©2002 Guy Johnson; (P)2004 Recorded Books,LLC
Marvelos, absolutely marvelous. It's a gripping soulful captivating sequel to his previous book, Standing at the Scratchline. I would highly recommend reading that book first. I couldn't wait to get in my car to listen to the next part... He writes so well. The detail he gives to the characters as well as the events is all consuming. Read it. It's good. (But I still recommend reading Standing at the Scratchline first.) Congratulations Mr. Johnson. Well done.
Loved it! Action packed, exciting and very well
written. If you can, read "Standing at the Scratch Line" first. I hope to read more from this author!
The story of the Trumain family was captivating.
The story was filled with memorable moments from each decade of the story.
The narrator was able to keep a very long story with many low parts interesting.
I would take Serena out to dinner to ask why she couldn't find the strength to change course and right the wrongs she'd done sooner.
It was a little difficult to get into after the dynamism and charisma of King Tremain. It seemed like the first few chapters were entirely made up of bloody gang killings, one after the other. But gradually the characters were revealed until the reader felt we were all part of the same family
But then, in the last 1/4 to 1/3 of the book, it became sappy and downright sloppy. In the not-quite-over battle, the hapless heroine literally runs into the hero' arms, snuggles her head into the crook of his neck while he lovingly holds her in the one arm that isn't holding a military style weapon that's still pointed-toward their mutual enemy who is mere yards away.
I love mysteries, action, thrillers, supernatural.... in general I just LOVE a great story!!
Absolutely! Especially after reading the first book, Standing at the Scratch Line. Guy Johnson sure does know how to put together a story. Well written plot and spending much time on character development allows the reader to truly understand the actions the characters choose to take. Well done Mr. Johnson, Well done!
None. (Except for the first book Standing at the Scratch Line).
One of my favorite narrators, he has yet to prove me wrong, I love his pace, delivery, and how he draws you into the story.
I would not. It fits.
This is the best book out of the 23 that I've listen to.
King of course.
I don't know about the scene but my favorite phrase was "Better say Joe cause you show don't know"
King's wife Serena
He should write a book 3
Standing at the Scratch Line (25.5 hours)
Echoes of a Distant Summer (32.5 hours)
I listened to these two novels back to back ... 58 hours. To write a review for each is difficult as my brain holds them as one whole. So I'm writing one review that I will post for them both.
The plot is well written and the author spent time on character development which allowed the listener to fully understand the actions the characters choose to take as the story unfolded.
This is an enjoyable story, a generational family saga as described by the Publisher's Summary, stretching from the early 190o's into the1980's. If you are looking for a good adventure that gives insight into some aspects of Black lives during the "jim crow" era, these two novels could be for you, but they should be read in order.. Otherwise the second will leave you with less understanding. If you read the first one, I guarantee you will want to read the second.
The second story picks up where the first story leaves off. This saga is about revenge, envy, greed, jealousy and many other negative descriptives. It is a thought provoking saga and it challenges the listener to "suspend disbelief" to a good degree. It challenges you to believe that lots of money (bootleg alcohol days) and help from a few (one or two) white folks led to the development of the main character, King Leroi Tremayne, as a man not to be messed with and subsequently his grandson who learns from grandfather... which, as the story is told, is plausible and believable.
The story was incredibly suspenseful and you could never guess what will happen next or where the story would lead next.
Dion Graham is an excellent narrator... He brought life into each character. I will listen to him again.
Great story! This book was so great. The author was able to develop the characters, introduce new characters, and keep the story in vivid pictures the entire time. I enjoyed this book immensely. I only hope there is a third book soon!
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