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The Last Child Audiobook

The Last Child

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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

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    Tina 08-25-12
    Tina 08-25-12
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    "UGGGG - the narrator"
    What did you love best about The Last Child?

    The plot and character development is very good - the obvious research that went into important references to history or locale impressive.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Sowers’s performance?

    Doesn't matter that diction might be 'spot on' for the setting of the story - I'm not from there so it distracted terribly from the story. Oh my- it was read like someone who was just learning the English language. The flow of the story was so disjointed. Sad to say.... I had to give myself a break from the narration - every now and again.


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    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 08-15-12
    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 08-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my favorite"

    I got this because my book club selected it for our monthly selection. I tried reading it first and couldn't get into it so I thought I would try listening. I did manage to get into it finally but every time the narrator paused, I thought "Yea it is over" only to hear him start back up plodding through more of the story. I really think it could have been a good book if someone had been more stringent in editing. Our book club was split 50/50 on whether they liked it.

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    Michele Spokane, WA, United States 08-06-12
    Michele Spokane, WA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Reader does not have perfect diction"
    Would you try another book from John Hart and/or Scott Sowers?

    Slow story and terrible reader. This was not perfect diction every mistake is a glaring stab to the ear. The long ay sound should only be used following a word beginning with a vowel and there was no consistency to the use of ay not a and again with long ay. Thee use of thee should never be used for this narration. I finished it to know the ending but it was painful and grating...long ay


    What was most disappointing about John Hart’s story?

    This book was Dragging slow so much information hard to absorb while trying to ignore reader.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Sowers?

    Anyone possibly young sounding male


    Did The Last Child inspire you to do anything?

    Never buy another book narrated by Sowers


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    Mary Iowa City, IA, United States 07-10-12
    Mary Iowa City, IA, United States 07-10-12
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    "horrendous reader"
    What would have made The Last Child better?

    different reader


    What could John Hart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    better reader


    How could the performance have been better?

    better reader


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Child?

    lots of them. Sorry, I can't remember which ones, but the book offered so many scenes that were irrelevant to the plot - like the partner of the hero's arrest? What was that all about?


    Any additional comments?

    This reader sounded like an 8 year old giving his first reading. "The" became "thee" most of the time. The schwa article, "a", was read with a long A, again sounding like someone who read differently than he spoke. BAD! I have to ask, did this reader really get paid for this performance?

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    Rochelle Mattoon, IL, United States 05-06-12
    Rochelle Mattoon, IL, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "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???

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    Klare Monroe, NY, United States 04-19-12
    Klare Monroe, NY, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "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"


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    mary 03-24-12
    mary 03-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

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    Tom McKinney, TX, United States 03-05-12
    Tom McKinney, TX, United States 03-05-12
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    "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.

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    Robin 12-18-11
    Robin 12-18-11
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    "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. . .

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    Shannon Louisville, KY, United States 10-16-11
    Shannon Louisville, KY, United States 10-16-11 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

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