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The Last Child Audiobook

The Last Child

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Publisher's Summary

Fresh off the success of his Edgar® Award-winning, New York Times best seller Down River, John Hart returns with his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search. What he finds is a city with an underbelly far blacker than anyone could've imagined - and somewhere in the depths of it all, with the help of his only friend and a giant of a man with his own strange past, Johnny, at last, finds the terrible truth.

Detective Clyde Hunt has devoted an entire year to Alyssa's case, and it shows: haunted and sleepless, he's lost his wife and put his shield at risk. But he can't put the case behind him - he won't - and when another girl goes missing, the failures of the past year harden into iron determination. Refusing to lose another child, Hunt knows he has to break the rules to make the case; and maybe, just maybe, the missing girl will lead him to Alyssa...

The Last Child is a tale of boundaries: county borders and circles on a map, the hard edge between good and evil, life and death, hopelessness and faith. Perfectly blending character and plot, emotion and action, John Hart again transcends the barrier between thrillers and literature to craft a story as heartrending as it is redemptive.

©2009 John Hart; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    Audrey 09-26-11
    Audrey 09-26-11 Member Since 2015
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    John Hart always writes a good story but unfortunately, it was torture listening to this book. The narration was horrible. 'Thee' instead of 'the' among other things made me praying the story would end.

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    Ron Murphy 09-22-11
    Ron Murphy 09-22-11
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    "Half way through"

    I've made it half way through the book but the childlike narration is driving me up the wall. The story has me hooked but I'll probably end up buying the hard copy to finish it!!

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    Meyer Littleton, NC, United States 09-06-11
    Meyer Littleton, NC, United States 09-06-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Challenge to listen"

    A decent story but the narrator reads like a 4 year old. Would keep me from buying another title with him as narrator. Like with Scott Brick I miss alot of good books because I can't stand his narration. Wish there was a way to pick the person you wanted to narrate your book. Would probably sell a lot more books.

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    PamDemonium brisbane Oz 08-06-11
    PamDemonium brisbane Oz 08-06-11 Listener Since 2010

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    "gripping yarn"

    I have done little else for the last three days but listen to this great story.

    I'm australian so dialect is wasted on me though I did assume the narrator was using a 'rural accent'. It takes me a while to get used to any american accent and perhaps this one took longer than others. Certainly I was reminded of someone getting over a speech impediment by enunciating every syllable slowly and clearly. I've never heard the word 'ambulance' pronounced the way it did in this book.

    But 5 stars for a very entertaining read

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    Dee 06-17-11
    Dee 06-17-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow ...what a ride"

    This is what every thriller wants to be. It is in no way predictable and completely surprising at every turn. A dark anxious atmosphere, a hopeless quest, strange characters that seemed so real, a fantastic, unexpected hero that you will adore in spite of how disturbing he is, and once the ground is laid, virtually nonstop action make this one a real winner. The unbelievable plot ...... just feels completely real.
    The narration isn't the best to listen to, but it did seem characteristic of the region. I sped up the playback on my ipod so it wasn't a problem for me. If the narrator bothers you, it is worth buying and reading.
    I absolutely could not stop after about the mid point of this book, so be prepared to not want to stop once it gets really rolling. I listened while I cleaned my house so it kept me on task. This is a first for me! I think it would be a great travel book.

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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 04-12-11
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 04-12-11
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    "Good book! Not so good narrator!"

    This is a very good book, but the narrator reads like a child who is just learning to read. It's hard to tell the difference between the different characters when the narrator reads a conversation between characters. I would recommend this book on Audible, but just be aware that the narrator isn't great.

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    Laura 04-12-11
    Laura 04-12-11 Member Since 2009
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    "so so"

    This book was not one of the better books I have listened to. Towards the end it started to drag on.

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    Karin Germany 04-04-11
    Karin Germany 04-04-11
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    "good story"

    I liked the story and I loved the narrator! I'm just a fan of southern language and this was great!

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    Kerry Rancho Murieta, CA, United States 03-08-11
    Kerry Rancho Murieta, CA, United States 03-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story...odd reader"

    I really enjoyed the story but, after the third chapter, I swear the reader was a different person. He clips each word and reads like a robot, pronounces each word in such an odd manner that it is actually distracting and annoying. Weird that he did not do that for the first three chapters. I actually went back to see if I had imagined it. Would have liked the book a lot better if he had continued to read as he had in the first three chapters.

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    Michael Barach Boston, MA 02-07-11
    Michael Barach Boston, MA 02-07-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Terrific piece of entertainment"

    Fast paced plot, interesting characters, very well written, terrific narrator, simply first-class entertainment. Well done!

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