Intense, intriguing, informational
Penn Cage. So much turmoil he dealt with in a short period of time, coming from all directions. Just when you think he is going to give in and fold under the pressure, he stands up and does the right thing, knowing it will be far from easy.
Jonathan Sans. Loved the Irish accent and Hill did it so well.
International drama in a small southern town.
I've read nearly all of Iles's books and enjoyed every one. This one was no exception. I'm glad to see that there are others in the pipeline. It's been a long dry spell from Iles. Also, Dick Hill is outstanding when narrating these books. I'm about to start the new short story, The Death Factory, and hope the change in narrator is not a huge mistake.
A great story with lots of twists and excitement.
The mayor, Penn Cage. He's a smart, determined, strong character who also has weaknesses and self doubts.
Nasty in Natchez
If you play Dick Hill at double speed, the novel moves along nicely and you won't fall asleep.
I love Greg Iles' books. I enjoy all of them.
shoulda been better
What has Penn Cage gotten into this time?
Sound quality not good - have to continually fine tune to hear ... sometimes talk so low can't hear anything, next thing it's too loud. Not a pleasant, easy listen. Greg Iles deserves better.
The story is a deeply touching episode in the life of Penn Cage. He seems as real to me as some people I actually know. That's good storytelling. He evolves, thinks, and also shows flaws. And is aware of the flaws of others. This is a story about people and how they can overcome or be overcome by their base nature.
When Caitlin realizes she can't live with herself if she doesn't try to save Linda. Even though it would cost her her own life, she doesn't give up. She digs deep down through her terror and overcomes her doubts to move on.
Hard to choose. When Penn is surprised that Caitlin's condition to stay in Natchez is to marry her was good. Also when Penn faces Shadrack with the picture he acquired. He could have been more judgmental, instead he worked towards his goal. You can tell he has a good heart.
The face inside the face you see.
It was a little long, but mesmerizing. I felt I lived it. I did quail at the horror of the dogfighting. It was necessary as many people are not aware of the practices. Unfortunately I was and am fully aware.
Yes, overall good book. My only negative was the gruesomeness. Other than that I'd give this book five stars across the board.
Penn Cage, but Dick Hill is fabulous at giving all characters voice. He is one of the best.
No. At times it was truly hard to put down, but the intensity and gruesomeness in some scenes got to me and I had to take some breaks.
I really enjoyed this book and would love to read more by Greg Iles if I knew how gruesome the others are on comparison.
I do recommend this book for the story, but Dick Hill's "decibel performance" coupled with the sound production of this book takes away from the individual enjoyment of listening. On the other books I have enjoyed in which Dick Hill was the narrator I was able to lower the volume to my earpiece and set it a little more outside of the "nook" of my listening ear in order to finish. But, with this book my trick didn't work. I was forced to use my computer to listen to it. Unfortunately, that turned what is usually a personal listening experience for me alone into an invasion of the "shared decibel space" of any other person within the listening area. That, I did not like!
Audio quality is horrible.
Did not listen to all of this book. Could not hear narrator, very poor sound and book very boring.
I love books!
Let's start with the fact that Greg iles is a great writer, one of my favorites. In this story, set in Natchez, Mississippi and with his usual protagonist Penn Cage, there is dog fighting, prostitution, money laundering via riverboat gambling, lots of crime and some really bad people doing really bad things. The author does a good job of weaving all of this evil into a story where he's also telling about life in the new Old South. Iles' books are always taught mysteries where you relate to the characters, at least the good ones. Iles states on his website that this book in a prelude to his trilogy which has the first book in it, "Natchez Burning" coming out in 2014. I listened to this book partly to get ready for the trilogy as Iles does state the trilogy takes off from this book and in the end of the book, it's clear there is more to come. I recommend all of the author's books. One complaint I did see in the audiobook reviews is that some listeners don't like Dick Hill as the narrator. I do believe another narrator might be a more perfect fit, like Will Patton is to James Lee Burke's books. While Hill is OK, in the beginning you think about him also narrating the Jack Reacher series but I find, at least for myself, that once I get into the story that I'm not thinking about who the narrator is. A good narrator can really bring a book to life, of that there is no doubt.
the art of quiet pleasure
Greg Iles is one of my favorite authors. I recently purchased "The Devil's Punchbowl".I could not get too far into it due to the narrator, Dick Hill. I deleted the book after purchasing it because of Dick Hill. His accent (real or faked) was not easy to follow, his slow pace of speaking was annoying, and he drops his voice at inprotant words and makes it hard to understand.Before i purchase another book, I will check that Dick Hill is NOT the narrator.
Any book narratated by Dick Hill.
Didn't get that much into it because of Dick HIll's narration.
Please don't let Dick Hill narrate any more good books!!!
provocative, suspenseful, courageous
Penn Cage - good true blue hero type, with a few character flaws