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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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    PAR-TEE 06-17-14
    PAR-TEE 06-17-14

    Bongoman

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    "A hot summer Georgia day..."

    This novel exudes the personality of a small southern Georgia town on a slow, hot, humid, August day. The narrator is fantastic in his portrayal of the characters and adds to the feeling of being a part of this southern town. Characters are interesting and the author did a great job in developing each one. This is just a great "yarn" that made for an enjoyable experience. I enjoyed the book and recommend it if you are not looking for Jack Reacher exploits. It is a Georgia Peach that goes well with a mint julep...

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    stephen 06-09-14
    stephen 06-09-14
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    "Perfection!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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).


    What other book might you compare Chiefs to and why?

    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.


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

    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!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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...


    Any additional comments?

    You will not be disappointed.

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    joy 05-19-14
    joy 05-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't turn it off"

    Chiefs is now in my top 5 books of all times. From the beginning to the end lots of twist and turns.. Wish it it did not end.

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    A. Moore 05-04-14
    A. Moore 05-04-14

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    "Required Reading!"
    Would you listen to Chiefs again? Why?

    This book should be required reading for High School (12th grade) and College students.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chiefs?

    Understanding of the political system in America and why people do what they do, is all here.


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

    The narrator brings, Mr. Hammer, brings the voice and the attitude of the times so that understanding in context is assured.


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    S. Lawler Richmond, VIrginia 05-03-14
    S. Lawler Richmond, VIrginia 05-03-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Listen!"
    If you could sum up Chiefs in three words, what would they be?

    Can't put down


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the story line where it goes through the generations. It is easy to listen to and so interesting you don't want it to end. I love this series and this is one of, if not the best.


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

    Will Henry Lee


    Any additional comments?

    This is just a great all around read. It has something for everyone.

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    Victoria LAKE CHARLES, LA, United States 04-21-14
    Victoria LAKE CHARLES, LA, United States 04-21-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Murder mystery, Southern historical flavor"

    A good look at life in a Southern small town between the 1920s and 1960s. The slow pace of life matched by the pace of the narrator. It was a refreshing change after listening to so many novels read with such urgency and drama. Story centered on a small town, but expanded here and there to a state and national level, which I liked. There are three generational stories that flow well from one to the other, with a dark mystery running through all three. I highly recommend this book.

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    David Costello 04-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "An Epic Read"
    Any additional comments?

    I was somewhat reluctant to buy a book from 1980, but I was familiar with Stuart Woods and his Stone Barrington series and thought this would be a typical light, fun, read but I was blown by the depth of this book. Reminded my of To Kill a Mockingbird and In the Heat of the Night. This was a generational murder mystery wrapped loosely around an in-depth story of the Deep South in the 20's to the 60's. Wonderfully woven and emotionally charged, this book will have you reading to the wee hours.

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

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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 Listener Since 2009
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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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