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Donald J. Bingle

Saint Charles, IL USA
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  • River Ghosts

  • A Five Star Mystery
  • By: B. R. Robb
  • Narrated by: Craig J. Harris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Sixteen years after Richard Hill testified in court that he crouched under the tablecloth and saw Henry Clayton rape his white momma and murder her and his black poppa, a DNA swab earns the prisoner a pardon and his freedom. Returning to Red River Falls, Clayton claims that he has been reborn and offers to help Hill, now a patrol officer, identify who really killed his parents. Hill, who relives the family horrors every day, doesn't believe him. But how can he prove DNA evidence wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent mystery

  • By Lori on 03-29-13

Strong Literary Fiction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-14

Would you listen to River Ghosts again? Why?

Unlike most mysteries, River Ghosts is driven as much by the power of the words and the emotions of the characters as it is by plot, making it a satisfying experience even after you know the ending. There is a complexity and subtlety to the narrative style and the interactions between the characters that extends far beyond who-dunnit or how are they going to be caught. This is the type of literary mystery Oprah should read.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot kept me guessing, not with silly action sequences because the protagonist makes bad choices, but with something more profound. You will find yourself wondering how the main character can ever come to grips with his past and his present, given the destruction and despair which he has faced.

What does Craig J. Harris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Craig has a deep, rich voice which adds power to even simple, declarative sentences. When combined with the masterful literary descriptions and internalizations of the narrative, this power resonates even more. Craig is also unafraid, however, to extend the audio experience into voice characterization, putting this a cut above mere narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Literary books are, I think, best savored over time, rather than crammed into a single sitting.

Any additional comments?

River Ghosts is a literary mystery than satisfies on a deep emotional and artistic level, as well as delivering on plot and suspense. This is the project of an accomplished author and an accomplished voice actor. Highly recommended.