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Only Child

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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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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.

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Incredible

Oh wow. I'm a bit blown over. The story of a boy in incredible pain lost in a world of adults who should know more and pay more attention. But they are lost too. The storyline itself is hard and most definitely a worse nightmare but this could not have been conveyed in such a powerful way without this truly gifted narrator who I am going to Google right now. An amazing experience .

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Beautiful!

If they can find a child actor to fit this should be made into a film! What a story!

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Beautiful tragic story

Beautifully told story, not for the faint hearted. I felt like I have been on that journey with the family and have learnt so much on the way. I initially thought it was a shame she didn’t deal with the gun law issue but now I realise this is a book about loss and grief not political activism. Highly recommend.

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Fantastic!

I really enjoyed this book. It was written from an interesting perspective and the performance of the young narrator was incredible. This book definitely benefited from
being read aloud by a young boy, realistically portraying the narrative of the novel. Excellent work.