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Bad Men

Narrated by: Hayward Morse
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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New York Times best-selling author John Connolly masterfully intertwines mystery, emotion, violence, and the supernatural in this raw and gripping thriller. 

He has been told the girl’s last words, and he feels unaccountably afraid. The dead ones. They were dead, but they had lights. Why do the dead need light? 

Three hundred years ago, the settlers on the small Maine island of Sanctuary were betrayed to their enemies and slaughtered. Since then, the island has known peace. Until now. A gang of four men are descending on Sanctuary, intent on committing a brutal and relentless massacre. All that stands in their way are rookie police officer Sharon Macie and the strange, troubled officer Joe Dupree. But Joe is no ordinary policeman. He knows the island has been steeped in blood once and that it will never again tolerate the shedding of innocent blood. The band of killers who are set to desecrate Sanctuary will unleash the fury of its ghosts upon themselves and all who stand by them. On Sanctuary, all hell is about to break loose....

©2003 John Connolly. All rights reserved. (P)2003 ISIS Publishing, Ltd. All rights reserved.

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HORRIBLE NARRATION!!!!!

Connolly can do no wrong in my book! Unless he lets Hayward Morse narrate another of his books! I couldn't concentrate on the storyline as much since I was trying to wade through the wide range of "Simpson-esque", cartoon-like character voices assigned to the the story's characters. Several of the characters had accents that made no sense whatsoever. Morse's general narration voice was good but when he voiced an individual it was aggravating as hell, like he was struggling to win a middle-school talent show, doing unrecognizable imitations and impersonations. Was it just me or was Sharon Macy portrayed as an over exaggerated Katharine Hepburn from "Philadelphia Story"?

As far as the story... LONG LIVE JOHN CONNOLLY!!!!!

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Horrible Narration

HUGH Connolly fan!! Lead character sounds like Jimmy Stewart on drugs. I cant' finish. Horrible!!

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Needs a remake

I liked Mr. Morse’s narration but am still scratching my head over the choice to make the characters (men and women) sound like mentally handicapped exaggerated cartoon versions of Jimmy Stewart. Can’t imagine that’s what Mr. Connolly was going for. Great story as always from Connolly!

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Good story, hampered by weak performance

A good story, particularly for fans of Connolly, though different from the Charlie Parker novels. Connolly delivers a great sense of the building conflict at the end, although the actual ending left me a little bit disappointed. The work was hampered by the performance, though. While the narrator obviously has some skills, he seemed to want to work in his bad impressions of movie starts. So one character was a bad Jimmy Stewart, another was a bad Katherine Hepburn. There seemed to be a Barbara Stanwyck and a few others I sort of recognized but couldn't place. For a bunch of characters in Maine, it was off-putting.

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Ugh

This was the worst book I have listened to in over three years. I kept listening hoping it might improve. It didn't. Should have asked for a refund.

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A great story with lots of characters!

This was a great story that was hard to put down. I did find myself rewinding a bit because the characters are so many and I would find myself confused.

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I hoped for better

Narrator was amazing!!!! I had hoped for better from Connolly, not this time. Bye for now

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Bad Men

Another winner from John Connolly! I LOVE his books! One of my very favorite authors!

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Storyline was very confusing

I had a hard time keeping up with the characters and the narration just wasn’t good. I think that was one reason I couldn’t follow storyline. I normally enjoy John Connolly books but this one I did not like