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
I couldn't put this book down. Wonderful writing and the narration was great. I have listened to 2 books a month for at least 10 years and this is one of the best.
Save your credit, unless you like to read / listen to an author ramble on and on about usless information. Near the end of the second book, the reader really bugged me everytime he used the word "the". See what you think.
The narrator almost ruined this most excellent novel. The work had all of the elements of a great mystery unfortunately the narrator did his best to destroy the author's effort. My rating is entirely based on the book not the storyteller.
Even a cursory listening would have revealed the almost purposeful inappropriate pronunciation of the narrative. Audible should at least require some review prior to accepting books for sale.
This is a truly outstanding book. It stole my interest from the very beginning and never once lost it. It's the kind of book that has stories within stories. It is, at the same time, a great mystery with plenty of suspense. My ONLY negagative comment is concerning the narrator. His over-pronunciation of words like A and THE made the reading sound extremely choppy at times.
Great story - Just wish the narration for female characters could be done by a female. It's annoying to hear a deep baritone voice trying to sound like a girl or woman. Highly recommend the story though. Was plausible and interesting from start to finish.
First off, the diction of the narrator really fit the feel of the story. But his use of "thee" and "a" was annoying at best. If you can get through that, then the story was interesting enough. However I have to agree with a previous reviewer that towards the end it tends to drag a bit. Still a very good novel. Might have been better to read rather than listen to.
Those who can bear banality and cliche-riddled writing.
Given it to a better author.
While Mr. Sowers admittedly did a not-so-good job with the narration, no narrator could have been able to lift this kind of writing off the ground.
First, last (which I didn't reach as I couldn't bear to finish the book), and whatever is in between.
Almost every phrase and word had been used before millions of times. This is an incredible work of collecting cliches, indeed. Hart goes further to create cliched characters and events. This is a remake of remakes of dozen other low class movies.
I wondered who the child murderer was - actually suspected the police.
When they found the dead body of the boy's dad along with the other children
What's a tag line?
I'd recommend this book for a listen. The only thing that wasn't believable was the 13 yr. old's exploits.
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