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Summary

Set in the same dark world as his beloved novel The Last Child, John Hart delivers a stunning vision of a secret world - rarely seen - in this unforgettable audiobook.

It's been 10 years since the events that changed Johnny Merrimon's life and rocked his hometown to the core. Since then, Johnny has fought to maintain his privacy, but books have been written of his exploits; he has fans, groupies. Living alone in the wilderness beyond town, Johnny's only connection to normal life is his old friend, Jack. They're not boys anymore, but the bonds remain. What they shared. What they lost.

But Jack sees danger in the wild places Johnny calls home; he senses darkness and hunger, an intractable intent. Johnny will discuss none of it, but there are the things he knows, the things he can do. A lesser friend might accept such abilities as a gift, but Jack has felt what moves in the swamp: the cold of it, the unspeakable fear.

Building on the world first glimpsed in The Last Child, The Hush is more than an exploration of friendship, persistence, and forgotten power. It takes the listener to unexpected places and reminds us all why John Hart, after five consecutive New York Times best sellers, still warrants acclaim.

©2018 John Hart (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

"The story is greatly enhanced by narrator Jeremy Bobb. No character is too small for Bobb's vocal attention.... A great example of a riveting story enhanced by a creative, consistent narration." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Compelling, cinematic story.

The story is great, the narrator makes it greater. Jeremy Bobb adds gravitas and credibility to an incredible story. Loved it. Now what...

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gripping, brilliant, tragic, beautiful sequel

fantastic lovely gripping joyful tragic - enjoyed every minute of this supernatural sequel . thank you x

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  • Lizzystick
  • 09-03-18

Hmm...Good and Bad

I enjoyed many parts of this book but then it spiraled from mystery into very much a fantasy. The Last Child was much better and skimmed the lines of fantasy just enough...This relied on fantasy for much of the plot. If it had been introduced into the story with restraint this would have been a much better book...Towards the end it got ridiculous and then I just couldn't wait for the ending. I do like the two main characters its a shame that this story went off the rails. The narrator was good.

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  • Shopper in Decatur, TX
  • 29-08-20

Such a disappointment after The Last Child

As great as The Last Child was, this book was a disaster. The storyline was ridiculous. The characters, even the ones carried over from the other book, were shallow and totally unbelievable. Did I mention that the storyline was ridiculous??? The ending was a total insult to anyone with a functioning brain. I do not recommend this book.

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  • Wayne
  • 06-03-18

WOW!! Let's discuss thin novel!

First to Audible: Law partner Lesley seduces new associate Jack and based on little else you assign The Hush the genre Legal Thriller? The correct genre is Fantasy: Paranormal and Mystical.

Next: This is the first novel by John Hart I have been able to complete, but only because I considered it a personal challenge.

Finally: The Hush is by far the worst novel I have ever completed.

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  • Harold Hauge
  • 28-08-20

Not what I thought it would be

What a huge surprise, after reading the book before this there is no way I would have thought this would turn into a tale so far away from the original and even the beginning of the book...... Strange tale of fantasy

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  • A. Ringold
  • 20-04-20

Multi-genre

This book is unarguably one of the best books I have ever listened to on audible and I’ve listened to over 650 books. It has it all! Intrigue, mystique,fantasy, love, friendship, greed, allegiance, mystery, detective, murder, tradition and folklore, and the list could go on and on... It’s best if you listen to Last Child by John Hart first to give you a bit of background. First, you have to begin this book with an open mind totally devoid of any expectation of genre, realism, pace of story, etc and just relax and let the story take you away. Yes, this book is slower paced but in being so it allows you to follow the in-depth descriptions, visions and feelings that set this novel leagues above others. Travel with Johnny through his journey while in his thoughts and his emotions. Enjoy the integrity that defines him. He is a quiet unassuming man but don’t let that fool you. The story’s bulk evolves all around him and without him doing a thing to affect others. The story weaves in and out and through his life. It is banked in over a century of beliefs, truths and lies, betrayal and greed. Bring in the present and there is fear, disbelief, blame, death, friendship and truths. All of this surrounds Johnny as the central character and he alone can make the decisions that brings this book to its ultimate conclusion.
The performance is wonderful and the narrator fits this story perfectly.
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  • Angela E. Brenes
  • 29-03-20

just ok

struggled to finish. it seemed to ramble in the middle. Good start, decent finish, tough to get through middle.

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  • Scout
  • 27-12-19

Mythological!

Great storyline and characters. Very well told and written. Read all written. Love this author!

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  • Laura Em
  • 16-08-19

Love this author

I fell in love with the characters from this book in his previous book, and was not disappointed. The author has a way of describing things that almost feels artistic. Great story, will definitely check out more of his.

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  • Lisa Wilson
  • 01-03-18

Best book yet!

I did not think John Hart could top his prior works but he has done it. This story never stops and is rich with character and plot surprises. Absolutely loved it! Waiting patiently for the next book by Mr Hart.....

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  • Misty
  • 05-07-21

Better than the reviews

Born and raised in North Carolina, the living and the spiritual go hand in hand. Some reviews seemed disappointed or frustrated about the spiritual side of this book but I think it made this book marvelous. I was raised by my grandmother and her stories were amazing. Her stories about the spirits of our ancestors shaped who I am today. I love this book and suggest people read it, you won't be disappointed unless you refuse to open your mind to possibilities.