Being a huge fan of "Blue Heaven" - which is one of my all-time favorites - Back of Beyond didn't quite measure up to the pace and emotion of Blue Heaven. That being said, it definitely kept my interest, had some twist and turns, had likable and sustainable characters, and was solid to the end with an enjoyable payoff.
The setting, the plausible plot, and the honesty and transparency of the main character, Cody.
Definitely, Cody. No doubt that the person I was listening to was Cody in body, soul and spirit. Holter Graham nailed it.
There was not a particular moment, just the common thread of Cody's inability to mince words or suppress the truth (even when it was not beneficial to Cody's circumstances).
Some books are great, others are simply good solid entertainment that take you on a journey (in this case a suspenseful one) that in the end leave you satisfied. Back of Beyond is a good listen.
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.
I really enjoyed the narrator and the use of sound effects in phone conversations, the tunnels, basement, etc.
D'Agosto. Thought he was a good solid cop character, smart and caring, yet still tough. In contrast to Pendergast, who I liked, but he seemed a bit untouchable.
I enjoyed the build of the whole story, knowing that there would have to be a showdown between the beast and the protagonists. I especially enjoyed the "payoff" at the end. Didn't see it coming...
Again the payoff was well done.
Not a great book, in terms of a classic, but very enjoyable. Will read another in the series.
Yes, the last 1/4. The payoff was uneventful. I was hoping that something gripping or shocking would be revealed to make this a very memorable listen, but instead I was disappointed.
Ray Porter was awesome. In fact, but for Ray Porter I would have been unable to finish the book. His accents and tones were all perfect for every character.
No. If there is a follow-up, I would not purchase it.
Overall, it was somewhat entertaining, but I would not recommend it to anyone.
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