The Thicket

The Thicket

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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A tale of love and vengeance at the dark dawn of the East Texas oil boom from award-winning novelist Joe Lansdale. Jack Parker thought he'd already seen his fair share of tragedy. His grandmother was killed in a farm accident when he was barely five years old. His parents have just succumbed to the smallpox epidemic sweeping turn-of-the-century East Texas-orphaning him and his younger sister, Lula. Then catastrophe strikes on the way to their uncle's farm, when a traveling group of bank-robbing bandits murder Jack's grandfather and kidnap his sister. With no elders left for miles, Jack must grow up fast and enlist a band of heroes the likes of which has never been seen if his sister has any chance of surviving. But the best he can come up with is a charismatic, bounty-hunting dwarf named Shorty, a grave-digging son of an ex-slave named Eustace, and a street-smart woman-for-hire named Jimmie Sue who's come into some very intimate knowledge about the bandits (and a few members of Jack's extended family to boot). In the throes of being civilized, East Texas is still a wild, feral place where oil wells spurt liquid money from the ground. And Jack will soon find out that blood and redemption rule supreme. In The Thicket, Joe R. Lansdale lets loose like never before, in a rip-roaring adventure equal parts True Grit and Stand by Me.
Publisher: [United States] : Hachette Book Group : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781478980094
1478980095
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 20 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Collyer, Will
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chriscoleman
Feb 14, 2017

Joe Lansdale's books are hit or miss. This one isn't as bad as the worst (I hate the Hap and Leonard books) or as good as the best, but it's somewhere in between. The narration for the audio CD is pretty awful. I listen to audio CDs in the car on long trips. We couldn't stand this one for more than an hour. The narrator's voice keeps dropping off at the end of every single sentence so you miss half of what is said. I realize there has to be some intonation to make the story come alive but lowering your voice to a whisper at the end of every single sentence is not the way to go. He also had some difficulty doing the female voices and one of the protagonists is Lula, the sister who is kidnapped. So the audio CD narrator is bad. Now about the novel itself. One of the other novels I read of Joe's featured a pedophile who rapes the little girl. I don't like reading that and when I put hours into a novel and then suddenly the girl is raped, I get pretty angry because that ruins the entire book. Flipping through the book it appears that's the way this one goes too, so I won't be finishing it. If the only way a writer can get readers to read their books is to put in pedophilia, incest, and rape (which Joe puts in almost every book now), then I stop reading that author, so goodbye Joe.

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