Brandt is a down-and-out guitarist and vocalist who believes his life has hit rock bottom. He can't make the rent on his apartment, and he drinks so much he can barely make it to the crappy gig that keeps his band afloat, let alone play when he gets there. When he leaves the bar one dark night with a bottle of Jose Cuervo in one hand and his guitar case in the other, he finds he's locked out of his apartment with nowhere to go.
In an alley filled with trash can fires and vagrants, Brandt meets Wally, an old black man who can play the music that Brandt dreams of - the blues. In the ensuing encounter, Brandt is gifted - or cursed - with new abilities. He feels pain building up around him and inside him. Not his own pain but the pain of others, the pain of those who have passed away, the pain of those who died with no one to hear their stories. He becomes a conduit for the pain of the world.
What follows are a series of revelations, one for each member of the band and one for a young girl named Liz, drawing them together and ultimately reuniting them with Brandt. Together, Brandt, Sinthia, Shaver, Dexter, and Liz take off to the mountain town of Friendly, California, for a date with pain, destiny, and a silver-haired reverend who would like to see them dead. In the final showdown, they must meet the challenge of the music, the pain, and their mingled histories and stand, or fall, with the pain of the world in the balance.
©2004 David N. Wilson (P)2012 David N. Wilson
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This story is unlike any I've listened too. It had a unique plot and the characters were well developed.
After some strange events bring the band members back together, Liz tells them about her past and the disturbing story of the Sin Eater. During her story, she tells them what she witnessed one Sunday at church and who the Sin Eater is. After Liz's story they all decide to go back to her hometown to find out what has change and to set events right.
This story is full of suspense and would be a great fit for a true fan of horror stories. "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast dot com.
I'm an avid audio book listener as well as a long form voice over (audio book narration) performer.
This is a very strange book. It's a "Crossroads" meets "Ghost Whisperer" tale. The protagonist of the story is a guitarist that makes a deal with the devil ... or does he?
Brandt is the leader of the band, he meets up with Wally and is endowed with the ability to "play the pain" of those lost souls around him. Naturally, he has a band and each member of the band also has a unique, supernatural ability. The bassist can actually see the angels (or are they demons, or just lost souls?), the drummer the and the rhythm guitarist also have special abilities. However, more intriguing than their abilities are their back stories. Want to find out more? You'll have to purchase the audio book!
Chris Patton does an outstanding job with the narration on this title. He character voices are fine, but where he really excels is building drama and tension with his voice! A fantastic job!
This is a very wild, very weird, and quite wonderful tale that is well worth the listen!
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I cannot remember how long ago I read this book but listening to it again was good! There is so much in this book which was good and weird but so deep. Worth the credit but need to listen closely. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com. Thank you!
I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
I was not able to keep up with this one.It was confusing and I felt, boring.Not what I usually get from anything David N Wilson has written. Chris Patton was a fine narrator.I was given this book free by the author, narrator or publisher.
What a great psychological thriller!! I've listen to it twice so far. I love the way the aurthor intertwined music and horror. The characters are explained so well that you feel like your in the story with them. A very dark story. The narrator did an excellent job delivering each character with feeling and emotion. I will absolutely recommend.
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I really don't know what to make of this book. I can tell you it wasn't what I expected - in a good way. It took some time to get going but stick with it as it does ramp up. Although I don't think it's for everyone it was still an interesting listen and think I would recommend it. I must say Deep Blue was provided by the publisher at no charge for an unbiased review.
I enjoyed the ride. I like how each character's background added to the story. It's just like how each instrument compliments and add to sound. I received this audiobook for free from Audiobook Blast for my unbiased review.
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Got this book for free, so I really can't complain, but this book is very difficult to critique. There are some really good parts and really good stories within the story, but so much of this book is simply boring. Battling demons and some sort of devil by playing the blues!? Lots of WTF moments and tons of overly descriptive music muddied up this one.
Have you ever felt the blues? No man I mean like really felt it.
Brandt is a good guitarist, but his band is going nowhere, and really his life up to this point has been going nowhere. He is broke and if he is awake he is drunk. One night after a gig, he has his bottle and his guitar and is walking down the street. He comes across an old black man who helps him with his music in ways he could never imagine. Wally often breaks out his harmonica and can change the mood of a room. Brandt looks to Wally for guidance and inspiration. As Brandt explores his new ability to really feel his music Sinthia comes along for the ride.
Each member of the band starts to feel what Brandt feels. They all can sense things that normal people do not. As they all start bonding over their new found connection, the band really grows.
Once Liz opens up about her story they realize they have to go to Friendly California. Upon arrival there they have a meeting with Pastor Pain, a man they have all met before. The band plays the tightest set they have ever played. Dexter playing the drums doesn't come in right away, he is feeling the vibe and waiting for the right time. When he slides in, the sound is so great it could literally alter the universe.
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