Children of Wrath

Paul Grossman, Author, Kyle Munley, Narrated by
Paul Grossman, read by Kyle Munley. HighBridge Audio, unabridged, 10 CDs, 12.5 hrs., $34.95 ISBN 978-1-61174-845-1
Reviewed on: 08/20/2012
Release date: 04/01/2012
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Ebook - 336 pages - 978-1-4299-8894-0
Paperback - 324 pages - 978-1-250-02081-9
Hardcover - 324 pages - 978-0-312-60191-1
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In Grossman's latest, Willi Kraus is a Jewish war hero-turned police detective living in Berlin in 1929, facing Aryan intolerance, and pursuing an unbelievably loathsome serial killer -- Die Kinderfresser, or the Child-Eater of Berlin -- with more hindrance than help from his superiors. Narrator Klye Munley, with his deep, growl of a voice, chooses not to merely create simple accents for the book's characters. Instead he produces collection of well-rendered characters and distinctive voices, ranging from the arrogant and aristocratic to the thoughtful and fearful. But there is a bit of a down side to his enthusiastic performance. Some of Munley's enactments of the book's more intense moments -- the discovery of a new child victim or Kraus's fight to the finish with one of the villains -- come across as artificial and melodramatic. A St. Martin's hardcover. (Apr.)
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