We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Last Child Audiobook

The Last Child

Regular Price:$31.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Fresh off the success of his Edgar® Award-winning, New York Times best seller Down River, John Hart returns with his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search. What he finds is a city with an underbelly far blacker than anyone could've imagined - and somewhere in the depths of it all, with the help of his only friend and a giant of a man with his own strange past, Johnny, at last, finds the terrible truth.

Detective Clyde Hunt has devoted an entire year to Alyssa's case, and it shows: haunted and sleepless, he's lost his wife and put his shield at risk. But he can't put the case behind him - he won't - and when another girl goes missing, the failures of the past year harden into iron determination. Refusing to lose another child, Hunt knows he has to break the rules to make the case; and maybe, just maybe, the missing girl will lead him to Alyssa...

The Last Child is a tale of boundaries: county borders and circles on a map, the hard edge between good and evil, life and death, hopelessness and faith. Perfectly blending character and plot, emotion and action, John Hart again transcends the barrier between thrillers and literature to craft a story as heartrending as it is redemptive.

©2009 John Hart; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (1619 )
5 star
 (748)
4 star
 (557)
3 star
 (214)
2 star
 (71)
1 star
 (29)
Overall
4.4 (949 )
5 star
 (530)
4 star
 (286)
3 star
 (97)
2 star
 (24)
1 star
 (12)
Story
4.2 (961 )
5 star
 (466)
4 star
 (302)
3 star
 (111)
2 star
 (45)
1 star
 (37)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Rochelle Mattoon, IL, United States 05-06-12
    Rochelle Mattoon, IL, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    24
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    58
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I dont know


    Has The Last Child turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I thought the narration was poor. It was very annoying when the narrator, for no apparent reason, pronounced 'the' as 'thee' almost every time and the word 'a' with a long A sound. For what reason? It sounded like an almost illiterate person was reading the story!


    What character would you cut from The Last Child?

    I would cut the lisp from the coroner.


    Any additional comments?

    Along with the narration, the story was unnecessarily dragged out. Things were repeated over and over to prolong the story, but for what reason???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Klare Monroe, NY, United States 04-19-12
    Klare Monroe, NY, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    65
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Haunting Griping"
    What did you love best about The Last Child?

    The characters in this story feel real. I can see them walking and talking. The story unfolds and then the pace begins to pick up, and you want to scream to the characters, " no, don't do that"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    mary 03-24-12
    mary 03-24-12 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    95
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "One of my new favorite authors"

    You will look forward to the treadmill, cleaning house, etc. because you get to find out what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tom McKinney, TX, United States 03-05-12
    Tom McKinney, TX, United States 03-05-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "so so"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the performance was irritating.


    How could the performance have been better?

    less irritating voice. too sharp a tone or something


    Did The Last Child inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I would tell friends to read this book if interested in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robin 12-18-11
    Robin 12-18-11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Cold not stand the narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe - was not as good as King of Lies. . .


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    OMG - yes. Please get Scott Brick. I see more Hart books narrated by Sowers - so I will not listen to them . . . (King of Lies had a much better narrator.)


    Any additional comments?

    Story was good - but had too much filler. Could/should have been shortened by about one-third. . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Shannon Louisville, KY, United States 10-16-11
    Shannon Louisville, KY, United States 10-16-11 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very Entertaining Read"

    The Last Child is my first book by John Hart, but it definitely won't be my last. It is a great book that I didn't want to stop listening to. It is about Johnny, a young boy whose sister went missing about a year ago. He will not give up on trying to find her - while dealing with a very troubled home life due to his familys inability to cope with the tragedy. However, it is not all depressing. This book will have you feeling for the characters especially Johnny. It is also a very entertaining and interesting mystery. I've never written a review before, but this book is that good. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Audrey 09-26-11
    Audrey 09-26-11 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narrator"

    John Hart always writes a good story but unfortunately, it was torture listening to this book. The narration was horrible. 'Thee' instead of 'the' among other things made me praying the story would end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ron Murphy 09-22-11
    Ron Murphy 09-22-11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Half way through"

    I've made it half way through the book but the childlike narration is driving me up the wall. The story has me hooked but I'll probably end up buying the hard copy to finish it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Meyer Littleton, NC, United States 09-06-11
    Meyer Littleton, NC, United States 09-06-11 Member Since 2002
    HELPFUL VOTES
    81
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Challenge to listen"

    A decent story but the narrator reads like a 4 year old. Would keep me from buying another title with him as narrator. Like with Scott Brick I miss alot of good books because I can't stand his narration. Wish there was a way to pick the person you wanted to narrate your book. Would probably sell a lot more books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    PamDemonium brisbane Oz 08-06-11
    PamDemonium brisbane Oz 08-06-11 Listener Since 2010

    Pam

    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "gripping yarn"

    I have done little else for the last three days but listen to this great story.

    I'm australian so dialect is wasted on me though I did assume the narrator was using a 'rural accent'. It takes me a while to get used to any american accent and perhaps this one took longer than others. Certainly I was reminded of someone getting over a speech impediment by enunciating every syllable slowly and clearly. I've never heard the word 'ambulance' pronounced the way it did in this book.

    But 5 stars for a very entertaining read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.