I recently stumbled on Hart's latest book Last Child. LOVED IT TO DISTRACTION. So I went straight to Down River and though it was also fantastic, it didn't trump Last Child. This author is just getting better and better and I can't wait until his next offering.
Despite my need for more Hart, I almost didn't buy his first book: King of Lies because of the reviews whining about the narrator.
I was worried about all the purported lip smacking and swallowing by David Chandler.
I am glad I took the chance. Chandler is an excellent narrator. I think the problem lies with the production company. I guarantee you that Scott Sowers and, my personal favorite, Scott Brick, smacks occasionally in the audio booth too, but state-of-the-art editing software renders such distractions a thing of the past.
Bottom line, Chandler was pretty damn good and quite frankly, his purported "smacking" is not that bad. Ignore the negitive reviews and get this book. Just FYI. Recorded Books produced the King of Lies. Last Child was produced by McMillan Audio and Down River was offered up by Audio Renaissance . Critique the production company,not the narrator.
I did not discover John Hart until last year. Once I did, I was hooked. I listened to every Hart book ever recorded back-to-back and then began a year long vigil in anticipation of Iron House. I realize now that it was Hart's incredibly insightful characterizations that had me enthralled. About a third of the way through Iron House, I reluctantly admitted to myself that I was disappointed. I wasn't staying up half the night listening... unable to turn it off. But... I kept listening. Turning a hit man (and his friends/family) into loveable characters worthy of a readers emotional investment is no easy task. I am glad I stuck with the story. By about half way through, Hart had me once again. In the end, I actually had tears streaming down my face (an extreme rarity for me) and was swept away by what I can only describe as a bittersweet close. As with all his books, the plot was fresh, imaginative and convoluted. The end? Never saw it coming. Scott Sowers did a great job. He sounds like a North Carolinian to me. As a former professional voice talent from NC, I am sensitive to these things. I highly recommend this book... you just have to be a little patient. You will be glad you did!
If you like Connelly and Coben, you'll love John Verdon. This book is intelligently written, and excitement builds and builds to a very frightening ending! The main character and his relationships develop beautifully over the course of the book. I have been looking for a new author in this genre since my old favorite authors just can't keep up with my audio book habit! It is also my understanding that Mr. Verdon is planning more books with retired NYPD detective David Gurney as the main character. I do not recommend the abridged version... unless you regularly prefer abridged novels.
I have been a member of Audible since 1991... and have listened to hundreds of books. This is one of the best... and the first one I've listened to twice. I am from eastern North Carolina and Hart's dialect and Sowers accent are spot on. I was dumbfounded by reviewers who said the story was slow to develop and the narrator inappropriate. This is how many people speak here!
Hart's colorful writing helped set the backdrop for characters I was immediately drawn to (either to hug or to strangle!) and that really made the book for me. The never-saw-it-coming plot twists and excellent narration was just a bonus. 4+ stars.
Bazell doesn't just turn a phrase, he whirls, twists and twirls it. He had me chuckling one second and recoiling the next. What a refreshing style. More please Mr, Brazell. Bring along your character Peter Brown. Loved him! And for God's sake, when you have a narrator as talented as Robert Petkoff, don't go looking else where.
I have read all the Bosch books by Connelly and although I had this one figured out early on, it was still a great addition to the series!I love Harry and it didn't really matter that I guessed the outcome. Throughout the extensive Bosch series, Harry has matured as a character, adding new dimension with every title. Len Cariou is a tremendous. No one else should ever read for Bosch. If you're a Bosch fan, this is a must read... if you're new to the Bosch series, I recommend going back to the early novels and take them chronologically... get them all...there is not a "dog" among them!
I had to force myself to finish this one. Of the 50 or so books I've listened to, most have been 4-5 on the scale. This one has been a chore. The dialogue, characterization and story were not compelling enough to overcome the narrator's annnoying delivery. Besides the thick British accent, which I found distracting, his inflection and tone made him sound way too old for the characters, including Banks. A book with more cleverly constructed dialogue and more interesting characters might have been able to withstand the negitive effects of the delivery.
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