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Publisher's Summary

"'Oh, little one,' he whispered, as he gently stroked her cheek, the first time he had touched her in 15 years. What have they done to you? What have they done to us all?"

In his latest dark and chilling Charlie Parker thriller, New York Times best-selling author John Connolly takes us to the border between Maine and Canada. It is there, in the vast and porous Great North Woods, that a dangerous smuggling operation is taking place, run by a group of disenchanted former soldiers, newly returned from Iraq. Illicit goods - drugs, cash, weapons, even people - are changing hands. And something else has changed hands. Something ancient and powerful and evil.

The authorities suspect something is amiss, but what they can't know is that it is infinitely stranger and more terrifying than anyone can imagine. Anyone, that is, except private detective Charlie Parker, who has his own intimate knowledge of the darkness in men's hearts. As the smugglers begin to die, one after another, in apparent suicides, Parker is called in to stop the bloodletting. The soldiers actions and the objects they have smuggled have attracted the attention of the reclusive Herod, a man with a taste for the strange. And where Herod goes, so too does the shadowy figure that he calls the Captain. To defeat them, Parker must form an uneasy alliance with a man he fears more than any other - the killer known as the Collector.

More mayhem? Listen to more Charlie Parker mysteries.
©2010 John Connolly (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"Connolly displays a real knack for fusing the detective and horror genres, providing a rational chain of evidence and deduction for the plot while simultaneously creating a real atmosphere of numinous dread that reminds us that mystery can refer to more than a mundane tale of crime and human justice." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Awesome!

Love love love John Connolly's books. This was a great performance by Holter Graham. He's far better suited to this series than the other actor who reads them. His Louis and Angel are great (although he calls Louis "Lewis" not "Louie" and I am enough of a fan to be bothered by that) and his voice is great for Parker. I'd love to hear him read more of the series!

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Thank you!

First of all, I would like to send a heart felt "Thank you!" to anyone who participated in the decision to produce this in unabridged format. That made me very happy! I also cannot say enough good words about Holter Graham. His capture of the mid Maine accent is very nearly perfect, and the other Maine accents he uses are very good as well. Having myself had family here in Bethel for many generations, and being someone who laments the loss of our cultural heritage in our "lingo", I sincerely appreciate his nuanced performance. I hope to see more of his work! Now to the story - Mr. Connolly has created another book I will read again and again, as I do the others in the Parker series. I was grateful to find some of the action set in Western Maine, and I hope he used the large archives of the Bethel Historical Society for research. Thank you to all for this enjoyable "read"! I am already looking for the next in the series. *nudge, nudge*

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Iraqi Artifacts Come to Maine

The father of a veteran wants Charlie to look into the cause of his son's suicide. Trafficking in stone Iraqi artifacts is only a part of the problem for Charlie to handle. As usual, Louis and Angel have his back and evil gets a shellacking. Great audiobook.

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A creepy good time

I'm rapidly becoming a fan of John Connolly. This is the second of his novels that I've listened to (The Reapers). Like Charlie Parker and love Louis & Angel. My only (minor) complaint about Whisperers is that Mr. Graham's voice seems about 15-20 years too young for that of Charlie Parker. I felt that Jay O. Saunders (The Reapers) was a better fit.

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Another Great Parker Story...but not the narrator

What made the experience of listening to Whisperers the most enjoyable?

The story was great and how Connolly writes is just a pleasure to read. I think it's like word porn. LOL I thoroughly enjoy the descriptions, the vocabulary and the sarcasm he threads through everything. It is very witty. The actual listening was awful. I had to make myself listen I thought the narrator was so bad.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charlie Parker is always my favorite. We are on this journey with him and he has grown and developed as the books have.

Would you be willing to try another one of Holter Graham’s performances?

No. About one third of the way through the book it sounds like he tried to deepen his voice for Charlie Parker and to me it was very obvious. I feel he was wrong for this series because he sounds like a young college prep kid and not the grown man Charlie Parker is. The narrator's voice was too young and not deep enough.

Any additional comments?

If you read and have listened to the Charlie Parker series, then you need to listen to this also...just be prepared for the narrator's flaws (as I see them) and try to loose yourself in the words and the story.

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Parker Still Spooky, but the Setting Slow

Where does Whisperers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Whisperers ranks in the top 20%. John Connolly is an imaginative and haunting storyteller.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Whisperers?

Parker's recalling of his grandfather's friend's story about why he does not go into the deep woods of Maine.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Angel and Louis save a veteran and his girlfriend from the badguys.

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As much as like Parker series

This reader does not do justice to Charlie. His voice is wrong for Parker series.

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Excellent writing

Not the right narrator, unfortunately. I like Graham, don't get me wrong. But his voice is wrong for the Parker series. I was thrown.

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"optional"

only problem is the Louis pronunciation.. XD rest was fantastic! Things are starting to heat up for team Charlie.

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You Will Miss Jeff Harding

If you had never listened to a Charlie Parker book before, the narration by Holter Graham would be just fine. He is a good actor with an adequate range of voices. But if you have listened to a Charlie Parker book through the voices of narrator Jeff Harding, you will be disappointed by the Graham attempt. Those of us who have followed Charlie from “Every Dead Thing” expect Charlie to be a tough older man in his 50’s. Graham makes Charlie sound like a young, vulnerable lawyer in a Grisham book. There is far less of the toughness and determination that Charlie would exude, given what he has experienced in his life through the preceding books.

When Jeff Harding does Louie and Angel, you crack up. When Graham does both, they sound much more reserved. At least Graham got some of Angel’s attitude and accent right, but not like Harding. When George Guidall voiced Angel in “The Unquiet”, Angel sounded more like the fine actor Luis Guzman (TV Series “Code Black). But we don’t want Angel to sound sophisticated. We want him to sound funny, sarcastic, and sassy, the way Harding portrays him. Graham tries, but in the end, Angel and Luis are not nearly as memorable.

This story is okay but drags in many places. Too much back story about Iraq. I’m sure that Connolly was showing respect for servicemen and their PTSD challenges, which is admirable. But at times the book becomes more of a condemnation of how vets are treated when they return home, than a compelling story.

Not one of Connolly’s best. But still worth an Audible credit in my view.