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Listen to the Child

Narrated by: Laura Pierson
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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London's East End heaves with child prostitutes, hawkers, beggars, and thieves. A solution is offered that sounds perfect - Canadian farmers need workers, their wives want housemaids. Shipping children to this land of plenty offers them a future. Widow Mary Trupper is wary, but the promise of a good life for her children is strong.

©2016 Yvonne Barlow (P)2019 Hookline Books

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Heartbreaking story

This story describes well the poverty in Victorian London, particularly the East End, and families struggling to survive and avoid the workhouse. Constance is a well meaning young lady (if a bit naive) who along with her Mother Helen volunteers at the Home of Industry. There is a scheme to send poor children to Canada as solution to the overcrowded streets and workhouses in London and Canada is depicted as the promise land with Christian families who will take in children and treat them as their own ensuring they have schooling and religious education while training them in domestic or farming skills. Constance is very excited about this programme and takes 100 children on a perilous journey to Canada and I was very keen to know the outcome for the children in her care. There were no real safeguards in place to protect the children once they were placed with a family and sadly many of them were ill treated and beaten. They were just used as cheap labour.

This is a heartbreaking story which is very close to the truth.

I found the narrator rather irritating - this is a story initially set in London and would perhaps have been better with an English accent with the correct intonations.

I was given a free copy of this audio book for an unbiased review.

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  • Margaret
  • 12-02-19

What hardships

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author. It touches on a subject not often spoken about. Of course, not all children went to neglectful homes, but nonetheless the pioneer life was a very difficult one and very different from where they came from. I could not imagine how lost and alone, helpless and unheard they must have felt.
Miss Constance (a religious, young woman who helps with an orphanage) devises a plan to send children to Canada in hopes of a better life and family. She is well intentioned, but has little perspective concerning the reality of what life will be like for these kids. Eventually, she starts to convince poor families to send their children as well. This book follows the stories of several children, and the hardships and loss they endure. Although they are fictional, the experiences are not.

At the end is a reference to books about some real children and what happened to them after they arrived in Canada.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Laura Pierson ) and I would try another. She did okay narrating, but her style needs polishing. It’s obvious you’re being read to, there is not much differentiation in the way she portrayed the characters speaking styles or emotion. I did not however find it so distracting that I needed to stop listening.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-19

Didn't get past the second chapter.

The narration is so bad, I couldn't stand it and turned it off. The story might be good, I don't know, maybe I'll read it sometime. The story is set in London, with typical British sayings but narrated by an American and the narrator does not read with the correct intonation or feel for what is happening. I listen to a lot of books, and I can tell you, the narration of this one is very annoying.

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  • Shawna
  • 15-05-19

Beautifully written

Such a sad tale of a terribly hard life! The storyline kept my interest the entire time. I look forward to more books by this author.