I loved this story and the narrator fit very well. I can't believe someone didn't enjoy this, but I guess if you're all about immediate gratification and have no ability to let a story build its own tension, then maybe you wouldn't like this. I really enjoyed it though, and will probably listen to it again in a few months.
This is a good story. Well told, and well-read. I agree that at times the pace of the reading was a bit slow, but being a Southerner myself maybe I've developed a tolerance for that. I appreciate the development of the characters and the twists of the plot. Not all books cause me to sit a little longer in the parking lot to listen - but this one did many times.
Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.
News Flash: Scott Sowers is *not* Will Patton. And John Hart is not James Lee Burke, either.
This was painful to listen to. So flat and elementary (e.g. the religious guy is named "Cross," and the guy in search of answers is named "Hunt").
Dialogue is uninteresting. Plot is so-so. Writing style has glimpses of poetic meanderings but for the most part, it's repetitive, boring and not very thought-provoking.
And the narration is distracting, tedious and disappointing.
Insert sigh, closed eyes and imperceptible head shake here.
I loved this story and how it was told.
The story held my attention. I don't live in the midwest, I live in Hawaii. And when you read a story of a far away place, you want to be taken their. Scott Sowers narration added depth to John Hart's story. It was as if the boy was telling me the story. His town, his sister, his family. The stutter the timing, you don't get that in a book. And as emotional and gut wrenching as the story subject matter was. It was well written. And it was a story well told. I would listen to this story again. I love Audible.
Don't let negative comments about the narration turn you away from this book. While I agree with the comments about the strange narration, which became particularly noticable in Part 2, I am soooo glad I listened to this book. Great story!
This is the type of story that one enjoys in movies but is so much richer in books. It has all the human pathos wound in an all-too-human and unfortunately more common tragedy. The disappearance and presumed death of a child. I particularly like how this focused on the point of view of the twin sibling. I will give away no more of its secrets; if you like a good drama, you will like this book.
This is probably a pretty good book -- I might look for a paper copy. But the narration is terrible.
It starts out just fine, but then somewhere around the mid-20's chapters, the narrator starts to slow down to the point of absurdity. "The ... boy .... went ...... to.....the..... shed......"
Every now and then, the reader seemed to get hooked into the story himself again, and for a minute or two, would start to read normally. But there must have been a director lurking in the background, who'd tell him to slow down again. Too bad!!
The problem is, once you start to notice something like that, it can drive you nuts. I was gritting my teeth over the narration and couldn't keep track of the story. I quit at chapter 31.
I wish whoever it was would have just let the reader read -- he was doing fine. And it probably was a pretty good book.
Very enjoyable listening. I only listen while driving. Several times I did not want to get out of the car when I reached my destination. Some great unexpected twists to the story. I will now search for other books by the author.
I have been a member of Audible for years and this is one of the best books I've listened to. Scott Sowers does a great job with the narration; his voice flows seamlessly from one character to the next. If you really like stories that you can lose yourself in, then this is a great one.