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John Connolly thrilled readers with his best-selling novels, Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, and The Killing Kind. Now he delivers spellbinding suspense as Charlie Parker races to unravel a brutal crime committed in the Deep South.

After years of suffering unfathomable pain and guilt over the murders of his wife and daughter, private detective Charlie Parker has finally found some measure of peace. As he and his lover, Rachel, are awaiting the birth of their first child and settling into an old farmhouse in rural Maine, Parker has found the kind of solace often lost to those who have been touched by true evil.

But darkness soon descends when Parker gets a call from Elliot Norton, an old friend from his days as a detective with the NYPD. Now practicing law in Charleston, South Carolina, Elliot is defending a young black man accused of raping and killing his white girlfriend, the daughter of a powerful Southern millionaire. Reluctantly, Parker agrees to help Elliot and by doing so ventures into a living nightmare, a bloody dreamscape haunted by the specter of a hooded woman and a black car waiting for a passenger who never arrives. Beginning as an investigation into a young woman's death, it is a fast-moving descent into an abyss where forces conspire to destroy all that Parker holds dear.

Hailed as a "master storyteller" (The London Express) by critics stateside and abroad, Connolly has once again delivered a riveting and suspenseful story that draws listeners toward the horrifying crossroads of the past and present, of the living and the dead. "We are trapped not only by our own history, but by the histories of all those with whom we choose to share our lives," he writes. As chillingly as it is beautifully rendered, The White Road is sure to tread a frightening path for even the most world-weary crime fiction fan.

©2004 John Connolly (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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Beast audible so far.

I have used audible for the last 3 Charlie Parker books and honestly I didn't like it the voice that was narrating it was just terrible. No emotion and it just kind of ruined the story but this one I felt like the voice fit perfectly for a Charlie Parker type book this was my favorite one so far.

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Okay

He makes Rachel sound like a nag, and the villains are so underdeveloped compared to previous books in the series.

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Soto voce

What made the experience of listening to The White Road the most enjoyable?

Connolly's writing.

What didn’t you like about Paul Birchard’s performance?

I don't enjoy the voice imitation. It's an adult work of fiction. No reason for childish story-time voices and forced dialects. Just read in your natural tenor.

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Why? Too many story lines

Would you try another book from John Connolly and/or Paul Birchard?

I have read/listened to most of John Connolly's books, After trying three time to get though this one...well, probably yes, but not from this series.

Has The White Road turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I enjoy a good mystery- thriller.

Did Paul Birchard do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

yes, but a little annoying.

Was The White Road worth the listening time?

Since I have enjoyed John Connolly's books in the past, I had a very hard time giving up on this one. I still really haven't, I haven't deleted it yet. But if I didn't want to know the how it ends for the main character that I have been following, I would of given up on this book after the first hour or two. Ugh, what a major disappointment.

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