A good look at life in a Southern small town between the 1920s and 1960s. The slow pace of life matched by the pace of the narrator. It was a refreshing change after listening to so many novels read with such urgency and drama. Story centered on a small town, but expanded here and there to a state and national level, which I liked. There are three generational stories that flow well from one to the other, with a dark mystery running through all three. I highly recommend this book.
I was somewhat reluctant to buy a book from 1980, but I was familiar with Stuart Woods and his Stone Barrington series and thought this would be a typical light, fun, read but I was blown by the depth of this book. Reminded my of To Kill a Mockingbird and In the Heat of the Night. This was a generational murder mystery wrapped loosely around an in-depth story of the Deep South in the 20's to the 60's. Wonderfully woven and emotionally charged, this book will have you reading to the wee hours.
This is the best Stuart Woods book, but the Audible version was amateur. I could often hear the narrator swallow. Sometimes there was not even a pause between chapters...they just ran together. Someone needs to re-edit this before selling it.
The narrator was professional and skillful; the editing made him seem like a beginner. No doubt he would be embarrassed if he listened to it.
It's up near the top. It had all the elements of great story telling, it presented atmosphere, characters and a story line that wove through multiple levels.
Will Henry, the first chief won my heart right from the start.
I was very involved in the story line, as I loved the homespun quality of the setting.
I listen to lots of books... this is a good story, interesting idea. However, if I didn't have double time speed I would have slept thru the entire book.
Say something about yourself!
An actual southern accent from a narrator that has stepped foot in Georgia, and a more realistic depiction of rampant racism behind closed doors in Georgia before 1970.
Although this story started out slow, I soon was hooked on all the characters and the mystery.
This story covers three generations of families, so it was really interesting to follow the characters as they aged.
Will Henry Lee.
Yes, the end of the first segment (I won't spoil it). Quite an unexpected ending!
I've just started listening to Stuart Woods. Now he is one of my favorite authors!
This book started out much better than it ended...it could have easily been edited down to two volumes, overly descriptive. The performance by Hammer is really top notch and kept me into it. The description of the book is a bit misleading as the real purpose here seems to be to rehash the history of the south and civil rights, which is fine, but I've been through that in many other books. There is a mystery of missing persons and that does get tied in throughout the novel but in reality that is a sub plot.
I think it must be a real challenge to tell a story that crosses so many generations, that keeps up with the evolving society of those generations. Woods did a fabulous job. This is by far my favorite book by him. I like his series characters, but they can wear thin after several books. This book I'll listen to again, definitely.
I'm not sure
Story profile was very good, however I was very much disappointed by the graphic sex and overt violence in an otherwise exceptional story presentation
Exceedingly good delivery, very good inflection and a memorable reading
The violence and sexual parts were too graphic and totally unnecessary to the delivery of an otherwise potential tremendous
I am so sorry