Mark Hammer has done a very good job with the voices and the rhythm of this story, set in Georgia between 1920 and 1964. The pace is slow, but as others have commented, you keep wanting to know what happens next and so you enjoy the tale as it unfolds. I read *Chiefs* when it was first out in paperback, and I enjoyed the movie in 1983, with Charlton Heston as Hugh Holmes and Keith Carradine as Foxy; I kept seeing their faces as their characters spoke in this audiobook.
While this may be a long listen, that is because it is a long story, one that is defintely worth the time. Takes place over several decades, Stuart makes a good transition from Chief to Chief. Interesting story line (being from Georgia) in that Stuart defintely got the culture part right. Interesting how it corelates to actual facts and timelines with the characters names changed. If you have the time this is one of the books that made Woods a good author.
I'm the author of the book "Bronx DA" and an attorney.
I don't write reviews too often, but this book really sticks with me. First the good. This is a terrific story with wonderful characters and attention to historic detail. Now the bad. The book really drags in parts - the first part of the book, about the first chief, could have been half the length. It went on tangents that were not relevant to the central or secondary plots or to the character development. I almost quit the book at the end of this part. I'm glad I hung in there. The book picks up a lot after the first Chief and it was worth suffering through the beginning. The other issue here is the narrator. His voice is really wonderful for the OLDER characters, but it's so wrong for the younger and female characters that it was terribly distracting. This book may have benefitted from a couple of narrators. I generally hate abridged books, but in this case, the abridged version may have been just right.
Unlike some reviewers, I thought the narration fit the time and place in which the story is set--middle/south Georgia in the early to mid 1900's--quite nicely. As someone who lives in Georgia, I found the narrator's dialect, accent, tempo, etc. perfectly suited to the characters and the story. A narrator such as Tony Roberts (one of my favorites) just wouldn't work for this book. Admittedly, with this narration, you need to settle in and think of it as really getting your money's worth for your purchase--sort of getting the most out of a 430-page book. Your patience is rewarded with the unfolding of an excellent and engaging story.
Loved the book, loved the mini-series and this audio book is better than either. This sweeping tale and the characters living within are very engaging and without much effort you are soon living in Delano.
Stuart Woods connects all of the Lee family into a single book. This is a fascinating story of rural Georgia over three decades. I believe that this is one of his best in terms of tieing the plot and characters to the real world and the challenges we face.
This book so accurately portrays life and prejudice in the changing south of the Mid 1900's that it gave me the creeps while compeling me to keep reading. I lived through that time/place .. and this book deserves the accolades it received when first published.
Don't plan on doing anything else when you start listening to this. It is really a good book! I'm Southern and know that the racial tension rings true. I also liked the narrator.
The story line was realistic and riveting. I listened from start to finish because I had to know what happened next. Can't wait to read more from Stuart Woods.
I read this many years ago and was thoroughly entertained with it.
Am 2/3 of the way through it again (listeneing this time) and am reminded what a great story and how well told it is.
IMHO it is clearly Mr Woods' best work. Every subsequent 'page turner' lacks the depth of this work. I keep reading but have been mildly disappointed at everyone since this one.
This is a great read or listen.. as the case may be.. I love the reader Mark Hammer. I think he does a great job. I have been totally caught up with it as I motor across the country.