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Down River Audiobook

Down River: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York City trying to erase his worst memories and the scorn and abandonment of his family. Then a phone call from his best friend awakens in him a torrent of emotion and pain. Having left North Carolina and its red soil for good, he never thought returning would be easy, and being remembered as a murderer doesn't help much. Within this small Southern town, John Hart explores the lengths to which people will go for money, family, and pure greed - and whether or not forgiveness is ever attainable.

©2007 John Hart; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

"Richly atmospheric....This book should settle once and for all the question of whether thrillers and mysteries can also be literature." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "LAME"

    Garden-variety mystery with senseless characters who couldn't be more two-dimensional. A throwaway. I got this b/c I thought it would be a good car listen for a long trip but YUCK. So stupid. Couldn't get past the first couple of hours.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel R. Werner 01-12-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Took a while but worty it"
    What did you like best about Down River? What did you like least?

    Slow start but good character development and interesting story.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Hart before, how does this one compare?

    Fitst one.


    What aspect of Scott Sowers’s performance would you have changed?

    It was his narration that kept me interested at first.


    Was Down River worth the listening time?

    Yes, especially for a long drive.


    Any additional comments?

    Good but not great story mainly just because it took a while to get into it. Hart took his time drawing you in making you wonder just, "why is he doing that?" But I kept rooting for the guy which kept me involved. The story did stick with me for a while, worth the time, but it's a slow and steady ride.

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    Robin Huntingtown, MD, United States 12-04-12
    Robin Huntingtown, MD, United States 12-04-12
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    "A Place Where There Are No Contractions"
    What made the experience of listening to Down River the most enjoyable?

    Down River takes place in a part of North Carolina where no one has ever heard of contractions. No, they have not.

    At first the story and the tone is a bit ponderous. That never entirely goes away and is somewhat reinforced by all the bickering between characters. But the story does pick up steam, which helps to carry all that weight toward a satisfying end.


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    Kristin 10-11-12
    Kristin 10-11-12

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    "Okay but not great"
    What would have made Down River better?

    I would have liked it better if the characters had been more realistic or likable. I never warmed up to the main character.


    Has Down River turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I like this genre very much.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Sowers’s performances?

    No, I feel maybe I would have liked the main character more if I had liked his voice.


    What character would you cut from Down River?

    All the characters were important to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I wasn't crazy about the book, I did listen to it all and might read another book by John Hart.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 10-02-12
    Donna 10-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good book!"
    If you could sum up Down River in three words, what would they be?

    A great read!


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

    It's been a while since I read it but it was well written and the character development was very good!


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    Vida T. Yancy 07-20-12
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    "A Lot of Anger"

    I kept waiting to a leveling off period of where the characters were not angry with each other. I ended up feeling sorry for everyone for so much loss.

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    Thomas 10-21-11
    Thomas 10-21-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A good Southern murder mystery"

    I found that this book started rather slow and at first I did not think I cared for the narrator. However, Hart wraps you around a slew of great Southern characters and keeps the twists and turns coming so that by the end I broke my hard and fast rule of only listening while I ran. Hart writes very well and he is a good yarn teller. The reader also grew on me quite a bit over the length of the book. If you like a mystery with a substnative story and good characters, this is a great choice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    True Robert San Diego 05-14-08
    True Robert San Diego 05-14-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Very disappointing"

    Having just finished the Jeffery Archer novel, Prisoner of Birth, I was ill prepared for the poor quality of this audiobook. A Scot by nature, I always finish my audiobooks, but after 40 minutes I had to call it quits. Am unclear why it was so highly recommended. It seemed very sophomoric.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Washington, DC, USA 03-08-09
    Cathy Washington, DC, USA 03-08-09 Member Since 2011
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    "A very good writer"

    Down River is a well written mystery. It has some flaws but overall it kept me absorbed the whole way through. I look forward to hearing the rest of his books.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dee Daleville, VA, United States 08-13-12
    Dee Daleville, VA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Hart's always a good read"

    Not quite as good as Hart's The Last Child, but still enjoyable- complicated enough
    to be interesting. Scott Sowers' narration is superb! Even my husband, who never listens to audio books but sometimes hears mine as I work around the house, said, "I like that reader."

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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