It's all too easy to let the ghosts you see consume you - but the very things that haunt you can often keep you alive and fighting, as the mysterious widower Mark Lansdowne discovers in Jones' debut novel. The novel opens in contemporary Missouri, where Lansdowne, whose friendly exterior masks a history of covert missions and lethal violence, is still recovering from the death of his beloved wife one year prior. But as autumn gives way to winter, the outside world intrudes in a bloody fashion: A string of attacks on locals yields a spiraling body count; the apparent culprit is an animal extinct for thousands of years. A pitched battle with the creature sends Lansdowne to the hospital - where he meets a beautiful nurse - but outside the hospital, evidence implies that the animal Lansdowne killed was not the only one of its kind.
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Yes. The narrator had a good voice for reading this book. His voice was pleasant without intruding on the story. It was almost like listening to a friend tell a story.
I had read the book before and wasn't sure that listening to something I'd already read would hold my attention. That definitely was not the case as I found myself wrapped up in the story all over again.
He read the story well with no hesitation as you might find from someone who was not familiar with the book. He gave just the right vocal inflections for each character, even the female characters and brought them to life.
I started it on a trip and got so wrapped up in listening that I was almost 50 miles past my destination before I realized I had missed my exit. For safety's sake I don't think I'll be listening on road trips unless someone else is driving.
The last book I listened to was on 78rpm records back when I was a child of 6 or 7. It was actually an audio recording of the Disney movie "So Dear to My Heart". I was reading on a 6th grade level in the 2nd grade and loved to read. I preferred to read the book for myself. It was a very nice surprise to find that I really enjoy audio books now that I'm in my mid-60s I am patiently waiting for the sequel to The Wolf's Mon.
Mother of 8, grandmother of 12, RN and book nerd
This was a good story that kept me interested. The story itself I give 5 stars. The narrator was not bad, just not for this particular book. The only other issue I had was the author's choice for describing the women in the story. After the second description, I was thinking, "Yeah, yeah. Beautiful, nice butt, delicate hands holding fine china. Yadda, yadda, yadda... Now get back to the real story!" The main characters were good & I WILL be getting the next book, so my two issues here haven't turned me away from anything additional he will write. Worth the credit or the price.
I liked reading the book because it was written in a hometown atmosphere. It felt like you knew the people. The excitement of the story had you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering what was to happen next. At the end of the book I was wanting more and couldn't wait until the next.I like reading the book and also liked the audio not always having time to read.
Since his beloved wife, Glenna, died, it seems like Mark Lansdown just wants to live a quiet life with his 3 dogs in his secluded home. But that’s simply not going to happen.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It’s definitely written from a man’s perspective and I think guys would perhaps like it more than most women. That being said, and even though I’m female and it’s not my usual genre, I quickly got into the story and all the other stuff I was supposed to be doing got shelved for the duration. :-)
The author has crafted the characters - especially those of Lansdown and his sidekick, Scruggs - with care, and the mystery he builds around their previous lives makes me sure I want to read the next one.
I very much enjoyed the narrator, Mark Westfield, as well. His voice is wonderful and I liked the effects he used for the characters talking on the phone or walkie-talkies. It really added to the audio. Hope he does the next one!
Great story premise, too!
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