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by | Read by Stephen Hoye

Fiction • 18 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2005

Stephen Hoye's lilting narration, giving emphasis and color to every word, is cloying and affected--like the vocal stylings of a lounge singer. The pointless date/time stamps that start each of the book's many sections would be skippable in reading. On audio they're maddening. The persistent listener becomes inured to Hoye; it helps that he skillfully supplies a wide range of voices for hillbillies, Mafiosi, urban and Southern blacks, women, teenagers, plus the velvety-voiced protagonist, Walker Dett. If some of Hoye's interpretations are clichéd, so is Vachss's dialogue. No narrator could rescue the long, dull sections of this flawed novel about gang wars and political machinations in the southern Midwest. W.M. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 05/ JAN 06]



Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2005

CS ISBN 141592015X $96.00 • Twelve cassettes

CD ISBN 1415921555 $112.00 • Fifteen CDs

DD ISBN $34.97

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