The Fifth Child

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Doris Lessing

Narrated By: Sue Pitkin

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: June 2016

Duration: 5 hours 16 minutes


In the unconstrained atmosphere of England in the late 1960s, Harriet and David Lovatt, an upper-middle-class couple, face a frightening vicissitude. As the days' events take a dark and ugly turn nearing apocalyptic intensity, the Lovatts' guarded contentedness and view of the world as a benign place are forever shattered by the violent birth of their fifth child: Ben, monstrous in appearance, insatiably hungry, abnormally strong, demanding, brutal.

"A horror story of maternity and the nightmare of social collapse.... A moral fable of the genre that includes Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-four." -The New York Times Book Review


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