Amy Life long avid reader, especially of poetry, literary and popular fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and some non-fiction.
I have not read the print version so I can't compare, but Mark Hammer is an excellent narrator. The dialogue, the descriptions of small town Georgia, the depth of racism in the 1920s and the upheaval of integration moving into the 1960s were vividly portrayed through the audio version.
The plot kept my interest and there were many moments where it kept me on the edge of my seat, mostly because it was told in stages. This is about three police chiefs in a small town in Georgia who gain information about missing boys who have traveled through the area.. Beginning in the 1920s and continuing into the 1960s, each of these chiefs gains information about a predator, but his capture is a long time coming. This momentum toward resolution drives the story.
The climax of the story towards which this novel had been building.
The victimization of the young boys.
This book is #1 in the Will Lee series and I liked it a lot. I chose to read it after seeing several positive Audible reviews. If I had not read those reviews, I probably would not have chosen this book, because I am not a fan of Stuart Woods "Stone Barrington" series.
Suspenseful and painful.
There were too many to highlight any particular one.
Again, there were too many to highlight any particular one.
I remembered fondly the television mini-series several decades ago and wanted to know what had been left out. The story is a good if painful history lesson about race relations in smaller, more rural areas of the deep South and not-so-deep as the present example of Ferguson, Missouri shows.
Very well worth a listen. Mark Hammer is the perfect narrator with a wide range of voices and style perfectly suited to the slower pace and accents of a Southern tale.
So entertaining to see this story evolve through so many years, and watch some characters develop and get old, as others are shown through their offspring. The rawness of racial problems, as they get better through the years, but still are extremely evident was insightful. When certain characters died, I truly missed them, and felt comfort in following their children. Great book and very entertaining narration.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
Once again, I must give credit to wonderful people who write reviews--otherwise, this book never would have come across my radar!
I read a review by a listener that I follow, and saw that this book had an excellent overall rating, plus the rave review I was currently reading. I put it on my Wish List. When I got around to listening to it, I was very glad I did. Chiefs is a very interesting novel spanning over 40 years, and starts with the first Chief of Police appointed in a small Georgia town. A recurring mystery flows through the stories of three of the early chiefs--one of the ways the stories tie together.
This book was very well written, and truly held my interest throughout. The narrator was not my favorite--but that was my only very small issue with an otherwise very entertaining listen.
The story was not what I expected from the description. It doesn't really seem to be a "mystery", its more about the race issues of the South. This is not what I was looking for in a mystery book.
None. I didn't finish the book. I am going to return it.
None that I could hear.
I'm hoping to return this purchase.
Having recently been introduced to the Stuart Woods characters, it was great to learn where
and how one character (Will Lee) came into existence.
This novel exudes the personality of a small southern Georgia town on a slow, hot, humid, August day. The narrator is fantastic in his portrayal of the characters and adds to the feeling of being a part of this southern town. Characters are interesting and the author did a great job in developing each one. This is just a great "yarn" that made for an enjoyable experience. I enjoyed the book and recommend it if you are not looking for Jack Reacher exploits. It is a Georgia Peach that goes well with a mint julep...
Since listening, I have been recommending to everyone I can. It was like the movie Places in the Heart meets Mississippi Burning, meets Silence of the Lambs (set in the 1930's).
Hard to compare. Don't recall ever encountering any other book wherein the powerful undercurrent of southern racism evoked a building rage in the listener, while at the same time the compelling mystery kept growing at every turn. I was deeply touched by the reminder of the afflictions endured in the pre-civil rights South, I was tremendously angered by the injustice of that era, and I was all at the same time gripped by the suspense of murder/mystery plot that spanned the lives of 3 police chiefs of this southern community.
Mark Hammer is the story! One of the all time great performances, period. His southern tone, his pace, his inflections, his pondering pauses...Honestly, he made the story and the setting completely come alive. I could taste the dust, the beatings, the suspense...everything!
It was definitely a page turner with a poetic pace. The seemingly innocuous mustard seed of this small community in the South just kept growing and growing and growing...
You will not be disappointed.