• Suffer the Children

  • By: Craig Dilouie
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (385 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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Brilliant, Well Done!!!!!

HIRE SLOW, FIRE FAST
This is why I slog through all those other books in which I write all those negative reviews. This is why I don't spend more than three hours with most books. Why spend precious time listening to crap, when you can listen to something as good as this.

IT WAS A STRANGE FEELING TO BE IN LOVE WITH A CRAZY PERSON
This does not really approach being a horror story until toward the end. Until than it is a heart rending, sad story. This will make you appreciate your children more than ever. You will hold your loved ones tighter after this. The story is a study in how we love our children and what we would do to save them. Do not confuse this with a B rated gore fest. While toward the end it starts to get gruesome, this is a brilliantly well crafted story with in depth characters.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE GONE?
I have always been a R.C. Bray fan, but he really out does himself with this reading. I have always admired his voice, but in this, he shows his acting talents. No one could have read this better.

NOBODY KNOWS NOTHING
I write a lot of bad reviews, so when I say I like a book, you know I mean it. Give this one a try.

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Completely Surprising, A Horrifying Delight

I googled 'Suffer the Children' because I was trying to find the author to the book. But, it wasn't this book I was looking for. When the book by Craig Dilouie popped up I read the description, and I immediately ordered it on audible. I gobbled it up voraciously- which may be a bad play on words..

Dilouie delivers something original, fresh, and exciting. For people who are tired of vampires, no need to worry- reading this sheds another light on thirsting for blood. It's incomparable to Sookie Stackhouse or Bram Stoker himself..

A disease has wiped out every single child and unborn baby who has not reached puberty-- in the entire world. This poses a lot of problems of course. Grieving parents, full graves, rotting corpses, miscarriages, and a stunned world. It seems as though humans will be extinct with no future generation.

When some children flutter their eyes and come back from the dead asking for blood.. yes.. blood... desperate parents everywhere try the quite 'natural' remedy and see their children with rosy cheeks and smiles again. But when the cure works for a small amount of time, and more and more blood or 'medicine' is needed to stir the sleeping/dead children, things get ugly. People with money can afford to buy blood from those willing to sell, however regular folks have to rely on their own bodies.. and one pint gives an hour of life..

I have read a lot of scary books, and Stephen King is my favourite author, but this book is completely original. In fact, if I didn't know better, I would have thought that King was the author because of the fresh content and ultimate creepy factor.

The ending takes on an entirely new twist which will delight horror lovers and leave a scar in the memories of parents everywhere. This would make a most excellent movie if done correctly.

The narration is nearly perfect- with that 'matter of factness' which makes a scary story even more terrifying. The only thing worse than things you can see in a horror novel.. are the things you can't.

5 stars, highly recommended- be prepared to binge read.. and hug your children...

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How far would you go?

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.

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Hauntingly Creepy

Would you consider the audio edition of Suffer the Children to be better than the print version?

Yes, I would. I loved hearing the creepy narration over what I would hear in my own head.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Suffer the Children?

I don't want to give anything away.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was chilling

Any additional comments?

It did have some slow moments but had many more chilling moments that made it all worth it. Definitely would recommend this to my friends.

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Not just horror: Horrifying

Where does Suffer the Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High in the pack

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not a good question

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

Not a good question

If you could take any character from Suffer the Children out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Terribly dumb question

Any additional comments?

A superb read but not for the faint of heart. Truly chlling. A cross between Pet Cemetary, Children of Men and The Walking Dead ... But even more disturbing than that implies. Just a brilliant dark vision.

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Absolutely chilling

What other book might you compare Suffer the Children to and why?

The book actually reminded me of the movie "Blindness" (2008) in the tone of it.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

RC Bray is a favorite narrator of mine - he never fails to bring forth the right emotion and voice to the story and characters.

Any additional comments?

Absolutely chilling look at parents, children, and parental actions/responsibilities. The writing is great and the narration is spot on and excellent. I found it an interesting study on what parents are willing to do for their kids. Pretty horrifying stuff. Definitely check this out if you aren't easily shaken by children in horror settings.

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I can’t believe I used a credit in this.

I know better then to trust other reviewers, but I fall for it every time. This was the most ridiculous, unbelievable, not even the tiniest bit scary, how on earth did thus book get such great reviews. The characters were shallow, unlivable cut outs and the story was such a slog, I dnf. Bray was the only redeeming quality.

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What we are willing to do for our Kids!!!

Would you listen to Suffer the Children again? Why?

Yes, I listened to the book in 4 days meaning I averaged 2.75 hours a day. Could not get enough.

What did you like best about this story?

The children's voices narrated by R.C. Bray. He is such a great voice actor and narrator.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to several R.C. Bray's books. He makes every book come to life!

If you could rename Suffer the Children, what would you call it?

The Herrod Syndrome. Or There is never enough time.

Any additional comments?

Please check out R.C. Bray's other narrated books on Audible. you can find him in the search box.

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Very Original

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes...because with the right producer and director this would be a great horror movie....

Who was your favorite character and why?

Doug... actually reminded me of the character in mountain man a little...maybe it was just because of Bray narrating...

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

He's the best in the biz, in my opinion.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

laugh a little but mostly cringe?

Any additional comments?

I never really had a WOW moment, but the originality of the idea made up for that. If Bray wasn't narrating it might have just been ok.

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A parent's worst nightmare

What was one of the most memorable moments of Suffer the Children?

At the candlelight vigil- when the children start to come back.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

I didn't really have a favorite, but I could identify with all the parents to some degree.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

How far would you go?

Any additional comments?

This is an amazing story full of chills that makes your heart and stomach hurt.

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