The plot and character development is very good - the obvious research that went into important references to history or locale impressive.
Doesn't matter that diction might be 'spot on' for the setting of the story - I'm not from there so it distracted terribly from the story. Oh my- it was read like someone who was just learning the English language. The flow of the story was so disjointed. Sad to say.... I had to give myself a break from the narration - every now and again.
I got this because my book club selected it for our monthly selection. I tried reading it first and couldn't get into it so I thought I would try listening. I did manage to get into it finally but every time the narrator paused, I thought "Yea it is over" only to hear him start back up plodding through more of the story. I really think it could have been a good book if someone had been more stringent in editing. Our book club was split 50/50 on whether they liked it.
Slow story and terrible reader. This was not perfect diction every mistake is a glaring stab to the ear. The long ay sound should only be used following a word beginning with a vowel and there was no consistency to the use of ay not a and again with long ay. Thee use of thee should never be used for this narration. I finished it to know the ending but it was painful and grating...long ay
This book was Dragging slow so much information hard to absorb while trying to ignore reader.
Anyone possibly young sounding male
Never buy another book narrated by Sowers
lots of them. Sorry, I can't remember which ones, but the book offered so many scenes that were irrelevant to the plot - like the partner of the hero's arrest? What was that all about?
This reader sounded like an 8 year old giving his first reading. "The" became "thee" most of the time. The schwa article, "a", was read with a long A, again sounding like someone who read differently than he spoke. BAD! I have to ask, did this reader really get paid for this performance?
I dont know
I thought the narration was poor. It was very annoying when the narrator, for no apparent reason, pronounced 'the' as 'thee' almost every time and the word 'a' with a long A sound. For what reason? It sounded like an almost illiterate person was reading the story!
I would cut the lisp from the coroner.
Along with the narration, the story was unnecessarily dragged out. Things were repeated over and over to prolong the story, but for what reason???
The characters in this story feel real. I can see them walking and talking. The story unfolds and then the pace begins to pick up, and you want to scream to the characters, " no, don't do that"
the performance was irritating.
less irritating voice. too sharp a tone or something
I would tell friends to read this book if interested in it.
Maybe - was not as good as King of Lies. . .
OMG - yes. Please get Scott Brick. I see more Hart books narrated by Sowers - so I will not listen to them . . . (King of Lies had a much better narrator.)
Story was good - but had too much filler. Could/should have been shortened by about one-third. . .
The Last Child is my first book by John Hart, but it definitely won't be my last. It is a great book that I didn't want to stop listening to. It is about Johnny, a young boy whose sister went missing about a year ago. He will not give up on trying to find her - while dealing with a very troubled home life due to his familys inability to cope with the tragedy. However, it is not all depressing. This book will have you feeling for the characters especially Johnny. It is also a very entertaining and interesting mystery. I've never written a review before, but this book is that good. Highly recommend.