©2007 John Hart; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
"Richly atmospheric....This book should settle once and for all the question of whether thrillers and mysteries can also be literature." (Publishers Weekly)
I hadn't read anything by John Hart before, but I'm glad I downloaded this book. His charater's personalities were strong and interesting. The interactions he wrote about couldn't have been more on. The storyline was interesting and believable. I truly enjoyed listening to this book. I am going back to read his first book and look forward to more from him.
This book was disappointing. THe story is a soap opera w/ one dimensional characters who are emotionally and developmentally stunted. While the plot has some twists, the characters are absolutely predictable: of course they refuse to go to therapy, of course they resist legitimate pain medication, of course they drink too much (the men, of course), of course the males are emotionally bankrupt and of course the females are long-suffering and damaged. Some moments of lyrical writing - descriptions of place - have substance but the rest of the book is disappointing. Hope this author gets better.
The Good: great narration.... Despite the fact that the book cornered characters into a restricted range of behavior- the narrator made the best of it. He was truly impressive and I believe I kept listening due to his prowess.
The Bad: this morality tale hiding behind the guise of a mystery becomes tiresome. If the concepts of forgiveness, the psychology of cutting, or the sticky web of family had ever been truly scratched I would have been satisfied; however, to speak the name and think that you have given the subject due diligence is just a shame.
The Ugly: how many times can a girlfriend lose her cool, slap her boyfriend, say "I'm sorry, but you left me" before you begin to yawn or at least reach for fast forward OR How many times can the angry young man act like THE ANGRY YOUNG MAN before you as the reader begin to say "okay leave" or "okay kill him" or "okay, but please go see a shrink?" Listening to this book was like wading to your ankles in the shallow end.
No matter where you go, there you are.
I actually don't know what a soap opera is like, but I understand they are twisting, implausible fantasies that are designed to convince the housebound to purchase certain brands of laundry detergent. Vignette after vignette of startling betrayal, revelations of incest or bigamy or any number of other types of exaggerated nonsense is not my idea of "raising the genre of mystery to fine literature" as one hyperbolic reviewer was misguided enough to say.
This book's choice as an Edgar winner has ruined the honor's credibility and certainly has Mr. Poe spinning in his grave.
CLassic B movie kind of story. Plotting is relatively predictable, characters stock, and language is painful: "He pressed his lips against her and she said, I hate you I hate you."
Yet this won best novel of 08 at the Edgars awards. So clearly some people liked it.
After listening to Redemption Road, I was excited to hear another John Hart story but this one was so slow. I never could get into the book, and after realizing I was 8 hours in and still didn't care where it was going, I figured it wasn't getting any better and bought a different one. Something about the narrator's voice and the plain plotline just left me feeling blah. He tries to make it thrilling, but it just wasn't enough for me.
One of the best books I've read/listened to this year. The characters are very real and the thoughtful plot is completely engrossing. A complete success from any point of view. I listened in any spare moment I had because I wanted to know what was happening. This book book won the Edgar award for a reason, because it was the best mystery of the year. I would say the best mystery of many years. Listen to this book if you love a great mystery with real character exhibiting real emotions. I cannot recommend this book more highly. Mike
I forced myself to finish this book although I really, really dislike it.
The narration was particularly poor and the writing was not to my liking either.
I had planned to purchase 'Redemption Road' but after this one I have changed my mind.
very well written story and well developed characters including Adam Chase, his father Jacob, friends half-siblings and lover. This story draws you in quickly and keeps you wanting to see Adam's story unfold. I listened ed to this on Audible while walking my dogs and commuting. It was a great listen!!
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