"'Oh, little one,' he whispered, as he gently stroked her cheek, the first time he had touched her in 15 years. What have they done to you? What have they done to us all?"
In his latest dark and chilling Charlie Parker thriller, New York Times best-selling author John Connolly takes us to the border between Maine and Canada. It is there, in the vast and porous Great North Woods, that a dangerous smuggling operation is taking place, run by a group of disenchanted former soldiers, newly returned from Iraq. Illicit goods - drugs, cash, weapons, even people - are changing hands. And something else has changed hands. Something ancient and powerful and evil.
The authorities suspect something is amiss, but what they can't know is that it is infinitely stranger and more terrifying than anyone can imagine. Anyone, that is, except private detective Charlie Parker, who has his own intimate knowledge of the darkness in men's hearts. As the smugglers begin to die, one after another, in apparent suicides, Parker is called in to stop the bloodletting. The soldiers actions and the objects they have smuggled have attracted the attention of the reclusive Herod, a man with a taste for the strange. And where Herod goes, so too does the shadowy figure that he calls the Captain. To defeat them, Parker must form an uneasy alliance with a man he fears more than any other - the killer known as the Collector.
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"Connolly displays a real knack for fusing the detective and horror genres, providing a rational chain of evidence and deduction for the plot while simultaneously creating a real atmosphere of numinous dread that reminds us that mystery can refer to more than a mundane tale of crime and human justice." (Publishers Weekly)
First of all, I would like to send a heart felt "Thank you!" to anyone who participated in the decision to produce this in unabridged format. That made me very happy! I also cannot say enough good words about Holter Graham. His capture of the mid Maine accent is very nearly perfect, and the other Maine accents he uses are very good as well. Having myself had family here in Bethel for many generations, and being someone who laments the loss of our cultural heritage in our "lingo", I sincerely appreciate his nuanced performance. I hope to see more of his work! Now to the story - Mr. Connolly has created another book I will read again and again, as I do the others in the Parker series. I was grateful to find some of the action set in Western Maine, and I hope he used the large archives of the Bethel Historical Society for research. Thank you to all for this enjoyable "read"! I am already looking for the next in the series. *nudge, nudge*
Love love love John Connolly's books. This was a great performance by Holter Graham. He's far better suited to this series than the other actor who reads them. His Louis and Angel are great (although he calls Louis "Lewis" not "Louie" and I am enough of a fan to be bothered by that) and his voice is great for Parker. I'd love to hear him read more of the series!
The father of a veteran wants Charlie to look into the cause of his son's suicide. Trafficking in stone Iraqi artifacts is only a part of the problem for Charlie to handle. As usual, Louis and Angel have his back and evil gets a shellacking. Great audiobook.
I'm rapidly becoming a fan of John Connolly. This is the second of his novels that I've listened to (The Reapers). Like Charlie Parker and love Louis & Angel. My only (minor) complaint about Whisperers is that Mr. Graham's voice seems about 15-20 years too young for that of Charlie Parker. I felt that Jay O. Saunders (The Reapers) was a better fit.
The story was great and how Connolly writes is just a pleasure to read. I think it's like word porn. LOL I thoroughly enjoy the descriptions, the vocabulary and the sarcasm he threads through everything. It is very witty. The actual listening was awful. I had to make myself listen I thought the narrator was so bad.
Charlie Parker is always my favorite. We are on this journey with him and he has grown and developed as the books have.
No. About one third of the way through the book it sounds like he tried to deepen his voice for Charlie Parker and to me it was very obvious. I feel he was wrong for this series because he sounds like a young college prep kid and not the grown man Charlie Parker is. The narrator's voice was too young and not deep enough.
If you read and have listened to the Charlie Parker series, then you need to listen to this also...just be prepared for the narrator's flaws (as I see them) and try to loose yourself in the words and the story.
Whisperers ranks in the top 20%. John Connolly is an imaginative and haunting storyteller.
Parker's recalling of his grandfather's friend's story about why he does not go into the deep woods of Maine.
When Angel and Louis save a veteran and his girlfriend from the badguys.
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