This book is a frustratingly poor attempt to imitate "Prince of Tides" by Pat Conroy. The titles are even similar-get it? A poor confused southern man with an over-bearing father and sainted mother, a sister with a history of mental illness. But John Hart is no Pat Conroy. All the characters are either too shallow or too unpleasant to care about. As another reviewer has said-the first half of the book is a whole lot of whining from the main character, who I never really liked. The action does pick up in the second half, but it didn't really save the book for me. I guess some people like his writing style-I found it very over done. So for the overall story I give it a 2-2 1/2.
Now about the narration: this narrator also does the CJ Box novels. His diction has a very strange pattern in which he emphasizes single words within sentences that make everything sound sinister and suspicious. Sometimes I can tune it out, other times it really annoys me. "he walked into the ROOM and saw a TABLE, with RED chairs. " [made up example-but you get the point.]
The combination of overworked writing, sad and unpleasant characters and the wierd narration made me stop listening about half way. Instead I got a paper copy of it from my local library and skimmed through it to find out 'who did it'. I will not be reading any John Hart in the future, and I will probably try to avoid this narrator.
Having just listened to another brilliant Grisham/Michael Beck (narrator) combination I know I have been spoiled, but seriously, I found this to be just such a dull book. The reasons have already been expressed by others in the ‘no’ camp so I won’t bother to reiterate them. The writer has potential but it is yet to be realized. What little interest it may have garnered in its labored fashion, was killed stone dead by awful narration.
This was a very good mystery especially for a first book. if narrators are a big issue for you, this one is not so great. But decent. Story is interesting, never boring. And the not predictable. His later books are even better.
Say something about yourself!
I found this book alright but felt highly misled by the comparrison of this author to Pat Conroy. That comparrison was what led me to purchase this book and I had very high hopes for this book because of that comparrison. Missing are the rich details of an intricately woven story. Missing was the rich character development creating characters that remain with you for the rest of your life and missing was the intelligent wit woven through even the most serious of Pat Conroy's works.
Hey Abbott Family
I got 2 hours into the story and finally gave up. The narration was so awful, if there is a good story here it was killed by Chandler. With that being said, I tried real hard to look past that and really listen to the story and the writing of Hart and so help me it is so over written Morgan Freeman's voice couldn't save it. Every noun, every verb, every scene had at least 7 adjectives, adverbs and descriptive language that even the adjectives had adjectives... It was just irritating to listen to on every level. I will steer clear of any book by either of these two. Thanks to audible for being able to return books!
Nice effort but author tries too hard to be literate, choosing seven three-syllable words when three two-syllable words will do. Narrator sounds like he's reading a book aloud. ... Hmmm. I guess he actually is, but it's more monotonous than it should be.
e book lover
I enjoyed this book so much and really would listen to it again. Not many get that high praise.
The plot was so realistic but had many twists that I did not expect. Very human characters that so closely resemble people one might know.
This is one of the reasons that I enjoyed the book so much. David Chandler (and the producer) made the conversations flow seamlessly from character to character without the distracting/detracting so and so said, he replied that I hate to hear over and over. I plan on searching for more books narrated by David Chandler.
This book was interesting enough to hold my attention, but it's nothing to write home about. If there was a 3.5 star option, I would have given it, as it's not quite a 4. The narrator was overly dramatic the entire way through, which took away from the true dramatic parts. You can also hear him smack his lips, turn pages and take dramatic pauses and deep breaths, so I am guessing the production budget was low. Not a bad listen, though.