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This is a fantastic novel, but not in an abridged version. I've read this book twice and looked long and hard for an unabridged version. Having no luck I decided to download this abridgment from Audible. Way too much back story was skipped. The reader barely gets to know the characters. Sam Vincent is presented as a drooling idiot and Bob Lee comes off as a cold killer with no emotion, almost a hitman. And what about that deputy, Peck? Sheesh, there's hardly any mention of him in the action scene in the woods, which is one of the most memorable parts of the novel. The abridgment nailed Peck as the slimeball he is but didn't give near enough story on him. He is, after all, the character you love to hate.
The narration isn't very good either. Bridges tries too hard with the whole "bravado" sound, resulting in volume ups and downs that keeps the listener constantly attatched to the radio controls.
This is a waste of an audible book credit in my opinion. Get the paperback version of this one. It is an excellent novel.
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How did the narrator detract from the book?
I'm from the South. I also lived in the North. I hear the differences in the accents. Being from the South, you grow up around Blacks and your ear gets tuned in to the "Southern Black" accent. I'm sorry to say that Beau Bridges' Southern accent sounds more Southern Black than Southern White, and his Southern Black is even worse. If he can't do any better than he did, he should just stick to a straight Beau Bridges' voice. For me, it took away from the book.I knew Earl was Bob Lee's father. The first time Beau Bridges did an Earl voice, I had to back up the CD to put in context who's voice it was suppose to be. Sounded to me just like a Southern Black person speaking. Actually it cracked me up at the time. I find it humorous listening to people not from the South trying to imitate a Southern accent.
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