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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,313 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Connolly Narrator: George Guidall, Tony Ward Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Charlie Parker Series Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781442340619
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What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?

“There are some truths so terrible that they should not be spoken aloud, so appalling that even to acknowledge them is to risk sacrificing a crucial part of one’s humanity, to exist in a colder, crueler world than before.”

Randall Haight has a secret: He is a convicted murderer, a man with the blood of a young girl on his hands. He has built a new life for himself in the small Maine town of Pastor’s Bay, but someone has discovered the truth about him. He is being tormented by anonymously sent reminders of his crime. He wants private detective Charlie Parker to make them go away.

But another girl has gone missing, this time from Pastor’s Bay itself, and her family has its own secrets to protect. Now, in a town built on blood and shadowed by old ghosts, Parker must unravel a twisted history of violence and deceit involving the police and the FBI, a doomed mobster and his enemies, and Randall Haight himself.

Because Randall is telling lies. . . . Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riveting and chilling.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “An abyss of pain and madness.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Compulsively readable…crackling to a smoking conclusion.” 

    New Orleans Times-Picayune

  • “A complex story leading to an explosive and terrifying end game.”

    Irish Independent

  • “Superb.”

    Mystery Gazette

  • “Connolly’s slightly supernatural take on the classic private eye is wholly unique, and Ward and Guidall serve this book well in bringing it to life.”

    AudioFile

  • “A powerful story line that weaves together suspense, mystery, and a small touch of the supernatural…An intelligent, plausible thriller, both harrowing and memorable.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzie | 2/15/2014

    " I'm a John Connolly fan so slipped comfortably into his style and the characters without needing explanations. However if it's your first JC then Charlie Parker will be a stranger to you - but not for long. I think these books are terrific - a blend of friendship and loss, scary drifts through reality in the netherworld and whether you're a believer in wraiths and shadows of dead people or not JC keeps it real enough for the story to work on many levels. This book worked for me - and I recommend it to you... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glen | 2/11/2014

    " Just read the first few pages - and after that you will not be able to stop - the chill starts. Not the best Charlie Parker novel feel needed more Angel & Louis and an ending with his daughter to send a chill down the spine would have been good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Sparrow | 2/10/2014

    " This latest ( # 10 ) in the "Charlie Parker" series is OK because I just love the series.. It probably deserves 3.5 stars. If this was the first book in the series that you read I don't think you'd be rushing out to buy all the others. But take it from me...do yourself a favour and get the first novel in this series "Every Dead Thing" and you will be hooked.This was a good thriller with several surprises at the end that you will not see coming. Parker's friends Angel, Louis and the Fulci brothers show up in the story. Unfortunately for me their parts are limited. I really enjoyed the books where they were more significant to the story. Still a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Kovner | 2/8/2014

    " One of the best Charlie Parker books. A tight, exciting mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Doez | 2/4/2014

    " John Connolly did it again! Everything you could expect in a Charlie Parker story is in "The Burning Soul": Angel and Louis, the Fulci brothers, some wandering spirits, the landscape and so on. Above all "The Burning Soul" has a sound plot, with all his twist and turns you always want to know what is really happening "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc | 1/28/2014

    " Slow boil to the finale...missing girl, a mobster, a long dead girl, a reformed(?) killer & Connolly's protaganist-Charlie Parker- thrown all together. A great start and moves at good clip, exposing layer after layer. Oh yeah, it also includes some familiar faces-Louis & Angel and the Fulcis-don't mess with these guys. Best compliment I can give this-he is reminding more and more of James Lee Burke-another author I love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha Bryce | 1/18/2014

    " John Connelly. Charlie Parker. It isn't The Black Angel but it is another awesome book. Enough said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/14/2014

    " Strong work by a favorite author. A child is abducted and as the investigation continues, a neighbor's dark past becomes an issue. Tight plotting and incisive descriptions abound. Can't wait for his next work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 1/9/2014

    " Another of his later (Charlie Parker series) books that I finished up skimming the last 100 pages. I just couldn't get in to it as there was far too much description. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Howard | 12/26/2013

    " This is the first Charlie Parker book I read. It won't be the last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kern2537 | 11/25/2013

    " Best Charlie pParker book in a long time. Really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami Habel | 12/26/2012

    " I wish there was more Angel and Louis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrparlay | 10/2/2012

    " Starts strong, tried to quick to wrap up at the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Les Roberts | 9/30/2012

    " Perfectly written, with a cast of unfailingly fascinating characters, a well-placed kick in the teeth to local, state and federal cops, one crime that turns into a labyrinth of twists and double twists, and a wonderful, bitter protagonist. Connolly's latest is his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross Warren | 9/26/2012

    " As good as I've come to expect a Charlie Parker thriller to be. Unputdownable over the last 200+ pages. Only thing stopping it from a five star rating is the lack of anything significant added to the overall mythology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 8/9/2012

    " Connolly's books are dark, dark, dark, often dealing with unspeakable evil. Yet, despite the darkness, there is redemption. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 4/17/2012

    " Pretty good, but lacked a punch at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 3/15/2012

    " Charlie Parker is my hero!!! LOVED this book, couldn't wait to get back to it when I was not reading. This is the most recent in the Charlie Parker series though, started it backwards,so now have to go back to beginning! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 12/6/2011

    " This was a great story. Well written and keeps you in suspense all the way and includes a surprise ending. Definitely worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Purcell | 11/29/2011

    " Another great book in the Charlie Parker series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 10/26/2011

    " What can I say, another great book in a series that I have come to love "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marguerite | 10/26/2011

    " I thought this book was well written but I was a little confused by the lush descriptions but the lack of depth of the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryellen | 10/24/2011

    " The Burning Soul is another in Connolly's Charlie Parker series. Parker becomes embroiled in the case of a missing 14 year old girl. You be surprised at the outcome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linn | 10/20/2011

    " Interesting book - haven't read the Charlie Parker series - think I will try more - "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 10/14/2011

    " Really enjoyed reading this. A bit disappointed that Louis and Angel didn't appear more, and that Charlie's daughter only made a small appearance. But overall well written as you'd expect from John Connonlly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 10/8/2011

    " Another exciting thriller from Connolly. It's always surprising to me that an author from Ireland can write novels that take place in Maine- and make it believable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 10/6/2011

    " Disappointing... I really liked his prior books, but seems like he just 'threw this together'. Disjointed, did not build suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 10/1/2011

    " Finishing this book made me sad. I now have no more Charlie Parker books to read :( "

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About the Author
Author John Connolly

John Connolly studied English at Trinity College, Dublin, and journalism at Dublin City University. He is best known for his series of novels starring private detective Charlie Parker, but is also author of over fourty books and short story collections. Connolly is based in Dublin and divides his time between his native city and the United States.

About the Narrators

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.

Tony Ward is the narrator of numerous audio books, including titles by Joanne Fluke, Will Allison, and John Connolly.