Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I listen to audio books for my workouts and need something that will keep my attention. I know I burned many calories with the excellent book. I didn't want to stop listening! One of the best I have downloaded.
Bad writing, bad narration. The plot is not believable, the dialogue is simplistic. How can anyone give this book more than one star. Proves what a wide variety of tastes there are in the reading public
The author has the astonishing ability to create a personal link between the reader and the characters. I felt as if I had met a character or had read about them in a local paper. I always wanted to see what twist was coming up to cause me to question my assumptions. I highly recommend this book.
I was instantly drawn into the plot. I felt the chacters come to life,each personallity glowed. The ending was wonderful, and left the listener wanting more......excellent
I purchased this book on the recommendation of a friend. I don't know if she read the book or listened to it as I have been. I have enjoyed the story but cannot recommend it. The narration is equivalent to a high school kid in remedial English. Absolutely horrible. I am almost done and want to know the ending but it will not be easy getting there. What a pity.
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.