Adams Consulting Group
The story had many surprises and kept me in my car longer than needed many times because I didn't want to stop listening. The narrator changed tones for every character, he was amazing, like watching a professional performance in the theater. I highly recommend this book.
This book had been recommended to me for quite a while and when I found it on sale on audible I grabbed it and am I glad I did! I couldn't stop listening; the narration was mesmerizing and the story was as well. The characters were so well drawn I felt sympathy for all of them, even the bad guys. A drama, a thriller, a mystery. This book has it all!
Narrator did an outstanding job! I was skeptical about reading this book. It held my interest until the last word leaving me with a desire to delve deeper into the lead characters. I would recommend it to a friend!
Extremely well narrated and engrossing story line. If you like mysteries, this is a very good one.
Though I was interested in the story and the characters, I found the novel to lazily meander through time with no real twists or turns in the plot. Once all the players were introuced the plot was predictable to the end.
I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
Wonderully written story. As many of the scenes unfold, particularly the memories of the characters you almost feel like you are there with them. Very well done and engrossing. I was lloking forward to see what happened but didn't really want it to end.
English Mystery Collector
I usually keep 2 or 3 audio books going at once. Not so with this one. I could not put it down and the
reader is perfect. Great plot, superb characters, and it all hits from page one. Don't miss this one!
Liked this novel...just right on for southern Mississippi. I guess our familiarity with the issues, the time, the culture made this such a winner for us. We will listen to more....
Alison's Book Marks
Larry Ott and Silas "32" Jones were boyhood friends, who drifted apart in high school. Larry went on a date with a girl to a drive-in movie, but the girl did not return home and was never heard from again. Larry was never arrested, as there was no proof. Silas moved away shortly after and the two did not speak again until years later. The years between were hard and solitary for Larry, "Scary Larry" the locals called him. He was once again under suspicion when another girl went missing. Silas, constable of their small hometown, and was called in to investigate when Larry Ott was discovered with a severe gunshot wound that left him in a coma. What happened to Larry, and the real story of what happened to the girl recently missing, as well as the one missing from all those years ago slowly unravels in this riveting narrative.
A little slow to start, Tom Franklin's narrative voice gradually pulls the reader into the story, which gets the heart pounding about 3/4 of the way in. Some categorize Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter as a thriller, but it's more of a subtle roar than a loud scream.
Even though Larry Ott spends almost the entire book in a coma, his story comes to the reader through Silas's detective work and his own memories of the past, peeling apart their story one layer at a time.
A note on the audiobook. I read this book with my book club, and a few readers did not catch on at first as to which characters in the novel were black and which were white. Since racial tension is palpable in Mississippi, even in present day, I'm afraid they may have missed a significant source of drama. I had the benefit of Kevin Kenerly's superb narration, whose accent and diction left no doubt in the listeners' minds. He gave each character his/her own voice, tone, accent, and it really allowed me to immerse myself in the story. This may sound strange, but Kevin Kenerly was able to make a character's stature grow larger just by the deep tone of voice he gave him. When I heard his Silas/32 voice, I immediately imagined CC Sebathia (NY Yankee pitcher) who stands at 6'7", and has a serious but kind face. There is one scene in the book that sent chills up my spine, highlighting the perfect marriage between author and narrator. All in all, a terrific audio!
A smart, memorable novel that slowly draws readers in and delivers a satisfying end.