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Summary

Rhiannon Navin's Only Child is the most powerful audiobook you'll listen to this year....

We went to school that Tuesday like normal.
Not all of us came home....

Huddled in a cloakroom with his classmates and teacher, six-year-old Zach can hear shots ringing through the corridors of his school. A gunman has entered the building and, in a matter of minutes, will have taken 19 lives.

In the aftermath of the shooting, the close-knit community and its families are devastated. Everyone deals with the tragedy differently. Zach's father absents himself; his mother pursues a quest for justice - while Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and drawing.

Ultimately, though, it is Zach who will show the adults in his life the way forward - as sometimes only a child can.

©2018 Rhiannon Navin (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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very powerful and emotive

set a record for how quick I listened. really engaging and emotive, it's like your experiencing everything through the eyes of Zach. the author captures the simplicity of the child's eye so clearly and vividly. this book will no doubt help and inspire many.

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Impressive Debut.

I’m glad I chose this book and it is commendable for a first novel. Excellent writing, fast paced, gripping, incredibly moving and sad, with great narration. Told through the eyes of a six year old boy and beautifully done. One minor gripe is the implausibility of a few events and the blind selfishness of grieving characters, but I’m being picky here as the quality of plot, and great characters and description make this an unusual and unputdownable listen. Bring on another please Ms. Navin.

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Superb

One of the best books I have ever listened to. The narrator was superb, the perspectives unique. Moved me to tears often.
Wish there could be a sequel...

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Beautifully narrated

Absolutly a thought provoking and emorional listen. Felt the pain and horror as this book was brought alive by the authentic beautiful narration. Couldnt recommend this book enough as the author walks us through life of a family trying to survive the aftermath of loosing their child during a school shooting .

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Fabulous

There is so much to learn from Zach. This is a must read for all.

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A sad but beautiful tale, well read.

Telling the story through the eyes of a 6 year old is unusual but amazing. He grappled with some big situations and feelings and tried to find words for them. The narrator was fabulous too. A very talented young man. Really enjoyed this book.

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Great story and narrator is perfect for the voice

Loved it, story moved well with so many emotions explored. Love the narrator's child like voice, made it more real.

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A poignant tale of life after catastrophe in the USA

Excellent narration by young Kivlighan De Montellbano.

Story is, interestingly, from the point of view of a very smart six year old. Quite didactic. I “read” it for book club and must say I did enjoy it, overall.

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Through the eyes of a child

Marvelously written, exceptionally read. Very emotional as you experience a child's pain in an adults world

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A beautifully written book

To start with I wasn't sure if I could listen to this one due to the subject matter and also the child narration but within a couple of minutes I was completely engrossed. It's such a touching and thought provoking story and performance that I found myself driving around just so that I could hear a bit more. It made me cry and it made me smile, but more than anything I felt like I truly understood what the family was going through. Highly recommend this, give it the time & attention that it deserves.