those we trust. He faces a stark choice: his wife or his life. And still the killings of children continue.


Audible Editor Reviews

Child 44 is an enthralling historical crime thriller audiobook written by debut novelist Tom Rob Smith and narrated by British Actor Steven Pacey. Deep in communist Russia the hardships of its people are unfathomable, suffering terribly as a result of the harsh regime. Told through the eyes of naïvely loyal MGB Officer Leo. His obedience to his superiors is tested beyond measure as he sees atrocious crimes committed as a result of his allegiance. No one can be trusted, anyone could be a spy. Can Leo obey the most unimaginable of orders? Available now from Audible.


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Customer Reviews

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Mans Inhumanity to Man

The book is one of the best I have purchased from audible.It portrays the life in Russia under Stalin and the fear of reprisals.
Leo's world is turned upside down from being an avid supporter of the state system he then experience's the Horrors of being an enemy of the state.
Does one have sympathy for Leo's fate or do you try to think you are suffering the same fate of many other People he has sent of to the Gulags.
The brutality and fear portrayed in the book are tools of the state to ensure obedience.
20 million people entered the gulag system under Stalin.
Man is wolf to man
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- Brian

One of those books that is close to perfect

One of the best books I have come across in a while. A brilliant mix of history and fiction. It start with a bleak and disturbing view of Stalin’s Russia and some of the vile means they controlled the people. Then as the book moves on you find yourself drawn in to a very powerful crime drama with huge characters and brilliant plot. Without wanting to reveal anything about the story the way the narrative keeps reverting back to previous sections is totally enthralling.
As other people have mentioned some of the story line is hard to hear and it made me angry that people can be so cruel and callous to others but it is presented in a historic rather than sensational way.
If I had a criticism it would be that the end fails to live up to the rest of the book but in fairness this is partly because I did not want there to be an end and I wanted to stay in the narrative.
Excellent book wonderfully read. Thank you.
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- GavinOutlook

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-09-2008
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks