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Chiefs Audiobook

Chiefs

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Publisher's Summary

In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

Author Stuart Woods' riveting novel spans three generations while also probing deep into Southern small-town attitudes and behavior. The residents of Delano, with their reluctance to disturb a familiar social order, provide the perfect backdrop for this tale of dark secrets and murder.

Over 40 years ago, Woods found a battered chief-of-police badge in his grandmother's house. It had belonged to his grandfather, who had been shot in the line of duty. The story of the lawman's death inspired Woods to write Chiefs, which won an Edgar Award and was made into a popular TV miniseries.

©1981 Stuart Woods; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

What the Critics Say

"A riveting story of the Deep South that mixes murder mystery with political intrigue." (Publishers Weekly)
"A fascinating, compelling tale." (The New York Times)
"The homey wisdom of [Hammer's] voice, coupled with Woods's engaging story, makes this audiobook memorable." (AudioFile)

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    LLarsen 04-03-14
    LLarsen 04-03-14

    LLarsen

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    "Excellent narrator; slip-shod editing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the best Stuart Woods book, but the Audible version was amateur. I could often hear the narrator swallow. Sometimes there was not even a pause between chapters...they just ran together. Someone needs to re-edit this before selling it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was professional and skillful; the editing made him seem like a beginner. No doubt he would be embarrassed if he listened to it.


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    Diane Wolcott, CT, United States 03-28-14
    Diane Wolcott, CT, United States 03-28-14
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    "Totally engrossing story...."
    Where does Chiefs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up near the top. It had all the elements of great story telling, it presented atmosphere, characters and a story line that wove through multiple levels.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will Henry, the first chief won my heart right from the start.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was very involved in the story line, as I loved the homespun quality of the setting.


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    Amazon Customer peg linstrom 03-17-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration is a little S L O W"

    I listen to lots of books... this is a good story, interesting idea. However, if I didn't have double time speed I would have slept thru the entire book.



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    j arden, nc, United States 03-02-14
    j arden, nc, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Ridiculous Narration and Implausible Story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    An actual southern accent from a narrator that has stepped foot in Georgia, and a more realistic depiction of rampant racism behind closed doors in Georgia before 1970.


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    Tim Mentone, CA, United States 02-26-14
    Tim Mentone, CA, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't wait to get in my truck to listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Chiefs the most enjoyable?

    Although this story started out slow, I soon was hooked on all the characters and the mystery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story covers three generations of families, so it was really interesting to follow the characters as they aged.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Hammer – was your favorite?

    Will Henry Lee.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, the end of the first segment (I won't spoil it). Quite an unexpected ending!


    Any additional comments?

    I've just started listening to Stuart Woods. Now he is one of my favorite authors!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald 02-24-14
    Donald 02-24-14
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    "Age Old Topic"
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    This book started out much better than it ended...it could have easily been edited down to two volumes, overly descriptive. The performance by Hammer is really top notch and kept me into it. The description of the book is a bit misleading as the real purpose here seems to be to rehash the history of the south and civil rights, which is fine, but I've been through that in many other books. There is a mystery of missing persons and that does get tied in throughout the novel but in reality that is a sub plot.

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    G. Plude 02-02-14
    G. Plude 02-02-14 Member Since 2012

    orchid lady

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    "So well done!"

    I think it must be a real challenge to tell a story that crosses so many generations, that keeps up with the evolving society of those generations. Woods did a fabulous job. This is by far my favorite book by him. I like his series characters, but they can wear thin after several books. This book I'll listen to again, definitely.

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    Amazon Customer 10-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Exceedingly disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Stuart Woods and/or Mark Hammer?

    I'm not sure


    What was most disappointing about Stuart Woods’s story?

    Story profile was very good, however I was very much disappointed by the graphic sex and overt violence in an otherwise exceptional story presentation


    What does Mark Hammer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Exceedingly good delivery, very good inflection and a memorable reading


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Chiefs?

    The violence and sexual parts were too graphic and totally unnecessary to the delivery of an otherwise potential tremendous


    Any additional comments?

    I am so sorry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 09-30-13
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 09-30-13 Member Since 2013

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

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    "Absolutely Outstanding Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was one of the few books that could hold my interest throughout generations of a story & keep me both twisting & turning as a reader. There were times I was almost hesitant or even afraid to find out what would happen next. Yet the story stayed stable & focused throughout. There were good guys & bad guys that played off each other in a fascinating manner such that I didn't want to miss a beat. All of the personalities were both interesting & intriguing as the author spun the story to its final conclusion. I must say this book would definitely be one I would recommend to anyone. The narrator (Mark Hammer) had become a family member by the time I finished this book. What more can I say….it was thrilling, suspenseful, appreciated at times, sad at others. What a book? And when I finished it I felt like it was exactly the right time & the right way for it to end. Yippee for you Stuart Woods!!!!.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Hammer – was your favorite?

    Could not choose he was that good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sometimes I laughed, sometimes I felt like crying but most of all i appreciated all the effort the author put in the story itself to keep me as they say 'on the edge o fmy seat', but make that on my pillow.


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    JOHN GAUTENG, South Africa 08-23-13
    JOHN GAUTENG, South Africa 08-23-13
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    "Best book in years."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes ,just a great listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chiefs?

    None,just a great book end to end


    What about Mark Hammer’s performance did you like?

    All


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Karma


    Any additional comments?

    If you get one book this year,get this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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