I have listened to most of Greg Iles novels and particularly like the ones with the recurring character of Penn Cage. Dick Hill is a masterful narrator, nailing the accents and setting a good pace. A thoroughly enjoyable listen!
I am a big fan of Greg Iles so was surprised to find myself irritated with the story and the reader. The story alternated between boring and depressing. The reader kept over-pronouncing certain letters and it was distracting (e.g. kept was read kep T).
This book was a disappointment. The fake southern accent was so irritating I almost didn't finish it, perhaps because I am a southerner. I have loved all of Greg Iles books but this was not up to his usual quality. Maybe I would have liked reading instead of listening.
I'm a fan of Greg Iles and have found his character development and plots twists to be a good recipe for an entertaining read. Like the books of Grisham and Conroy, the Southern flavor of his writing adds a charm that keeps me coming back to his books. This Audible version does not disappoint either as I found myself totally immersed in the harrowing struggles of Penn Cage. The narrator has a Southern drawl which adds an authenticity to the story.
Greg Iles is one of my favorite authors and this book did not let me down. The narration is excellent as it exemplifies the diction of the area in which the story occurs. This is a great, fast paced story.
I enjoyed all of Greg Iles other novels but this one just can't get me past the first hour or so. I think partly it is just not captivating but partly I cannot listen to Dick Hill anymore. In early audio book days even before Audible I heard many books by him. Now his voice triggers that Jon Lovitz SNL character chewing scenery in my head.
Wow... can't believe all the negative reviews on the narration by Dick Hill who I feel did a superb job. For such a long book, he managed to make each character pretty distinctive for the most part. This is not a book for the faint at heart. There is a lot of human and animal curl treatment which is described in great detail. I didn't like the way the book ended but I guess their is a sequel coming next year which should clear up that issue. Enjoy!
I have to say I agree with the numerous other reviews that complained about the narration. I really had to stick with the first few hours in order to develop an ear for his style - but he voices the main character as if he is a seventy year old Southern black man (with emphysema), when in fact the main character seems to be a white guy in his 30s-40s. The story is a little gruesome at times (deals with dog fighting) but overall not bad - if you can get past the narration.
Listening to this reader is painfull. I bought this book in error, I had already bought a book read by Mr. Hill and had sworn to never again subject myself to him. For the very first time, I stopped listening midway through.
Mr. Hill is obviously a good actor, but neither he nor the director have any sense of the characters.