©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)
Garden-variety mystery with senseless characters who couldn't be more two-dimensional. A throwaway. I got this b/c I thought it would be a good car listen for a long trip but YUCK. So stupid. Couldn't get past the first couple of hours.
Slow start but good character development and interesting story.
It was his narration that kept me interested at first.
Yes, especially for a long drive.
Good but not great story mainly just because it took a while to get into it. Hart took his time drawing you in making you wonder just, "why is he doing that?" But I kept rooting for the guy which kept me involved. The story did stick with me for a while, worth the time, but it's a slow and steady ride.
Down River takes place in a part of North Carolina where no one has ever heard of contractions. No, they have not.
At first the story and the tone is a bit ponderous. That never entirely goes away and is somewhat reinforced by all the bickering between characters. But the story does pick up steam, which helps to carry all that weight toward a satisfying end.
I would have liked it better if the characters had been more realistic or likable. I never warmed up to the main character.
No, I like this genre very much.
No, I feel maybe I would have liked the main character more if I had liked his voice.
All the characters were important to the story.
Although I wasn't crazy about the book, I did listen to it all and might read another book by John Hart.
A great read!
It's been a while since I read it but it was well written and the character development was very good!
I found that this book started rather slow and at first I did not think I cared for the narrator. However, Hart wraps you around a slew of great Southern characters and keeps the twists and turns coming so that by the end I broke my hard and fast rule of only listening while I ran. Hart writes very well and he is a good yarn teller. The reader also grew on me quite a bit over the length of the book. If you like a mystery with a substnative story and good characters, this is a great choice.
Having just finished the Jeffery Archer novel, Prisoner of Birth, I was ill prepared for the poor quality of this audiobook. A Scot by nature, I always finish my audiobooks, but after 40 minutes I had to call it quits. Am unclear why it was so highly recommended. It seemed very sophomoric.
Down River is a well written mystery. It has some flaws but overall it kept me absorbed the whole way through. I look forward to hearing the rest of his books.
Not quite as good as Hart's The Last Child, but still enjoyable- complicated enough
to be interesting. Scott Sowers' narration is superb! Even my husband, who never listens to audio books but sometimes hears mine as I work around the house, said, "I like that reader."
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