Edgar Award-nominated author Ben Rehder's Blanco County mysteries have made best-of-the-year lists in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Field & Stream, and are currently in development with Warner Brothers and USA Network as a TV series.
After a high-school football star dies in a late-night motorcycle collision with a wild pig, the boy's wealthy father comes up with a creative scheme to rid Blanco County of the feral pests: He tattoos the ear of one particular pig, then offers a $50,000 reward for anyone who shoots it. Game warden John Marlin is not pleased-chiefly because the bounty is likely to bring a wave of poachers and trespassers to the area. The tension rises even higher when the death of the local boy turns out to be more complicated than it originally appeared. Fans of Ben Rehder's earlier comic mysteries will be in heaven - Hog Heaven.
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Rehder's books are always a fun ride with his large cast of crazies who never fail to entertain. Hog Heaven is no different. I almost didn't download this book though because the narrator is new to the series, and I like my John Marlins to sound like John Marlin from Blanco Co., Texas. I'm not sure where this Marlin is from but it's not anywhere near Texas. There is very little distinction between Marlin, Phil, Red, Billy Don, Bobby Garza, Bill Tatum, or even Nicole...except for the chick from Russia. She didn't sound Russian, but she didn't sound Texan, either...nor did any of the others. Robert King Ross killed this book for me. I won't buy another that he voices.
Bring back Johnathan Davis!
Upper Quadrant for story, Way lower for reader
The usual comic state based novelists - Carl Hiasson, Tim Dorsey
It's funny because I've listened to all the Blanco County books some with the same reader but this was the first one I can remember where RK Ross was so bod. His voices for Marlin was wrong as well as most of the characters.
Not really. It is a good story
I could only listen to 5-10 minutes. The reader was just too annoying.
don't know didn't listen long enough
Hog Heaven is just as great as the other Blanco County novels, that is to say right at the top of our list of all books for story. We love the characters, both new and old and both bad and good. However we were not as fond of this reader.
The plots, and there are several, kept us on the edge of our seats and guessing all the way about the outcome. Our guesses were frequently wrong which added to the fun. It was especially pleasing to see Red and Billy Don win one.
He is not very good with voices. Occasionally we couldn't be sure which character was speaking and he over dramatized somewhat. However he wasn't really too bad.
It made us laugh many times and it made us feel sad for Grady.
Please write some more Blanco County books!! Soon!
Looks like I am in for the long haul for the whole series. The author knows the area and folks of which he writes.
This book is much better as he concentrates on the Hill Country folks rather than the Austin Liberals.
The characters are some I have known or am possibly related to.
The reader is flat awful compared to Jonathan Davis who read the first 6 volumes I listened to. Gone is the perfectly rendered, ever so light Hispanic accent of Bobby Garza, so true to what you hear in life. Gone is the slow, ponderous speech of Billy Don, so adroitly crafted to fit his huge size and mannerisms as Rehder portrays them. The voice John Marlin by this reader bears no relation to the character portrayed by the author. If I were Ben Rehder, I'd be seriously offended by this brutalization of an otherwise fine and entertaining story.
As always, I truly enjoy the Blanco County mysteries. Such good stories, with plenty of twists and turns that all come together in the end. My only complaint is the narration. His voice is too deep!!! While he sounds great at some points, at others his deep voice fails to get the richness out of a lot of the characters. And these are rich characters!!!
This great light mystery uses the unusual and creative angle of a rural Texas county game warden as its detective. It covers a lot of bases - betrayal, hunting, game laws, rural Texas life, sports, drug use, social issues, and even a sexy Russian almost spy - with a big heart and great good humor.
It kept me very interested, especially in the way the author so successfully wove together several fascinating themes into a single coherent, logical, fun story.
No. I paired this with the Amazon WhisperSync audio book; it was marred by a narrator who apparently believes that Southerners are all hicks who talk v--e--r--y s--l--o--w--l--y. That made for a long, ponderous, and frankly, sometimes offensive listening experience. He also often seemed condescending and was unable to walk the fine line between finding the humor in the characters and making fun of them. Without the audio, the book itself was a wonderful discovery and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Great story, bad acting.
This book was a "real find." I'm glad I discovered it and look forward to reading (but not listening to) other books by the author.
Ben does a great job again writing a great story. .
Red O'Brien and Billy Don Craddock. I just love these two knuckle heads.
Robert King Ross just isn't a Jonathan Davis. I got use to his Texas drawl. I really missed it. Robert a fine narrator,but just not Texas enough.
Get the Jonathan Davis version if it exist?
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