Narrator: R. C. Bray
Published by Tantor Audio on 2014
Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Vampire
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Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as listeners are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave, and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were, but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds 10 pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?
©2014 Craig DiLouie (P)2014 Tantor
It is difficult to define what I am expecting other than a horrific apocalyptic tale. Craig DiLouie is known to write stories that are not quite in your face disturbing, but only after you think about it for a while do you fully realize what he has crafted.
Judging by the cover, again I am not sure what to expect. With the decapitated doll head laying on a nest of some sort. Is this going to be about zombie or vampiric children? I am pretty sure some undead creature will be involved, yet again not sure what.
First we are introduced to several families and how happy and content they are together. Painting a picture of true love and contentment. Until it isn’t. Suffer the Children is a tale of extreme loss and heartbreak. As every child that has yet to reach puberty dies almost instantly, for no good reason and no warning signs.
We then get to watch how the parents, that have lost their young ones, get sucked into depression and angst. Especially with those that are forced to clean up the communities of the plethora of small dead bodies. As the world starts to finally make so sense of what happen to all the children, something no one expected happens. Some of the kids return home.
Everything is gumdrops and popsicles again until again the children appear to die and reawaken. Until one mother figures out what they need to survive, her blood. What if a pint of blood would only guarantee another hour of time with your little one? How far would you go? If I was a parent I can only imagine that I would be happy to do anything for my child survival, would you?
DiLouie masterfully crafts a twisted take on the typical vampire story. Making the listener ask themselves those very questions. While tearing your heart out with anticipation only to forcefully shove it back in so the adrenaline can pump. Until it is ripped out again. I was glued to my earbuds, wanting more. I devoured this audiobook in less that two sittings. If you want a uniquely terrifying, that questions your morals, you need this audiobook.
It has been fun to follow R.C. Bray’s growth as an audiobook narrator that past year or so. Suffer the Children is clearly his most bone chilling performance yet. Bray is really coming through in his characterizations for the more soft spoken individuals, women and children specifically here.
I often wonder if living and breath stories like this effect the narrator personally. When they immerse themselves to truly become a person in the mix of total horror, does it take a toll on them? If Bray did he didn’t show it at all. Delivering every once of this production to perfection, characterizations, emotional impact, surprise, horror, depravity, it was all there and more.
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