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Wild Child

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: T.C. Boyle

Narrated By: T.C. Boyle

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: November 2013

Duration: 2 hours 25 minutes


This is the title story from the collection Wild Child and was originally published in McSweeney’s.

It is at the end of the eighteenth century, in the new French Republic, when the savage is first seen outside the village of Lacaune. The boy quickly becomes a legend among the townsfolk. Is he truly a human child or a wild beast?

“Wild Child” is based on the story of Victor of Aveyron, the feral child brought from the French wilderness to Paris in an attempt to civilize him. It is the story of a boy who, at the tender age of five, had his throat slit in the forest and was left for dead. It follows him from his capture by the villagers of Lacaune to his lessons with Jean-Marc Gaspard Itard, a doctor specializing in teaching the deaf and mute.


  • Robert Roby

    Very well written and narrated. Fascinating, but sad story, fictionalized account of on a real person.

  • Lise Henri

    It was interesting. The Narrator did a good job reading the story. I was hoping for a little more advancement by the boy.

  • Gayle martyn

    Absolutely fascinating story of a child found in the wild.well and clearly read. The boy was caught and studied in France at the turn if the 18th century.

  • Erika

    Pleasantly surprised by this book. It is not something I'd typically choose, but am glad I did. I wanted to hear more!

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