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Redemption Road Audiobook

Redemption Road: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The first and only author to win back-to-back Edgars for Best Novel. Every book a New York Times best seller.

After five years, John Hart is back. Since his debut best seller, The King of Lies, reviewers across the country have heaped praise on John Hart, comparing his writing to that of Pat Conroy, Cormac McCarthy, and Scott Turow. Each novel has taken Hart higher on the New York Times best-seller list as his masterful writing and assured evocation of place have won readers around the world and earned history's only consecutive Edgar Awards for Best Novel with Down River and The Last Child. Now, Hart delivers his most powerful story yet.

Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother.

A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting.

After 13 years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen....

This is a town on the brink. This is Redemption Road.

Brimming with tension, secrets, and betrayal, Redemption Road proves again that John Hart is a master of the literary thriller.

©2016 John Hart (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 09-21-16
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 09-21-16 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Darkly Disturbing"

    Small doses: That's how to listen to "Redemption Road".

    If you have a tendency toward melancholy... Choose another book. This is my first listen to a Hart novel. At first it reminded me of early James Lee Burke when he was still poetical instead of polemical. Scott Shepard reinforces that feeling with the way his throat seems washed in south-of-the-Mason/Dixon-line ambiguity.

    In a lot of ways, particularly in character development, this is a masterpiece. But the book's dark shadows are littered with torture and corpses to make my shuddering finger repeatedly punch the pause button. It was the disconcerting mire of psychological gloom that I found both disturbing, yet intriguing.

    Imagine you're caught in the curiosity crawl of gridlocked vehicles forced to slowly pass a ghastly accident. And imagine you can only peer at the bloody puddles and torn bodies for moments and yet like a tongue beckoned back to a wobbly tooth... Your attention keeps returning to the carnage, anxious for order and explanation.

    Do I recommend "Redemption Road"? Say yo've just eaten a m eat that's unexpectedly spiced with explosive jalepenos. Startled by its fiery impact, you still carefully ate it all, surprised that the napalm bites were oddly delicious. To you! Now, would you recommend the dish? To whom? With what sort of warning?

    Okay, how's this? "Redemption Road" may be hazardously angsty. .

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 05-09-16
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 05-09-16 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Thrilled John Hart is Back"

    John Hart has not published a new book in 5 years so I could not wait for this one to arrive. I was not disappointed at all. His first 2 books (both Edgar Award Winners), "The King of Lies" and "Down River" are excellent. I am sure this book will also be nominated for an Edgar - deservedly so.

    All of Hart's books are standalone - no series. New characters with each book so you can read them in any order. Detective Elizabeth Black was the main character in this story. I found her to be so frustrating and then fantastic at various parts of the story, I will just say she left me conflicted, but intrigued. There are lots of characters, but Hart does such a good job with character development, I was able to keep up with everyone throughout the story.

    In this story, Hart allows the villain to narrate at times. Still, you are never sure "whodunit". I was still guessing to the end. I don't want to give anything away, but will let you know that once it got started, I couldn't stop listening.

    Hope Hart is busy writing his next book. The narration was excellent.

    33 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 05-13-16
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 05-13-16 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Stunning, Gripping, Remarkable"

    In the beginning few chapters I found the narration lacking and I could not understand where the story was going. Yet without realuzing it, I was gripped by both the narration and completely emersed in the novel.

    Having read and listened to John Hart's previous works, I never dreamed he was capable of a novel of this magnitude. Redemption Road puts him in rare company. Thomas Harris and Joe Nesbo come to mind.

    Its a complicated tale with several layers of mystery and intrigue. The characters are as intriguing as their secrets.

    Scott Shepherd does a wonderful job narrating. 5 stars gatuntees I will be listening to this many times over the years.

    44 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Seidel Topeka, Ks, US 05-08-16
    Donna Seidel Topeka, Ks, US 05-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "What a treat!"

    This is a slow starter, time for you to relax, kick back and get into the rhythm of a fine story teller. I wasn't sure I had a mystery but the author delivers as promised.

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle 06-11-16
    Kyle 06-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of a kind"
    Would you listen to Redemption Road again? Why?

    I've been an Audible Customer for 4 years and listen to roughly 3 books a month. This book is one of the most engrossing stories I've had the pleasure to experience, the kind of book that makes an hour long commute go by in minutes. I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good mystery.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Shepherd – was your favorite?

    Scott Shepherd did an amazing job....I was a big fan of Cry Baby.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    James E. White, M.D. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA 05-31-16
    James E. White, M.D. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA 05-31-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Prose like Magnolia blossoms. Suspense to spare."
    If you could sum up Redemption Road in three words, what would they be?

    One great book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    North Carolina backcountry setting, realistic characters with depth, and a story line that will have you at times afraid, and at other times in tears.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Riveting story"

    Loved this one. In fact, was up all night listening. Hart continues to be a favorite.

    19 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl Menlo park, CA, United States 05-25-16
    Sheryl Menlo park, CA, United States 05-25-16 Member Since 2016

    give me action

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    "The bad news just keeps on coming"
    Would you try another book from John Hart and/or Scott Shepherd?

    I have read/listened to several book by John Hart. This one was depressing. A never ending series of pain, suffering, and assaults. The narrator's delivery made the book even more depressing. He used the same voice for every character and his tone just kept you down.
    It was relentless.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Hart? Why or why not?

    I will read other books by John Hart. Redemption Road is overall a good book. Just not hopeful or uplifting in anyway.


    How could the performance have been better?

    First I'd suggest using different "voices" for different characters. At times it was hard to tell which character was talking. Second, more variance in tonal delivery. Even if the story is a big downer - a varing tonality would make it more engaging. I had to work at staying through the story. I almost quit several times. But I wanted to know where the story ended.


    Could you see Redemption Road being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    21 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 05-11-16
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 05-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "So Dark"

    I have really enjoyed John Hart's other books, but I have to say that this one felt like a slog. A slog in the sense that it was so dark and depressing that for me it took the enjoyment out of the book. There is hope cast at the very end of the book, but for me it was too late. Well written as always, but just too depressing!

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    AVA s DAD 05-04-16
    AVA s DAD 05-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "My first review after 6 years on audible ."
    What made the experience of listening to Redemption Road the most enjoyable?

    The author kept me waiting for each word , Greek narration , i've listen to almost 1000 what's on audible and this is my first review , highly recommended .


    What other book might you compare Redemption Road to and why?

    The glass rainbow by James Lee Burke


    25 of 35 people found this review helpful

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