Summary

Its roots are old...and twisted!
The blood of the tree is its sap. It has sustained Scott Belvedere's family for generations. It's the secret ingredient behind the family's intoxicating ale and bourbon, among other elixirs. But only when Scott inherits The Family Tree Inn, deep in the hills of Virginia, does he learn anything about his family, its symbiotic history, or the mammoth, ancient tree around which the inn is literally built. And after he stumbles upon the bony secrets hidden in its roots, while in the welcoming arms of the innkeeper's daughter, he realizes that not only is blood thicker than water - it's the only thing that might save him from the hideous fate of his ancestors...
©2014 John Everson (P)2017 Mean Eyed Cat
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2 out of 5 stars
By Karen Toonen on 19-06-18

"Read in print instead", says the audiophile.

This production makes the story hard to enjoy. The speed is too fast, and mispronunciations abound. I enjoyed this book in print, but prefer audio to reading print. However, I gave up on this audio.

If you commonly listen to your books at 1.5 speed, you may not have the problems I did. I grew up 20 years in the South, and have now lived 20 years in the Midwest. I couldn't enjoy the story because the narration was too fast.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Bill on 13-05-17

Great story. Too fast narration.

I read this one a few years ago and really dug it so jumped on the chance to listen to the audio when John offered up a review copy. I rarely if ever re-read (listen) to a work. If you saw my tbr you would know why.

This was a fast listen. Literally. It sounded like it was running at 1.25x. It was really kind of distracting. It was too fast. When I slowed it down to .75x, it was too slow. Weird. I have never ran across narration that was spoken this quickly and it was hard to keep up.

If you like "fast talkers" and can keep up, then this may be your huckleberry. If not, then I would stick to the print version.

*I received a complimentary audiobook of this title from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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