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.
To say i am disappointed in the audiobook is an understatement but it has nothing to do with the actual book but with the narration. I found the saliva and lip noises disgusting. it got to the point where i wasnt listening to the words but to the narrators disgusting mouth noises. after listening to John harts other two books which were fantastic, i was so keen to start this one and even though i had read about the saliva noises it didnt show up much on the sample, so i wasnt too concerned. I tried so hard to concentrate on what he was saying but after about 3 hours i had to give it up. surely the production company can minimize this problem as i am sure it would have been a great book. Disgusting!
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Sorry to be so down on this book, but it brings very little to the table. Not that good of a story, it's suppose to be a mystery but the writer does a poor job in keeping it mysterious or keeping the reader/listener intrigued with suspense. And to make matters worse, the narration while good, isn't too authentic. For a story that suppose to take place down in North Carolina, shouldn't the characters have some kind of a Southern accent?
I loved this book, I uploaded it immediately after finishing The King of Lies (Which was amazing!) It was the first I'd ever hear of this author, I just couldn't stop listening. I could see the story in my head. Descriptive and incredible. However, this narrator David Chandler needs some help. His lip smacking and saliva noises were so distracting! I will never download a book that he reads again. Yuck! He almost ruined it for me but it was just to great a book, I couldn't help but love it.