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The White Road

Charlie Parker, Book 4
Narrated by: Paul Birchard
Series: Charlie Parker, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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This one was OK

First off, the narrator for this title is different from books 1 and two. After getting used to him, this one is hard to take. When did Angel become a Latino? The narration may be OK for you if this is your first Charlie Parker book, but it was hard for me to take. I was a little lost on this one, since I skipped book 3 (it;s not available as audio book and I chose not to go Old School by actually reading it), so the Faulkner story line was a little lost to me.
As other readers mention, there are several subplots and story lines in this one, which can make it difficult to keep up if you don't give full attention while listening, as they really are related to the story.
Overall, I give this one a 3, hoping book 5 brings the value back up.

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  • MB
  • 11-09-18

I couldn't get past the narration.

I have not finished book because of narrator. I have listened to several Charlie Parker novels. The other narrators utilized in those were much better. I might end up finishing the book at later date but not on my near future list.

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  • Nicole
  • Portland, OR USA
  • 05-29-19

Good book, but buy the hard copy

I love the Charlie Parker books but the narration by Paul Birchard made the audio version unbearable. The narrator did not cleanly transition Charlie's "Maine" accent between the other characters making it very difficult to discern who was speaking. This is exacerbated by a complex plot that shifts between different storylines. The supporting characters of Angel and Louie are absolutely destroyed by the narration. I have never given up on a book solely because of a narrator until now...but I had to return the audio version and buy a hard copy because Paul Birchard was not able to convey this story. Disappointed.

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Too Fantastic for me

Too much fantasy and a wide variety of characters make this story quite confusing. It was difficult to identify the connection between the crimes.

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Great book!

I really like this series, and enjoyed this book. It ties in well with the others, and the story is interesting.

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new voice

Mayor Quimby was wicked awesome as Charlie Parker or Charlie Paaahka. Well he did better as Louis this time.

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It sucked me in!

At first I wasn’t sure what to expect because I have favorite narrators. But the narrator sucked me in! His work with accents and making each character their own helped bring the story alive. He even added laughs and different inflections and emotions that other narrators dumped which at times made me laugh and made the story that much better. I love the story overall as I am hooked on the Charlie Parker novels and can’t wait to start the next.

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Ridiculous Narrator & Storylines: RETURNED IT!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Ok, I started this new searies a few weeks ago and blazed through books 1 & 2. Book 3 had some serious issues with a faltering storyline and a ridiculous reader. I didn't think it could get much worse so I gave this book a try.

When did Charlie Parker start having an INTENSE Boston accent?

When did Louis start sounding like a bad Mexican sterotype?

Why does Angel sound like Eyore?

Some of the other charachters were protrayed with a bad Jewish and Mafia goomba sterotypical voices?

Not to mention the narrator's inability to keep his accents from flowing over between charachters. You're not always sure who is talking for a few minutes until his vocal waverings clear up or someone address the character who had been speaking by name. The narrator is not the Charlie Parker of books 1 & 2.

Narrator aside, the story is convoluted with too many switches to locations and time.

The allusions to Parker's powers is again WEAK! Why did they even add this thread to the series if it is not going to be developed. He doesn't call on his ability. He is just bugged by it on occasion, but not so much to really impact his role.

This could have been better if it had gone through a re-write and a new narrator. I am no longer willing to even preview these books. John Connoly has lost a customer.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Certainly not John Connoly and the Charlie Parker series. I'll continue to do crime and other thrillers.

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

HE SUCKED!!! His accents were ridicuous stereotypes. He blended them together when he switched from character to character. He just didn't sound "man" enough to pull off being charlie...or any of the other characters. His best role? RACHEL

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

Most of them! Just too much prattling on and unecessary adjective, adverbs and too many obtuse similies and metaphors.

The graphic violence is getting pretty ridiculous and is the same from book to book despite the change in villians!

Any additional comments?

I've returned it. Very sad I wasted any time on it.

BURN IT!!!

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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.