I'm only halfway through the book, but I am so entranced with the story, the way the author wrote it, and the way it is narrated. I will finish the next 5-6 hours.
I listen to the book on a walking path along a river where I live, so the book really comes to life for me.
But something else about the book I find remarkable -- the way the author describes things. I feel like I am in the room, on the scene of the crime, with the action. I loved it when he talked about Rich Man Ken's well-suited lawyer, after they drove up in the Cadillac Escalade, and the author wrote in the scene about the lawyer: "He cuffed his sleeves as if he was in a courtroom". Not an exact quote, but I could SEE it, and I had no idea that such an action of cuffing one's sleeves actually had a description. But it worked!!!! And that's just the beginning of this author's ability to bring his words alive inside the reader's mind.
When I finish the story, I will report back. So far, I am thrilled with this mystery story.
always looking for my next 'driveway' book
I highly recommend this Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Novel. Just took a little while to warm up to the narrator. Engages the listener in a 'film noir' plot and atmosphere. First book I read from John Hart and now on my favourite authors list along Trevanian, Follett, Archer and DeMille.
The story is gripping and the characters are compelling and real. When it ended, I wanted to stay awhile longer and know more about how their lives turned out, which is more than I can say for most mystery novels.
The narrator, Scott Sowers, drove me crazy at first with his flat, nasal reading. However after the first hour or so, I found that I actually enjoyed him. His reading of the characters voices is nuanced enough that you know who is speaking, but don't feel like he is "doing voices." Moreover, as the tension built, I felt like his reading style kept the mood well.
John Hart's "The Last Child" doesn't disappoint. There were a lot of twists that I didn't see coming and I usually can predict them. You don't know the real story until the very last chapter.
Scott Sowers was a good choice for this southern story. He voices the characters just right. I do think he tends to enunciate words with a staccato. Listen (which I think you should) and you'll see what I mean.
i had recently read a brilliant John Hart book called Down River so when i got my audible credit, i thought i would try another. after reading some reviews which critized the accent i didnt think it would make much difference to me being from australia, so went ahead and downloaded it. thank heavens i did as it was a fantastic story. every time i thought i had it worked out i soon after was proved wrong. never would have guessed the ending. tragedy and hope and a little boy who would never give up.
Once I was able to get past the first few hours I got used to the way the narrator told the story and the story began to pick up, after that it was a great story.
I did have a challenge getting distracted and having to rewind.
The story itself is good and I found myself becoming pretty attached to the story.
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.