Points of Origin

  • by Darden North
  • Narrated by Fred Wolinsky
  • 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Small southern towns are not always sleepy—particularly in Larkspur, Mississippi, where homes burst into flames and lives crumble. It is the suspicious death of a young woman that costs premiere plastic surgeon Dan Foxworth his surgical dynasty, his life, and that of his wife. Devastated by the loss of both parents and unable to meet a bitter grandfather's expectations, Sher Foxworth tries to save an elderly woman from her burning home. Suddenly the accidental hero, his life is turned upside down by disturbing twists of fate. To dig his way out, Sher makes a deal to wear a fireman’s hat and remains the hero. But it is the philandering, wealthy trial lawyer Cordell Pixler who collects the enemies. Many in the boiling southern town seek revenge against Pixler—some because of sex and some because of money—and it’s a race to see who nails him first. Points of Origin was awarded nationally in Southern Fiction by the Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards and is the second novel by Darden North. The audio book is narrated by Fred Wolinsky.

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What the Critics Say

“Points of Origin... heart-stopping, spellbinding ending ... haunted me for days after closing the cover.”-(Reader Views)
“I devoured (it) ... uncanny character development along classic southern lines.”-Kathy Spurlock, Executive Editor, (The Monroe, LA News-Star)
“North reminds readers that things are not always as they appear.”-(The Clarion-Ledger)

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If you like your story to meander

This is most likely a case of “it’s not you, it’s me”. This book is just not my “cuppa tea”. While I enjoy a good murder mystery/thriller/suspense this one just bugged the ever loving crap out of me. I was ready to DNF after the first hour, if it was not a review book I probably would have. I think what made it more difficult for me is the narrator; the “southern drawl” he tries to give the characters, Sher in particular, just seems so unreal that it made it difficult to listen to. And it took forever to get to the point; I kept going back to the blurb wondering if there was a mistake. The amount of detail and background before getting to the actual point was frustrating, extremely repetitive and honestly most of it was boring. I found Sher’s flashbacks and then jumping back to the present times very disjointed and in some cases incredibly confusing, and I found Sher to be a very bland character with the exception of trying to save the person from the fire…..there was nothing very memorable about him in the first 6 hours of the audio.

I think the biggest problem is that out of 12 hours of audio the first 6 hours of building the eventual connection between characters that bring us to the point of the story, the one you think you are getting when you read the blurb. After the first 6+ hours the story does pick up and is a bit more interesting but then comes the ending which while a bit surprising seemed rushed and could have been wrapped up better.

Fred Wolinsky did an okay job with the narration, I did not enjoy the southern accent at all and felt it detracted from the story, but would be willing to try something else by him.

If you like your story to meander, with side stories and the minutest detail you will most likely love this story, and there are several positive reviews, but as I said in the beginning this was just not my cuppa tea.

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Not what I expected

Would you listen to Points of Origin again? Why?

Yes the intricate story the author weaves is filled with subtle twists and turns that a second listening would undoubtedly uncover more details.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Points of Origin?

There were several scenes with Sher and his Grandad that were particularly moving, but the story of his parents leading to their stayed with me.


What does Fred Wolinsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Although the southern accent was a little heavy in my opinion Fred did a great job of putting just the right amount of emotion and depth into each character.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I think this book would best be consumed in a single sitting. A car ride or other situation where you can listen without distraction.


Any additional comments?

Without giving anything way this is a storing of the collision of several lives. The author spends the first few chapters setting in motion the events that propel the rest of the book. I wasn't sure where he was going at first but once the story took shape it was hard to stop listening.

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- Ralph

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-03-2014
  • Publisher: Ponder House Press