I agree with the earlier reviewer. The book is a really great read. Yes the production could have been better, but I wouldn't have noticed anything had others not mentioned it. I really like the narrator's voice. I'm glad Audible had this one on sale!
This was my first time listening to David Chandler's narration. I am comfortable with his voice, and found myself quietly hanging on to each word and break in sentences.
Regrettably, I found the narrator's swallowing noises annoying and distracting... sorry David... but I wish the editing had been state-of-the-art.
It was just ok for me - alet down from the Iron House which is the first book I read of his.
Not as good as Ironhouse or The Last Child
This was a captivating story with several subplots and unexpected turns. The setting reminds me of several of John Grisham's books, and the style and storytelling is similar.
Very dark, painful and depressing! I read Down River and thought this story sounded interesting; however, it was a huge disappointment that I could not finish. The story is very repetitive with over-dramatic gloomy descriptions.The narration is also poor with lots of breathing, pausing and swallowing. Don't waste your credit unless you are looking for punishing words of agonizing torture.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
Over written. Trying to make a good mystery into a sweeping novel with so many similes and metaphors it was distracting. I cringed every time he mentioned his sister because it made it all the more predictable.
The basic story line was plausible enough; The execution was weak.
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.