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Hour of the Hunter

Narrated by: Gene Engene
Series: Walker Family, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
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Summary

A brutal, psychopathic murderer is released from prison - and stalks his prey with intent to kill.
©1993 Books in Motion (P)1993 Books in Motion

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"Drawing on Native American life and lore as it describes the hunt for the killer of a Papago Indian girl, Jance's contemporary novel delivers suspense through rich layers of flashbacks and gritty characterization." ( Publisher's Weekly)
"Rarely do a book and its audio counterpart merge as spectacularly as they do in Hour of the Hunter....Engene speaks the native names and tongues beautifully. The tension between the hunter and the hunted remains terrifying until the last second." ( AudioFile)

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  • DChlien
  • 19-12-16

Too sexually graphic for our taste.

The narrator was very good. The story was slow and too sexually graphic for our taste. I guess I prefer Jance's other series.

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  • Marion Burke
  • 01-03-08

Hour of the Hunter

Exciting and also informative. I had a hard time stopping when I needed to do something. Very exciting ending.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-01-14

Scratchy background noises

I kept thinking that it was just my device but it isn't. I even tried restarting my device. No joy. I have never had a Mr. Engene narration have this scratchy background but it is very disconcerting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-11-19

Don’t get it

This is a terrible book, hard to keep track of what the story is about. Not one of her better books. Very disappointing I finished her johann Brady series it was very good so I decided to start this series.

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  • Thisbe Olesko
  • 05-09-19

Very Hard to Folloe

I had to go back many times because there were so many story lines it was hard to remember all the details. I liked the book but I like her Brady and Beaumont series better

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  • M.K. Davies
  • 04-04-19

Not sure about this book

I did not find this book to be as good as many of Ms Jance's others. I don't know where it was recorded because I constantly heard scratching sounds & people talking low & low music at times. At one point I thought I left the tv on in the front room before I went to my bedroom! It was very distracting & annoying. I looked at the information on the 2nd book in this series & it seemed very much like this book except Diana Ladd had a daughter who is kidnapped & it seemed as if it was the same criminal from the first book that kidnapped her. If it is, I think it defies imagination to think that he was released because he should be on death row. I assume the daughter is his. Toward the end of this book it went much faster. Anyone who cannot tolerate violence should avoid this book. I found the criminal's behavior most disturbing because he was a sadist with no redeeming qualities. I read a lot of Crime Fiction, but have real trouble with sadism. I rated it with 3 stars because the reader sounded so good using both English & the language of the Desert People. It was the background noises that really made the narration problematic. Also, despite the many characters, the plot brought them all together in the end. I just wondered why the main character decided to murder & mutilate women in adulthood although the inclusion of torture of an animal was characteristic of others like him. The other point that was disturbing was the description of anal & oral sex in prison. I am well aware of this happening, but the description in the book was too much. I hope that this series gets better & leaves out so much description of sadism. This book was published in 2007 & I wondered if it was written before her Ali Reynolds & Sheriff Brady books.

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  • Drina
  • 20-01-19

Names mispronounced

Story is good & I read it years ago before listening this time. It includes many wonderful Indian stories. However, the narrator, Gene Eugene, who I usually like so much on Jance’s J.P. Beaumont series of books, fell down on this reading. Indian voices very stereotypical but worst of all he mispronounces the word Papago over and over again. It is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable, NOT the second. I am not familiar enough with the other Indian (native American) words so I don’t know if they were done correctly. Shouldn’t a good narrator learn pronunciation of these words & place names before undertaking a reading? Also, as others noted, there are many parts of the narration which are scratchy as though we were listening to a worn vinyl recording.

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  • Tanya Joyner
  • 05-04-18

Great JA Jance story.

Exceptional story. Filled with mystery and suspense. Terrific narratives. The author mixes fiction and research with skill and experience. Highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys novels on disc.

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  • David
  • 17-01-18

The worst J.A. Jance book that I have read

Filled extreme violence and horrific garbage rape scenes- Jance has gone absolutely filthy with this one - not good - extremely nauseating!

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  • Pattie Kassube
  • 01-12-17

Historically accurate!

I truly enjoyed the Papago stories intertwined with the main story. Excellent character development and rich with local details.