The story was interesting, especially the last half, but the way it was written tended to slow down the plot so that IMO the story dragged, especially in the middle part of the book (I actually stopped listening about halfway through and went to another book before continuing this one later on). Hart used too many adjectives in his descriptive passages that made me roll my eyes at times. I just wanted to finish the book to find out who killed Ezra and get on to another I think he could be a much better writer than he shows in this first novel, so I am looking forward to reading one of his later books.
I don't know about listening - I'm wondering if I might enjoy reading his novels rather than listening to them, especially since the reader was only average and didn't even show any Southern accent for a story set in North Carolina. I have a hard copy of his novel "Down River" and will probably get around to reading it in awhile.
He tended to make some sounds at the beginning of some sentences which drew my attention away from the story. As mentioned above, he could have used accents; also it was difficult to tell who was talking at times.
I thought the scene in the tunnel when Work follows Vanessa and the man went on too long. Also I would have cut some of the hyperbolic descriptions. On the other hand, I liked some of the characters, especially the homeless man and Work's wife Barbara (that is, liked how he drew her character, not the self-centered character herself).
I think David Chandler does an excellent job narrating this book. He does the CJ Box Joe Pickett series also, so I was familiar with his style before I listened to this book. If you like John Hart's other books, you will probably like this one. The big difference is you don't feel like this one is set in NC even though it is. David didn't do the southern accent for the main character, but other than that is was fine.
Great story as are all John Hart's novels. I think another narrator would have been better. I've listed to hundreds of audio books and this is the first time I can remember that the narrator actual took away from the story because I could hear him breathing and swallowing. After about two chapters, I almost gave up but I know Mr. Hart's writing and I knew the story would be worth the annoying sounds. I was right the story was great.
This was a great book. Had listen to Down River by Hart and thus discovered a new author. I wasn't disappointed. On to the next one.
This book was written well, with a story-line to follow to the end. However, narration of the story needed a bit... let's say... of a drink of water, throughout. Mr. Chandler's narration at times, almost made me pause the book, take a breath, and re-start. There are many areas in which Mr. Chandler sounds as though HE has run out of breath, and he makes a swallowing/smacking sound as one of thirst. This seemed to grate on me a bit as the smoothness of "telling the tale" became broken.
John Hart wrote a fantastic tale, woven with humor, interest, mystery, and solid story lines. This is the first audible I have entertained by Mr. Hart, but the second book. The Last Child I read and he continues to show great promise as an author. I would recommend this book to those persons who enjoy a good twist in mystery. However, forewarning the urge to yell "Please take a drink of water" to Mr. Chandler. Give yourself time to adjust as the outcome is well worth the ride.
This book is a total waste of time. The characters are caricatures, the dialog ranges from inane to silly and the whiny main character is impossible to like. The narrator only adds to the ordeal. I was truly sorry that I wasted a credit on this.
This is one of most awful books I've ever read - a narsistic protagonist being all noiresque, wandering about being tragic and 'deep and littering the prose with ponderous and all too often cliched ruminations ALL the time. Mixed metaphors abound, as do pointless arguments between almost everyone - most of whom are extremely unpleasant people - in fact, the only person I like in the book gets treated abominably by the protagonist (who feels terrible about what he's just done, but simply had to do it, because of some waffly guff about truth and lies and how they can't handle the truth just now) Urk!!!!! I hope I never meet the author because if he's like the characters in his books, I would not like him at all.
This one takes a while to get moving. I almost quit listening about halfway into it, but the author pulled a couple of surprises, hooked me again, then built to a smashing finish. Wound up loving it.
Overall it is not a bad book. The story is interesting enough so that you really discover the killer right at the end, which is good. The problem is that the main character is so obsessed with one angle of the story through most of the book that it gets really anoying and boring and it drags a bit. In my view it is inconceivable that a normal person would not even consider alternatives to the facts, so the character made me feel like I was wasting my time. But through some perseverance I was surprised with an unexpected ending, which made the book worth it.
Another point to consider is the poor editing of the audio, which lets trough too many saliva sounds from the narrator. I only listened to the book while driving as the soung got a bit muffled by the car engine.