So much of this story is banal and expected. The main character is not believable
as he is always angry, shouting, etc. No sympathy for him.
This book took waayyyyy too long to get moving. The characters were depressing. I liked how things tied up at end but it wasn't until the last two hours of the book. Found it odd that the narrator used few accents, the book having taken place in the south.
The story line was good. Enough twists & surprises to keep it interesting. Complexity to characters - Hart captured place & time.
I did not care for the narration. I found it stiff and unsatisfying.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
Worst father ever!
The first third of the book explains why a father is so evil and a wife is so wrong for this man. It was so depressing, I almost quit the book. But I'm glad I didn't. The book redeems itself and keeps you turning pages.
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.