• River, Sing Out

  • A Novel
  • By: James Wade
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Attempting to escape his abusive father and generations of cyclical poverty, young Jonah Hargrove joins the mysterious River - a teenage girl carrying thousands of dollars in stolen meth - and embarks on a Southern Gothic odyssey through the East Texas river bottoms.

They are pursued by local drug kingpin, John Curtis, and his murderous enforcer, Dakota Cade, with whom River was romantically involved. But Cade and Curtis have their own enemies, as their relationship with the cartel controlling their meth supply begins to sour.

Keeping tabs on everyone is The Thin Man, a silent assassin who values consequence over mercy.

Each person is keeping secrets from the others - deadly secrets that will be exposed in savage fashion as their final paths collide, and all are forced to come to terms with their choices, their circumstances, and their own definition of God.

With a colorful cast of supporting characters and an unflinching violence juxtaposed against lyrical prose, River, Sing Out dives deep into a sinister and sanguinary world, where oppressive poverty is pitted against the need to believe in something greater than the self.

©2021 James Wade (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Same ole same ole

As a reader, I’ve grown tired of reading stories with cherry picked psychology, of reading repeated words and descriptions, I once enjoyed like : ethereal, shifted weight from one foot to the other, sucked his teeth… It makes one wonder how this could be when this isn’t current language. James Wade seems to write clever dialogue but the rest is same ole, same ole. Tiresome.

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Kinda Slow

I only got this book because I like the narrator. I like the way his voice sounds. That being said, this story was sort of bleak and boring. It was unnecessarily slow at times and just straight up bad at others. If you like pointless philosophy and not really much else, I'd recommend this book. the ending was anticlimactic as well. Also I get that the characters are supposed to be red necks or whatever, but there was really no reason to use the N word that much lmao.

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Not what I was looking for but still pleasantly surprised.

A compelling story to be sure. Not an action or drama exactly as it is heavily intoned with poetic philosophy but still I was not disappointed at the end.

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It didn’t grab me

Judging from the story description and the favorable rating. I thought I would enjoy this story. However, after an hour of listening, I found myself bored. I don’t like to quit listening as I’m a curious person, but I couldn’t stand the narrator’s cadence or husky voice. A lot of folks liked it, so don’t take my word. Give it a go.

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River

Overall and story was a 3. I did love the voice narrator! Kept putting me to sleep so I kept having to restart it!💕

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It was ok...

The narrator did a good job. I struggled with this book. I continuously thought and hoped that the book would get better...It did not. I will try another by James Wade, to see if this was just a one off book. Overall, it was just ok.

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Would make an excellent movie!

Heartbreaking and eye opening, it is a portrait of the world we live in today. A fantastic read!

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What did I just listen to?

I’m actually surprised that I listened to this whole book because my eyes just about rolled right out of my head listening to the pontification. I made two unsuspecting people listen to passages so I could share in my outrage.

I liked the story, I liked the narration, but goddamn I just can’t recommend it to others in good conscience because nobody else needs to hear a meth addict wax poetic about the way a drop of rain transforms the landscape. I made that up, but you get the picture.

I feel bad writing this because I’m sure the author is well lauded for his turns of phrase, but dial it back and maybe only describe the way the dappled sunlight looks on the forest floor once per book? I’m sure he’s a nice guy.

And the gratuitous use of the N word is not cool, so cut that out too.

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Lush and gritty simultaneously

I’m glad I chose to listen to, rather than read this book. Roger Clark’s voice couldn’t have been any more perfectly suited. It’s as gritty and melancholic as the story, yet beautiful and compelling. The story line is tragic, yet moving. This one I listened to in short pieces of time; it required reflection and contemplation. Of God, life, happenstance, fate, love. It’s a much larger and more intimate exploration than the book’s synopsis would suggest. Just an extraordinary listen.

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A beautiful book written by a wonderful wordsmith .a book with beauty seldom encountered encountered in a world of written wo

A Beautiful book written by a wonderful wordsmith seldom encountered in this world of the written word. Truly a joy to find.

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  • 08-22-21

A wonderful story

The story was captivating, beautifully written and perfectly narrated. I really enjoyed it a lot.