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Down River Audiobook

Down River: A Novel

Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York City trying to erase his worst memories and the scorn and abandonment of his family. Then a phone call from his best friend awakens in him a torrent of emotion and pain. Having left North Carolina and its red soil for good, he never thought returning would be easy - and being remembered as a murderer doesn't help much.
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Publisher's Summary

Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York City trying to erase his worst memories and the scorn and abandonment of his family. Then a phone call from his best friend awakens in him a torrent of emotion and pain. Having left North Carolina and its red soil for good, he never thought returning would be easy, and being remembered as a murderer doesn't help much. Within this small Southern town, John Hart explores the lengths to which people will go for money, family, and pure greed - and whether or not forgiveness is ever attainable.

©2007 John Hart; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

"Richly atmospheric....This book should settle once and for all the question of whether thrillers and mysteries can also be literature." (Publishers Weekly)

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    True Ryndes San Diego 05-14-08
    True Ryndes San Diego 05-14-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Very disappointing"

    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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Washington, DC, USA 03-08-09
    Cathy Washington, DC, USA 03-08-09 Member Since 2011
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    "A very good writer"

    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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dee Daleville, VA, United States 08-13-12
    Dee Daleville, VA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Hart's always a good read"

    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."

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Austin, TX, United States 09-22-10
    Linda Austin, TX, United States 09-22-10
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    "Excellent! A winner for me."

    I loved this book. It kept my attention completely. I love the narrator. He is perfect for this book. Being from Texas, his accent seems totally appropriate to me and certainly adds to the book. The dialog sounded spot on and very familiar coming from the South. I am happy to see that this author and narrator teamed upon another selection. Can't wait to listen to it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Castle Valley, UT, United States 01-02-13
    Janet Castle Valley, UT, United States 01-02-13
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    "Riveting and engrossing"
    Where does Down River rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story contained so many twists and turns and subplots


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Down River?

    Finally uncovering the mystery of who completed the murders


    Have you listened to any of Scott Sowers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to this reader before, but his voice is perfect


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

    There were many moments in this book that surprised


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book - it will hold you captive throughout the entire book. There are so many plots and subplots that youare always engrossed in the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angelyn S. Furst 07-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful Writer, Wonderful Book"

    John Hart is a wonderful writer. His story is complex and full of characters that interest and fascinate. I first read "The King of Lies" and loved every word. It's the same with this book. Some of the other review criticized the narrator, however, I found is voice rich and reflective of the setting of the novel.

    Kudo's for John Hart, a wonderful writer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer T. Wolcott Ridgefield, WA USA 03-25-10
    Jennifer T. Wolcott Ridgefield, WA USA 03-25-10 Member Since 2006
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    "I'm angry this is so good"

    John Hart's award winner is a great read (listen). Smart, detailed, twists, full of ambience. My only complaint is that the character's anger is splashed, and the conceit used, a bit too much. It all ties well in the end, and the form may be a bit more natural in print, but it is noticeable in audio. Still, I'd only take .5 off--it's a great book to enjoy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Georgie southfield, MI, USA 06-08-08
    Georgie southfield, MI, USA 06-08-08
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    "This is an Author worth seeking out!"

    There are a few author that I purchase because I am confident that they won't disappoint me. "The Color of Law" was awesome.... and now "Down River" I am anxiously awaiting Hart's next release.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 12-22-12
    Amazon Customer United States 12-22-12
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    "Love it"
    What made the experience of listening to Down River the most enjoyable?

    It was a book that both my husband and I were able to enjoy. Not girly-girly and not manly- manly, just right.


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

    We were traveling 10 hours from home one way, and we were able to listen to the 1st half on the way there and the second half on the way home. The only problem was that the MP3 lost its charge 3 chapters from the end of the book - my husband was horrified.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy brooklyn, NY 12-10-12
    Betsy brooklyn, NY 12-10-12 Member Since 2016

    I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.

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    "The narrator was perfect."

    While I enjoyed the story( the characters were well developed) I don't think I will recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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