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Hog Heaven: Blanco County Mysteries, Book 7 | [Ben Rehder]

Hog Heaven: Blanco County Mysteries, Book 7

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Ben Rehder (P)2013 Ben Rehder

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    Cynthia A Zepeda 12-14-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Read it but don't listen to this production"
    If you could sum up Hog Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert King Ross?

    Bring back Johnathan Davis!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tom crompond, new york, United States 03-19-14
    Tom crompond, new york, United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I love Blanco County, Texas"
    What made the experience of listening to Hog Heaven the most enjoyable?

    Ben does a great job again writing a great story. .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hog Heaven?

    Red O'Brien and Billy Don Craddock. I just love these two knuckle heads.


    What aspect of Robert King Ross’s performance would you have changed?

    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.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Get the Jonathan Davis version if it exist?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 03-10-14
    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 03-10-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Great Story - Horrible Narrator"
    Where does Hog Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper Quadrant for story, Way lower for reader


    What other book might you compare Hog Heaven to and why?

    The usual comic state based novelists - Carl Hiasson, Tim Dorsey


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


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

    Not really. It is a good story


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 01-06-14
    Jim 01-06-14
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    "terrible reader"
    What would have made Hog Heaven better?

    I could only listen to 5-10 minutes. The reader was just too annoying.


    Has Hog Heaven turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert King Ross?

    anyone else


    What character would you cut from Hog Heaven?

    don't know didn't listen long enough


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 12-19-13
    Mary 12-19-13
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    "Delighted to find another Blanco County novel"
    Where does Hog Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made us laugh many times and it made us feel sad for Grady.


    Any additional comments?

    Please write some more Blanco County books!! Soon!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tguess1 06-09-15
    Tguess1 06-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just good ole hill country folks"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harmonious Monk Ohio 04-13-15
    Harmonious Monk Ohio 04-13-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Bring back Jonathan Davis"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 03-06-15
    Michael 03-06-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story, not the right narrator"

    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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leon Miller New Orleans, Louisiana 09-14-14
    Leon Miller New Orleans, Louisiana 09-14-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great book; poor narration"
    What did you love best about Hog Heaven?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert King Ross’s performances?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Great story, bad acting.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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